The Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters will be able to exchange productions due to the presence of several stages. The head of both theaters, Valery Gergiev, spoke about this on December 1.
“We can exchange new productions, we can tour on the stages of two theaters, we have more than one stage in Moscow, more than one stage. We have at least three venues for each theater, and this is very good news,” he said.
Gergiev was appointed general director of the Bolshoi Theater earlier that day. Previously, he had already combined work in several places at the same time – in parallel with performances at the Mariinsky Theater, he was the chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras.
The new general director of the Bolshoi Theater has not yet spoken in detail about his plans, only noting that he will regularly travel between the two capitals. The artistic director of the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic, Alexander Tchaikovsky, admitted that Gergiev could also take up music in the Moscow theater.
“Maybe, of course, with such a conductor, the process of the performance itself will be more interesting from the point of view of performing some musical interpretations,” he said.
On November 15, Izvestia, citing its own sources, was the first to report that Gergiev would head the Bolshoi Theater. It was noted that the head of the Mariinsky Theater will replace Vladimir Urin, who has headed the theater since 2013.
According to available information, negotiations on personnel changes lasted for a year and a half. It was clarified that the appointment could be announced within the framework of the St. Petersburg Cultural Forum.