On 10 February Valery Gergiev commences a series of concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker. Gergiev will be conducting this famous ensemble for the first time in three years. On the first day of the tour at the Gasteig Cultural Centre in Munich and later, on 12 February at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris, there will be performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Ninth Piano Concerto and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Manfred symphony. The solo will be performed by Chinese pianist Yuja Wang.
From 20 to 22 February there will be performances at the Musikverein in Vienna. The programmes of the first two concerts include the introduction to the opera Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky orchestrated by Dmitry Shostakovich, Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth’s work Masaot/Clocks without Hands, which is dedicated to the Wiener Philharmoniker and was first performed by that ensemble in 2015, as well as highlights from Richard Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung. The vocal role will be performed by American singer Heidi Melton, this appearance marking her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker. The concert on 22 February will feature a performance of the overture to Richard Wagner’s opera Der Fliegende Holländer, Claude Debussy’s La Mer and Modest Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. The same programme will be performed on 23 February at the Palace of Arts in Budapest.
The tour will continue in the USA, where the orchestra and the maestro will appear three times at Carnegie Hall in New York (26 – 28 February). The first evening will again feature the overture to Wagner’s opera Der Fliegende Holländer, Debussy’s La Mer and Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition orchestrated by Ravel. On the second evening the ensemble will repeat a programme of works from the European concerts (the composition by Olga Neuwirth being performed in the USA for the first time). At the matinee concert on 28 February the orchestra will perform highlights from Wagner’s opera Parsifal and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred symphony.
On 1 and 2 March the Wiener Philharmoniker will perform in Naples (Florida) for the first time in its history. The first day will see repeat performances of the overture to Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer, Debussy’s La Mer and Musorgsky-Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition while on the second there will be highlights from Wagner’s opera Parsifal and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred symphony.
Following several performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Mexico, Valery Gergiev will give a further three concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker in Columbia and Brazil (5, 8 and 9 March).
The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will continue to introduce the public to famous performers. On 10 February there will be a grand opening of the Year of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev in the Primorsky Region
The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will continue to introduce the public to famous performers. On 10 February there will be a grand opening of the Year of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev in the Primorsky Region. The one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the great Russian composer’s birth will be widely celebrated not just in Russia but throughout the world.
Prokofiev’s works will be presented by prize-winners of the XIV and XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Dmitry Masleyev (1st prize at the XV Competition), Alexei Chernov (5th prize at the XIV Competition) and Ilya Rashkovsky (Special Prize at the XV Competition), as well as participants of the Mariinsky Piano Festival Pavel Raikerus and Philipp Kopachevsky. The Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov.
Dmitry Masleyev, who has appeared at that theatre to great acclaim on 7 February as part of the Rachmaninoff Festival, will perform Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. Philipp Kopachevsky will perform four of the Ten Pieces for piano from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, Ilya Rashkovskiy will perform Piano Sonata No 3, Alexei Chernov will perform Visions fugitives and Pavel Raikerus will perform Piano Sonata No 7.
On 14 February on the mariinsky.tv website there will be a live broadcast of a symphony music concert featuring the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and the famous actor Yevgeny Mironov, who will together be performing Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. Thanks to mariinsky.tv this engaging journey into the world of music may be enjoyed by young audiences and their parents across the globe!
The broadcast begins at 14:00 Moscow Time (GMT+3).
The Mariinsky Theatre is continuing to develop its latest project, initiated by Valery Gergiev – The Mariinsky for Children. With the “children’s repertoire playbill”, a separate page on the theatre’s website, a new group on social network sites, educational programmes on Children’s Radio and mariinsky.fm radio and also the chance to acquire “an entry ticket one hour in advance” to the series of children’s performances at the Prokofiev Hall, the Mariinsky Theatre is striving to create all possible conveniences for its youngest fans and their parents.
In February at the Prokofiev Hall of the Mariinsky-II (entrance via Soyuza Pechatnikov Street) there will be performances of the opera The Christma Tree by Vladimir Rebikov (14 February), The Giant by Sergei Prokofiev (14 February), Scenes from the Life of Nikolenka Irteniev (28 February) and An Opera about Porridge, a Cat and Milk by Sergei Banevich (20 February), which will also be heard for the first time by young audiences at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok (17, 18 and 21 February).
On 21 February at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre young audiences will see The True Story of Cinderella by Vladimir Tarnopolsky, while on 14 February the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and the acclaimed actor Yevgeny Mironov will give two performances for young audiences of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (at 11:30 and 14:00). An on-line broadcast of the concert will be available on the site mariinsky.tv, starting at 14:00.
The chamber venues of the Mariinsky-II and the Concert Hall will continue to host the educational concerts The Young Theatre-Goers’ Academy (prepared and hosted by Natalia Entelis) and Piccolo at the Mariinsky (prepared and hosted by Olga Piccolo), already well-familiar to many children and their parents.
On 6 February at the Mariinsky II there will be a concert performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor with Albina Shagimuratova in the title role
In the course of the past few seasons Shagimuratova has made successful appearances in productions of this opera at La Scala, the Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, making her Mariinsky Theatre debut in this role last season. The singer’s most recent roles include Mozart’s Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Opéra de Paris and Bayerische Staatsoper) and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden). Lucia remains one of her favourite roles: “I have invested five years of serious preparation in this. This is a role that is very complex technically, especially the mad scene which lasts almost twenty minutes. But I adore Lucia – I can relate to everything in her!” The singer included the mad scene in her recital at the Stars of the White Nights festival in 2015.
Shagimuratova will be partnered by Vladislav Sulimsky (Lord Enrico Ashton), Yevgeny Akimov (Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood) and Vladimir Feliauer (Raimondo Bidebent). Valery Gergiev will be conducting.
This performance forms part of the Maestri of Bel Canto subscription, which has already seen performances of Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma. Together with Mariinsky Theatre musicians the incredibly virtuoso bel canto roles are performed by guest stars. Audiences can look forward to Gaetano Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment (3 March) and Gioachino Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri (14 April).
February at the Mariinsky Theatre will be held under the aegis of Giuseppe Verdi – the playbill features seven of the composer’s works in the theatre’s current repertoire
February at the Mariinsky Theatre will be held under the aegis of Giuseppe Verdi – the playbill features seven of the composer’s works in the theatre’s current repertoire.
On 2 February the series of performances begins with the opera Don Carlo at the historic Mariinsky Theatre with a strong cast – Yevgeny Nikitin (Filippo II), Hovhannes Aivazian (Don Carlo), Vladislav Sulimsky (Rodrigo), Sergei Aleksashkin (the Grand Inquisitor), Viktoria Yastrebova (Elisabeth de Valois) and Zlata Bulycheva (Princess Eboli).
The key event of the month will be the premiere of the opera Simon Boccanegra (5 and 7 February at the Mariinsky-II) featuring world-acclaimed bass Ferruccio Furlanetto and lead Mariinsky Opera soloists. This is the first time that a production of this opera is being staged in St Petersburg. The transfer of the 2014 co-production of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa is being overseen by Andrea De Rosa. The first performances will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Another matinee performance of Simon Boccanegra has been announced for 20 February.
On 4 February at the Mariinsky-II there will be a performance of Verdi’s Requiem featuring Olga Borodina, Yuri Vorobiev, Yevgeny Akimov, Zhanna Dombrovskaya and the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
The playbill for February at the Mariinsky-II also includes, on 12 February, Un ballo in maschera staged by Andrei Konchalovsky, which has been performed at the Mariinsky Theatre to great acclaim for fifteen years, on 16 February there will be a performance of the previous season’s last premiere of Claudia Solti’s production of La traviata with maestro Gergiev conducting and on 22 February comes Il trovatore with Alexei Markov (the Conte di Luna), Tatiana Serjan (Leonora), Anna Smirnova (Azucena) and Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Manrico).
At the end of the month, on 28 February at the historic Mariinsky Theatre there will be a performance of the opera Macbeth staged by British director David McVicar.
Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev has appointed a new director of the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The Ballet Master-in-Chief of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky is Eldar Aliev and the Director of the ballet company is Alexander Kurkov.
Eldar Aliev graduated from the Baku School of Dance and the Choreography Department of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. From 1979-1992 he was a principal dancer at the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre.
From 1992 he worked with the company Ballet Internationale (USA), and subsequently became its Artistic Director. Since 2006 he has worked as a guest consultant, teacher, ballet-master and choreographer with leading ballet companies and schools in Europe, Asia and America, among them the Swedish Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of Slovakia, the National Ballet of China, the National Ballet of Canada, Cincinnati Ballet in the USA, the Universal Ballet of Korea in Seoul, the Hong Kong Ballet, the Beijing Academy of Dance, the Teatro Massimo in Italy and the Ballet Nacional de España.
Jury-member of international ballet competitions in Prague, Seoul, New York and Beijing. In 2014 he was elected Deputy Chair of the jury at the XXVI International Ballet Competition in Varna.
Alexander Kurkov is an Honoured Artist of Russia. Graduated from the Baku School of Dance. Began his dance career at the Akhundov Opera and Ballet Theatre (Baku). From 1980-1987 he was a soloist with the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre in Minsk. In 1984 he won the 2nd prize at the All-Union Ballet Competition. From 1987-2007 he was a principal dancer at the Kirov-Mariinsky Theatre.
In 2007 he graduated from the teaching department of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. In 2008-2009 he taught classical dance. From 2010-2016 he has been a teacher and coach and deputy Artistic Director of the ballet company of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.
The Rachmaninoff Festival, already held to great acclaim in Beijing, Rotterdam, London, St Petersburg and Samara, is being held in the Far East for the first time at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok and at the Khabarovsk Regional Philharmonic
The Rachmaninoff Festival, already held to great acclaim in Beijing, Rotterdam, London, St Petersburg and Samara, is being held in the Far East for the first time at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok (7 and 11 February) and at the Khabarovsk Regional Philharmonic (8 and 9 February). The programme of the two-day piano marathons includes all of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piano concerti and his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini performed by prize-winners of the Tchaikovsky International Competition and participants of the Mariinsky Theatre’s International Piano Festival.
On 7 February at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a performance of the First and Second Piano Concerti with soloists Dmitry Masleyev (recipient of the 1st prize at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition) and Alexei Chernov (recipient of the 5th prize at the XIV Tchaikovsky Competition). The concert will also feature romances by Rachmaninoff performed by Mariinsky Opera soprano Olga Trifonova and soloists of the Primorsky Stage.
On 11 February Rachmaninoff’s First and Third Piano Concerti and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini will be performed by Ilya Rashkovskiy, the recipient of the Special Prize at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition, Pavel Raikerus – a “find” at St Petersburg’s International Piano Festival – and Filipp Kopachevsky, already familiar to Primorsk audiences through the Tchaikovsky Marathon project. The Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov.
On 8 and 9 February, the pianists will perform the same programme at the Khabarovsk Regional Philharmonic. The Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Far East will be conducted by Tigran Akhnazarian.
From 27 to 29 January the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will give three performances at the Rudolfinum, one of Prague’s oldest concert halls
From 27 to 29 January the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will give three performances at the Rudolfinum, one of Prague’s oldest concert halls.
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which celebrates its one hundred and twentieth anniversary this year, is among the world’s twenty best orchestras. Maestro Gergiev first appeared with the ensemble in June 2014 in Prague and Ravenna. The press awarded lofty praise to these concerts: “The team-work between the conductor and the Czech Philharmonic reaches an apogee from the very start – in the Suite from Swan Lake. Gergiev created timeless music which displays Tchaikovsky’s brilliance and the possibilities of the free art that the performers possess.” (Hospodářské noviny)
“The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra sounded more like a Russian ensemble rather than a Czech one, with seething energy, passion, drama and even a flavour of national pride. Maestro Gergiev’s understanding of the orchestra and his ability to give the ensemble a particular sound is unrivalled.” (Bachtrack)
In two years’ time Valery Gergiev will return once more to Prague to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps for Czech audiences. The solo will be performed by renowned Czech violinist Josef Špaček.
On 27 January one of the longest-serving employees of the Mariinsky Theatre Professor Leonid Yevgenievich Gakkel, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation and Doctor of the History of Art, will celebrate his eightieth birthday
On 27 January one of the longest-serving employees of the Mariinsky Theatre Professor Leonid Yevgenievich Gakkel, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation and Doctor of the History of Art, will celebrate his eightieth birthday.
A St Petersburg intellectual for many years, Leonid Gakkel may be regarded as the ideal embodiment of that now rare human type that is increasingly vanishing into the annals of history and literature. At the St Petersburg Conservatoire colleagues and students meet with this respected and strict professor of piano, the author of brilliant educational courses in the history of piano performance, a dissertation research director and member of the Academic Council. The reading public – professionals and music-lovers – highly regard his wonderful books, among them The Piano Music of Sergei Prokofiev (1960), Piano Music of the 20th Century (1976, 2nd edition published in 1990), Theatre Square: Essays (1990), The Magnificence of Performance: Maria Yudina and Vladimir Sofronitsky (1995) and December Lectures (1991, 2nd edition published in 2010) among others.
Mariinsky Theatre audiences like him as a lecturer, author and presenter of three subscriptions. At the Concert Hall Leonid Gakkel engagingly speaks of some well-known works – the series is called Masterpieces for All Times – and after his lectures it is as if the audience’s perceptions have changed. At the Shchedrin Hall he reads lectures about the great performers of the Mariinsky/Kirov Theatre, he preserves their “Living Memory” and at the Prokofiev Hall he runs The Silver Thread featuring famous names and dates from the history of music. Gakkel has written lengthy and artistically expressive annotations for discs released on the Mariinsky label. Assembled together in one volume, they comprise the contents of his latest book And Then It Will Resound, the presentation of which will take place on 7 February 2016 at the Prokofiev Hall.
Able to engage with any audience, Leonid Gakkel is used to appearing on radio and TV. His knowledge is boundless, and the way he interacts with the audience is unparalleled. Everyone at the Mariinsky Theatre together with its Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev congratulate Leonid Gakkel on his birthday.