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14.01.2019

On 16 January (19:00), the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts a gala concert of prize-winners of the International Television Contest for Young Musicians The Nutcracker

On 16 January (19:00), the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts a gala concert of prize-winners of the International Television Contest for Young Musicians The Nutcracker. Timofei Yakhnov (Wind and Percussion category winner, 2015) will perform Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto; Sofie Leifer (Stringed Instruments category winner, 2016) will perform Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1; Maxim Lando (Piano category winner, 2015) will perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

After winning the International Television Contest for Young Musicians The Nutcracker, Timofei Yakhnov, Sofie Leifer, and Maxim Lando have already become prize-winners at other international music competitions. They have also won scholarships from prestigious foundations, performed at various venues around the world, and taken part in a number of TV and radio programmes.

Pianist Maxim Lando has appeared in recitals and chamber concerts in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Russia, China, Canada, and the United States. He has also performed with Lang Lang at WQXR. In addition to winning the 1st prize at The Nutcracker in 2015, Maxim Lando also won the 2nd prize at the Kissinger Klavierolymp in Germany. Oboist Timofei Yakhnov is a prize-winner and finalist of more than 35 international and all-Russian competitions, including the Silver Trumpets Competition, the Concertino Praga Competition, the Blue Bird Competition, and the Nutcracker. The musician has extensively toured in Russia and abroad.

Violinist Sofie Leifer, the youngest performer at the concert, studies at the Crea Music Academy (Seville, Spain). She took summer courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in 2014 and 2015 and became the youngest student in the Accademia’s 83 year history. Sofie’s performance was recorded for Radio 4 (the Netherlands) in 2014.

The International Television Contest for Young Musicians The Nutcracker is an annual competition held by Kultura TV channel in the following categories: piano, stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp), wind (with the exception of the recorder) and percussion instruments.

13.01.2019

On 24 January (19:00), the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts the world premiere of David Krivitsky’s opera Doctor Zhivago based on Boris Pasternak’s eponymous novel. The Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers’ soloists and ensemble under the baton of Larisa Gergieva will take part in the concert performance. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Nikolai Khondzinsky

On 24 January (19.00), the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts the world premiere of David Krivitsky’s opera Doctor Zhivago based on Boris Pasternak’s eponymous novel. The Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers’ soloists and ensemble under the baton of Larisa Gergieva will take part in the concert performance. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Nikolai Khondzinsky.

Doctor Zhivago, composed in 1990–1992, continues the traditions of Russian classical operas such as those by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Modest Mussorgsky, and Sergei Prokofiev. Krivitsky wrote the libretto trying to incorporate the key plotlines and events of the novel into the traditional three-act structure and the novel’s unique multi-faceted literary core into the music. The opera also includes salon music and Romances, boisterous chastushki, and sophisticated tone painting of Neo-Romanticism at the end of the 20th century. The grand lineup – 35 soloists, triple chorus, which is divided into 64 individual parts for the most climatic episodes, and children’s chorus – requires a vast pool of performers.

David Krivitsky was a famous Russian composer active in the second half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. He frequently collaborated with various theatres (including the Sovremennik Theatre, where the productions of Twelfth Night, Doctor Stockmann and others were accompanied by his music), composed music scores for film and TV productions (The Pickwick Club, The Mistakes of a Night, La Peau de Chagrin, Doctor of Philosophy, The Lynx Follows the Path), wrote operas, ballets, symphonies, instrumental concertos, chamber pieces for adult audiences and children. Krivitsky composed more than 1,500 works in total.

29.12.2018

On 7 January, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre open the international cultural project Russian Seasons, which will take place in Germany in 2019

On 7 January, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre open the international cultural project Russian Seasons, which will take place in Germany in 2019.

The Mariinsky Chorus, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Mariinsky Opera, and guest artists under the baton of Valery Gergiev will appear at the Berliner Philharmonie for a soirée concert. To be performed is Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (concert performance). Lead roles will be performed by Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Vaudémont), Roman Burdenko (Robert), Stanislav Trofimov (King René of Provence), and Yevgeny Nikitin (Ibn-Hakia).

After performing in Germany, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will continue their European tour with a series of concerts in Switzerland, France, and Austria.

On 9 January, the KKL Luzern (Culture and Congress Centre in Lucerne) hosts the Tchaikovsky Gala. The programme of the gala includes Iolanta (concert performance) and Symphony No. 5 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Lead roles will be performed by Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Vaudémont), Roman Burdenko (Robert), Stanislav Trofimov (King René of Provence), and Yevgeny Nikitin (Ibn-Hakia). The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform at the Victoria Hall in Geneva on 10 January. The programme includes Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben, and excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella. The following day these works will also be performed at the Maurice Ravel Auditorium in Lyon (France).

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will appear in Austria three times from 12 January to 14 January. The Tchaikovsky Marathon will take place at the Wiener Konzerthaus, one of the most famous venues in the world. The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform six symphonies by Tchaikovsky. The cycle will open with Symphonies No. 1 and No. 6 on 12 January. Symphonies No. 2 and No. 5 will be performed on 13 January. The cycle will conclude with Symphonies No. 3 and No. 4.

28.12.2018

Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor premieres at the Mariinsky II on 29 December. The new production is prepared by an Italian team that has already staged Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Falstaff at the Mariinsky Theatre. Music Director and Conductor: Valery Gergiev

Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor premieres at the Mariinsky II on 29 December. The new production is prepared by an Italian team that has already staged Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Falstaff at the Mariinsky Theatre. The team includes Andrea De Rosa (Stage Director), Simone Mannino (Production Designer), Alessandro Lai (Costume Designer), and Pasquale Mari (Lighting and Video Designer). Music Director and Conductor: Valery Gergiev.

Roles are being rehearsed by Albina Shagimuratova, Olga Pudova, Aigul Khismatullina (Lucia); Sergei Skorokhodov, Migran Agadzhanyan, Yevgeny Akimov (Sir Edgar Ravenswood); Alexei Markov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Roman Burdenko, Vladimir Moroz (Lord Henry Ashton); Vladimir Feliauer, Stanislav Trofimov, Vadim Kravets (Raymond Bidebent).

Costume designer Alessandro Lai has shared some inside information about the upcoming premiere: “Our production is set in the first decades of the 20th century. I and stage director Andrea De Rosa were inspired by two things of great importance to us both: Italian paintings of the first half of the 20th century (Giorgio de Chirico, Antonio Donghi, Felice Casorati) and films by Alfred Hitchcock, especially Spellbound filmed in collaboration with Salvador Dali. The production is designed in black and white, as if it is a daguerreotype, a picture of the epoch or an image from Hitchcock’s film. The only other colour in the production is the colour of blood. The key to the production design is Lucia’s wedding dress. There will be a straitjacket instead of it. What was supposed to be the most desirable and beautiful gown for a woman turns into an instrument of violence.”

The world premiere of Lucia di Lammermoor based on Salvatore Cammarano’s libretto and Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor took place at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples on 26 September 1835 and was met with roaring success. The opera has never fallen into oblivion; it regularly appears on theatre playbills all over the world. The opera was performed by both Imperial companies – Russian and Italian – more than 200 times over several decades in the 19th century St Petersburg.

The current production is the Mariinsky Theatre’s third adaptation of Lucia di Lammermoor in the last 18 years. The 2000 production was staged by David Doiashvili and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, while the 2009 production at the Historic Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre was actually a production created for Scottish Opera by the Tony Award-winning stage director John Doyle, who is famous for his Broadway productions. The new production will also be performed at the Mariinsky II on 30 December, 4 January, and 27 January (at 14.00 and at 19.30).

25.12.2018

On 22 December, the XIII Mariinsky International Piano Festival will open at two venues of the Mariinsky Theatre with recitals of Sergei Babayan, Denis Matsuev, and Alexandra Dovgan accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev

On 22 December, the XIII Mariinsky International Piano Festival will open at two venues of the Mariinsky Theatre with recitals of Sergei Babayan, Denis Matsuev, and Alexandra Dovgan accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The programme of the festival includes symphony concerts, performances by rising stars and recitals of renowned pianists. All in all, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival will feature five recitals held at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Valery Afanassiev, who is an extraordinary musician, pianist, conductor and writer, will appear in recital on 23 December (20.00). Afanassiev studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire under Jacob Zak and subsequently Emil Gilels. He has appeared in concerts throughout Europe, as well as Japan, Australia, and the United States. The pianists has recorded more than 70 CDs, the booklets for which he wrote himself. A thinking pianist who values harmony above all else, Afanassiev seeks to understand the composer’s vision, to come up with unique interpretations, and to add new colours to famous music works. His recital programme includes Joseph Haydn’s Piano Sonata No. 20 and Piano Sonata No. 44, as well as Four Ballades and Two Rhapsodies by Johannes Brahms.

Pianist Alexei Volodin, who is well-known to St Petersburg audiences, will present a mono programme dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff on 24 December (20.00). The virtuoso pianist is distinguished by his harmonious combination of emotions and intellect, depth, seriousness, and artistic manner. Alexei Volodin chose the rarely-performed Piano Sonata No. 1, a piece inspired by Goethe’s Faust (the sonata is divided into parts entitled Faust, Gretchen, and Mephistopheles), Piano Sonata No. 2 and Six moments musicaux for his recital.

Andrew Tyson, a young American pianist, will make his debut at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 26 December (18.00). His manner is full of life; it is ingenious yet brave and harmonious. The programme of his recital includes Ottorino Respighi’s Notturno, Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3, and Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs. Andrew Tyson graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. He has toured throughout the United States, Australia, South Korea, and Europe solo, with leading orchestras and as part of chamber ensembles. Tyson gave his first performance in Russia only a couple of years ago. But even before that we was a favorite with Russian audiences thanks to online broadcasts of various international competitions, at which he won top prizes.

Another mono recital will be performed by Sa Chen, a famous Chinese pianist and exclusive Steinway Artist, on 26 December (20.30). She will dedicate her debut performance at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre to Claude Debussy as this year marks 100 years since the death of the composer. Sa Chen will perform Images I & II and Études, which Sviatoslav Richter described as “the most incomprehensible and dangerous piece of music of the 20th century.” Such a programme requires its performer to have innate musicality and refined taste, just the qualities Sa Chen is widely known for.

The series of recitals will conclude with a performance of Federico Colli (30 December, 20.00). The Italian pianist has always been a favorite with music critics. Federico first came to prominence after winning the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012. Since then, Colli has appeared with world-renowned orchestras at various venues including the Vienna Musikverein, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Paris’s Salle Cortot, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the Rudolfinum in Prague. “You can’t but marvel at the sheer quality of his playing – his trills the epitome of crispness, his repeated notes sounding absurdly easy, while his command of dynamic extremes is second to none, ” wrote English monthly magazine Grammophone about the release dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti’s 16 Piano Sonatas. Colli chose eight sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, as well as Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata) and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for his recital at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

17.12.2018

The Mariinsky Ballet tours in Baden-Baden (Germany) from 21 December to 27 December. The performers will present classical ballets and modern choreographers’ productions for a traditional series of Christmas performances at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

The Mariinsky Ballet tours in Baden-Baden (Germany) from 21 December to 27 December. The performers will present classical ballets and modern choreographers’ productions for a traditional series of Christmas performances at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

The tour will open with a soirée of memorable one-act ballets set to Sergei Prokofiev’s music. The programme includes George Balanchine's The Prodigal Son (the only work set to Prokofiev’s music by a prominent 20th century classic), Maxim Petrov’s Russian Overture to Prokofiev's eponymous symphony piece, and Anton Pimonov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Maxim Petrov’s and Anton Pimonov’s works premiered in 2016, when the Mariinsky Theatre broadly celebrated 125 years since the birth of Sergei Prokofiev.

From 22 December to 25 December, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden will host a series of performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and revised by Konstantin Sergeyev. Conductor: Alexei Repnikov. On 26 December, the matinée and soirée performances will feature ballets by modern choreographers: The Four Seasons staged by Ilya Zhivoi to Max Richter’s music (based on the music by Antonio Vivaldi) and The Cat on the Tree choreographed by Anton Pimonov to music by Nico Muhly and Teitur Lassen.

The tour will conclude with a gala concert featuring ballets by choreographers from different epochs: Michel Fokine’s Le Carnaval to Robert Schumann’s music, the third part of George Balanchine’s Jewels (Diamonds to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s music), and Maxim Petrov’s Le Divertissement du Roi to music by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Both famous dancers and young talents will take part in on-tour performances, including Ekaterina Kondaurova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Nadezhda Batoeva, Yekaterina Osmolkina, Maria Khoreva, Kristina Shapran, Anastasia Lukina, May Nagahisa, Yana Selina, Yekaterina Ivannikova, Timur Askerov, Xander Parish, Andrey Ermakov, Alexander Sergeev, Roman Belyakov, Yevgeny Konovalov, and Alexei Timofeev.

14.12.2018

The XIII Mariinsky International Piano Festival will run at the theatre from 13 December to 31 December. Valery Gergiev is to conduct five concerts featuring brilliant pianists representing different generations at the festival

The XIII Mariinsky International Piano Festival will run at the theatre from 13 December to 31 December. Valery Gergiev is to conduct five concerts featuring brilliant pianists representing different generations at the festival.

The opening of the XIII Mariinsky International Piano Festival will be held at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 22 December (16.00). Famous pianist and teacher Sergei Babayan will perform at the opening concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. He will play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.  25. That same evening, the Mariinsky II will also help open the festival with a concert of Denis Matsuev, People’s Artist of Russia. The pianist will perform George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which he marvelously performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Stars of the White Nights festival in 2017, as well as at the Washington National Cathedral during the St Petersburg’s ensemble tour in the United States. Denis Matsuev gave the following description of the work: “I, Andrei Ivanov and Alexander Zinger (both are great jazz musicians, with whom we make our own programme) made up a story inside the rhapsody: our own improvisations, our cadenzas. We showed this programme in some 20 countries around the world and many cities of Russia. ” The programme also includes Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by the 11-year-old pianist Alexandra Dovgan, who is a prize-winner at the Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition and the 2018 International Grand Piano Competition. Alexander Zinger (percussion) and Andrei Ivanov (double bass) will take part in the concert. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The Mariinsky II will host a performance of Pavel Gililov, a famous pianist and teacher, with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev on 28 December (20.00). Gililov is a vivid representative of the St Petersburg piano school and Artistic Director of the Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn. He will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Pavel Gililov has performed with many famous ensembles at major venues in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Argentina and other countries over the years. Today, the pianist teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He also travels the world giving master-classes, including at the Summer Academy in Lausanne.

The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a performance of virtuoso pianist Alexei Volodin, who will play Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto No. 1, on 30 December (15.00). Volodin is acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance. The programme includes excerpts from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan and Claude Debussy’s Le Martyre de saint Sébastien featuring the Mariinsky Chorus. Valery Gergiev will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra.

The closing concert of the XIII Mariinsky International Piano Festival will be held under the baton of Valery Gergiev on 31 December (15.00, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre).

10.12.2018

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra staged by Andrea De Rosa at the Teatro Amintore Galli (Rimini) on 10 December and 11 December

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra staged by Andrea De Rosa at the Teatro Amintore Galli (Rimini) on 10 December and 11 December.

Leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and guest singers will take part in the on-tour performances. Lead roles in the December 10 performance will be sung by Vladislav Sulimsky (Simon Boccanegra), Tatiana Serjan (Maria Boccanegra), Mikhail Petrenko (Jacopo Fiesco), Otar Jorjikia (Gabriele Adorno), Roman Burdenko (Paolo Albiani), and Gleb Peryazev (Pietro). Lead roles in the December 11 performance will be sung by Roman Burdenko (Simon Boccanegra), Irina Churilova (Maria Boccanegra), Stanislav Trofimov (Jacopo Fiesco), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Gabriele Adorno), Efim Zavalny (Paolo Albiani), and Gleb Peryazev (Pietro). Valery Gergiev will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra for both soirée performances.

Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2016 and marked one of the highlights of the 2015/16 season. Stage director Andrea De Rosa decided to use the stage in the way which allows the audience to focus on interactions between characters and their feelings. The required ambiance is created by video projections made for the production on the basis of real landscapes of Genoa sea shores, where the opera is set (Lighting and Video Designer: Pasquale Mari). This is a co-production by La Fenice Opera House and the Carlo Felice Theater of Genoa.

The Mariinsky Theatre’s on-tour performances are one of the last events of the international cultural project Russian Seasons, which travelled to Italy in 2018. Moreover, the performances will also grace the festive playbill of the Teatro Amintore Galli, which reopens its doors after an extensive reconstruction. The building was massively damaged during World War II and was then used as a gym for more than 50 years. And now, 75 years later, the theatre was restored according to architect Luigi Poletti’s plans. Poletti designed the original building back in 1857.

10.12.2018

On 24 December (19:00), the Mariinsky II will host a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress directed by David Pountney (co-production of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Teatro Nacional de Sāo Carlos, 2003)

On 24 December (19.00), the Mariinsky II will host a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress directed by David Pountney (co-production of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Teatro Nacional de Sāo Carlos, 2003). This performance will mark the production’s return to the theatre’s repertoire after a nine-year break. Valery Gergiev is Musical Director and conductor of the performance.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky began working on The Enchantress, his favorite brainchild, 1885. The creator of The Oprichnik, Vakula the Smith, The Maid of Orleans, Mazepa, and the highly successful Eugene Onegin was by then a well-known composer in Russia. “The audiences placed such high hopes on The Enchantress that no other opera of Tchaikovsky’s could compare,” recalled Herman Laroche, a renowned Russian music critic. The world premiere took place at the Mariinsky Theatre on 20 October 1887. The composer himself conducted the first four performances. The greatest singers of the Mariinsky Theatre appeared in lead roles, including Ivan Melnikov (Grand Prince), Maria Slavina (Princess, his wife), and Fyodor Stravinsky (Mamyrov). The opera flopped as Ippolit Shpazhinsky’s lackluster libretto came into conflict with the score. It was Shpazhinsky’s first experience as a librettist. After a total of twelve performances, the opera was taken out of the theatre’s repertoire. Tchaikovsky was greatly shaken and rattled by this failure; he wrote to Nadezhda von Meck: “I am still convinced it is my best work. Meanwhile The Enchantress is laid aside to collect dust in the archives.” The opera’s future stage life was no less complicated; it received due recognition only in the mid-20th century, when it was staged anew by the Kirov (now Mariinsky) and the Bolshoi Theatres. The text basis for the production was a version of the libretto, created by Soviet poet Sergey Gorodetsky in 1941. The Mariinsky Theatre’s third revision of The Enchantress came in 2003 with a production of David Pountney, one of the most famous European opera directors at the time. He noted, “I think that Tchaikovsky himself was somewhat confused about his title character’s nature. Despite the plotline, which paints her as a Russian Carmen, the music seems to contradict that as it is very grave and full of dignity. This was key to me.”

The production will also be performed at the Mariinsky II on 5 January (19.00).

07.12.2018

This December Valery Gergiev will have a series of concerts with leading European ensembles, namely the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

This December Valery Gergiev will have a series of concerts with leading European ensembles, namely the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

From 7 December to 9 December, Valery Gergiev will give three concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker at one of the most famous concert halls in the world – the Berlin Philharmonie. The programme focuses on works by Russian composers. To be performed are the suite from Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella, the suite from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, as well as Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. A month later, on 7 January, Valery Gergiev will once again appear at the Berlin Philharmonie as the Mariinsky Opera soloists, the Mariinsky Chorus, and the Mariinsky Orchestra are set to perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the gala opening of the international cultural project Russian Seasons in Germany.

On 14 December, 15 December, and 16 December, Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic for a traditional series of concerts at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig (Munich). The mono programme, dedicated to Gustav Mahler, includes the composer’s Symphony No. 4 and Das Lied von der Erde. The vocals will be provided by Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), Tanja Ariane Baumgartner (mezzo-soprano), and Andreas Schager (tenor). The next series of performances by Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic is scheduled for January 2019.

Two soirée performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will mark Valery Gergiev’s last performances with foreign ensembles in 2018. On 19 December and 20 December, the famous Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam will host a performance of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and music from Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé featuring the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. Featured soloist is renowned Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, who plays a unique instrument – 1707 Antonio Stradivari 'Rivaz, Baron Gutmann' violin.

On 10 December and 11 December, Valery Gergiev will also perform with the Mariinsky ensemble in Rimini (Italy). The Teatro Amintore Galli, which recently reopened its doors after 75 years, will host performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra staged by Andrea De Rosa.

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