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18.02.2019

On 26 February, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s new work Commemoration Mass. The programme also includes Rodion Shchedrin’s Poetoria to lyrics by Andrei Voznesensky and Claude Debussy’s Le Martyre de saint Sébastien. Yevgeny Mironov, People’s Artist of Russia, will appear as narrator in Poetoria. The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of Valery Gergiev

On 26 February, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s new work Commemoration Mass. The programme also includes Rodion Shchedrin’s Poetoria to lyrics by Andrei Voznesensky and Claude Debussy’s Le Martyre de saint Sébastien. Featured vocalists: Anastasia Kalagina (soprano), Angelina Akhmedova (soprano), and Yekaterina Sergeyeva (mezzo-soprano). Yevgeny Mironov, People’s Artist of Russia, will appear as narrator in Poetoria. The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Rodion Shchedrin composed Commemoration Mass for chorus a capella in 2018. The composer took the words engraved on Nikolai Gogol’s tombstone: “I will laugh with my bitter word…” The phrase was borrowed from the Bible in Old Church Slavonic, from the book of prophet Jeremiah (20:8). Shchedrin also used “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” from the Book of Revelation (22:20). Rodion Shchedrin provides the listeners with an opportunity to decipher his creative master plan independently, he invites everyone to “interpret the work as they see fit.” He underscored that the title – Commemoration Mass – will guide the listener’s imagination, show them the right way. In Rodion Shchedrin’s view, the starting point is the hypothesis, according to which the word “mass” stems from the Latin “mission” (“message”). The word “commemoration,” however, is addressed, first and foremost, to the composer’s wife, who was a great ballerina. To Maya Plisetskaya – Memory Eternal is dedicated to Rodion Shchedrin’s late wife.

18.02.2019

The Mariinsky Theatre dedicates the performances of Richard Strauss’ operas Die Frau ohne Schatten (18 February) and Elektra (1 March) at the Mariinsky II to the memory of stage designer Paul Brown, who was one of the most influential theatre designers of his generation

The Mariinsky Theatre dedicates the performances of Richard Strauss’ operas Die Frau ohne Schatten (18 February) and Elektra (1 March) at the Mariinsky II to the memory of stage designer Paul Brown, who was one of the most influential theatre designers of his generation. Paul Brown’s first collaboration with the Mariinsky Theatre was the production of Elektra under the helm of theatre director Jonathan Kent in 2007. Two years later, this artistic duo prepared the production of one more opera by Richard Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten. Paul Brown’s third and last work at the Mariinsky Theatre was the famous War and Peace by Sergei Prokofiev staged by Graham Vick in 2014.

Paul Brown was born in Vale of Glamorgan (Wales). He studied under Percy Harris at the Motley Design Course. The stage designer’s portfolio includes more than 50 major productions at such theatres as the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra national de Paris, English National Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the UK’s National Theatre, the Bolshoi Theatre and others. In 2013, Paul Brown received the annual Royal Designer for Industry award from the Royal Society of Arts (UK).

17.02.2019

The administration of the Mariinsky Theatre received an anonymous bomb threat. Urgent action was taken to ensure everyone's satefy and security, the personnel and the visitors were evacuated from the building.
The Mariinsky Theatre's premises will be checked for safety and security before the spectators will be allowed inside for the soiree performances. Strengthened security procedures will be put in place for the soiree performances.
The tickets can be returned to theatre box-offices in the Mariinsky I, Mariinsky II within a 10-day period

The administration of the Mariinsky Theatre received an anonymous bomb threat. Urgent action was taken to ensure everyone's satefy and security, the personnel and the visitors were evacuated from the building.
The Mariinsky Theatre's premises will be checked for safety and security before the spectators will be allowed inside for the soiree performances. Strengthened security procedures will be put in place for the soiree performances.
The tickets can be returned to theatre box-offices in the Mariinsky I, Mariinsky II within a 10-day period.

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15.02.2019

On 17 February (19.00), the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a performance of Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem featuring the Mariinsky soloists, the Mariinsky Chorus, and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Pavel Smelkov

On 17 February (19.00), the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a performance of Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem featuring the Mariinsky soloists, the Mariinsky Chorus, and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Pavel Smelkov. Featured vocalists: Irina Churilova (soprano) and Vadim Kravets (baritone). The concert will mark 150 years since the day of the premiere of the full version.

Johannes Brahms began working on Ein deutsches Requiem in 1865, soon after his mother’s death. However, unlike Franz Schubert, who wrote his Requiem much earlier, Johannes Brahms decided against translating the canonical text in Latin into German, but rather chose excerpts from various books of the Bible translated by Martin Luther. The premiere was several years in the making. In 1867, the first three movements premiered, which were later edited by the composer. The full-fledged premiere of Ein deutsches Requiem took place on Good Friday in 1868 at the Bremen Cathedral. The work was received enthusiastically; famous critic Eduard Hanslick put Ein deutsches Requiem on par with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. After the premiere, the composer added the fifth part for solo soprano to his Requiem. It explores the theme of a mother’s solace. The final version of Ein deutsches Requiem premiered on 18 February 1869 in Leipzig. This work helped Johannes Brahms gain international recognition as one of major composers of his time. Over a short span of time, Ein deutsches Requiem made its way to the repertoire of the majority of amateur choral groups of Germany and was performed in Switzerland, England, Russia, and then in other countries of Europe.

11.02.2019

The Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich hosts Valery Gergiev’s Tchaikovsky Festival from 8 February to 11 February. The Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, and renowned soloists Denis Matsuev and Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano), Kristóf Baráti (violin), and Gautier Capuçon (cello) will perform six symphonies and instrumental concertos of the composer

The Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich hosts Valery Gergiev’s Tchaikovsky Festival from 8 February to 11 February. The Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, and renowned soloists Denis Matsuev and Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano), Kristóf Baráti (violin), and Gautier Capuçon (cello) will perform six symphonies and instrumental concertos of the composer.

On 8 February, the festival will open with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra’s concerts. The programme of the first soirée performance includes Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 (Winter Daydreams), Symphony No. 4 and Piano Concerto No. 1 with featured soloist Nobuyuki Tsujii. The following day’s performance programme includes Piano Concerto No. 3, Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique), and The Variations on a Rococo Theme. Soloists: Denis Matsuev, Gautier Capuçon.

On 10 February, Valery Gergiev will conduct two ensembles: the Munich Philharmonic in the morning and the Mariinsky Orchestra for a matinée performance. The Munich Philharmonic concert’s programme includes Symphonies No. 2 and No. 5, as well as Piano Concerto No. 2 with featured soloist Denis Matsuev (11.00). Then Kristóf Baráti will perform the composer’s Violin Concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra. The programme also includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 (15.30).

On 11 February, the festival will close with a performance of the Munich Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Once again to be performed are Symphonies No. 2 and No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 2 (featured soloist: Denis Matsuev).

After the festival, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will tour in Paris, where they will give two concerts at the Philharmonie de Paris on 16 February and 17 February. The concerts will be dedicated to Gustav Mahler. The programme of the first evening includes the composer’s Symphony No.4 and Das Lied von der Erde featuring Genia Kühmeier (soprano), Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano), and Simon O’Neill (tenor). The 17 February concert’s programme includes Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Featured vocalists: Simone Schneider (soprano), Jacquelyn Wagner (soprano), Regula Mühlemann (soprano), Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano), Katharina Magiera (mezzo-soprano), Simon O’Neill (tenor), Michael Nagy (baritone), and Yevgeny Nikitin (bass-baritone). Several famed choirs are set to take part in the performance as well, including the Philharmonischer Chor München, the Orfeón Donostiarra, and the Augsburger Domsingknaben.

07.02.2019

The XVIII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky will run at the Mariinsky Theatre from 21 March to 31 March. This year’s programme includes a retrospective show of the art of choreography from Marius Petipa’s masterpieces through Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism of the 20th century to the works of modern choreographers, both those who have already written their names in the history of ballet and those who are only preparing to do that

21 – 31 March 2019

The Mariinsky Theatre, The Mariinsky II

  • Russian premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove;
  • The Mariinsky Theatre’s Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers: world premiere of the ballet set to Mick Jagger’s (The Rolling Stones) songs staged by Melanie Hamrick, premieres of new works by Ilya Zhivoi, Maxim Petrov, Dmitry Pimonov, Alexander Sergeev, Yuri Smekalov, Vladimir Shklyarov, and Alexander Tchelidze; 
  • A plethora of stars: Maria Alexandrova, Lauren Cuthbertson (the Royal Ballet UK), Ekaterina Kondaurova, Natalia Osipova (the Royal Ballet UK), Olga Smirnova (the Bolshoi Theatre), Alina Somova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Timur Askerov, Yevgeny Ivanchenko, Kimin Kim, Vladislav Lantratov (the Bolshoi Theatre), Xander Parish, and Vladimir Shklyarov.

 

The XVIII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky will run at the Mariinsky Theatre from 21 March to 31 March. This year’s programme includes a retrospective show of the art of choreography from Marius Petipa’s masterpieces through Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism of the 20th century to the works of modern choreographers, both those who have already written their names in the history of ballet and those who are only preparing to do that. The XVIII Festival will open with the Russian premiere of Push Comes to Shove by Twyla Tharp, a legendary American Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-winning choreographer, who was also recognised with the National Medal of the Arts (US). In 1976, the choreographer staged the production for Mikhail Baryshnikov and artists of the American Ballet Theatre. To prepare the premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre, Twyla Tharp will come to Russia for the first time and will personally lead the staging process and work with artists of the St Petersburg company. The premiere will take place as part of An Evening of American Choreography (21 March and 22 March, the Mariinsky Theatre). The programme of the event will showcase different facets of American ballet theatre: from George Balanchine (Serenade) and Jerome Robbins (In the Night) to the contemporary legend Twyla Tharp.

The Mariinsky Theatre’s Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers will be full of surprises and will mark one more gift to the spectators (26 March, the Mariinsky II). The world premiere of the ballet set to Mick Jagger’s (The Rolling Stones) songs staged by Melanie Hamrick, a dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, will take place as part of the project. The soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet Alexander Sergeev and Vladimir Shklyarov will make their debut as choreographers during the event. Sergeev staged a ballet number to the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, while Shklyarov together with Alexander Tchelidze staged a ballet fragment to the music of Bhima Yunusov composed especially for the project. Dmitry Pimonov will present his new work for the second time at the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers, this time set to Georgs Pelēcis’s music. The festival’s regular participants include such famous St Petersburg choreographers as Ilya Zhivoi with a one-act ballet to the music by Ezio Bosso, Maxim Petrov with a work set to Simeon ten Holt’s music, and Yuri Smekalov with a work set to Giovanni Bottesini’s music.

The festival’s playbill will be graced by the Mariinsky Theatre’s repertoire production featuring the Mariinsky Ballet dancers and guest stars. On 23 March (the Mariinsky II), lead roles in Yuri Grigorovich’s The Legend of Love will be performed by Maria Alexandrova (Mekhmeneh Bahnu) and Vladislav Lantratov (Ferkhad), a principal with the Bolshoi Theatre. The following day, the Mariinsky Theatre will host a performance of Giselle choreographed by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa featuring the Bolshoi Theatre’s prima ballerina Olga Smirnova in the title role. She will be partnered with Kimin Kim (Count Albrecht), a principal with the Mariinsky Theatre, for the performance. On 28 March (the Mariinsky Theatre), Natalia Osipova, a principal with the Royal Ballet UK, will appear as Kitri in Alexander Gorsky’s Don Quixote with Vladimir Shklyarov, a principal with the Mariinsky Theatre, appearing as Basilio. On 29 March (the Mariinsky II), lead roles in The Sleeping Beauty choreographed by Marius Petipa and revised by Konstantin Sergeev will be performed by British dancers: Lauren Cuthbertson (Princess Aurora), a principal with the Royal Ballet UK, and Xander Parish (Prince Désiré), a principal with the Mariinsky Theatre.

The festival’s programme also includes ballets Jewels choreographed by George Balanchine (27 March, the Mariinsky II) and Swan Lake choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (30 March, the Mariinsky II).
On 31 March, the XVIII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky will close with a gala concert, whose programme includes one-acts ballets: Alberto Alonso’s Carmen-Suite starring Olga Smirnova and Kimin Kim, Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand starring Lauren Cuthbertson and Xander Parish, as well as a classical divertissement starring leading dancers of the Mariinsky Theatre (the Mariinsky II).

02.02.2019

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will tour in Italy from 2 February to 4 February, where they will be headed after their performance at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will tour in Italy from 2 February to 4 February, where they will be headed after their performance at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow.

On 2 February, the Mariinsky Orchestra will appear under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Teatro di San Carlo, one of the oldest opera houses in the world. The programme of the concert includes Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”), and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The next day, the Mariinsky Theatre’s ensemble will perform the overture to Giuseppe Verdi’s La forza del destino, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”) at the Teatro Fraschini (Pavia), which is named after the famous tenor Gaetano Fraschini.

On 4 February, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will once again appear at the famed Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The programme of the performance includes the works of Claude Debussy, Felix Mendelssohn, and Modest Mussorgsky.

A quick reminder: Valery Gergiev will conduct the premiere of Modest Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina staged by Italian director Mario Martone at the Teatro alla Scala on 27 February. Lead roles will be performed by the Mariinsky Opera’s top soloists, namely Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Skorokhodov, Alexei Markov, Mikhail Petrenko, and Stanislav Trofimov. The series of Valery Gergiev-conducted premieres will continue at the Teatro all Scala in March.

02.02.2019

Valery Gergiev was awarded an Order of the Star of Italy (Grand Officer) at an official ceremony held at the Embassy of Italy in Russia on 1 February

Valery Gergiev was awarded an Order of the Star of Italy (Grand Officer) at an official ceremony held at the Embassy of Italy in Russia on 1 February. Maestro Valery Gergiev was honoured with one of Italy’s highest state awards for his “continued contribution into the strengthening of Italian-Russian relations through the use of unique artistic language, in which he talks about Italy; for sound support of cultural projects of the Embassy of Italy and the Consulate General of Italy in St Petersburg.” The order was awarded by Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, President of the Italian Senate, in the presence of Pasquale Terracciano, Italy's Ambassador to Russia. Casellati said: “I am glad to award the order to Valery Gergiev for his contribution into the development of relations between our two countries. Undoubtedly, maestro Gergiev is a close friend of Italy.”

31.01.2019

The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the Grand Chinese New Year Concert on 7 February

The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the Grand Chinese New Year Concert on 7 February. The concert marks 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the People’s Republic of China.

The Suzhou Chinese Orchestra and soloists Chiao-Hsuan Kang (cello) and Zhu Changyao (erhu) will perform traditional Chinese music and modern rearrangements of Chinese folk songs under the baton of Pang Kapang. The programme includes Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi – Peng Xiuwen, My Homeland by Liu Wenjin, The Butterfly Dream by Zhao Jiping, Lyric Variations by Liu Changyuan, Moon Reflected in the Second Spring by Hua Yanjun – Zhu Changyao, and Macau Cappricio by Wang Danhong.

The Suzhou Chinese Orchestra was founded by the Suzhou government to perform Chinese music (including Suzhou and Jiangnan music) in China and abroad. The ensemble’s repertoire includes both classic works and works by modern composers. The orchestra is composed of 90 outstanding musicians, including graduates of top conservatories in China. The ensemble’s engagements this season include concerts at the orchestra’s home stage – the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall – as well as master-classes and on-tour performances throughout China and Europe.

The first Grand Chinese New Year Concert was held in 1998 and has been annually organised in different countries around the world ever since. Over the years, more than 150 gala concerts were hosted by 20 countries around the globe. Every year a new orchestra from one of China’s regions is chosen to go on tour and familiarise the audiences with the diversity of styles and richness of China’s musical traditions. The host-cities of the Grand Chinese New Year Concert in 2019 include Lucerne, Dresden, Hamburg, Budapest, Warsaw, Moscow, and St Petersburg.

29.01.2019

18 March 2019 marks 175 years since the birth of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Mariinsky Theatre has prepared an extensive festival programme Rimsky-Korsakov – 175 to mark the occasion. The events will span across St Petersburg, Vladivostok, Vladikavkaz, and Moscow. The XVIII Moscow Easter Festival, which covers all regions of Russia, will also be dedicated to the memory of the great Russian composer

18 March 2019 marks 175 years since the birth of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Mariinsky Theatre has prepared an extensive festival programme Rimsky-Korsakov – 175 to mark the occasion. The events will span across St Petersburg, Vladivostok, Vladikavkaz, and Moscow. The XVIII Moscow Easter Festival, which covers all regions of Russia, will also be dedicated to the memory of the great Russian composer. The Mariinsky Theatre’s Rimsky-Korsakov – 175 festival will run from 17 March to 12 April and will feature performances of all the fifteen operas, seventy-nine romances, the famous Schéhérazade ballet set to the composer’s music, as well as most of Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphony and choral works.

The Mariinsky Theatre can justly be called Rimsky-Korsakov’s “home” as it hosted world premieres of seven out of the composer’s fifteen operas. Over the span of 146 years since the premiere of the first opera – The Maid of Pskov (1873) – the theatre has staged about 50 productions of Rimsky-Korsakov’s works. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s name has been a constant presence on the playbill of first the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre and then the Kirov Theatre. Stars of St Petersburg/Leningrad companies starred in various productions of the composer’s operas. In 1994, the Mariinsky Theatre hosted a major festival dedicated to Rimsky-Korsakov at the initiative of Valery Gergiev to mark 150 years since the birth of the composer. And now, 25 years later, the theatre dedicates a truly nation-wide festival to Rimsky-Korsakov.

The Rimsky-Korsakov – 175 festival will open with a gala concert under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky II on 17 March. The marathon will continue with performances of repertoire productions: The Maid Of Pskov (18 March, the Mariinsky II), May Night (19 March, the Concert Hall), The Snow Maiden (20 March, the Mariinsky II), Christmas Eve (23 March, 4 April, the Mariinsky Theatre), The Tsar’s Bride (24 March, the Mariinsky II), Sadko (27 March, the Mariinsky Theatre), The Tale of Tsar Saltan (31 March, 7 April, the Mariinsky Theatre), The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (2 April, the Mariinsky II), and The Golden Cockerel (12 April, the Mariinsky II). The premiere of one-act operas Kashchey the Immortal and Mozart and Salieri staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev will be the jewel in the festival’s crown (26 March and 28 March, the Concert Hall).

The highlight of the ballet programmes is the legendary production of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes – Schéhérazade – choreographed by Michel Fokine and designed by Léon Bakst. Such rarely-performed productions as Boyarinya Vera Sheloga (18 March, the Mariinsky II), Mlada (21 March, the Mariinsky II), Servilia (3 April, the Concert Hall), and Pan Voyevoda (6 April, the Concert Hall) will be presented in concert versions. The soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers will present an anthology of Rimsky-Korsakov’s romances at three chamber concerts (29 March and 31 March, 5 April, the Mussorgsky Hall). Other concerts will feature the prize-winners of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (23 March, the Concert Hall) and students of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (30 March, the Concert Hall). The performances of The Maid of Pskov, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, and The Golden Cockerel will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The Rimsky-Korsakov – 175 festival will have a flexible subscription system. Spectators will have an opportunity to compose their own subscriptions out of three or more Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s works and choose only those productions and concerts that they want to see.

Various branches of the Mariinsky Theatre will also mark 175 since the birth of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will show its own productions of The Tsar’s Bride (17 March and 12 April) and The Tale of Tsar Saltan (31 March). The Primorsky Stage and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Branch of the Mariinsky Theatre will also host performances of the composer’s chamber, vocal, and symphonic works.

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