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Mariinsky II To Open in May 2013

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#1 Cygnet


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:24 PM

Today's NY Times article with Maestro Gergiev touting the new opera house.


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#2 Helene



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:37 PM

It might feel different in context walking down the street, but I can't say I find the design coherent or inspiring. I hope they get everything they need on the inside, especially the acoustics, technical capabilities, and rehearsal and backstage facilities.

#3 cubanmiamiboy


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:15 PM

It looks like a box now, but here're some hopeful renderings...

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#4 sandik


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:31 PM

Fascinating -- thanks so much for the photos!

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:11 PM

Will the new theatre be mostly for opera? Or will the ballet also perform there? I assume they needed more modern backstage facilities and equipment to stage operas with complicated sets. Ballets, on the other hand, need to keep the stage fairly clear so sets are easier to do with older backstage areas for ballet, so I am hoping the ballet mainly stays put in the old theatre. Does anyone know?

I agree with Helene that the outside of it is not inspiring.

#6 Tiara


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:46 AM

It does look very like a box at the moment, and it can never compare in atmosphere with the Mariinsky Theatre - especially for ballet performances - but hopefully it will give more dancers an opportunity to perform more often, rather than just the favoured few.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

This is a brief video showing the architects' intent.


This is the original prize winning 'golden shell' proposal by another architect that was replaced by the current design.


The concept of the 'golden shell' design has fascinated me since I first saw it and I could discuss it for hours. I thought that it could have been be a wonderful artistic statement but I can sympathize with both sides of the debate about it regarding compatibility and practicality. It was selected by such jury members as "Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum, who rivals Mr. Gergiev as St. Petersburg’s leading cultural luminary." (NY Times article above) It was replaced by the current design, apparently for practical reasons. The inside of the new theater should be very attractive, comfortable and well functioning based on what I've read about the architectural firm from Canada.

Whatever my personal feelings, I've been watching the new theater go up so long that is has become sort of an old friend.

[Added comment: I want to thank Catherine Pawlick, who first posted elsewhere the link to the photos shown at the top of this page.]

#8 l'oiseaubleu


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:00 AM

Hello everyone!

I have been following this forum since a long time but it is the first time I ever post a message. I am writing a dissertation about the opening of the new mariinsky (who fund it, what are the political and economical purpose, how it is related to the cultural diplomacy...) and I find it very hard to get informations other than reviews from newspaper. I was wondering if some of you knows a governmental report or some serious reviews, books or even dissertation about it? It will helps me a lot! And maybe I can post it here when it is over.


Thank you very much in advance for your help!

#9 tutu


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 02:40 PM

Hi l'oiseaubleu! Not off the top of my head, but Ismene Brown's blog may be able to direct you to additional resources. Good luck!


Edited to add: This post's eighth paragraph might be a very, very early starting point.

Edited by tutu, 26 November 2013 - 02:42 PM.

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