Was this the Mariinsky's first opera in English?

Was this the Mariinsky's first opera in English?


norman lebrecht

July 29, 2011

Claudi Solti’s debut went down a treat in St Pete, according to Moscow Times.

Sir Georg’s girl directed Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with Willard White as Bottom and Valery Gergiev conducting. I’m not sure it was the Queen’s English with all the dipthongs sitting easily in Russian mouths, but it was very brave of them to try.

And good to see Claudia clear the first career hurdle without mishap.

photos: V Baranovsky, for St Petersburg Times


  • It was one of the most amazing performances I have seen in a long time. The acting, the stage and the music showed the wonderful magic of the story and the composition. I am looking forward to seeing many more opera productions by Claudia Solti!