22.04.2016

On 23 April, the birthday of Sergei Prokofiev, in Moscow and St Petersburg there will be a Prokofiev Marathon, which will unite the capitals with a chronological series of concerts marking one hundred and twenty-five years since the composer’s birth

On 23 April, the birthday of Sergei Prokofiev, in Moscow and St Petersburg there will be a Prokofiev Marathon, which will unite the capitals with a chronological series of concerts marking one hundred and twenty-five years since the composer’s birth.

The celebratory programme opens with a matinee concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow (11:30). There will be performances of the First and Second Symphonies, Piano Concerto No 1 (with soloist Denis Kozhukhin), Violin Concerto No 1 (with soloist Leonidas Kavakos), the cantata They Are Seven and Scythian Suite (Ala and Lolly). The concert will feature the State Academic Moscow Regional Kozhevnikov Chorus. Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will then depart for St Petersburg, while in Moscow the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall will see the start of the Prokofiev Marathon (15:00). The soloists are Daniil Trifonov (Sonata No 1, Sonata No 3, Gavotte of three piano pieces from the ballet Cinderella), Katya Skanavi (Sonata No 2), Ilya Rashkovsky (Sonata No 4, piano pieces from the ballet Romeo and Juliet) and Denis Kozhukhin (Sonata No 5). At the close of the Moscow stage of the marathon there will be a performance of the Sonata for Two Violins, soloists to be announced.

Two hours later in St Petersburg at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the Prokofiev Marathon continues (17:00). Five pianists from different generations and schools will present the composer’s late sonatas. The concert opens with Sergei Babayan who will perform Sarcasms. Sonata No 6 will be performed by Alexei Melnikov, Sonata No 7 by Denis Matsuev, Sonata No 8 by Sergei Redkin and Sonata No 9 by Andrei Korobeinikov.

The conclusion of the celebration will come with a Prokofiev Gala featuring the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in St Petersburg at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (21:00). The programme includes the Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, the Third Symphony, the Second Violin Concerto with Kristóf Baráti and the Second Piano Concerto with Denis Matsuev.

On this day Prokofiev’s music will be performed at all Mariinsky Theatre venues – from the historic Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky-II and its chamber halls to the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok, presenting the composer’s legacy in all its variety. On the official website of the Mariinsky Theatre and in the foyer of the Mariinsky-II there will be exhibitions depicting the century-long history of productions of operas and ballets by Prokofiev at the Mariinsky Theatre (from 1916 to 2016). Theatre kiosks will be selling the special edition of Prokofiev at the Mariinsky which has been prepared for the composer’s anniversary.

On 24 April the series of celebratory performances continues at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. There will be a matinee of Prokofiev’s piano concerti: Daniil Trifonov will perform Piano Concerto No 3, Sergei Redkin will perform Piano Concerto No 4 and Sergei Babayan will conclude the cycle with Piano Concerto No 5. The Mariinsky Orchestra will also perform the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies (13:00). This will be followed by a performance of the cantata Alexander Nevsky and the oratorio Ivan Grozny featuring Olga Borodina (mezzo-soprano), Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano), Mikhail Petrenko (bass) and stage and film actor Alexei Petrenko as the Narrator (17:00). In the evening at the Concert Hall there will be a performance of late works by Prokofiev. The programme includes the Sixth and Seventh Symphonies as well as the Concert Symphony for Cello and Orchestra with soloist Alexander Ramm (21:00). Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra throughout the day.

Festivities commemorating Prokofiev will continue throughout the year at all venues of the Mariinsky Theatre, including the Primorsky Stage in Vladivostok, and they will also form a core part of the anniversary XV Moscow Easter Festival at which the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be appearing in Tula, Oryol, Kursk, Smolensk, Vladimir, Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Votkinsk, Izhevsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Rostov on Don, Sochi, Krasnodar, Vladikavkaz, Astrakhan and Saransk. To mark one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of Prokofiev Valery Gergiev will also be hosting projects in Italy, Sweden, China, the USA, Chile, Mexico, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Cuba.

15.04.2016

On 23 April, the day that Prokofiev was born, the celebratory programme opens with a matinee performance by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow (11:30)

On 23 April, the day that Prokofiev was born, the celebratory programme opens with a matinee performance by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow (11:30). There will be performances of the First and Second Symphonies, Piano Concerto No 1 (soloist – Denis Kozhukhin), Violin Concerto No 1 (soloist – Leonidas Kavakos), the cantata Seven, They Are Seven and Scythian Suite (Ala and Lolly). The concert will feature the State Academic Moscow Kozhevnikov Regional Chorus.

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will then depart for St Petersburg, while in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall there will be a Prokofiev Marathon (15:00).
Prokofiev’s works will be performed by Daniil Trifonov (Sonata No 1, Sonata No 3 and a Gavotte of three pieces for piano from the ballet Cinderella), Katia Skanavi (Sonata No 2), Ilya Rashkovsky (Sonata No 4 and pieces for piano from the ballet Romeo and Juliet) and Denis Kozhukhin (Sonata No 5). At the end of the Moscow part of the marathon there will be a performance of the Sonata forTwo Violins, the names of the soloists to be announced.

13.04.2016

The latest Mariinsky Theatre tour to Great Britain runs from 14 to 18 April in London and Cardiff

The latest Mariinsky Theatre tour to Great Britain runs from 14 to 18 April in London and Cardiff.

The Mariinsky Ballet will be returning to the Wales Millennium Centre (Cardiff), where the company will present works by contemporary choreographers. On 14 and 15 April at the Donald Gordon Theatre, Mariinsky Ballet soloists will perform the one-act ballets Five Tangos by Hans van Manen, Infra by Wayne McGregor and In the Night by Jerome Robbins for the first time for UK audiences.

On 16 and 17 April the company will present Sasha Waltz’s production of Sacre and Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. The tour will feature appearances by principal dancers and lead soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre including Yekaterina Kondaurova, Anastasia Matvienko, Viktoria Tereshkina, Kristina Shapran, Andrei Yermakov, Konstantin Zverev, Kimin Kim, Alexander Sergeyev, Yuri Smekalov, Filipp Stepin and Vladimir Shklyarov.

The Mariinsky Orchestra is preparing a surprise for its British fans. At the matinee concert on 17 April at the Donald Gordon Theatre there will be a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf under Valery Gergiev, who will appear in the dual role of Narrator and conductor. The programme also includes the suite from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. The next day the orchestra under the baton of maestro Gergiev will continue to perform works by Prokofiev – at Cadogan Hall in London there will be a performance of the music of the ballet Romeo and Juliet.

These performances open a series of celebratory concerts in Great Britain to mark one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of Sergei Prokofiev. On its next visit to London in autumn 2016 the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will perform all of the composer’s symphonies.

11.04.2016

The I International Far East Festival will run from 30 July to 10 August 2016. This was announced by the festival’s Artistic Director Valery Gergiev during his latest visit to Vladivostok. He stressed that one of the aims of this festival is to bring together participants and fans of classical music from countries throughout the Asian and Pacific Ocean region

The I International Far East Festival will run from 30 July to 10 August 2016. This was announced by the festival’s Artistic Director Valery Gergiev during his latest visit to Vladivostok. He stressed that one of the aims of this festival is to bring together participants and fans of classical music from countries throughout the Asian and Pacific Ocean region.

“In Vladivostok we will have, first and foremost, Russian, Japanese, South Korean and Chinese performers. Primorsk is a vital region for the entire planet and here we must establish a truly interesting cultural collaboration between Russia, Japan, Korea, China, the USA, Canada and other nations in the Asian and Pacific Ocean region,” Valery Gergiev commented.

On 8 and 9 April the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev gave four performances at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, the matinee performances being charitable events. For young audiences and their parents there were performances of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev’s symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf (narrated by Konstantin Khabensky) and his First Symphony. This has been the musicians’ fifth visit to Vladivostok.

The Mariinsky Theatre’s Far East Branch – the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre – opened in Vladivostok on 1 January 2016.

25.03.2016
Due to the expansion of the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) there will be auditions for dancers in every category. Auditions will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on 29 April

Due to the expansion of the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) there will be auditions for dancers in every category. Auditions will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on 29 April 2016.

The audition will take place in the format of a ballet class. The audition for soloists includes a classical variation demonstration chosen by the participant.
The age category for candidates is limited to 28 years. Women must have their own pointe shoes.

Requirements:
1. Diploma certifying middle professional education as a ballet dancer;
2. CV;
3. Full-height photograph in rehearsal clothing.

Staff will be provided with a social security package.
Soloists from other towns will receive recompense for housing and the corps de ballet will receive hostel-flat accommodation.

Materials should be sent by e-mail to: proskuryakovs@mariinsky.ru

Tel: +7 (911) 928 2972
Contact – Sergei Yurievich Proskuryakov

25.03.2016

From 31 March to 5 April Valery Gergiev will present the next series of concerts with the Münchner Philharmoniker at the Gasteig (Munich, Germany)

From 31 March to 5 April Valery Gergiev will present the next series of concerts with the Münchner Philharmoniker at the Gasteig (Munich, Germany).
The programme of the performances features a series of works by Sergei Prokofiev to mark one hundred and twenty-five years since his birth.

At the first two concerts on 31 March and 1 April there will be performances of Prokofiev’s First and Seventh Symphonies as well as the 1889 version of Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony. At the matinee on 3 April Dutch violinist Janine Jansen will appear with the orchestra to perform the solo in Karol Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto. The programme also includes Prokofiev’s First Symphony and Bruckner’s Third Symphony. Prokofiev’s First Symphony and Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto will be performed again by Janine Jansen on 4 and 5 April along with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

On 11 April in Moscow at the Great Hall of the Conservatoire the maestro will conduct the United Orchestra of the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Mariinsky Theatre. The performance is to include highlights from the music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet and Piano Concerto No 2 by Prokofiev (with soloist Alexei Volodin) and Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony.

Valery Gergiev’s next concerts with the Münchner Philharmoniker will take place in July.

25.03.2016

In 2016 the Mariinsky Theatre will be widely celebrating the 125th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Prokofiev. On 23 April – the day of the composer’s birth – the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will give a matinee performance in Moscow and an evening performance in St Petersburg

In 2016 the Mariinsky Theatre will be widely celebrating the 125th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Prokofiev. On 23 April – the day of the composer’s birth – the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will give a matinee performance in Moscow and an evening performance in St Petersburg.

The celebratory programme opens with a matinee performance by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow (11:30).  The orchestra then departs for St Petersburg, while there will also be a Prokofiev Piano Marathon at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (15:00).

That day, Prokofiev’s music will be performed at every stage venue of the Mariinsky Theatre. The matinee concert at the Concert Hall will see a Prokofiev Piano Marathon (12:00), the Stravinsky Foyer will host a Music Hour dedicated to the composer’s works (15:00), the Shchedrin Hall will host a screening of Anna Matison’s documentary film Prokofiev: On the Way (17:00) and at the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a performance of the ballet Cinderella (19:30). The varied celebratory programme at the Mariinsky II will also see screenings of acclaimed films by Sergei Eisenstein, music for which was composed by Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky (18:00) and Ivan the Terrible (21:00).

The day will conclude with the Prokofiev Gala concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The soloists are Kristóf Baráti and Denis Matsuev (Concert Hall, 21:00).

On 24 April the anniversary concerts continue at the Concert Hall. For the matinee here Daniil Trifonov will be performing (13:00), followed by the Alexander Nevsky cantata and the oratorio Ivan the Terrible featuring Olga Borodina and Yulia Matochkina (17:00), while in the evening cellist Gautier Capuçon will be performing (21:00). All three concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

It should be noted that the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev is dedicating performances to Prokofiev not just in Russia but throughout the world. Concerts marking one hundred and twenty-five years since the composer’s birth will take place this year in Italy, Sweden, China, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Luxemburg, Germany, Austria, the USA, Chile, Mexico and Cuba.

24.03.2016

The death of Gegam Grigorian is an irreplaceable loss not just for us, for Armenia and Russia, but for many, many fans of opera throughout the world

The death of Gegam Grigorian is an irreplaceable loss not just for us, for Armenia and Russia, but for many, many fans of opera throughout the world.

His unique voice was heard at the world’s greatest opera venues, while for the Mariinsky Theatre he was not just a soloist but a kind friend as well who sincerely loved his colleagues.

A true professional who had a remarkable broad talent and a generous heart, he dedicated his entire life to art. His stunning voice and powerful charisma left no-one untouched wherever in the world he was performing.

His friends, colleagues and students will always retain thankful and kind memories of him, and the images he created will remain etched in our memories for years to come.

In deep sadness,
Valery Gergiev
and all at the Mariinsky Theatre

23.03.2016
On 31 March the XVI International MARIINSKY ballet festival opens with a premiere of the ballet The Bronze Horseman. Production choreographer Yuri Smekalov speaks about the new ballet

On 31 March the XVI International MARIINSKY ballet festival opens with a premiere of the ballet The Bronze Horseman. Production choreographer Yuri Smekalov speaks about the new ballet.

The new Bronze Horseman is not a reconstruction of the ballet which was premiered in 1949 at the Kirov Theatre, it’s a new stage version of Rostislav Zakharov’s famous ballet. I developed the concept of its adaptation for modern times with a wonderful artist, the designer Andrei Sevbo. His taste, poetic nature and romantic associations with stage space, I believe, are very suitable for a ballet about St Petersburg. Having worked with performers of Rostislav Zakharov’s ballet I understood that in the duets and in the interrelationships of the characters in The Bronze Horseman there is so much that is sincere, honest and simple! I think that audiences today have been missing that. The ballet has a dramatic text, there is technically demanding dancing, and in terms of choreography we have expanded most of the solo roles. In my production I am trying to retain Zakharov’s choreographic idea, but I want to show it in a different light so that the ballet has meaning for the audience today. The most difficult thing in working on this ballet for me has been the level of responsibility. If you’re creating a completely new work then it’s the case that you’ve conceived it and you answer for it. But here I’m working on a production that was very dear to certain people, and for many the question naturally arises – why did they trust me specifically to return it to the stage? I want to produce the ballet in such a way that both the older generation and young audiences feel warmth in their hearts when they see it, I want them to see that today we are just as dedicated to our profession as those who convinced and charmed the audiences with their work were when this was the Kirov Ballet. I am responsible to all these people, I represent the younger generation, and accepting that is, arguably, the most worrying thing of all.
Yuri Smekalov

22.03.2016

On 24 March at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre soloists of the Academy of Young Singers and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will present a concert performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera Not Love Alone

On 24 March at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre soloists of the Academy of Young Singers and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will present a concert performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera Not Love Alone.

Not Love Alone was Rodion Shchedrin’s first opera, written in 1961 and dedicated to Maya Plisetskaya. The basis of Vasily Katanian’s libretto came from the story Aunt Lusha by Soviet author Sergei Antonov which narrates post-war life. The young composer structured his opus on limerick-like melodies, several of which became concert pieces in their own right. For example, Varvara’s Song and Limericks were performed by the great Irina Arkhipova and Tamara Sinyavskaya. The music itself of the opera acquired a second life in the form of a symphony suite created in 1964.

“The production of my opera at the Bolshoi Theatre resulted in severe irritation from the bosses in charge of culture – the openly Freudian motifs together with the monumental patriotic processions of other Soviet operas, red banners and glorification proved to be too much of a challenging contrast. The planned next four performances were replaced with Verdi’s La traviata, and it was only two months later that the opera was shown to the public another three times after which it quietly and ingloriously vanished from the repertoire,” says Rodion Shchedrin.

The opera Not Love Alone may also be heard at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 30 March.

Rodion Shchedrin and the Mariinsky Theatre enjoy a close working relationship that dates back many years. Here most of his operas have been staged as well as three of his five ballets and there are regular performances of his concert music. Especially for the opening of the Mariinsky-II the composer was commissioned to write the opera The Lefthander, And in December 2015 came the premiere of Shchedrin’s new opera A Christmas Tale, which was dedicated to Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre.

It should be noted that during the anniversary XV Moscow Easter Festival, which runs from 1 to 17 May 2016, the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be appearing in twenty-one Russian towns and cities – Tula, Oryol, Kursk, Smolensk, Vladimir, Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Magnitogorsk, Perm, Votkinsk, Izhevsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Krasnodar, Vladikavkaz, Astrakhan and Saransk.

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