This Month, Russia celebrated the opening of the new Opera House alongside the famous Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.
The Mariniinsky II opened on May 2th, with a great Gala concert and it’s connected to the original ornate 19th-century Mariinsky Theater by a pedestrian bridge over a canal, it is the first new Russian opera house to aspire to international significance since the time of the czars.
Mariinsky II – The Lobby
President Vladimir Putin honored Maestro Gergiev with a revived Soviet-era title: Hero of Labor.
With the opening of the Mariinsky II, Valery Gergiev is finally realizing his long-held goal of presiding over a St. Petersburg arts complex with the scope and versatility of Lincoln Center, where Mr. Gergiev has been a frequent presence.
In a few weeks the Mariinsky II will present the London Symphony Orchestra, of which Mr. Gergiev is principal conductor.
Mr. Gergiev mentioned a desire to bring Italian opera companies to the new theater to perform Italian operas, German companies to do German ones, and so on.
Vladimir Putin said “Today is an important day in the cultural life of our country”.
President Vladimir Putin, Conductor Valery Gergiev and Soprano Anna Netrebko.