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14.01.2020

From 14 to 23 January the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the traditional tour by the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage. For several years in a row now, at the end of the January holidays the Far-East stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has been bringing its versions of popular productions to St Petersburg which have their own unique and inimitable style. During the previous five visits the dancers succeeded in winning acclaim from St Petersburg audiences

From 14 to 23 January the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the traditional tour by the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage. For several years in a row now, at the end of the January holidays the Far-East stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has been bringing its versions of popular productions to St Petersburg which have their own unique and inimitable style. During the previous five visits the dancers succeeded in winning acclaim from St Petersburg audiences.

This year the company will be presenting the very best of world ballet classics: the ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty, the vivid story of Le Corsaire and one of the most famous French romantic ballets – Giselle.

Tour performances will take place at the historic Mariinsky Theatre and at the Mariinsky II.

10.01.2020

On 10 January at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be an evening in memory of Yoko Ceschina – a musician, patron of the arts and friend of the Mariinsky Theatre who died in January 2015. The programme About Love, Joy and Woe on the Strings of the Harp includes the Harp Concerto and Suite No 2 from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé by Ravel, the introduction to the ballet The Bronze Horseman by Glière and Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo, arranged for the harp

On 10 January at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be an evening in memory of Yoko Ceschina – a musician, patron of the arts and friend of the Mariinsky Theatre who died in January 2015. The programme About Love, Joy and Woe on the Strings of the Harp includes the Harp Concerto and Suite No 2 from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé by Ravel, the introduction to the ballet The Bronze Horseman by Glière and Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo, arranged for the harp.

Countess Yoko Nagae Ceschina studied the harp in Tokyo and Florence, was a prize-winner at the International Harp Contest in Israel and, when her performing career came to an end, she dedicated herself to philanthropic works. She provided support to Carnegie Hall, the Israel Symphony Orchestra and Maxim Vengerov and was one of the initiators of the historic concert by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in North Korea in 2008. Longstanding ties of friendship and partnership connected Countess Ceschina with the Mariinsky Theatre. As a true devotee and refined connoisseur of Russian culture, she considered the Mariinsky Orchestra to be her “home ensemble”. Her generous support saw the opening of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, projects of the Mariinsky recording label came about and series of concerts at both the Moscow Easter Festival and the Stars of the White Nights festival were organised.

The Mariinsky Theatre has dedicated its Northern Lyre international harp festival to the memory of Yoko Nagae Ceschina. It is being run this year from 19 to 22 March and will include several major concert programmes featuring musicians from the theatre’s orchestra as well as guest performers from Great Britain, the USA, Israel, Japan and Colombia, performances by young harpists from music schools in St Petersburg and master-classes. In addition to the classical harp, audiences at the festival will have the opportunity to discover the sound of rare national instruments: the Japanese koto, the Colombian and Celtic harp and the eastern plucked instrument the oud – the predecessor of the European lute.

08.01.2020

In January, Valery Gergiev will be running a series of performances in Vienna – one of the world’s oldest music capitals. The maestro will conduct Wagner’s opera Lohengrin at the Wiener Staatsoper and present a series of concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker

In January, Valery Gergiev will be running a series of performances in Vienna – one of the world’s oldest music capitals. The maestro will conduct Wagner’s opera Lohengrin at the Wiener Staatsoper and present a series of concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker.

On 9, 12, 16 and 19 January at the Wiener Staatsoper under the baton of Valery Gergiev there will be performances of Lohengrin (production by Andreas Homoki). The 2014 staging is a co-production with the Opernhaus Zürich where Homoki is Intendant. An impressive international cast has been assembled for this latest series of performances in Vienna: the title role will be performed by famed Polish tenor Piotr Beczała, the role of Elsa by young Swedish soprano Cornelia Beskow and the role of Ortrud by Linda Watson, one of America’s leading Wagnerian sopranos. Friedrich of Telramund will be sung by Latvian bass-baritone Egils Siliņš, who currently directs the Latvian National Opera, while renowned Estonian bass Ain Anger will be appearing as Heinrich der Vogler. The collaboration between Valery Gergiev and the Wiener Staatsoper has lasted for many years now. On numerous occasions the maestro has appeared with the theatre’s orchestra on tour, several years ago conducting the ensemble in a production of Parsifal at the Salzburg festival and, last season, this grandiose stage mystery was conducted by him at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Continuing the Vienna concert series, Valery Gergiev will be appearing with the Wiener Philharmoniker. On 10, 11 and 12 January at the Goldener Saal of the Musikverein and on 14 January at the Großer Saal of the Konzerthaus the programmes will feature works by Russian composers: Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony (Winter Dreams) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Schéhérazade.
After the close of the series of performances in Vienna, Valery Gergiev will continue to tour in Europe with the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

27.12.2019

On 30 December the historic Mariinsky Theatre will host the 500th performance of Tchaikovsky's opera Mazepa since the premiere

On 30 December the historic Mariinsky Theatre will host the 500th performance of Tchaikovsky's opera Mazepa since the premiere.

Mazepa was first performed in February 1884 with three days between the Moscow and St Petersburg premieres. The composer, tired following the rehearsals in Moscow, did not come to the capital, but at the Mariinsky Theatre the new opus was given an ovation. Emperor Alexander III awarded Tchaikovsky the Order of St Vladimir, fourth class, and decreed that Eugene Onegin should be produced at the imperial stage in the capital without delay, it having been previously performed in St Petersburg only in amateur circles. One month later, the composer informed the conductor of the Imperial Russian Opera Eduard Nápravník of his desire to make amendments to the score of Mazepa: henceforth the strident opera, filled with seething dark passions, would conclude with Maria's gentle cradle-song.

A natural lyricist, in this work Tchaikovsky focussed on the emotions of the characters: a fateful drama unfolding against a historical backdrop. Here, traced in the folk spirit, there are depictions of brutal heroic episodes and intimate expressions in the perturbed arioso style typical of the composer. Boris Asafiev referred to Mazepa as the first of Tchaikovsky's tragic operas, ranking it alongside The Enchantress and The Queen of Spades.

The production performed at the Mariinsky Theatre today is the fourth production of six ever staged there. It was created in 1950, and has been revived on numerous occasions: in 1966, 1968, 1974, 1998 and 2009. It has been conducted by Sergei Yeltsin, Konstantin Simeonov and Valery Gergiev. In 2000 this version, widely regarded as definitive, was taken on tour to London, and in June 2019 it was broadcast by a major TV channel dedicated to classical music - Mezzo and Mezzo Live HD.

On 30 December the performance will see the same dazzling cast of Mariinsky Theatre soloists who performed the opera live on-air in the summer: Vladislav Sulimsky (Mazepa), Maria Bayankina (Maria), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Lyubov) and Sergei Semishkur (Andrei). The anniversary performance will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

27.12.2019

Ticket sales have opened for events in March at the Mariinsky Theatre. That month, the theatre will be running three festivals at the same time – two instrumental music festivals and the much-loved ballet festival

Ticket sales have opened for events in March at the Mariinsky Theatre. That month, the theatre will be running three festivals at the same time – two instrumental music festivals and the much-loved ballet festival.

From 4 to 9 March the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the Virtuosi of the Flute festival for the fourth time, while the Northern Lyre harp festival will run from 18 to 22 March. These small instrumental festivals have become an annual tradition of the theatre. They allow attention to be focussed on the musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra and afford a rare opportunity to hear leading soloists from European orchestras in one concert space.

Yet another traditional event which brings together dance aficionados on an annual basis is the Mariinsky International Ballet Festival. This year it will run from 11 to 22 March and will include an Artistic Soirée of Vladimir Shklyarov, repertoire productions with stars of the Mariinsky Theatre and renowned dancers from European companies as well as the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers, which promises many surprises for audiences.

On 24 and 25 March Valery Gergiev will be conducting the first two evenings of Wagner's grandiose tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. The concluding two parts of the cycle – the operas Siegfried and Götterdämmerung – may be heard on 11 and 12 April.

27.12.2019

On 28 December at 13.00 the Mariinsky II will be hosting the one hundredth performance of Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse). This ballet combines many successful ingredients: a fairy-tale plot (engaging for children), its ironic interpretation (interesting for adults), the extravagant and stylish designs by Maxim Isaev, the talented and inventive choreography of Alexei Ratmansky and the emotional music of Rodion Shchedrin

On 28 December at 13.00 the Mariinsky II will be hosting the one hundredth performance of Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse). This ballet combines many successful ingredients: a fairy-tale plot (engaging for children), its ironic interpretation (interesting for adults), the extravagant and stylish designs by Maxim Isaev, the talented and inventive choreography of Alexei Ratmansky and the emotional music of Rodion Shchedrin.

The score of the ballet Konyok-Gorbunok was composed by Shchedrin when he was a young man, still a student at the Moscow Conservatory. With his humour, wit, colourfulness and joie de vivre it has inspired many musicians and choreographers, yet each of them has found something for him or herself in it. Alexander Radunsky, who created the first choreographic version of Shchedrin's Konyok at the Bolshoi Theatre (1960), heard a traditional ballet fairy-tale in it. In the same piece, Igor Belsky, who staged his own version of Konyok at the Maly Opera Theatre in 1963, heard sharp satire. In 1981 at the Kirov Theatre, Dmitry Bryantsev staged a version of his own, combining fair-like decorativeness with entirely human portraits of the protagonists.

Ratmansky's ballet is a child of the early 21st century. In this dynamic, merry and ironic production there is also room for dance, both classical and character, and mime scenes, serious virtuoso skill and reckless humour. The dances crafted by the choreographer are interesting to perform, each role opening up a broad spectrum for creativity: on the one hand, for acting embodiment and improvisation and, on the other, to assert oneself in a technically complex dance text. If, in the role of the odd and grotesquely presented duffer of a King, the playful element is richer than the dance and expression of the "popular print" images of the Father and Ivan's Brothers and is simple in terms of plastique, then Ivan the Fool, Ivan the Virgin, appears in some scenes as childishly capricious and in others as virginously tender, and the nimble and adroit Horse reveals his nature namely through the dance.

27.12.2019

The Mariinsky Theatre is continuing its series of on-line broadcasts from the International Piano Festival and invites audiences to join this intensive musical marathon. For the first time, the theatre is presenting the unique opportunity on an almost daily basis to see leading musicians from throughout the world and discover talented young performers taking part in the festival

The Mariinsky Theatre is continuing its series of on-line broadcasts from the International Piano Festival and invites audiences to join this intensive musical marathon. For the first time, the theatre is presenting the unique opportunity on an almost daily basis to see leading musicians from throughout the world and discover talented young performers taking part in the festival.

During the International Piano Festival there will be five concerts broadcast live:
26 December at 20.30 – Nikolai Lugansky recital,
27 December at 18.00 – Nikolai Lugansky and Valery Gergiev,
29 December at 15.00 – Mira Yevtich, Abisal Gergiev and Valery Gergiev,
30 December at 20.00 – Konstantin Shamray, Dmitry Shishkin and Mischa Damev,
31 December at 15.00 – Close of the International Piano Festival with Christian Blackshaw, Sergei Redkin and Valery Gergiev.

On-line broadcasts of the concerts are accessible via the site mariinsky.tv, the YouTube channel MariinskyRu and the official account of the Mariinsky Theatre on VK. All broadcasts are denoted using Moscow Time (GMT+3).

24.12.2019

On 23 December Vice-Governor of St Petersburg Nikolai Linchenko and Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev announced the names of five sculptors who have gone through to the second stage of an international competition to design a monument to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

On 23 December Vice-Governor of St Petersburg Nikolai Linchenko and Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev announced the names of five sculptors who have gone through to the second stage of an international competition to design a monument to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The winners of the first stage were:
– the creative group of Viktor Alexandrovich Gavrilov, Vitaly Viktorovich Chernyshev and Alesya Sergeyevna Tukach (work on No 250457);
– the creative group Yevgeny Valerievich Tuniy, Ruslan Mikhailovich Yegorov and Vasily Sergeyevich Potapov (work on No 198176);
– Anastasia Gennadievna Luzhina (work on No 456123);
– Yekaterina Leonidovna Pilnikova (work on No 134165);
– Nikolai Nikolaevich Antsiferov (work on No 765234).

The results of the second stage of the competition will be announced during celebrations marking one hundred and eighty years since the birth of Pyotr Tchaikovsky in 2020. It is planned to install the monument to the composer on the square in front of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Valery Gergiev particularly emphasised the significance of installing a monument to Tchaikovsky in St Petersburg. According to the maestro, the task of immortalising the name of the musician is incredibly important for the city with which the genius' destiny was so closely associated. Nikolai Linchenko noted that the place chosen is ideal for the monument: in the historic centre of St Petersburg, and within walking distance of the Conservatory and the Mariinsky Theatre, which will create "the finest setting of musical works" for the monument to this great composer.

In total, the competition featured more than ninety works by sculptors from St Petersburg, Moscow, Tomsk, Omsk, Volgograd, Saratov, Syktyvkar and other Russian cities as well as from Romania, Canada, Estonia, Latvia and Belarus. The complete catalogue of works may be accessed on the site of the Committee for City Planning and Architecture: http://kgainfo.spb.ru/current_activities/gradostroitelnye-konkursy/pamyatnik_chaikovskomu/

24.12.2019

Continuing the tradition of annual concerts in Moscow in the lead up to New Year’s Eve, on 24 and 28 December Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will be appearing at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow

Continuing the tradition of annual concerts in Moscow in the lead up to New Year’s Eve, on 24 and 28 December Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will be appearing at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow.

On 24 December as part of the arts festival Russian Winter at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall there will be a performance of Verdi’s opera Aida. For this concert performance, Valery Gergiev has brought together a stellar cast of soloists. The title role will be performed by Tatiana Serjan alongside Ekaterina Semenchuk as Amneris, Hovhannes Ayvazyan as Radamès, Roman Burdenko as Amonasro and Mikhail Petrenko as Ramfis.

A few days later the Mariinsky Orchestra will again be coming to Moscow to present a festive programme at the Zaryadye Concert Hall. Maestro Gergiev will be conducting highlights from music for Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker and one of the most popular piano concerti – Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto, the solo to be performed by the acclaimed pianist Behzod Abduraimov.

21.12.2019

Today, 21 December, sees the launch of the International Piano Festival – a traditional winter marathon of the piano featuring the world's greatest instrumentalists. The festival opens with the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition victor Alexandre Kantorow, Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra.
The online broadcast of the concert may be seen at 20.00 Moscow Time on the site mariinsky.tv, the YouTube channel MariinskyRu and the Mariinsky Theatre's official account on the site VK.

Today, 21 December, sees the launch of the International Piano Festival – a traditional winter marathon of the piano featuring the world's greatest instrumentalists. The festival opens with the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition victor Alexandre Kantorow, Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra.

The online broadcast of the concert may be seen at 20.00 Moscow Time on the site mariinsky.tv, the YouTube channel MariinskyRu and the Mariinsky Theatre's official account on the site VK.

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