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Nikolai Vasil’evich Smolich

stage director

Nikolai Smolich, USSR Stage director.

Background

Smolich, Nikolai was born on June 24, 1888 in St. Petersburg.

Education

Studied at Petersburg University, 1905-1908.

Career

Actor at the Aleksandrinskii Theatre, 1911-1917. Director from 1916. Director of the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Mariinskii) from 1922 (in 1935, the name was changed to the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre). Staged many Western classical operas -La Traviata, Les Huguenots, and Faust.

Artistic director of the Leningrad Malyi Opera Theatre, 1924-1930. Staged Nos, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Katerina Izmailova) by Dmitrii Shostakovich, 1934. Director, then chief director of the Bolshoi Theatre, 1930-1936, 1947^18.

Artistic director and director of the Shevchenko Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kiev, 1938-1947. Taught at the Moscow Conservatory, 1961-1963.