The Mariinsky Theatre, Russia, 2020

The Mariinsky Theatre is a symbol both of St Petersburg and of Russia. The oldest musical theatre in Russia, for over two hundred years it has been the academy of Russian opera and ballet.


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The Mariinsky Theatre
Artistic & General Director: Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Theatre is a symbol both of St Petersburg and of Russia. The oldest musical theatre in Russia, for over two hundred years it has been the academy of Russian opera and ballet. Since it was founded, the Mariinsky Theatre’s glory and international fame have been firmly grounded in three things – its Opera, Ballet and Orchestra.


© State Academic Mariinsky Theatre


© State Academic Mariinsky Theatre

The Mariinsky Theatre has produced myriad outstanding artists including singers Ivan Yershov, Medea and Nikolai Figner, Fyodor Chaliapin and dancers Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. A hugely important role in the development of ballet was played by Mariinsky Theatre ballet-masters Marius Petipa, Michel Fokine. The theatre has witnessed the talents of such great theatre designers as Konstantin Korovin, Alexander Golovin, Alexander Benois and Léon Bakst to name but a few. Legendary artists who conducted the Mariinsky Orchestra and praised its outstanding musicianship included Berlioz, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Rachmaninoff.

The Mariinsky theatre’s repertoire is based on opera and ballet works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, Musorgsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Shchedrin. The fate of Richard Wagner’s operas in Russia is linked first and foremost with the Mariinsky Theatre.

And today it may be bravely said that over the last twenty five years, thanks to Valery Gergiev, the theatre has become one of the finest ensembles in the world.