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"The Emperor of All Russia in the field of arts" was accused of nepotism
The Mariinsky Theatre ocherednyo scandal erupted - the theater's management is accused of violating labor laws. The other day on the Internet, on the website change.org, published a petition to the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medina to demand the release from office of the head of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev.
The authors of the message that while a total of 145 people have signed the recall that Valery Gergiev has served as artistic director of the theater for 25 years. Signatory outraged that over the years never held elections for the post of head of the theater. In addition, they express dissatisfaction with nepotism that prevails at the Mariinsky Thus, the older sister takes Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky artistic director of the Academy of Young Singers, her husband's younger sister Valery Gergiev - Director of the Concert Hall Theater.
"The theater violates labor laws - Russia," the authors write angry letters.They note that this is recorded in outstanding trade union leaders Ballet Theatre in the Ministry of Culture, as well as outstanding artist Mikhail Shemyakin in the judiciary.
The letter states that the recent level of professional theater productions falls. And this is due, in the opinion of the signatories, to the fact that he V.Gergiyev is rare, entrusting management is not enough competent people.To confirm his words they give a list of the posts held by Valery Gergiev: artistic director and director of the Mariinsky Theatre (the three halls of the Mariinsky Theatre), the new dean of the Faculty of Arts of St. Petersburg State University, honorary professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Chairman of the All-Russian Choral Society, chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra; Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival, director of the Youth Orchestra's Carnegie Hall, the head of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the head of music festivals in Mikkeli (Finland), Rotterdam (Netherlands), the Easter Festival (Moscow); festival "White Nights" (St. Petersburg), "New Horizons" "Mardi Gras", "New Horizons" and "Brass Evenings" (Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre) and so on.
"State Academy of Young Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre is critical, as a result of mismanagement, the organization brings irreparable losses in the ranks of talented young people who dedicated their lives to the art of opera" - they wrote.
It is worth noting that in recent months the name of Valery Gergiev appears in many scandals. The loudest is associated with the idea to combine the Mariinsky Theatre, the Academy of Russian Ballet, St. Petersburg State Conservatory and Zubov Institute. It turned out that his idea is to create a single "National Centre for the Arts," which evil tongues have already nicknamed the "cultural empire Gergiev," inspires not all of its potential subjects. St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after Rimsky-Korsakov has opposed this proposal. Negative reaction to the proposal and expressed the union representatives of the Russian Institute of Art History (Zubovsky Institute). Then, the press service of the Mariinsky Theatre to comment on the statement of the conservatory and the institution refused.
Another scandal broke out in St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev due to a conflict with the famous artist Mikhail Shemyakin. The latter said he would sue the head of the Mariinsky Theatre because the theater for eight years, refused to pay his work on the three performances.
"So far, in the eight years since I did not ask how many letters I wrote, I denied payment for my work. Ie choreographer received. People who worked on productions, props, everyone got their money . A major artist has not received a penny "- quoted Shemyakin" Echo of Moscow ". "This is a completely insane situation, but characterizes the nature of the future Emperor of All Russia in the field of arts. Musical and music. Judge for yourself," - he said, referring just to the proposal to combine Valery Gergiev kulutrnye institutions of the city. As for the official position of the Mariinsky Theatre on the conflict with Shemyakin, the comments from the press service of the theater also could be obtained. There previously told RBC that no official information on the conflict with the artist in the theater have been reported.