A long article about the conductor of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera. I'm posting the link for reading later.
Found courtesy of Charles Downey on Ionarts. (Downey's weekly post of links to other blogs and periodicals includes an article about a man who suffered through both of the atomic bomb attacks on Japan in World War II.)
Later: The link to the article about Gergiev has turned into an archive of New York Times articles which can be searched by key terms. A search on Gergiev turns up a trove of articles and reviews concerning the conductor. The one that I had in my link is "The Loyalist" by Arthur Lubow.