The Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1824-1880) led active charitable work, was a patroness for women`s education, and organised the Russian Red Cross. 145 years ago her name was bestowed on the theatre by Royal Decree from Emperor Alexander II.
In the words of the President-Chairman of the Board of Vneshtorgbank, Andrey Kostin - "the theatre and Vneshtorgbank are bound by a longstanding partnership and friendly relations. We traditionally work together on major projects of the Mariinsky theatre. Vneshtorgbank is the sponsor of the Mariinsky Ballet Festival, and also the annual Stars of the White Nights Festival. Also we help young performers, and promote the growth of professional artistry and continuation of the theatre`s artistic school."
In his turn the artistic head - the Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gegriev, mentioned: "We gratefully accept the support which Vneshtorgbank provides to our programmes for the continuation of the series of seasons.