There is the annual treat of the entire series of Der Ring des Nibelungen this week at the Mariinsky. Starting tonight, July 4, with Das Rheingold, then Die Walküre tomorrow, July 5, at 15:00, and so on. Only a few great theatres in this world would dare produce the entire tetralogy by Richard Wagner, and it would be a shame to be in St Petersburg and miss at least one piece.

We're definitely going. The Walkirie tomorrow. Even Stephen Fry is coming to see it. See the Mariinsky's official page http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/...09/7/5/1_1500/.

You might also want to see/hear the brilliant opera diva Anna Netrebko in her gala at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (300 m from the main bulding) at 22:00 tomorrow. http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/...09/7/5/2_2200/

And another little treat - the star ballet dancer Diana Vishneva presenting Beauty In Motion on Sunday, July 12. http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/...9/7/12/1_1900/

Peter