The Mariinsky Theatre Trust is grateful to BP for its ten-year support of the Mariinsky UK touring programme. This partnership builds on the strong relationship already established between BP Russia and the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and forms part of BP's cultural programme in the UK.

The Mariinsky Theatre Trust

Chair: Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill


The Mariinsky Theatre Trust has been ground-breaking in the world of arts support organisations. Created in 1993 by Valery Gergiev, the Trust combines practical assistance for the Mariinsky Theatre’s work in Russia with active promotion of its most innovative programming in the UK.

Over the past twenty five years, the Trust has given UK audiences opportunities to discover works which commercial promoters might have found too challenging. As a result, British audiences now have an infinitely richer understanding of Russian culture, much of which is now becoming part of mainstream repertoire. In London, the Trust presented the first concert given by Valery Gergiev and the full Kirov Opera, the first symphonic concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra, the first solo concert by the Mariinsky Chorus, the first joint opera and ballet residency at the Royal Opera House, the first Wagner opera performed by the Mariinsky in the UK as well as Covent Garden premieres of War & Peace, Semyon Kotko, The Snow Maiden and the complete Jewels. We have facilitated Mariinsky visits to the Barbican Centre, London Coliseum, Royal Albert Hall and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Outside London the Trust has been equally active, bringing the Mariinsky companies to Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In Russia, we have sponsored new productions of La forza del destino, Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Eugene Onegin, Rite of Spring, Etudes and the Mariinsky’s first production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.

During the last two decades, the Mariinsky’s international reputation under Maestro Gergiev and the humanistic dimension of its work has set it apart, leading to it being described as the first truly global arts company. The Trust’s ability to deliver the vibrant and progressive vision of Maestro Gergiev in the UK is only possible through the generosity and support of our Members, Sponsors and Donors.

The Mariinsky Theatre Trust is the working name of the Anglo-Russian Opera & Ballet Trust, a company limited by guarantee. Registered UK charity 1010450 / Registered Company in England and Wales: 2703399