You are welcome to visit the roof terrace of the Mariinsky II with its staggering panoramic views of the historic centre of St Petersburg.
The terrace opens one hour before and closes ten minutes prior to any performance.
For an additional fee of 100 roubles, audiences at the Mariinsky II may purchase a roof-access ticket one hour before the main event on presentation of their tickets. Tickets are available from the box-keepers on the ground floor and those on the sixth floor before accessing the terrace.
On the terrace there is an audio excursion about the city’s main cathedrals and churches that can be observed from the top of the Mariinsky II.
Please bear in mind that the number of visitors is limited.
We would ask that patrons familiarise themselves in advance with the rules for visiting the terrace.
Mariinsky Ballet Principal Dancer Kimin Kim has won the Benois de la danse prize in the category “Best Male Dancer”
Mariinsky Ballet Principal Dancer Kimin Kim has won the Benois de la danse prize in the category “Best Male Dancer”.
Each year the ever-changing jury of the Benois de la danse prize, consisting of the dance world’s most respected figures, proposes nominees (choreographers, dancers, composers and designers) for the best work in ballet, and at the gala concert the “best-of-the-best” are announced. In line with tradition the Chairman of the jury is Yuri Grigorovich. This year the jury comprised Étoile of the Opéra de Paris Marie-Agnès Gillot, Artistic Director of the Compañía Nacional de Danza of Spain José Carlos Martínez García, Artistic Director of the Swedish Royal Ballet Johannes Öhman, Professor Xiao Suhua of the faculty of dance of the Beijing Academy of Dance, Italian ballet star Elisabetta Terabust, Acting Director of the Mariinsky Ballet Yuri Fateyev and Executive Director of the Joyce Theatre Linda Shelton (New York). The presentation of the award, a statuette crafted by sculptor Igor Ustinov, a descendant of the illustrious Benois family, took place on 17 May at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Mariinsky Theatre Principal Dancer Kimin Kim received the award for his performance of lead roles in La Bayadère at the Opéra de Paris and the ballet Schéhérazade with his home company at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music on two occasions. On 9 June at 19:00 the ensemble will appear at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and on 6 July it will perform at the Großer Saal of the Konzerthaus (Berlin).
The programme of the Moscow concert features Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben and Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3, the solo to be performed by Behzod Abduraimov. The evening opens with the Russian premiere of Vladimir Tarnopolsky’s opus Tabula Russia, which was composed in 2015.
The Russian-German Academy of Music was founded as part of the Year of Germany in Russia and Russia in Germany in 2012-2013 by young Russian and German musicians. The academy’s orchestra includes students of leading conservatoires, trainees and soloists of major orchestras from both countries, among them the Mariinsky Theatre, the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Hamburg Staatsoper Orchestra. Preparations for each concert programme take place under the supervision of experienced teachers from Russia and Germany, with the Mariinsky Theatre having been selected as the main base of the academy. The project’s Artistic Director is Valery Gergiev and its Executive Director is Tatjana Rexroth.
Other impending projects of the Russian-German Academy of Music include an appearance by the academy’s Chamber Orchestra at the Stars of the White Nights festival in St Petersburg. On 24 June at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the ensemble will perform under Thomas Zehetmair, who will also be appearing as the soloist in Joseph Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C Major. The programme also includes Igor Stravinsky’s concerto Dumbarton Oaks, Sergei Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony No 1 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No 7.
26 May – 24 July 2016
The Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky II and the Concert Hall
Artistic Director: Valery Gergiev
26 May – 24 July 2016
The Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky II and the Concert Hall
Artistic Director: Valery Gergiev
• Over 160 performances and concerts featuring international stars;
• Three opera and two ballet premieres: Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera Samson et Dalila staged by Yannis Kokkos; one-act ballets staged by Anton Pimonov and Maxim Petrov to music by Sergei Prokofiev; Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Idiot; and Leonid Klinichev’s opera The Cossacks (world premiere);
• Night-time concerts featuring outstanding musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev;
• Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf with new Narrators;
• Over twenty famous instrumentalists;
• And ten guest companies.
Prior to the XXIV Stars of the White Nights festival, on 23 May at the Mariinsky II the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. On the eve of the opening of the festival at the Mariinsky II the re will be a premiere of a new production of Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera Samson et Dalila staged by Yannis Kokkos. During the festival the production will also be performed on 28 May and 2 June.
On 26 May the festival opens with a concert by the Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder togethe r with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev (Mariinsky II, 18:00). The baton will the n pass on to organist Thierry Escaich, who will be performing improvisations on the mes from works by Sergei Prokofiev at the Concert Hall (19:00). At the historic Mariinsky Theatre the re will be a performance of the ballet Romeo and Juliet with Diana Vishneva in the title female role. Valery Gergiev will be conducting (Mariinsky Theatre, 20:00).
The ballet premieres will be dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev. The the atre’s young choreographers will present one-act ballets to the composer’s music; Maxim Petrov will be staging his Russian Overture and Anton Pimonov will stage his Violin Concerto No 2 (4 and 17 July, Mariinsky II).
Anothe r festival premiere comes with Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Idiot after the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. At the conductor’s stand will be Thomas Sanderling, one of the initiators of the production (6 and 9 July, Concert Hall).
The Stars of the White Nights will conclude with the world premiere of contemporary composer Leonid Klinichev’s opera The Cossacks, written specially for the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva (24 July, Concert Hall).
Special festival events. In the year marking one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of Sergei Prokofiev, each month at the Mariinsky Theatre the re will be performances of the symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf, the role of the Narrator to be performed by a star from the world of music, cinema, television and sport. During the festival the re will be several such performances. On 1 June, Children’s Day, the role of the Narrator will be performed by the atre and film actor Mikhail Porechenkov togethe r with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
Night-Time Concerts. This year the festival playbill includes a series of performances at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre which begin at the very height of the white nights. Togethe r with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev the re will be performances by the outstanding musicians Leonidas Kavakos (12 June, 22:00), Denis Matsuev (25 June, 22:00), Hélène Grimaud (1 July, 21:00) and Nelson Freire (4 July, 21:00).
On 3 July at the Concert Hall as part of the Night-Time Concerts the re will be a joint performance by the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Chamber Orchestra of the Munich Philharmonic.
The the atre of Rodion Shchedrin. Works by Rodion Shchedrin occupy a special place in the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre, which has staged four of his operas and three of his ballets in addition to regular performances of the composer’s symphony music. The festival playbill includes Shchedrin’s operas based on Nikolai Leskov’s eponymous tales The Lefthander (7 June, Mariinsky II) and The Enchanted Wanderer (13 June, Concert Hall), concert performances of the operas Boyarynya Morozova (9 June, Concert Hall) and Not Love Alone (15 June, Concert Hall), as well as this season’s opera premiere of A Christmas Tale (18 June, Mariinsky II). Ballet performances will include Anna Karenina (26 and 27 June, Mariinsky II) and The Little Humpbacked Horse (30 June, 1 July, Mariinsky II).
There will be a kaleidoscope of duets and ensembles of world opera stars in several performances: Plácido Domingo will be appearing with Tatiana Serjan and Mikhail Petrenko in the opera Simon Boccanegra (27 May, Mariinsky II), Ekaterina Semenchuk, Tatiana Serjan, Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Vladislav Sulimsky will appear in the opera Il trovatore (30 June, Mariinsky II), Mlada Khudoley, Yusif Eivazov and Yuri Vorobiev will appear in the opera Turandot (31 May, Mariinsky Theatre), Anna Netrebko and Sergei Skorokhodov will perform the lead roles in the opera Lohengrin (4 June, Mariinsky II), Olga Borodina, Olga Peretyatko and Alexei Markov will appear in a concert performance of The Tsar’s Bride (5 June, Mariinsky II), Ildar Abdrazakov and Maria Guleghina will appear in the lead roles in Attila (8 June, Mariinsky II), and the renowned Wagnerian singers Anja Kampe and Yevgeny Nikitin will come togethe r for a concert performance of the opera Siegfried (21 and 23 June, Concert Hall). Ildar Abdrazakov, Alexei Markov and Yulia Matochkina will appear in the opera Don Carlo (22 June, Mariinsky II), Vladislav Sulimsky and Tatiana Serjan will perform the lead roles in Macbeth (25 June, Mariinsky Theatre), while togethe r with Ferruccio Furlanetto the y will appear in the opera Simon Boccanegra (2 and 3 July, Mariinsky II). All performances are to be conducted by Valery Gergiev.
At the Mariinsky II Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem will also see a stellar cast: Olga Borodina, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Viktoria Yastrebova will be performing under the baton of James Conlon (8 July).
The festival playbill also includes La traviata with Olga Peretyatko as Violetta Valéry (29 May, Mariinsky II), The Tale of Tsar Saltan with Albina Shagimuratova (3 June, Concert Hall), Tosca (10 June, Mariinsky II) and Aida (12 June, Mariinsky Theatre) in which the title roles will be performed by Maria Guleghina, Don Giovanni with Yevgeny Nikitin (4 July, Mariinsky Theatre) and Don Quichotte with Ferruccio Furlanetto (10 July, Mariinsky Theatre).
There will also be recitals by opera prima donnas: Anna Netrebko will appear at the Mariinsky II with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev (6 June), Cecilia Bartoli and the orchestra I Barocchisti under Diego Fasolis will present the evening programme From Venice to St Petersburg (13 June, Mariinsky II) and Olga Borodina will appear at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (18 June).
The ballet playbill includes the most recent premieres of the season: the ballet The Bronze Horseman by Reinhold Glière staged by Yuri Smekalov (15, 16 and 17 June, Mariinsky II), Radu Poklitaru’s Symphony in Three Movements which will be combined in an evening of ballets to music by Stravinsky including Sasha Waltz’ Sacre (19 June, Mariinsky II), as well as works by members of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers (20 June, Mariinsky II). The festival playbill will be adorned by the finest productions of the classical ballet repertoire that have been carefully retained at the Mariinsky Theatre – Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Raymonda, La Sylphide and Giselle as well as ballets by 20th century composers such as Michel Fokine, Leonid Lavrovsky, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and Alexei Ratmansky. The performances are to feature the company’s great soloists: Ulyana Lopatkina will appear as Titania in the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream (29 May, Mariinsky Theatre) and have her own gala evening (3 July, Mariinsky Theatre), Diana Vishneva and Viktoria Tereshkina will appear as Nikia and Gamzatti in the ballet La Bayadère (7 and 10 June, Mariinsky Theatre), while togethe r with Mathieu Ganio Diana Vishneva will appear in Giselle (11 and 13 July). One guest company of the festival is the Astana Ballet (19 and 20 July).
Traditionally the festival’s participants include famous musicians who will be performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev in addition to performing recitals. The piano duo of brothe rs Arthur and Lucas Jussen will perform with the Mariinsky Orchestra on 1 June (Mariinsky II), Christian Blackshaw, Wilfried Strehle and David Geringas will give recitals of works by Robert Schumann (20 June, Concert Hall), while Denis Matsuev will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto (26 June, Concert Hall).
The internationally acclaimed marimba player Keiko Abe will perform with the Tchiki Duo and the Mariinsky Marimba Ensemble (7 June, Concert Hall), Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capuçon and Nikolai Lugansky will be performing at the Concert Hall on 11 June, and Ilya Rashkovsky togethe r with Igor Tchetuev will present a programme dedicated to the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff (28 June, Concert Hall). Vadym Kholodenko (16 June, Concert Hall), Nikolaj Znaider (27 June, Concert Hall) and Hélène Grimaud (2 July, Concert Hall) will perform recitals.
The concerts with established performers will be complemented by appearances by prize-winners of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition: George Li will give a recital (10 June, Concert Hall) and will appear with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer (9 June, Mariinsky II), while Anastasia Kobekina will appear with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Zaurbek Gugkaev (22 July, Concert Hall). There will be recitals at the Concert Hall by Yu-Chien Tsen (17 June) and Lucas Debargue (22 June).
The festival’s guest ensembles include the Chamber Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music directed by Thomas Zehetmair (24 June, Concert Hall), the China Philharmonic Orchestra (7 July, Concert Hall) and the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (12 July, Concert Hall).
Chamber ensembles in the festival playbill. The Borodin Quartet has been a longstanding friend of the Mariinsky Theatre, upholding the reputation of this legendary performing ensemble with supreme skills for more than seventy years, and will be performing works by Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven (27 May, Concert Hall). The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici will present a programme of works by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frederick Handel and Edward Elgar (29 May, Concert Hall). The Moscow Soloists, which marks its twenty-fifth anniversary next year, will perform under the baton of its unchanging director and conductor Yuri Bashmet (29 June, Concert Hall).
The Rastrelli Cello Quartet chamber ensemble will perform with virtuoso clarinettist Giora Feidman (5 July, Concert Hall).
On 5 May 2016 at 17.00 (Moscow time) the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will give a concert Pray for Palmyra. Music revives ancient remains in a famous Roman amphitheater in Palmyra (Syria).
Today, 29 April, saw the start of a tour of Russia by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev
Today, 29 April, saw the start of a tour of Russia by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev. In one day the musicians will be performing in Tula, Oryol and Kursk. Tomorrow, 30 April, there will be a concert in Smolensk, then the Mariinsky Orchestra will travel to Briansk, where it will appear under the baton of young conductor Zaurbek Gugkaev, while Valery Gergiev will leave for Moscow where he will appear in a concert opening the I International Young Pianists’ Grand Piano Competition.
On Russian Orthodox Easter Day (1 May) the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will first appear in Vladimir and subsequently at the Great Hall of the Conservatoire in Moscow, where at 20:00 there will be the grand opening of the XV Moscow Easter Festival. The concert programme includes highlights of the music from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 3 with soloist Daniil Trifonov, Three Wonders from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
As per tradition, the musicians will travel by the specially chartered Moscow Easter Festival train. The train has fourteen waggons – eight for musicians, a staff waggon, a waggon for journalists, two restaurant-cars, a shower car and a waggon for the instruments.
“This year we are dedicating the festival to the 125th anniversary of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev’s birth. The Mariinsky Theatre today is in many ways the theatre of Prokofiev. Our company’s wonderful performers, with their passionate determination and enviable constancy as well as with tremendous focus of their strengths, willpower and energy, never fail to reveal this great composer literally throughout the music world – from Tokyo or Beijing to New York or San Francisco, from Chile or Cuba to Finland. Sergei Prokofiev with his inherent laconic qualities and frequent terseness, has shown us today, one hundred and twenty-five years after his birth, that he was not writing transient, boring – and that is worst of all – ‘serial’ works. He was obsessed with the idea of creating something truly interesting, never ‘rubber-stamping’ his compositions. Prokofiev categorically refused to be a highly productive composer because he had discovered once and for all time what his musical language meant. He and his music formed part of an improbable and highly unpredictable movement in world terms,” says Valery Gergiev.
The XV Moscow Easter Festival runs from 1 to 17 May 2016 with the support of the Moscow City Government, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and with the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The tempo of the festival, in line with tradition, will be set by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev as well as outstanding contemporary musicians, prize-winners at the Tchaikovsky Competition and the finest instrumental and choral ensembles from across the globe.
Performances by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev begin on 29 April and will last nineteen days in twenty Russian cities – Tula, Oryol, Kursk, Smolensk, Vladimir, Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Votkinsk, Izhevsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Krasnodar, Vladikavkaz, Astrakhan and Saransk.
The choral programme opens on 2 May at the Hall of Church Cathedrals of the Church of Christ the Saviour with a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’ cantata Alexander Nevsky and cantata for mixed chorus and symphony orchestra Flourish, Mighty Land. Countries represented in the programme include Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Serbia, Armenia, Greece and Sweden. The festival will see performances by twenty choral ensembles: the State Academic Russian Sveshnikov Chorus (Moscow), the State Academic Russian Yurlov Cappella (Moscow), the Patriarchal Chorus of the Church of Christ the Saviour (Moscow), the Vesnyanka concert chorus (Moscow), the Russian Rhapsody ensemble of soloists (Moscow), the Overcome chamber chorus of the rehabilitation centre for people with limited abilities (Moscow), the Mariinsky Chorus (St Petersburg), the Optina-Pustyn male chorus (St Petersburg), the Vladimir Boys and Young Men’s Choral Cappella (Vladimir), the Russian Partes chamber chorus (Tver), the Symbol of Faith men’s chamber chorus (Voronezh), the Chorus of the First Belgrade Choral Society (Belgrade, Serbia), the Zero8 male chorus (Stockholm, Sweden), the Dragostin Folk National (Sofia, Bulgaria), the Geghard Convent Chorus (Yerevan, Armenia), Rosarte children’s chorus (Athens, Greece), the Mtskheta ensemble (Tbilisi, Georgia) and the Byzantine chorus Thessalonikis Ymnodoi (Salonika, Greece), the North Russian Folk Chorus (Arkhangelsk) and the Pomorskiekruzhaniya vocal ensemble (Arkhangelsk). The concert programmes will take place in Moscow, the Moscow Region (Lorolyov, Balashikha, Mytishchakh, Khimki, Dmitrov, Serpukhov, Istra, Zaraisk, Yegorevsk and Kolomna), Tver, Staritsa, Tula, Murom, Alexandrov, Kaluga, Ivanovka and Arkhangelsk.
The chamber programme will encompass Moscow, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk on Amur, Belgorod, Tolyatti, Vladimir, Ivanovo, Kostroma and Yaroslavl. Soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and the academy’s Artistic Director Larisa Gergieva will be presenting special programmes marking the Prokofiev anniversary. The programme will also feature the Russian-German Youth Academy.
The bell-ringing programme will take place at twenty-six churches in Moscow, St Petersburg, Ramenskoye, Sergiev Posad, Istra, Zvenigorod and Rzhev. The open-to-all bell-ringing music concerts will be performed in historic and contemporary belfries in Moscow and the Moscow Region, including on Red Square, Taganka, the Danilov Monastery, Sokolniki, the Kolomenskoe Estate Museum, the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery in Zvenigorod and the New Jerusalem Monastery in Istra. This year the number of programme participants has increased: there will be forty bell-ringers from St Petersburg, Vologda, Velinky Novgorod, Yaroslavl, Rybinsk, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Tyumen, Petrozavodsk, Nyandoma, Samara and Rzhev, as well as Minsk and Kalinkovich (Belarus), Riga (Latvia), Pavlograd and Alchevsk (Ukraine) and Bad Laasphe (Germany).
The XV Festival’s charitable concerts will be held at officers’ houses, children’s homes, residential schools and residences for the disabled and veterans. On 9 May on Victory Day at Poklonnaya Hill there will be the traditional free concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.
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.
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.
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.
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.