In the above mentioned interview V.Gergiev said:
"It's no surprise the Bolshoi comes. But they don't do Shostakovich. Everyone who is interested in Shostakovich comes to us."
I am surprised that Maestro is not well informed. The Bolshoi will do Shostakovich in London. His ballet “The Bright Stream” will be shown at Covent Garden on 10 and 11 August. In fact, the Bolshoi at the moment has two other full-length ballets by Shostakovich in its repertoire: “The Golden Age” and “The Bolt”.
The interviewer for some reason stated that Gergiev “has single-handedly built up the Mariinsky Theatre over the past 18 years.”
I read similar statements in the past and think them being grossly inaccurate. Do the people who write this remember the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet tours of Britain in 1987 and 1988?
The Opera productions of “Eugene Onegin”, “The Queen of Spades” and “Boris Godunov” under Yuri Temirkanov were absolutely outstanding, in fact, unforgettable. The Choir under Alexander Murin was second to none. There is no need even to mention what impact the Mariinsky Ballet made then. Those two remarkable, first-class companies were handed over to Maestro Gergiev in that particular year of 1988. Therefore, I would like to hear from Mr. Tom Service why in his opinion the Mariinsky Theatre was “single-handedly built up” by Gergiev?
I totally agree with you Coda. Yuri Termirkanov "laid the ground work" so to speak, before he assumed leadership of the (then) Leningrad Philharmonic. Also, IMO, the Maryinsky Ballet (circa 1988) was superior
in all areas - and all ranks
, as opposed to what it is in 2006
The Bolshoi is coming back into it's own, after several hard years. With all due respect to Mr. Service and Maestro Gergiev, no man is an island. Even though time is money, and competition is healthy and stiff at the box office, it's not very nice to "discuss" another
theatre's merits, de-merits or repetory in the media. Discuss the merits & de-merits of your own theatre's repertory. To my knowledge, I've never read or come across any Manager or Director of the Bolshoi Theatre delivering a backhanded "slap" at the Maryinsky.