Covid rises further at Gergiev’s sickening Mariinsky

Covid rises further at Gergiev’s sickening Mariinsky


norman lebrecht

August 25, 2020

Here’s the latest from our mole at the sickening Mariinsky:

The entire ballet corps were put on sick leave/ quarantine on August 14 retroactive to August 10. They are due back at work today.

There are sick people in the orchestra who are listed as being on vacation. The musicians are told to keep silent about Covid. One complained to the theatre doctor that he felt really ill and was told to go back to rehearsals.

One doctor’s clinic in St Petersburg lists 38 positive cases from Mariinsky alone.



  • Dr Tonreihe says:

    Sounds like the NHS in London in March/April and that went well didn’t it!

    • Dr Tonreihe's postscript says:

      But on the plus side, in Putinland, once the epidemic has passed (as all respiratory viruses do), they’ll get back to life, not be cowering in fear half a year later when morbidity and mortality is a statistical error off zero…

  • Music fan says:

    Haven’t they all received Putin’s “miraculous” vaccine?

  • Dave says:

    Retroactive quarantine? Sounds like the sort of thing Cummings might have learnt about in Moscow.

  • Alex says:

    What is Gergiev trying to prove?

  • Raymond says:

    But…but…the vaccine!!

  • Marc t' Kint says:

    Those old enough experienced the Hong Kong flu, 1968-69. More deaths than now. However, hardly anyone remembers. Why ? Nothing was closed down, and life went on as usual. And the virus passed away…as correctly, I think, suggested by dr. Tonreihe

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      I do very much remember this epidemic. Then Polio before that and TB as well. These were are scourge and, of course, Malaria kills many more people than all combined. I learned only recently that the actor Robert Redford survived Polio. Some of my husband’s childhood friends died from it in Fiji in the 1950s.

      I guess you need to have learned at least some history to know this. Alas, not any more.

  • Tom Phillips says:

    Forcing them to go back to work anyway – a perfect representation of the Putin and Trump mentality.

  • Putin said the virus wasn’t a problem. The dancers said, “Don’t give me none of that Bolshoi.”

  • Dave says:

    When you have become Putin’s sycophant you can hardly address the real nature of the Corona virus. You have to follow the company line no matter what the truth is.

  • Edgar Self says:

    Retroactive quarantine is the creation of Asher Godfeder, wholesaler, who died September 30 as of August 1.

  • wiener says:

    Es geht nur darum “schlechte” Nachrichten ohne jede Relevanz zu verbreiten.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Drink your bleach or your Putinist/Trumpist Kool-Aid. It doesn’t matter.
    The Covid virus is real and it’s killing hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
    Sue Sonata Form: I don’t know if you have parents or grandparents still living, but if you do: they are at risk.
    That’s the bottom line. Ignore the warnings at their (and your own) peril.
    I’m scared; you should be as well.