XXII MUSIC FESTIVAL STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS
28 May – 31 July 2014
This is the twenty-second year that we are holding our Stars of the White Nights music festival and also the second time that it takes place at our three venues – the Mariinsky Theatre, Concert Hall and the Mariinsky II. For the first time, this year the festival concerts will also be held in four chamber halls of the new theatre. And it should be specially noted that the number of festival events this year will, also for the first time ever, reach two hundred!
The scale of the artistic goals that we face this year is as great as that of the festival itself. You may easily judge for yourself: the festival will open with a stage version of Les Troyens, a five-hour opera by Hector Berlioz directed by Yannis Kokkos, then we will again feature Der Ring des Nibelungen, a tetralogy by Richard Wagner, and in July Sergei Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace, an ambitious production in terms of its message and technical and human resources directed by Graham Vick and designed by Paul Brown, will be premiered.
Opera, ballet and concert programmes are all very eventful with both our gifted performers and guest stars. But special attention should be paid to the chamber concert programme that will take place in the halls of the Mariinsky II featuring our young artists (singers, orchestra soloists) as well as more experienced performers. We are doing our best to fill the new theatre, its chamber halls and main stage with a creative atmosphere attracting new audiences, especially teenagers and young people.
See you at the festival!
INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
15 – 20 April 2014
There goes a tale that Franz Liszt was once asked what is more important for the audience – how the music is played or whose music is played; the acclaimed musician laughed and replied that the most important thing was who is performing. One of the most outstanding pianists of the 19th century who frequently and brilliantly performed his own music, he had every right to express himself thus. It is believed, however, that when he spoke of this “who” he meant not just the musician’s name but his taste and talent as well (which is not always one and the same thing).
So what can the public expect? The latest instalment of the International Piano Festival will help us answer this question after listening to the performances of our guests – both young and established, acclaimed and as yet known only “to a small circle.”
XIV INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL MARIINSKY
3 – 13 April 2014
FESTIVAL MASLENITSA (SHROVETIDE)
February – 2 March 2014
The Mariinsky Theatre is running the Maslenitsa festival for the tenth year now. The pace of this year’s festival is being set by its concerts and master-classes as part of the Percussion for Maslenitsa programme which will be presenting percussionists and percussion music. In line with tradition, the Maslenitsa at the Mariinsky festival will include productions of Russian fairytale operas by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, always in “glorious Technicolor” conveying the charm and energy of folk festivals: the spring-time tale of The Snow Maiden (connected with Shrovetide in terms of its plot), Sadko and The Tale of Tsar Saltan. Igor Stravinsky’s ballets Sacre, Pétrouchka and Les Noces are a natural addition to this content. The “fairytale” repertoire will also see performances of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty and Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte.
The festival opens with the season’s first ballet premiere – Wayne McGregor’s Infra.
INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
24–30 December 2013
This season the International Piano Festival will be taken to a new level. The number of venues of the festival will rise to three – the traditional location (the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre) will be joined by two new venues at the Mariinsky II (the main stage and the amphitheatre auditorium). The number of participants will be greater and more varied than before – there will be nineteen pianists aged between ten and ninety from all corners of the globe, each presenting his or her own programme to festival audiences.
THE I INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL
11 – 15 September 2013
The concert programme of the eighth season at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre opens with the I International Organ Festival featuring renowned musicians from throughout Europe. They will be performing works by composers from various eras, ranging from the baroque to the present day. The “protagonist” of the festival will, of course, be the “king” of instruments itself.