101593 | GREAT BRITAIN & SOVIET UNION. Kirov Opera gilt silver Medal.

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    101593 | GREAT BRITAIN & SOVIET UNION. Kirov Opera at Covent Garden gilt silver Medal. Issued 1987 (51mm, 53.75 g, 12h). By Garrard & Co. Ltd.

     

    Façade of the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Theater; above, banner reading JULY GALA EVENING 1987, with masks of drama and comedy, tasseled ropes, and flowers; J. WALTER THOMPSON on banner below / Façade of the Royal Opera House at Covent Gardens; above, banner reading THE KIROV OPERA LENINGRAD, with tasseled ropes, curtain, masks of drama and comedy, and flowers; AT COVENT GARDEN on banner below. Edge: Plain.

     

    Eimer –. Choice Gem Mint State. Vibrant gilt surfaces, with some tremendous iridescence as one approaches the peripheries. Includes original box of issue.

     

    The preeminent music theater in late czarist Russia, the Kirov Opera—now known as Mariinsky—has had numerous stints performing abroad, such as at the Royal Opera House at Covent Gardens. J. Walter Thompson was an advertising company that was acquired in 1987 by British media giant WPP, and was quite likely involved in the promotion of the event there that year as is evident on this medal.

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