The Marinsky II and the 60th Birthday of Maestro Valery Gerviev!

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.



The Celebration of the New Mariinsky Theater  with President Putin, Plácido Domingo,
Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko.
The 60th Birthday of Valery Gerviev
And apart of the opening of the new Mariinsky theater, the famous Russian conductor, Valery Gergiev celebrated his 60th Birthday on that day.
One of the most respected and beloved conductors of our days, Valery Gergiev has a very long trayectory as a musical conductor and he has done a lot of extraordinary things for the Russian culture.
He is general director and artistic director of the original Mariinsky theater and he is also principal conductor of the London Symhony Orchestra.
Valery Gerigiev has conducted many different Operas and Ballets:
As for Operas, we all remember Glinka’s “Ruslan and Ludmilla” (with a very young Anna Netrebko),  Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” (with Robert Lloyd),   Borodin’s  “Prince Igor”,
Prokofiev’s “The Love for Three Oranges”, Tchaikovsky’s “Pique Dame”, Wagner’s “Parsifal”,  Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” and Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.
As for  Ballets, we also remember Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”,  Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Prinptemps” (The Rite of Spring) and Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé”.
As for concerts,  we admire Maestro Gergiev’s conduction of Mahler’s complete symphonies,  Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an exhibition”,  Prokofiev’s “Scythian Suite: Alexander Nevsky”, Shostakovich’s and Tchaikovsky’s symphonies.
As for soloists concerts, we have Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2, Rhapsody on a Theme on Paganini” with the wonderful Pianist Lang Lang,  Tchaikovsky and Miaskovsky’s Violin Concertos with Vadim Repin and Tchaikovsky’s “Variation on a Rococo Theme” with Gautier Capuçon.
And as for Vocal works, we love Valery Gergiev’s album records of “Tchaikovsky and Verdi Arias” with famous Russian Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Russian Album with Anna Netrebko and Prokofiev’s “Ivan the Terrible” Cantata.
All brillantly, conducted by Maestro Gergiev.
Valery Gergiev has a lot of honours and awards, both from Russia and also from many different countries.
Happy 60th Birthday to Maestro  Valery Gergiev!!!
And congratulations to Russia for the new beautiful Mariinsky II!
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