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Here's a question. There was a clue in the New York Times crossword the other day, "Kirov debutant in 1928", the answer being ULANOVA. Ulanova's obit in the Times said that in 1928 it was still the Maryinsky. Another source said that in 1928 it was called the State Academic Theatre for Ballet and Opera, but confirmed that "Kirov" wasn't added until the mid-30s. Does anyone know the facts? Also, what about this story that the reason Ulanova went to the Bolshoi is that Stalin was a big fan and wanted her in Moscow?

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Here's a new name for you: GATOB. That was the acronym for the Russian words for "State Academic Theater for Opera and Ballet." After the revolution (1918), the Mariinsky became the GATOB. The GATOB became the Kirov ca. 1935...then back to Mariinsky after Glasnost. Hopefully, it will remain Mariinsky for a good while!

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