Lyubimov, Yury (Petrovich)
- Barry Millington
(b Yaroslavl’, 17/Sept 30, 1917). Israeli director of Russian origin. He began his career as an actor in Moscow, first with the Second Studio of the Moscow Arts Theatre, and then at the Vakhtangov Theatre, with which he toured Europe in 1957. From 1964 to 1984 he was artistic director of the Taganka Theatre, Moscow. His opera productions include The Queen of Spades at the Paris Opéra, Boris and Khovanshchina at La Scala, Don Giovanni at Budapest, Tristan at Bologna and Rigoletto in Florence. His British operatic début was with Jenůfa (Covent Garden, 1986), a simple but stunningly theatrical staging in which large black and white side panels reflected the conflicting emotions and oppressive social conventions of Czech folk life. His Rheingold (Covent Garden, 1988) offered some similarly striking images, but the lack of a clearly unified conception precluded the continuation of the cycle.