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The Bolshoi Theater appointed Alexander Lazarev as its new chief orchestra conductor, the official Soviet news agency Tass reported Tuesday. Lazarev, 42, replaces Yuri Simonov, who now heads the Maly Symphony Orchestra. Associated with the Bolshoi since 1973, Lazarev has conducted works by Russian composers, including Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Lazarev plans to include works by European composers such as Puccini and Richard Strauss in the Bolshoi repertory, according to Tass.

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