Valery Gergiev promises all Mariinsky artists will be paid

In an instagram chat with Yusif Eyvazov, the St Petersburg conductor pledged full financial support for staff and freelance artists alike.

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    • Gimme a break. In a dictatorial regime the Czar can do whatever he pleases. If Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin decides that he wants to show everyone how cultured he is, every opera singer will be paid in full. Or half. Or double. I don’t believe for a moment that Gergiev did this entirely on his own, without a political decision preceding this largesse.

      • What a silly comment. Did Gergiev promise he’ll pay all of them out of his pocket? Of course not. Did he claim he built the Mariinsky II on his own? Of course not. How did you translate this good news to another argument about the evil Putin’s empire and Gergiev nothing else than a tsar’s servant? Pitiful.

  • So much love for the Mariinsky Ballet. The 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. Love, love, love… All ballerinas and employees should be paid full, but how about mariinsky release some free ballets for the sitting home guys? Too much to ask?

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