Where’s Gergiev? In the desert

Where’s Gergiev? In the desert


norman lebrecht

June 19, 2018

President Putin’s pet conductor is missing the early stages of the World Cup.

He has been sent with the Mariinsky orchestra to Saudi Arabia to open the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, paving the way for a visit by the Bolshoi Ballet.

Putin, meanwhile, was hosting the Saudi Crown Prince as a 5-0 football drubbing.


  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    They spent just one night in Saudi Arabia. He has the White Nights concerts to oversee in St. Petersburg and is quoted as saying he hopes to attend 3 or 4 matches. By the way the newly built concert hall in Saudi looks wonderful.

  • Rob says:

    Very slick.

  • keepupwiththenews says:

    Gergiev led the opening concert of the World Cup on Red Square attended by Putin. Not sure where you were or were not looking.

  • Mark says:

    Well he’s a Putin pimp! Does Vlads bidding . Recall 2 years ago preform in a part of syria still standing in behalf of Butcher Assad regime!

    • George Porter says:

      Is that the Assad who’s forces are busy destroying the US-supported head-choppers?

      • Tamino says:

        Never try to argue the US sheep with their ‚rational‘. They are decades deep into a propaganda induced loss of reality.
        Just look at the regime they have elected currently. And they still try to tell the world what‘s right and wrong. Hilarious.

  • Barry Guerrero says:


    That’s obvious, given that he’s never clean shaven.

  • muslit says:

    hope he stays there.