2017-2018 Fellowship




Mariinsky II  St. Petersburg


Faust at the Mariinsky

Historic Hall


The Atkins Young Artists Program Fellowship at the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre in Russia is a highly distinctive, career-launching program for gifted singers. The program's goal is to support, enhance, and develop young vocalists with extraordinary potential as they transition to working performers, a process that is essential for a successful and global career in opera.

The Fellowship at the Mariinsky is a collaborative initiative between the Atkins Young Artists Programs a United States not for profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable purposes including specifically the promotion of the arts and the Mariinsky State Academic Theatre in Russia.  

Young artists accepted to a one or two-year Fellowship at the Mariinsky enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to develop their gifts and pursue their dreams.  An individual program is developed for each artist based upon their unique talents, challenges, and requirements.  And, the Mariinsky's multiple stages affords fellows the opportunity to perform and to experience the rigors of an international opera career.  A feature of the fellowship is the opportunity for the young artists to undertake immersion language and cultural studies in other international opera centers such as Italy, France, Germany or the United States.






The Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky, Maestro Valery Gergiev is the founding Artistic Director of the fellowship program.  A world-renowned conductor, Maestro Gergiev's accolades include being named one the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is a wonderful place for young artists with its three active venues; the Historic Hall, the Concert Hall, and the Mariinsky II.


The Primorsky Stage


The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre located in Vladivostok, Russia, is the most modern theatre in the Far East and one of the youngest theatres in Russia.  It features three stages, the Great Hall-used for opera, ballet and large symphonic and choral concerts, the Chamber Hall, and the Summer Theatre.


Pianist Myra Huang and Atkins Fellow Dmitrii Grigorev Fellowship Recital in Chile.