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by Richard Holledge

As parties go, it was quite a do. A soldier with a machine gun on the roof. Yards of black limos ferrying in 2,000 admirers, all coiffed and coutured. A guest list headed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and to make .... read more
"This is a huge historic city, with amazing consistency of wonderful neoclassical architecture; it's composed of these two

extraordinary contrasts - of these whole streets and the exotic churches and cathedrals.

"I would not be guilty of fracturing the wonderful urban .... read more

The New Mariinsky Theatre by Toronto's Diamond Schmitt Architects provides St. Petersburg with Russia's first major performance venue since the time of the czars.

Standing next to the original Markiinsky Theatre, the new .... read more

by Mario Toneguzzi

It's like the icing on the cake.

The 54th floor of The Bow, with its breathtaking Sky Garden, caps off what many have described as a magnificent building - one that was recently listed as one of the .... read more
by Louise Levene

 They were holding the night train to Moscow on Saturday evening while Valery Gergiev made his way across town. The prime mover behind St Petersburg's shiny new opera house, Mariinsky 2, had put his fabled drive and energy to the .... read more
by Zachary Woolfe

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Let no one say Valery Gergiev doesn't know how to give a party.

The artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater here since 1988, Mr. Gergiev opened his $700 million new opera house, Mariinsky II, last week .... read more
by Teresa Levonian Cole

The concentration of plain-clothed policemen as we approached Theatre Square in St Petersburg was an indication that something was afoot. On the roof, an army sniper peered through binoculars, rifle at the ready. Celebrity-spotting crowds thronged the entrance, while .... read more
by Arthur Kaptainis, Gazette Music Critic

MONTREAL - It is not called the Maison operatique, although it might have been, given the former popularity of French among the aristocrats of St. Petersburg, including those who frequented the Mariinsky Theatre, a facility completed with .... read more
by Henry Meyer and Stepan Kravchenko

President Vladimir Putin and performers led by Placido Domingo starred at the opening of a $700 million stage for the Mariinsky Theatre that aims to cement its status as one of the world's top cultural institutions.

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by Elizabeth Piper

Enlisting the drama of Prokofiev and the elegance of Tchaikovsky, St Petersburg's new Mariinsky theatre staged a gala opening on Thursday designed to silence critics of the starkly modernist building erected in the heart of Russia's imperial capital.

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by Zachary Woolfe

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - A few weeks ago, as Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra tested the acoustics of their new $700 million theater here, they played one of the most dramatic selections in the symphonic repertory: the rousing finale of .... read more
The new Mariinsky II Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, opens this week with a flurry of celebration, including an evening of one-act ballets tonight and a gala concert conducted by artistic director Valery Gergiev on Thursday.

It's a moment that was hotly anticipated .... read more
by Sharon McHugh

When it opens this week, the Mariinsky Theatre II, which joins two other arts buildings that make up the famed Russian arts complex in St. Petersburg, will be one the largest opera houses in the world.

It had .... read more
by John Fraser

Watching the Toronto architect Jack Diamond deal with the final details of his remarkable new opera house - the Mariinsky II, as it is dubbed - in the beautiful but historically complicated Russian city of St. Petersburg is to observe .... read more
by Martin Knelman

Jack Diamond soars to poetic heights when he talks about onyx.

Massive wraparound walls of the amber-coloured stone encase the auditorium of the Mariinsky II, the new $700-million opera house in St. Petersburg, Russia, designed by Toronto's Diamond .... read more
Strung up in the Sunbeam Theatre in a gritty working-class part of this city are posters showing Cantonese opera singers, their red lips offset by chalk-white, made-up faces. In the faded lobby, where theatergoers mill on a Saturday afternoon, dozens of bouquets with handwritten messages .... read more
The grand opening of the Music City Center still is a month away, but the nearby Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is readying for the thousands of guests expected to flock to Nashville when it opens.

The rooms won't be available .... read more
by Linda C. Lentz

The curtain is about to rise on a Russian opus that's been a decade in the making - with as much Sturm und Drang as a Mussorgsky opera. After the selection (or near selection) of designs by three architects, .... read more
The Mariinsky Theatre, one of the largest and most acclaimed performing arts institutions in the world, under the leadership of Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev, today announced that its new state-of-the-art opera house, Mariinsky II, will open to the public with three celebratory days .... read more
For an organization that ballyhooed every dollar raised to build a performing arts center, cheered the arrival of 2,458 tons of Indiana limestone and posed for countless photo ops, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts seems, well, quiet this time of year.

And .... read more