ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, September 11, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) ó The Netherlands' Queen Beatrix has knighted Russian conductor Valery Gergiev in honor of the 10th Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, it was reported Sunday [September 11].
Gergiev, who is artistic director and chief conductor of Russia's Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the Kirov Opera), received the title of the Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion during the festival's opening at De Doelen concert hall Saturday [September 10], RIA Novosti reported.
Rotterdam Mayor Ivo Opstelten presented the knighthood on behalf of the queen and gave the conductor the first copy of a four-CD set of highlights from the previous nine Gergiev festivals.
The 2005 festival opened with the prologue to Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony, performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Gergiev's direction.
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