The much-derided Mariinsky Ring Cycle (as seen at Covent Garden in 2009) goes West.
West Midlands, that is. The Birmingham Hippodrome, which "annually mounts the biggest pantomime in the country" is well-qualified to host the Gergiev-led extravaganza in November 2014.
The Maestro himself has, inevitably, "not yet had the chance to inspect the venue," so cross fingers he can fit his assortment of totem poles and Valkyries through the door.
Tickets go on sale on 9 December 2013. No word yet on prices, but given that they're offering a direct debit option don't expect it to be cheap.
For an additional £35, you can become a Hippodrome 'Friend', which gives you priority booking privileges, meaning you can book right now.
For £2,750, you can join the Ring Cycle Syndicate, which includes 5 nights' accommodation as well as various tours and activities.
Single performances will be on sale from Spring 2014.