Mariinsky Theater’s New Year wishes

Russia's world-famous Mariinsky Theater has delivered a New Year's message to the people of St Petersburg and to all music and theater lovers all over the world.

After a concert on December 30, featuring Sir Willard White, the Mariinsky’s “Artist of the Month”, performing the part in “Faust's Condemnation” to Hector Berlioz’s music, the Artistic and General Director of the theater, Valery Gergiev, took a chance to greet everyone.

“The Mariinsky Theater wishes a Happy New Year to all those of you who love and worship theater and music – in Russia and of course all over the world. Best wishes from all Russian artists and the legend of Russian ballet, Maya Plisetskaya!”

Sir Willard White, the Jamaican-born world-famous bass baritone, the son of a dockworker and a housewife, has been visiting Russia for the first time. He thanked the Mariinsky Theater and also wished a happy New Year to everyone.

“Thanks to all these wonderful people who make me feel welcome in St Petersburg – my first time in Russia. It’s has been a great pleasure! And I’ve enjoyed the snow!”