The Moscow theatre has a hole in the pit and needs to fill it fast.
Three names have been leaked to the Russian press as leading contenders:
- Tugan Sokhiev, a Gergiev protégé, presently head of the DSO Berlin and the Capitole orchestra in Toulouse;
- Vasily Petrenko, chief of the Royal Liverpool and the Oslo Philharmonic and principal guest at the Mikhailovsky in St Petersburg;
- Dmitry Jurowski, younger brother of Vladimir who has repeatedly shunned approaches from the Bolshoi.
Of the three, only the last would be available in the immediate future.