The Mariinsky Theatre traces its illustrious cultural history as far back as 1783. For more than two centuries the Mariinsky has presented the world with a wide range of outstanding Russian and International artists. Great opera singers honed their skills and rose to glory. Ballet dancers (including Nureyev and Baryshnikov) reigned supreme on the stage. This is where George Balanchine set out on the road to art. Brilliant theatre decorators created immortal scenic designs.
In 1988 Valery Gergiev was appointed General Director and Artistic Director. Gergiev himself has become a world treasure on the cultural music scene. He and his Orchestra, Ballet and Opera companies have made several unforgettable appearances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. In 2006 the company was presented with its magnificent new Concert Hall, built on Maestro Gergiev's initiative.
The Mariinsky tree is inspired by the magnificence of the architectural and cultural life of St. Petersburg, with several ornamental keepsakes.
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