The Russian Ministry of Culture announced the closure of all federal institutions, museums and theatres at 16.13 today.
Yuri Temirkanov immediately cancelled the St Petersburg Philharmonic. The Bolshoi had already shut down.
At the Mariinsky Theatre, however, Valery Gergiev is a law unto himself.
At 18:46, staff at the Mariinsky received an internal e-mail saying that tonight’s performance of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk would go ahead.
And so it did.
Later, the Mariinsky announced it would close from tonight until March 31.