Since 2007, Montblanc watch company with the support of the conductor Valery Gergievgo is sponsoring an international art festival “White Nights”. The company has established a reward, “New Voices Montblanc, which aims to encourage talented young opera singers. In 2007 this award was awarded the British singer Katherine Jenkins (mezzo-soprano), in 2008 – Mariinsky soprano Anastasia Kalagina. In 2009, the first award was given to two winners’ soprano Christina Kapustinskaya and baritone Alexey Markov. In 2010, it received the tenor and bass baritone Sergei Skorokhodov and Shenyang, which has since become the official company Montblanc.
This year’s award winners were tenor and bass Sergei Semishkur Mikhail Petrenko.
In this event the company introduced six Montblanc exclusive accessories that reflect the “theme” of “White Nights”: a diamond necklace in white gold, diamond earrings in white gold, diamond two pairs of cufflinks in white gold fountain pen made of white gold decorated with diamonds and agate and finally, watch Montblanc Villeret 1858 in white gold, which is exquisitely “framed” with diamonds.