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    MOSCOW, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg) headed by Valery Gergiyev will present Richard Wagner's opera The Valkyrie (The Nibelung's Ring series) in the Bolshoi Theater (Moscow) in German, the Kultura state TV and radio broadcasting company said on its web site www.cultcorp.ru.

    The Nibelung's Ring is one of the major projects of the Mariinsky Theater.

    The Nibelung's Ring operas were staged in the Mariinsky Theater for the first time 100 years ago in Russia. Today the operas are performed in the original language.

    According to Valery Gergiyev, the artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater, this is an extraordinary and great project of the theater which took five years of hard work.

    The Nibelung's Ring operas, The Rhinegold, Siegfried, The Valkyrie and Twilight of the Gods, premiered in the Mariinsky Theater in December 2002 - June 2003.

    The Mariinsky Theater will tour Moscow until June 4. The Bolshoi Theater will tour St. Petersburg, in turn, on July 4-6.

    In 2005-2006, the Mariinsky Theater is to present The Nibelung's Ring in Korea, Japan and the United States.

    Richard Wagner (1813-1883) visited Russia in 1863 and gave 6 concerns in St. Petersburg and 3 in Moscow.

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