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09.11.2018

On 10 November and 11 November, the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a series of performances of Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia to the music of Léo Delibes

On 10 November and 11 November, the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a series of performances of Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia to the music of Léo Delibes. The airy, impetuous, light, and ironic piece is based on the pastoral Aminta by Torquato Tasso, an Italian poet of the Renaissance epoch. The story, which follows the traditions of Greek mythology, is translated by the choreographer into a series of dazzling ensembles. They are both precise and watercolour-like and weightless at the same time.

On 10 November (19.30), the title role will be interpreted by Lauren Cuthbertson, a Principal of the Royal Ballet (United Kingdom). Her on-stage partners include Xander Parish (Aminta) and Andrei Yermakov (Orion). The following day, the matinée performance will feature Nadezhda Batoeva, Philipp Stepin, and Roman Belyakov (13.00) in the lead roles. The soirée performance will feature Viktoria Tereshkina, Kimin Kim, and Konstantin Zverev (19.00).

Lauren Cuthbertson graduated from the Royal Ballet School. In 2002, she joined the Royal Ballet Company. Cuthbertson was promoted to Principal in 2008. Cuthbertson’s repertoire with the Company includes leading roles in the classical ballets, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Manon (Manon), Mayerling (Baroness Mary Vetsera), Anastasia (Anna Anderson) by Kenneth MacMillan, and leading roles in Sylvia (Sylvia), Marguerite and Armand (Marguerite) by Frederick Ashton, as well as roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, David Bintley, and Wayne McGregor.

05.11.2018

The Concert Hall will host performances by famous Russian music ensembles in November. The ensembles include the Siberian Camerata Orchestra under the baton of Anton Sharoev, the Symphonica ARTica Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Mastrangelo, and the Orchestra MusicAeterna under the baton of Teodor Currentzis

The Concert Hall will host performances by famous Russian music ensembles in November. The ensembles include the Siberian Camerata Orchestra under the baton of Anton Sharoev, the Symphonica ARTica Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Mastrangelo, and the Orchestra MusicAeterna under the baton of Teodor Currentzis.

On 17 November, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts a performance of Anton Rubinstein’s Christus for the first time. The performance features the Siberian Camerata Orchestra and the Tyumen Philharmonic’s Choral Capella, organist Maria Blazhevich, and vocalists Alexander Gaynutdinov, Irina Bibeeva, Elvira Sanievskaya, Elena Sharoeva, Anton Zavyalov, and Aleksander Tsinko. The performance will be conducted by Anton Sharoev. The opera Christus is the last work of Anton Rubinstein. Its German-language libretto is based on the eponymous poem by Heinrich Bulthaupt. The opera was performed only once in Rubinstein's lifetime – in its concert version – in Stuttgart in 1894. A year later, after Anton Rubenstein’s death, the opera was first performed on stage. The score was then lost. It was considered to be irretrievably lost for more than a hundred years; only the clavier part of the score was preserved and stored at the library of the St Petersburg Conservatoire. However, Anton Sharoev came across the musical notations in one of the archives of the Berlin Library in 2007. In 2008, the Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre hosted the premiere of Christus staged by Georgy Isaakyan. Several years later, Anton Sharoev’s concert version of the work was performed in Tyumen, St Petersburg, Moscow, and Berlin.

On 20 November, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts a performance by another famous ensemble from Siberia – the Symphonica ARTica Symphony Orchestra of the State Krivoshapko Philharmonic of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Led by their principal conductor – Fabio Mastrangelo – the musicians will perform Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, Kirill Gerasimov’s Oyuun (Shaman), and Peteris Vasks’ violin concerto Distant Light with featured soloist Alexei Lundin. The Symphonica ARTica Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2012. In the five years since its foundation, the orchestra has taken part in several international projects and has performed on tour at Russia’s major concert venues. The Symphonica ARTica Symphony Orchestra gave two performances as part of the Moscow Easter Festival (in 2014 and 2015).

On 25 November, as part of their European tour, the Orchestra MusicAeterna is scheduled to perform at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of its founder and artistic director Teodor Currentzis. The renowned ensemble and soloists Paula Murrihy (contralto), Jeanine De Bique (soprano), and Florian Boesch (baritone) will perform Symphony No. 4 and Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler. The orchestra will appear in Moscow before the St Petersburg performance and will go on to perform in Madrid, Milan, Munich, Budapest, and Berlin. Teodor Currentzis said in one of his interviews: “Mahler is one of the most detailed composers out there. My task is not to guide the orchestra superficially: go louder, quieter, faster or slower. I want every single minor detail to create an image in the minds of the musicians themselves, which would in turn help the musicians find the necessary tempo and dynamics.” Founded in 2004, the Orchestra MusicAeterna is now one of the most sought-after orchestras when it comes to authentic performance. The geographical scope of their concerts spans Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Madrid, Athens, Berlin, Munich, Mannheim, Dortmund, Lisbon, Paris, Helsinki, Brussels, Salzburg, Moscow, and St Petersburg. The ensemble’s recordings, released in collaboration with Sony Classical, receive prestigious awards and honours almost every year.

01.11.2018

The Mariinsky label has released a new Super Audio CD (Hybrid) with the recording of Igor Stravinsky’s works performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky label has released a new Super Audio CD (Hybrid) with the recording of Igor Stravinsky’s works performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Two of Igor Stravinsky’s ballets – Pétrouchka and Jeu de cartes, which is not very famous in Russia – were recorded at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre back in 2009 and 2014. The CD continues a series of CD and DVD recordings featuring music by Russian composers and released by the Mariinsky label. It is the third CD in the series featuring music by Igor Stravinsky. Previous releases include the opera-oratorio Oedipus rex with the participation of the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre (Ekaterina Sememchuk, Yevgeny Nikitin, Mikhail Petrenko, and Sergei Semishkur) and the DVD with George Balanchine’s ballet Jewels (with featured soloists Irina Golub, Sofia Gumerova, and Andrian Fadeyev in Rubies set to the music by Igor Stravinsky).

The new release is already available at the Mariinsky label official website and on Apple Music and iTunes.

26.10.2018

In November, the Mariinsky Orchestra is scheduled to give a series of concerts under the baton of Japanese, Austrian, Italian and Australian  conductors

In November, the Mariinsky Orchestra is scheduled to give a series of concerts under the baton of Japanese, Austrian, Italian and Australian conductors.

On 1 November, the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of Japanese conductor Shizuo Z Kawahara. The programme includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s/Edward Elgar’s Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations (the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, 20.00). Shizuo Z Kawahara, who won the 1st prize at the Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in Frankfurt, trained as conductor at the Yale University and received his Bachelor’s Degree at the Eastman School of Music. Kawahara has studied under David Effron and Lawrence Leighton Smith, perfected his craft under Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman, and trained as an apprentice to Christoph Eschenbach at the Philadelphia Orchestra. The conductor has performed with many famous ensembles, including the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the Nice Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In January 2018, Shizuo Z Kawahara made his debut at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) and has since actively collaborated with the ensemble.

The 9 November (19.00) performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be conducted by Sascha Goetzel. Vadim Kravets (Don Giovanni), Gennady Bezzubenkov (Commendatore), Anastasia Kalagina (Donna Anna), Yevgeny Akhmedov (Don Ottavio), Anzhelika Minasova (Donna Elvira), Lyudmila Dudinova (Zerlina), and Yuri Vorobiev (Masetto) will appear in the lead roles. Born in Vienna, Sascha Goetzel started his music career by collaborating with many renowned conductors. Zubin Mehta described him as "highly talented, musically and technically," while Riccardo Muti said he was "an enthusiastic, extraordinarily talented musician." Sascha Goetzel is currently the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIPO). Among the highlights of Goetzel’s career are performances with such famed ensembles as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Sascha Goetzel is also a very sought-after opera conductor. He was at the helm of productions at the Wiener Staatsoper and the Volksoper Wien, the Salzburger Landestheater, the Angers-Nantes Opéra and other venues.

On 13 November, the Mariinsky Orchestra will once again perform under the baton of Vladimir Fanshil, a graduate of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, 19.00). The programme includes Two Slavonic Dances and Symphony No. 8 by Antonín Dvořák and Symphony No. 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven. For the last three years, Vladimir Fanshil was an assistant to Iván Fischer, conductor of the Konzarthaus Orchestra Berlin and the Budapest Festival Orchestra; he also toured with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and took part in the orchestra’s recording of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies.

On 15 November, the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of famed Italian conductor Daniele Gatti. The programme includes ballet music from Igor Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète, Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes, and suite No. 2 from Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, 19.00). Daniele Gatti was educated at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. At different times, he has been at the helm of such orchestras as the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Orchestre national de France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He was also the Principal Conductor of the Royal Opera House (London), the Opernhaus Zürich, and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Daniele Gatti’s engagements for the 2018/2019 season include a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, which opens the new season at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, performances with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, and the Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

13.10.2018

On 16 October (18.00), Richard Wagner’s stage-consecrating festival drama Parsifal returns to the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre after an eight-year absence. The original production was staged by British director Tony Palmer (production of 1997, modern revival of the Mariinsky Theatre with Marina Mishuk as revival stage director). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev

On 16 October (18.00), Richard Wagner’s stage-consecrating festival drama Parsifal returns to the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre after an eight-year absence. The original production was staged by British director Tony Palmer (production of 1997, modern revival of the Mariinsky Theatre with Marina Mishuk as revival stage director). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. The performance will feature a remarkable cast, including soloists Mikhail Vekua (Parsifal), Alexei Markov (Amfortas), and Yuri Vorobiev (Gurnemanz). Maria Guleghina, who has been expanding her repertoire over the recent years by adding roles in German operas, will make her debut as Kundry.

Richard Wagner worked to bring to life Wolfram von Eschenbach’s epic poem from the Middle Ages for more than half of his life, that is for 37 years. Since the very beginning, the opera was shrouded in mystery fueled by a 30-year ban to perform it outside of Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where it had its world premiere in 1882. Even to this day, the appearance of Parsifal on any playbill in the world is an extraordinary event. In Russia, Parsifal can only be seen and heard at the Mariinsky Theatre. Richard Wagner’s stage-consecrating festival drama was first staged at the St Petersburg theatre in 1997. In 2010, the Mariinsky label released a full concert recording of Parsifal, which marked the first time the label released anything by the famed German composer. The vocal parts were then sung by René Pape (Gurnemanz), Violeta Urmana (Kundry), Gary Lehman (Parsifal), Yevgeny Nikitin (Amfortas), Nikolai Putilin (Klingsor), and Alexei Tanovitski (Titurel). Conductor: Valery Gergiev. The Mariinsky label was nominated for a Grammy Award for this recording, while the recording itself was named the Best CD of 2010 by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, the CD of the Month by BBC Music and made it into Editor’s Choice of The Gramophone. Moreover, the CD was named the Best Classical Music Record of 2010 by the ArkivMusic and was included into the top 10 CDs of The Boston Globe.

Richard Wagner’s stage-consecrating festival drama performances will also take place on 8 November and 26 April at the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The performances start at 18.00. On 16 October, a performance of Parsifal will open the Wagner. Strauss subscription, which also includes Richard Wagner’s operas Der fliegende Holländer and Lohengrin, and Richard Strauss’ Salome, Elektra, and Die Frau ohne Schatten.

13.10.2018

On 13 October and 14 October, Munich will host Valery Gergiev’s MPHIL 360 Degrees festival for the fourth time. The festival’s participants include the Munich Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Opera soloists and the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the Orfeón Donostiarra from Spain, as well as vocalists from Germany, the United States, Israel, and Switzerland

On 13 October and 14 October, Munich will host Valery Gergiev’s MPHIL 360 Degrees festival for the fourth time. The festival’s participants include the Munich Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Opera soloists and the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the Orfeón Donostiarra from Spain, as well as vocalists from Germany, the United States, Israel, and Switzerland.

This year’s festival will help mark 125-year anniversary of the Munich Philharmonic, which was founded by Franz Kaim, son of a piano manufacturer, as the Kaim Orchestra. The orchestra gave its first ever concert on 13 October 1893. Both the timing and the programme of the fourth edition of MPHIL 360 Degrees festival is reminiscent of the Munich Philharmonic’s concerts in its first years of existence.

On 13 October, the festival will open with a Family Concert (15.00) at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig. The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform excerpts from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The selection of music from the ballet will be accompanied by an engaging narration by Juri Tetzlaff, German TV presenter.

The soirée concert on 13 October (19.00) is dedicated to a milestone event in the history of the Munich Philharmonic, namely the premiere of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, which was held on 12 September 1910 under the baton of Gustav Mahler himself. In addition to the Symphony of a Thousand, the programme features Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. The list of performers includes the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the Orfeón Donostiarra, as well as such famed singers as Simone Schneider (soprano), Jacquelyn Wagner (soprano), Regula Mühlemann (soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (contralto), Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano), Stephen Gould (tenor), Boaz Daniel (baritone), and Yevgeny Nikitin (bass-baritone). Just before the concert, on 12 October (18.00), the same programme will be performed during an open rehearsal of Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig.

The concerts on Sunday, 14 October, are dedicated to the Munich Philharmonic itself. The matinée programme (11.00) includes the works which played a major role in the German ensemble’s history, such as Bedřich Smetana’s overture to Prodaná nevěsta, Anton Bruckner’s Symphonisches Präludium, Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, excerpt of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude to Act I).

The orchestra celebrates itself: opening the very first concert of the Kaim Orchestra was Smetana’s overture to Prodaná nevěsta; Symphonisches Präludium was premiered by none other than the Munich Philharmonic; prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was performed during the first concert of the ensemble under the baton of Gustav Mahler; Valery Gergiev chose Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for his inaugural concert with the German orchestra in September 2015.

The first daytime concert on 14 October (14.30) is dedicated to 65 years of the Musikbund von Ober- und Niederbayern e. V. (MON), with which the Munich Philharmonic has partnered for one of its education programmes.
The participating musicians of the MON will be specially selected for this concert with the Munich Philharmonic musicians, who will also appear as soloists. Albert Osterhammer, bass clarinetist with the Munich Philharmonic, will conduct the combined orchestra. The programme features works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss, Carl Maria von Weber, Franz von Suppé and other German composers of the 20th century.

At 15.00, the foyer of the Carl-Orff-Saal of the Philharmonie of the Gasteig will host a Salon Concert, which is a tribute to the tradition of chamber evening concerts of the Kaim Orchestra. Such concerts were quite sought-after at the end of 19th century. The Munich Philharmonic String Quartet and Philharmonisches Hornquartett will take turns to perform variations on the themes of Jacques Offenbach and Astor Piazzolla.

The festival will conclude on 14 October (19.00) with a Friendship Concert, which will feature the Mariinsky Opera soloists and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as the Munich Philharmonic Choir and guest artistes. The musicians will perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Lead roles will be sung by Viktoria Yastrebova (Iolanta), Stanislav Trofimov (King René of Provence), Alexei Markov (Robert), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Count of Vaudémont), and Roman Burdenko (Ibn-Hakia). The programme also includes Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.

Valery Gergiev has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic since the 2015/2016 season. Valery Gergiev’s annual 360 Degrees festival was created at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig in 2015 as part of this creative collaboration.

08.10.2018

On 7 October, two performances of Rustam Sagdiev’s opera The Adventures of Kintaro will close the II International Caucasus Festival The Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz, which has run from 30 September at the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

On 7 October, two performances of Rustam Sagdiev’s opera The Adventures of Kintaro will close the II International Caucasus Festival The Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz, which has run from 30 September at the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. During the festival, the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Concert Hall (the State Academic Philharmonic of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania) have hosted 15 events, including performances of opera and choral masterpieces, the latest premieres of the branch, and ballet gala concerts. On 1 October, the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev have a charity concert for the benefit of students of music and art schools of the city and the region as a whole.

The festival opened on 30 September at the Concert Hall. The programme included excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird and the third act of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser (concert performance) starring Sergei Skorokhodov, Irina Churilova, Roman Burdenko, and Anna Markarova. The concert was preceded by a public audition for young musicians from the Stavropol Krai, the Republic of Ingushetia, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the Chechen Republic, the Republic of Dagestan, and the Kabardino-Balkar Republic. That same evening, the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre hosted a performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (concert performance) under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The concert featured the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and guest performers, such as Albina Shagimuratova, Migran Agadzhanian, Vladislav Sulimsky, and Vladimir Feliauer.

On 1 October and 2 October, the Concert Hall hosted a performance by the Mariinsky Chorus under the baton of Andrei Petrenko. The programme included classical Russian choral pieces and folk songs. Moreover, a combined orchestra of the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania musicians performed works by Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, and Ludwig van Beethoven. On 1 October, the combined orchestra performed together with Pavel Milyukov (violin), a prize-winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Maria Bayankina (soprano), a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, performed with the orchestra at the concert on 2 October.

The festival then continued with the latest premieres of the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, namely The Picture of Dorian Gray staged by Valery Suanov (3 October) and Khristof Pliev’s opera Kosta staged by Anatoly Galaov (4 October).

At the close of the festival, the spectators had a chance to attend the Talents of Caucasus concert (6 October) and on-tour performances of the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre (5 October and 6 October). The ensemble gave two performances of the gala programme, Choreographic Miniatures by Leonid Yakobson, as well as hosted a charity performance for younger audiences. On 7 October, the festival will conclude with the opera The Adventures of Kintaro by Rustam Sagdiev, a young composer and a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

08.10.2018

From 13 October to 21 October, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts the sixth edition of the International Organ Festival. This year festival’s participants include musicians from Russia, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, and South Korea; many of them are well-known to the St Petersburg audiences, but some will also make their debut at the venue

From 13 October to 21 October, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts the sixth edition of the International Organ Festival. This year festival’s participants include musicians from Russia, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, and South Korea; many of them are well-known to the St Petersburg audiences, but some will also make their debut at the venue. The concert programmes include classical organ repertory pieces, organ concertos, transcriptions, and improvisations.

On 13 October (19.00), the VI International Organ Festival will open with a recital by young Swedish musician Johannes Skoog, who studied under famed musicians Olivier Latry and Thierry Escaich. The programme of the organist’s debut performance at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre includes works by Claude Debussy, Marcel Dupré, Franz Liszt, Jehan Alain, and Maurice Duruflé.

Debut performers at the festival include Daria Burlak, a prize-winner of one of the most prestigious international organ competitions Grand Prix de Chartres (France). The competition opens doors to the world stage for its winners. For the 14 October concert (19.00), Daria Burlak’s programme features works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré and other composers.

Leo van Doeselaar (Netherlands), a titular organist of the Royal Concertgebouw and the church Martinikerk in Groningen, will make his debut at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The programme of his recital will be dedicated to works by French and German composers (20 October, 20.00).

Renowned organist Thierry Escaich (France), who is a frequent guest performer at the organ festival, will give two concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Mischa Damev (19 October, 19.00 and 20 October, 13.00). Another frequent guest at the festival is organist Lada Labzina, who will present her own transcription of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition this year (17 October, 19.00). In addition to works by César Franck and Camille Saint-Saëns, Thierry Escaich’s concert programmes include his own works, such as Organ Concerto No. 3, as well as transcriptions and improvisations.

The VI International Organ Festival will conlude with a performance of another debutant Shin Dong Ill (South Korea), a prize-winner of the Grand Prix de Chartres (2006) and the International Organ Competition in Musashino (Japan). The organist will present a retrospective of organ music from the 18th to 20th centuries (21 October, 20.00).

05.10.2018

From 6 October to 9 October, the Vienna Philharmonic will perform three times under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Wiener Musikverein (6 October, 15.30 and 7 October, 11.00) and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (9 October, 20.00)

From 6 October to 9 October, the Vienna Philharmonic will perform three times under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Wiener Musikverein (6 October, 15.30 and 7 October, 11.00) and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (9 October, 20.00). All concerts will feature Denis Matsuev as a guest performer. The programme of the performance will include works by Sergei Prokofiev. The three monographic concerts will see performances of excerpts from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, Symphony No. 6, and Piano Concerto No. 2.

Valery Gergiev has actively collaborated with the Vienna Philharmonic. Their most recent collaborations include a major concert tour in Europe, the USA, and South America in 2016. Moreover, in May 2018, Maestro Gergiev and Anna Netrebko performed with the Vienna Philharmonic at the traditional open-air event with free admission Summer Night Concert, held at the Schönbrunn Palace park in Vienna.

05.10.2018

On 10 October, the Mariinsky Theatre marks 205 years since the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. In honour of the composer, the Mariinsky Theatre’s venues will show six out of 14 Verdi’s operas, which are currently part of the theatre’s repertoire, in October

On 10 October, the Mariinsky Theatre marks 205 years since the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. In honour of the composer, the Mariinsky Theatre’s venues will show six out of 14 Verdi’s operas, which are currently part of the theatre’s repertoire, in October. In the 2018/2019 season, the Mariinsky Theatre also offers two subscriptions composed entirely out of Giuseppe Verdi’s works. The music works, structured in chronological order from Verdi’s early opera Attila (1846) to Falstaff (1893), which is the highlight of the composer’s creative path, help to follow the evolution of Verdi’s skills as a dramaturgist and to enjoy the sound of the Mariinsky Opera ensemble of Verdi performers.

On the day of Verdi’s birthday, the Mariinsky II will host a performance of I vespri siciliani staged by Arnaud Bernard. It is Verdi’s first work written in accordance with grand opera genre conventions: five acts, detailed historic background, presence of a ballet divertissement, and participation of a chorus. I vespri siciliani is not a frequent guest at world venues anymore. The Mariinsky Theatre staged the opera in 2017. For the 10 October performance (18:30), Vladimir Moroz (Monforte), Denis Zakirov (Arrigo), Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Elena), and Vladimir Feliauer (Giovanni da Procida) will appear in lead roles. Another performance will take place a day before, on 9 October (18:30). Featured performers are Vladislav Sulimsky (Monforte), Migran Agadzhanyan (Arrigo), Irina Churilova (Elena), and Stanislav Trofimov (Giovanni da Procida). Christian Knapp will conduct both performances.

Moreover, the Mariinsky II’s October playbill includes four operas by Giuseppe Verdi. On 4 October (19:00), the lead roles in Rigoletto (staged by Irkin Gabitov) will be performed by Sergei Skorokhodov (Duke of Mantua), Edem Umerov (Rigoletto), and Aigul Khismatullina (Gilda). Conductor: Pavel Smelkov. On 12 October (19:30), Attila staged by Arturo Gama will feature Vladimir Feliauer (Attila), Anna Markarova (Odabella), Roman Burdenko (Ezio), and Otar Jorjikia (Foresto) as leads. Conductor: Christian Knapp. Don Carlo performance (26 October, 18:30) will feature the Mariinsky Opera’s leading soloists, such as Yevgeny Nikitin (Philip II), Sergei Skorokhodov (Don Carlo), Alexei Markov (Rodrigo), Sergei Aleksashkin (the Grand Inquisitor), Tatiana Serjan (Elisabeth de Valois), and Yulia Matochkina (Princess Eboli). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Christian Knapp. The Verdi marathon will continue with three performances of the 2017/2018 season premiere, Falstaff, staged by Andrea De Rosa. The title role of Sir John Falstaff will be played by Edem Umerov (28 October, 15:00), Vadim Kravets (28 October, 20:00), and Vladislav Sulimsky (29 October, 19:00). Conductor: Christian Knapp. Furthermore, on 1 November, the Mariinsky II will host a performance of Un ballo in maschera staged by Andrei Konchalovsky. The production has successfully run at the Mariinsky Theatre for more than 15 years. The main roles will be performed by Otar Jorjikia (Riccardo), Alexei Markov (Renato), and Tatiana Serjan (Amelia).

The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will see a performance of Aida staged by Alexei Stepanyuk (21 October, 19:00). The title role will be sung by Tatiana Serjan, while Oleg Videman and Yuri Vorobiev will appear as Radames and Ramfis respectively. Conductor: Andrei Petrenko.

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) will mark the important date with performances of La traviata (12 October) and Rigoletto (26 October).

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