Performance Troupes

The Mariinsky Orchestra

The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Founded in the 18th century and housed in St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre since 1860, the Orchestra entered its “golden age” in the second half of the 19th century under the musical direction of Eduard Napravnik, whose leadership for more than a half century (1863-1916) secured its reputation as one of the finest in Europe. Legendary artists who conducted the Mariinsky Orchestra and praised its outstanding musicianship included Berlioz, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Nikisch and Rachmaninoff.

The Mariinsky Ballet

Founded in the 18th century, the Mariinsky Ballet is recognized as one of the world’s leading companies. Most commonly known as the Kirov Ballet (its former Soviet name), the company has been home to many of the world’s most notable dancers, including Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The Mariinsky Ballet performs worldwide under Maestro Gergiev’s direction at cultural institutions such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the United States, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the Baltic Festival in Stockholm and the Salzburg Festival in Austria.

The Mariinsky Opera

With a history dating back to 1783, the Mariinsky Opera has performed in the world’s most celebrated opera houses and has produced some of opera’s most important artists, including Fyodor Chaliapin, Sophia Preobrazhenskaya, Boris Shtokolov and Anna Netrebko. Since its inception, the Mariinsky Opera, formerly known as the Kirov Opera, has placed an emphasis on Russian culture by showcasing works from great Russian composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Today, the Opera blends the Russian canon with European and Romantic classics, and works from vital contemporary composers.

The Academy of Young Singers

Established in 1998, The Academy of Young Singers has become a post-graduate institute forgenerations of young performers. Every year the Academy admits new young singers from throughout Russia, the CIS, Europe and the USA. The Academy offers these students a unique set of opportunities as they study the culture and technique of singing under talented teachers, develop their own a sense of style, learn foreign languages, and the history of world opera and the Mariinsky Theatre. Given these resources and the chance to attend master classes given by acclaimed singers, the young singers will have the sound foundation required to propel their soloist careers forward.

Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra

The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra comprises a group of musicians performing on the most legendary and unique-sounding string instruments in the world. The ensemble was established by Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre. The Stradivarius Ensemble is made up of the finest musicians and leading soloists from the Mariinsky Orchestra. The incredibly rich and beautiful timbres of instruments made by Amati, Stradivarius, Guarneri, Guandini and Gofriller enhance the sound and spirit of the great classical music works for strings.