ArmInfo.Employees of the Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Armenia. In the morning, Spendiaryan began a protest action outside the government building of the republic. They demand that the order be canceled. Minister of Culture of Armenia Nazeni Garibyan on the dismissal of the director of the theater Konstantin Orbelian. Culture workers were received by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
At the beginning of the protest, the protesters announced that they wanted to send a letter of appeal to the Prime Minister stating that the order to the Acting President. Minister of Defense to relieve Konstantin Orbelian from the post of Director of the Opera and Ballet Theater and the plan to "optimize" the theaters filled the cup of patience of the theater world.
The letter noted that the Ministry of Culture only hindered the activities of theaters, as well as the law on GNCO. According to theatrical figures, a person who believes that "opera is not a theater," and artistic director's position is not creative, and so on, cannot be headed by the Ministry of Culture. As a result, they demand the resignation of Nazeni Gharibyan and adequate cultural policies. The protesters point to the disrespectful attitude of Garibyan towards culture and its leaders, which contradict the laws, orders and orders signed by it. As one of the employees of the theater said, they are not protesting against a particular person, but only care about the prosperity of the theater, which in the past year and a half has developed rapidly. "As for the explanations of the Ministry of Culture that Orbelyan does not speak Armenian (which is a violation of the law), I must say that it is even a shame to talk about this, the music does not know the language," he said.After the meeting with the prime minister, the theater staff said that a temporary decision was made. Namely, the obligations of the director of the theater will be temporarily assigned to the deputy director, and Konstantin Orbelian will perform the functions of artistic director. During this period, artists will have to submit their counter-arguments to the cabinet.
According to opera singer Liparit Avetisyan, they are fighting against the system, and not just a person. "The question is that we are fighting not against the face, but against the system according to which all the controls are in the hands of the director. In the theater, this interferes with creative life",- he said.A spokesman for the Prime Minister, Vladimir Karapetyan, in turn, said that the demands of the staff of the Opera and Ballet Theater would be heard and relevant decisions made on the spot. Recall that the Acting Minister of Culture of Armenia, Nazeni Gharibyan, by decree of March 28 of this year. relieved Konstantin Orbelian of the post of Director of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after A. Spendiaryan. As the basis of K. Orbelyan's release from office, the Ministry of Culture cites article 15 of the Law of the Republic of Armenia <On state non-profit organizations>, which states: <A person appointed to the position of director of SNCO may not occupy another position or perform other paid work than scientific , pedagogical and creative work. Konstantin Orbelian, besides the director of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after Alexander Spendiaryan, also held the position of artistic director.As Orbelyan himself stated in an interview with journalists, the team of the Opera and Ballet Theater will appeal the decision about the resignation of the theater director Konstantin Orbelian in court. At the same time, he noticed that. RA Minister of Culture Nazeli Gharibyan did not inform him in advance about his decision. "We received this decision today in writing," Orbelian said. According to the ex- director, Garibyan has been trying to wipe him off his post for 9 months now.
"She offered me to quit myself, but I refused. My contract as director of the Theater expires after 1.5 years, that is, very weighty justifications are needed for my dismissal. I consider the decision of Garibyan illegal and it will be appealed in court," Orbelian. On the same day, March 29, Garibyan announced that the name of the new director of the Opera Theater will be known on April 1. Orbelian himself stated that in this case he would leave the theater altogether.Orbelyan, along with a brilliant pianist career, has also developed a wide range of activities in the opera field as a conductor and artistic director. In particular, in 1991-2009 he was artistic director and chief conductor of the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia. In 2003, Orbelyan, the first foreigner who does not have Russian citizenship, was awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of Russia. In 2012, he was awarded the Order of Friendship for his great contribution to the popularization of Russian culture outside Russia.