Today musical festival "Stars of the White Nights" in the top ten festivals in the world. This is one of the most popular and grand in conception and scale of the music forums in Russia. The first festival was held in 1993 year, initiated by the Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev. According to the maestro, first festival he conceived as a "musical gift" to the city of the team and soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, agreed to take part in it.
For 18 years of the festival "Stars of the White Nights" with expanded 10 days to 3 months. This festival shows all the luster of the Mariinsky Theatre for the 225-year history
Each year the festival program constitute the best opera and ballet performances of the Mariinsky Theatre, grandiose symphonic works, masterpieces of the chamber music and theater performances. In recent years, the Festival playbill appear program cycles of works of classical composers: execution of symphonies by Sergei Prokofiev, symphonies and concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven, opera-ballet and symphonic music of Peter Tchaikovsky, as well as all the symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich and Mahler. Every year the Mariinsky Theatre expands the boundaries of the Festival, Speaking in Moscow and cities of the North-West region, as well as mastering the creation of performances in natural scenery (open air).
For more than two centuries of its history, the Mariinsky Theatre has given the world many great artists: here served an outstanding bass, founder of the Russian school of opera performer Osip Petrov, honing their skills and reached the heights of fame such great singers, as Feodor Chaliapin, Ivan Yershov, Medea and Nikolai Figner, Sophia Transfiguration. Blistali Scene artistы ballet: Matilda Kshessinsky, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov. Begins its journey in the art of George Balanchine. Theatre witnessed the heyday of brilliant talent decorators, As such Konstantin Korovin, Alexander Golovin, Alexandre Benois, Simon Virsaladze, Fedor Fedorov. And many, others.