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Valery Gergiev

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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June 2

Where’s Netrebko? Here she is…

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discWe reported exclusively that Anna Netrebko has skipped her last Eugene Onegin in Paris to attend the inauguration of Valery Gergiev’s private concert hall on the outskirts of St Petersburg. A Russian website,, has a picture of Netrebko toasting her mentor at the opening. Among other celebrities in attendance were the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the former russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin (he’s chair of the Mariinsky board) and the conductor Mariss Jansons.

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June 18

Just in: Gergiev’s prima ballerina retires

Ulyana Lopatkina, prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theatre, has announced her retirement on the company’s website. She has not danced at all in the past season due to injury. Lopatkina, 44, one of the tallest ballerinas of modern times (175 cm), has appeared on all the world’s great stages.

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev (2 May 1953) is a Russian conductor and opera company director. He is general director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and artistic director of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.

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