Gianandrea Noseda is a very special conductor for the Mariinsky Theatre. This is where his international career, so very successful today, first took flight. Performers and audiences alike simply adore him. Residents of St Petersburg can be heard speaking fondly of "Our Noseda!", while Valery Gergiev's level of trust in is colleague is borne out by the fact that Noseda will be conducting the Ninth Symphony as part of this year's Stars of the White Nights festival Beethoven Series.