Articles by Galina Stolyarova



From the Archive: The Hermitage Hosts Architect Zaha Hadid

The avant-garde Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid is enjoying a retrospective display in St. Petersburg — one of the most architecturally conservative cities in Europe, where commitment to historic preservation is high but plans for contemporary architecture usually hit a dead end.

Yekaterinburg: Russia's Next Capital of Culture

If you ask the average person what comes to mind when they think of Yekaterinburg, they'll probably say that it's a highly polluted industrial city and the site where the Romanov family was executed.

Taking Tchaikovsky to Small Towns in the Urals

A new outreach effort is bringing the arts to some of Russia's more rural areas, much to the joy of eager locals.

'Gangland' Writer Sees Russia's Shifting Underworld

From gang wars to the avalanche of counterfeit goods, this is the transition that St. Petersburg's criminal underworld has made over the past two decades, according to Andrei Konstantinov, a prominent Russian writer and journalist.

Provincial Media Attempts to Extort Eifman Ballet

  • 06 April 14
  • The St. Petersburg Times
It is well-known that the Kremlin has tightened its grip on the dissemination of all news, to the point that it is questionable whether any objective journalism has survived in Russia.

Prizewinning 'Bribe' Monument Seeks a Site

A nationwide competition began in June of last year for the design of the best monument commemorating bribes. However, with the competition now finished, the future of the winning monument remains uncertain.

St. Petersburg Sculpture Park Seeks Owner

The St. Petersburg miniature sculpture park, which contains small versions of some of the city's architectural marvels, from Alexander's Column and the Hermitage to St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church on the Spilled Blood, is looking for an owner and a bodyguard.

Book Reveals Plight Of Female Prisoners

A group of St. Petersburg sociologists have published their insights into the lives of Russia's imprisoned women.

Italian Director Brings 'Don Carlos' to Mariinsky

Video art meets period costumes and psychological drama in the new production of "Don Carlos," one of Giuseppe Verdi's darkest operas, which premieres on Thursday at the Mariinsky Theater.

Fur Fashion Brand Kaminsky Hitting New Heights

A former bomb technician and an ex-taxi driver are now running Kaminsky, an avant-garde fur fashion brand that is arguably Russia's most eccentric.

150 Years on, Clock Will Sing Once More

The State Hermitage Museum's legendary Johann Strasser clock, also known as "the mechanical orchestra," is to be restored by 2014 as part of the museum's 250th anniversary celebrations.

Serbian Filmmaker Vows 'Love and War' for St. Pete

Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica, who this year is presiding over the jury at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, has always had fraternal feelings toward Russians.

St. Pete Volunteers Form Program To Ease Visa Regulations

"The Russian passport is a curse!"
This bitter exclamation is well-known to just about any Russian who has spent several hours waiting Ч in all sorts of weather Ч in seemingly endless, slow-moving lines outside consulates of European countries, carrying thick stacks of documents ranging from bank statements to letters from employers to property ownership deeds.

Photo Competition for Foreigners' Pics of Russia

The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library is calling on photographers to enter its annual Foreign View competition.

St. Petersburg Skyscraper Approval Prompts Protests

A group of local politicians and city heritage activists have appealed to City Governor Georgy Poltavchenko, asking him to reduce the height of the planned 463-meter Lakhta Center skyscraper, which is slated to host the headquarters of Gazprom Neft.

Reformer Stolypin Held Up as Model for Putin

As Russia marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Pyotr Stolypin, the pre-revolutionary interior minister and chairman of the imperial Council of Ministers, political analysts are scrutinizing his legacy and suggesting that President Vladimir Putin should emulate him to successfully conduct economic reforms.

New Mariinsky to Open in 2013

Mariinsky II, the second stage of the world-famous Mariinsky Theater, will receive its first spectators in May 2013, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky promised this week after a meeting with the company's artistic director, Valery Gergiev.

Composer Brings Persian Influence to St. Pete

Running a contemporary classical music center in Russia may seem like an unlikely occupation for a Persian composer brought up in the traditional and extremely intricate Oriental musical culture. This, however, has been the exact mission of 33-year-old Tehran-born composer Mehdi Hosseini for the past 10 years.

Grand Celebrations Begin for 1812 Battle

On Aug. 1, 1812, Russia gained its first victory during the Napoleonic wars, and that victory was crucial.

Ambitious Rodin Exhibit Pays a Visit to St. Pete

The art of Auguste Rodin, arguably the most sensual sculptor of all time, whose works emphasize the connection between the physicality and the spirituality of mankind, takes center stage at a vast display at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg.

Gergiev, Russian Acts to Rule at Edinburgh Festival

Russian art will take center stage at the upcoming Edinburgh International Festival, which is to take place from Aug. 9 through Sept. 2. More than one million spectators are expected to visit the festival, whose main focus this year is theater.

Riot Police, Hipsters Star in Charged 'Boris Godunov'

Looking at one's reflection in the mirror can be a most sobering sight. This is certainly the case with British director Graham Vick's daring new production of Modest Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov."

Stars Head to St. Petersburg for White Nights Fest

Modest Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov," which has arguably become the most popular operatic piece by a Russian composer on the international stage in the past decade, has been revamped by renowned British director Graham Vick. The production, which will be staged Friday, Saturday and June 26, opens the 20th International Stars of the White Nights festival, which runs through July 15.

Stalin Era Fashion, During Wartime And At Parties

How can you make a fashionable coat when the only fabric available is a piece of coarse felt used to make military overcoats? A possible solution Ч accompanied by spirited sewing patterns Ч can be found in the old, yellowing pages of a fashion magazine published in Russia in the 1920s.

Mariinsky Stages Dark, Brooding Debussy Opera

Claude Debussy's 1902 opera "Pelleas et Melisande" has been turned into a thriller fused with irony and trash esthetic by American director Daniel Kramer at the Mariinsky Theater.

Mariinsky Ballet Fest To Draw Dance Stars

Dance talent from the Bolshoi Theater, London's Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, the Wiener Staatsoper, Het Nationale Ballet and the Bejart Ballet Lausanne will join the Mariinsky Theater's top soloists at the 12th International Mariinsky Ballet Festival.

Sokurov: 'Faust' Perfect for Russia's Empty Hearts

Pure evil reigns in Alexander Sokurov's new film "Faust," which won the Golden Lion at last year's Venice Film Festival and starts screening in Russian movie theaters on Feb. 9.

Barkhatov's Drunk, Mad Hoffman at Mariinsky

Director Vasily Barkhatov's fondness for Mariinsky Theater tenor Sergei Semishkur is manifested in two ways. One is that the singer tends to appear in lead roles in most productions Barkhatov stages at the Mariinsky, and the other one is a little more unusual Ч Semishkur's characters inevitably have a strong drunken streak.

RussiaТs Tallest Man Dead At Age 52

Alexander Sizonenko, Russia's tallest man, who once appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest basketball player in history, died on Jan. 5. He was 52.

Long-Lost Songs by Romanovs Surface

Taking 15 years to put together, a recent concert at Tavrichesky Palace in St. Petersburg could have claimed a place in "The Guinness Book of World Records." The performance, entitled "The Imperial Musical Collection," showcased 20 long-lost musical works composed exclusively by members of the Romanov family, including Tsar Alexander II and Prince Konstantin Romanov.