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Culture news, 07.10.2003 12:38

Mariinsky Restarts

"The theater is taking an unprecedented step. Instead of opening with the previously planned 'The Golden Cockerel,' it will feature a jewel of Russian opera - Tchaikovsky's 'Mazepa' with new sets that replaced those destroyed in a fire in the Mariinsky workshops," Interfax quoted Mariinsky press secretary Oksana Tokranova as saying.

Tokranova said the September fire caused serious damage to the Mariinsky company, but staff had done everything possible to present a restored performance for the season's opening.

Mariinsky Artistic Director Valery Gergiev will be conducting on the opening night. He will especially come to St. Petersburg from New York, where he was opening seasons in Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall.

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