Valery Gergiev

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, Artistic Director of the  Mariinsky Theater, Valery Gergiev gestures at a news conference in the theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The  Mariinsky Theater has hosted premieres of  many of the world's most famous operas and as it marks the 150th anniversary on Friday, Gergiev says a new building will help the theater be an artistic groundbreaker once again. After years of delays and plan changes, the Mariinsky appears on track to open a second stage in a new building on the other bank of the Kryukov Canal in 2012. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theater, Valery Gergiev gestures at a news conference in the theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Mariinsky Theater has hosted premieres of many of the world's most famous operas and as it marks the 150th anniversary on Friday, Gergiev says a new building will help the theater be an artistic groundbreaker once again. After years of delays and plan changes, the Mariinsky appears on track to open a second stage in a new building on the other bank of the Kryukov Canal in 2012.

In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theater, Valery Gergiev gestures at a news conference in the theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Mariinsky Theater has hosted premieres of many of the world's most famous operas and as it marks the 150th anniversary on Friday, Gergiev says a new building will help the theater be an artistic groundbreaker once again. After years of delays and plan changes, the Mariinsky appears on track to open a second stage in a new building on the other bank of the Kryukov Canal in 2012. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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