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Moscow music director dies, three days after conducting L’elisir d’Amore

Wolf Gorelik, music director of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater since 1993, died on March 10 of acute pneumonia. He was 80 years old. Three days before he appeared to be in full health, conducting Donizetti’s light comedy.


Born in 1933 in the Sverdlovsk region, he was music director in various opera houses around the country before obtaining a position in Moscow in 1974. Among his achievements was the world premiere of Mycieslaw Weinberg’s masterpiece, The Passenger.

In later years, he conducted occasionally abroad.


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  1. Graf Nugent says:

    I think I saw him conduct Countess Mariza in Moscow in 1993 at the Stanislavsky. Would that be right?

  2. Graf Nugent says:

    I think I saw him conduct Countess Mariza in Moscow in 1993. Would that be right?

  3. William Lacey says:

    I met Wolf Gorelik several times over the last year, as I have been conducting regularly at the Stanislavsky. He was a delightful man and a wonderful conductor. Although he was almost unknown in the west, his conducting of Rossini and Puccini and Bizet was on a high international level of quality. The singers and orchestra loved him for his impish humour and his musicianship. I will miss him, as will a great many people in Moscow!

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