11 փետրվար, 2020 17:28

Orbelyan Reinstated as Director of Yerevan Opera House After Dismissal

By Emilio Luciano Cricchio

Konstantin Orbelyan, Artistic Director of the Yerevan Opera and Ballet Theater, announced in a press conference today, that he is once again the director of the theater. 

Orbelyan has won a civil lawsuit against former Minister of Culture Nazeni Gharibyan, who ordered Orbelyan’s dismissal as director of the Opera and Ballet Theater back in March 2019. 

The Court of Appeal also has upheld the court decision to reinstate Orbelyan as director, revoking Nazeni Gharbiyan’s decision. 

Gharibyan ordered the dismissal as Orbelyan was concurrently artistic director of the Opera and Ballet Theater, when the director of the theater is not allowed to hold a second position or job. 

Orbelyan was first appointed as director of the Opera and Ballet Theater in 2016 by former Minister of Culture, Armen Amiryan. 

Shortly after his dismissal, Orbelyan, who is a world famous, grammy-nominated conductor, submitted a lawsuit against former Acting Minister of Culture Nazeni Gharibyan, demanding the annulment of the decision to dismiss him as director of the theater. 

Orbelyan demanded that Gharibyan’s March 3, 2019, decision to “order the ceasing of his powers,” be invalidated, that he be reinstated and paid for his forced leave.

The back and forth between Orbelyan and the ministry has affected the functioning of the Opera and Ballet Theater, although Orbelyan added that he will be working on negotiations with sponsors and other plans to get the Opera and Ballet Theater back on track.

He will also discuss these issues and how to achieve a positive outcome tomorrow at a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Ara Khzmalyan. 

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