Simon Morrison is a professor of music at Princeton University, a contributor to the New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement, and the author of, most recently, Lina and Serge. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
The title means what it says. There's plenty of scandal here: arson, double suicide, dead cats flung at curtain calls. At the same time, the book is energetically researched, beautifully written - fun, relaxed, sophisticated - and full of serious ideas, boldly stated. -- Joan Acocella, dance critic - The New Yorker A sweeping, grandly intriguing story at the interface of art and power... Morrison frames his story, always readable and brimming with curious anecdotes, with the recent, newsworthy acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin, a strange episode that exposed not just clashes of individual personalities, but also competing views of what the Bolshoi should be, some of which may have emanated from inside the walls of the neighboring Kremlin. A must for ballet buffs ... [and] a look backstage that is both lively and learned. -- Kirkus (starred review) Charming and astonishingly detailed...The Bolshoi's dancers, ballets, and composers, its administrators and detractors and supporters-all are tantalizingly depicted here... Balletomanes will drool and sigh, music lovers will be fascinated...A riveting history. -- Booklist (starred review) Another marvelously informative book from Simon Morrison, dishing this time on Russia's great musical theater, onstage and off. It is a wonderful read, full of intriguing spectacle and spectacular intrigue. -- Richard Taruskin, author of The Oxford History of Western Music Simon Morrison has written an engrossing history of one of Russia's most enduring cultural institutions. Bolshoi Confidential deftly shatters the distinctions between high-brow and low-brow, art and politics, authority and violence. -- Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana and A World on Fire A colorful and erudite view on Russia through the tumultuous history of the sumptuous Bolshoi. -- Peter Pomeranzev, author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible Simon Morrison's Bolshoi Confidential is a magisterial portrait of the art, intrigue, and politics buffeting Russia's great cultural institution, the Bolshoi Ballet. -- Janice Ross, author of Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet As Resistance in Soviet Russia Morrison sweeps readers through the storied company's 240-year history, describing key figures onstage and off, political ties to various regimes, and the births of many famous ballets. -- Dance Studio Life