Onsale Times

The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great and housed in St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre since 1860, the Orchestra entered its “golden age” in the second half of the 19th century under the musical direction of Eduard Napravnik, whose leadership for more than a half century (1863-1916) secured its reputation as one of the finest in Europe. In 2006 the Orchestra’s Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall opened and 2013 saw the addition of Mariinsky II, a new theatre placed alongside the historic and fabled Mariinsky Theatre.

Numerous internationally famed musicians have conducted the Orchestra. Now the leadership of Valery Gergiev has enabled the Theatre to forge important relationships for the Mariinsky Ballet and Opera to appear in the world’s greatest opera houses and theatres, among them the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Salzburg Festival and La Scala in Milan. The success of the Orchestra’s frequent tours has created the reputation of what one journalist referred to as “the world’s first global orchestra.” Since its US debut in 1992 the orchestra has made 15 tours of North America.

Mariinsky Orchestra returns to Roy Thomson Hall this November.