The Mariinsky Theatre is dedicating the XXV Stars of the White Nights music festival to Igor Stravinsky’s 135th anniversary
The Mariinsky Theatre is dedicating the XXV Stars of the White Nights music festival to Igor Stravinsky’s 135th anniversary. The festival programme is abundant with the composer’s ballets and symphony works, features organ arrangements of his music performed in concert and the premiere of L'Histoire du soldat with the artistes of the Children's Studio of the Mariinsky Theatre. The foyer of the Mariinsky II is hosting the exhibition Igor Stravinsky. The Mariinsky Theatre. Marking 135 Years Since the Birth of the Composer.
The opening concert of the XXV Stars of the White Nights music festival is also a tribute to Stravinsky’s anniversary. It includes Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in C, which has already been performed multiple times at the XVI Moscow Easter Festival this year, Maurice Ravel’s Boléro and La Valse, as well as the Russian premiere of Daniil Trifonov’s Piano Concerto № 1 in E flat minor. The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of Valery Gergiev with the soloist Daniil Trifonov (May 26, 20.00, the Mariinsky II).
On June 17, the composer's birthday, the Mariinsky Theatre's stage venues will be hosting only his music: at the historic stage there will be a performance of The Firebird (16.00) and an evening of ballets to music by Igor Stravinsky (20.00), at the Concert Hall there will be a performance of L'Histoire du soldat with artistes of the Children's Studio of the Mariinsky Theatre (15.00), as well as an expansive symphony music programme under the baton of Valery Gergiev (20.00). On 18 June, Leonid Karev will perform organ arrangements of works by Igor Stravinsky at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The programme also includes the performances of Robert Schumann’s and Johann Sebastian Bach’s music works.
The Mariinsky II hosts an exhibition to mark Igor Stravinsky’s anniversary. It is dedicated to the history of the productions of his works at the Kirov/Mariinsky Theatre. The composer’s life is closely linked with the Mariinsky Theatre as his father, Fyodor I. Stravinsky, had been a great success at the Mariinsky for a quarter of a century. The exhibition revisits the theatre’s own collection of photographs, archival documents, and stage costumes (most of which are still in use today). Among the exhibits are costumes from the ballets Le Sacre du printemps and Pétrouchka designed by Nicholas Roerich and Alexander Benois. The plasma displays will show the clips from modern theatre productions, as well as unique photographs from the family archives of the composer’s descendants, which were graciously provided for the exhibition by the Igor Stravinsky Foundation.
May 26 will see the opening of the XXV anniversary Stars of the White Nights music festival at three venues of the Mariinsky Theatre. The festival will run until July 23 and will feature more than 190 performances and concerts starring world-famous performers
May 26 will see the opening of the XXV anniversary Stars of the White Nights music festival at three venues of the Mariinsky Theatre. The festival will run until July 23 and will feature more than 190 performances and concerts starring world-famous performers.
Daniil Trifonov, one of the most eminent pianists of his generation, the winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, is set to perform at the opening of the festival at the Mariinsky II (20.00). Trifonov will be joined by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The pianist will present the Russian premiere of his Piano Concerto in E flat minor.
That same day, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (18.00) will host the performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s Boyarina Morozova, a Russian choral opera in two parts for four soloists, mixed chorus, trumpet, kettledrums and percussion (concert performance). The main parts will be performed by Yekaterina Sergeyeva (Boyarina Morozova), Violetta Lukyanenko (Princess Urusova), Stanislav Leontiev (Protopope Avvakum), and Yuri Vlasov (Czar Alexei Mikhailovich). The performance will be conducted by Andrei Petrenko.
The Mariinsky Theatre stage (19.30) will present a performance of Boris Asafiev's ballet The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, staged by Rostislav Zakharov and starring Anastasia Kolegova (Maria), Alexander Sergeyev (Vaslav), Danila Korsuntsev (Ghirei), and Daria Pavlenko (Zarema). The performances are also scheduled to take place on May 27 and May 28.
Daniil Trifonov is also expected to perform solo at the XXV Stars of the White Nights festival. On May 27, Trifonov will perform five preludes and fugues from 24 Preludes and Fugues by Dmitri Shostakovich, three fragments from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pétrouchka, Toccata in C major and the piano pieces Kinderszenen and Kreisleriana by Robert Schumann at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (20.00).
Sergei Babayan, a recognised virtuoso pianist and Daniil Trifonov’s mentor, is scheduled to perform at the festival on June 3. Babayan’s mono programme Mozart includes the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 25, Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner"), and Symphony No. 38 (“Prague”). The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of Christian Knapp (Concert Hall, 16.00).
The Atkins Young Artists Program is an international Mariinsky Theatre-based educational project. The project now accepts applications from professional vocalists between 18 and 32 years of age
The Atkins Young Artists Program is an international Mariinsky Theatre-based educational project. The project now accepts applications from professional vocalists between 18 and 32 years of age.
The program fellows will have a unique opportunity to perfect their vocal and performing skills under the direction of eminent teachers and concertmasters, to study abroad, to give solo concerts in Russia and beyond, to work with theatre administrators, managers, PR agencies, to collaborate with the leading opera companies, and to take part in the Mariinsky Theatre productions.
The applications are open through May 31 (inclusive). You can find the detailed information about eligibility requirements and the application form at the link below: http://www.atkinsyoungartists.org/apply.html
The public performance audition will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre on June 26 (specific time and details will be announced at a later date). The future fellows will be selected by an expert jury, which includes the artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev, the founder of the program Veronica Atkins, and Sarah Billinghurst Solomon, an opera house administrator, artist manager, and formerly the assistant general manager for artistic affairs at the Metropolitan Opera House.
The candidates selected via online pre-screening will get an opportunity to come to Saint Petersburg and take part in training sessions with the members of Artistic Advisory Board, concertmasters, language coaches, and directors over several days before the final public audition. Travel arrangements and accommodations for the finalists are provided by the Atkins Young Artists Program.
The Atkins Young Artists Program is an international educational project, established in 2015 under the patronage of Valery Gergiev. The program's goal is to support young opera singers at the start of their professional career. In August 2016, the fellows of the program took an Italian language course at the University of Siena in Italy.
In September 2016, they participated in a series of master classes and training sessions with the teaching staff of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York (the United States).
Since the foundation of the program its fellows have taken part in the Mariinsky Theatre projects. Open master classes taught by the famous concertmaster and trainer Craig Rutenberg with the participation of Yevgeny Akhmedov, Alexander Mikhailov, and Dmitry Grigoriev took place during the XXIV International Stars of the White Nights Music Festival at the chamber venues of the Mariinsky II in the summer of 2016. The vocalists then took part in the closing concert at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. In November 2016, each of the fellows presented his solo program at the chamber venues of the Mariinsky II.
Moreover Atkins fellows regularly take part in the repertoire productions and participate in the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre projects (e.g. the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok). Dmitry Grigoriev debuted on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in February 2016 with the assistance of the Atkins Young Artists Program teaching staff.
The fellows also actively performed at the XVI Moscow Easter Festival, with the Youth Symphony Orchestra and Esperanza Azteca Choir in Mexico, on tour with the Mariinsky Theatre in the Asia-Pacific Region and with the Mariinsky Orchestra in South America.
The project is graciously sponsored by Veronica Atkins (the United States).
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are giving several concerts in Europe in the run-up to the Stars of the White Nights Festival
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are giving several concerts in Europe in the run-up to the Stars of the White Nights Festival.
On 18 May, Maestro and his orchestra are expected at the Grand Auditorium of the Philharmonie Luxembourg, for a concert featuring Sergei Prokofiev’s works: fragments of Cinderella suite, Third and Sixth symphonies.
On 19 May, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will appear at the Dresden Palace of Culture (Germany), playing Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, and fragments of Parsifal and Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner. The Mariinsky musicians will be joined by the Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek.
22 May will bring Valery Gergiev and his orchestra to Sofia (Bulgaria), for the grand opening of the Sofia Music Weeks International Festival. This concert at Bulgaria concert hall will feature the Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy, the 5th Symphony by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the 1st ‘Classic’ Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev.
Incidentally, Valery Gergiev was awarded with the Golden Age, highest award of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, in 2016, for his contribution to the development of the Bulgarian culture. Over the recent years, Bulgarian vocal ensembles have regularly taken part in the Moscow Easter Festival choral programme.
Festival will run from 26 May to 23 July
26 May – 23 July
Mariinsky Theatre, Mariinsky II, Concert Hall
Artistic Director: Valery Gergiev
• Over 190 performances and concerts featuring international stars;
• Premiere of Francesco Cilea's opera Adriana Lecouvreur featuring Anna Netrebko;
• The St Petersburg premiere of Alexander Tchaikovsky's opera The Chess King;
• Ballet premieres: Boris Tishchenko's Yaroslavna staged by Vladimir Varnava and Ilya Zhivoi's production of The Four Seasons to music by Max Richter (after motifs of Antonio Vivaldi's cycle Le quattro stagioni);
• Marking 135 years since the birth of Igor Stravinsky;
• Marking 85 years since the birth of Rodion Shchedrin;
• A parade of renowned instrumentalists;
Just prior to the opening of the XXV Stars of the White Nights festival of music, on 24 May at the Mariinsky II under Valery Gergiev there will be a dazzling operatic premiere of the 2016-17 season – Giuseppe Verdi's I vespri siciliani featuring Ildar Abdrazakov (Giovanni da Procida), Vladislav Sulimsky (di Montforte) and Irina Churilova (Elena). During the festival, it will be possible to see the production again on 23 and 24 June. At the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 25 May, Albina Shagimuratova will present the programme Mad Scenes. Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra.
The anniversary XXV Stars of the White Nights festival of music opens on 26 May with a concert by pianist Daniil Trifonov and the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev (Mariinsky II). At the historic theatre there will be a performance of Boris Asafiev's ballet The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, while the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a performance of Rodion Shchedrin's Russian choral opera Boyarina Morozova (in concert).
Marking 135 years since the birth of Igor Stravinsky. On 17 June, the composer's birthday, the Mariinsky Theatre's stage venues will be hosting only his music: at the historic stage there will be a performance of The Firebird (16:00) and an evening of ballets to music by Igor Stravinsky (20:00), at the Concert Hall there will be a performance of L'Histoire du soldat with artistes of the Children's Studio of the Mariinsky Theatre (15:00), as well as an expansive symphony music programme under the baton of Valery Gergiev (20:00). On 18 June at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre Leonid Karev will present the programme Organ Dialogues, performing organ arrangements of works by Igor Stravinsky.
Marking 85 years since the birth of Rodion Shchedrin. In the festival playbill works by the outstanding Russian composer, whose opuses occupy a special place in the Mariinsky Theatre repertoire, are to include the opera The Lefthander after the novella by Nikolai Leskov (30 May) with Valery Gergiev conducting and the ballets The Little Humpbacked Horse (13 and 14 June) and Anna Karenina (11 and 12 July). At the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be two performances of one of the most vivid premieres of the 2016-17 season – the opera Not Love Alone staged by Alexander Kuzin (8 and 22 June) as well as the opera The Enchanted Wanderer (19 June).
An opera premiere of the festival comes with Francesco Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur staged by Isabelle Partiot-Pieri featuring Anna Netrebko, Vladislav Sulimsky and Yusif Eyvazov (18 and 21 June, 20 and 21 July, Mariinsky II). The production of Cilea's opera will be a first not only for Anna Netrebko, but also for the Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev who will conduct the first performances.
Sergei Taneyev's only opera Oresteia, premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895, will be performed in concert under Leon Botstein, Bard College President and Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra (13 June). In 2013 as part of a joint project with the Mariinsky Theatre, the conductor performed the American premiere of the work.
The St Petersburg premiere of Alexander Tchaikovsky's opera The Chess King, written to mark one hundred and fifty years since the foundation of the Moscow Conservatoire, will take place at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (7 July). This new work by a contemporary classical composer after motifs of Stefan Zweig's The Royal Game will be presented by soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.
It will be possible to hear the magnificent voices of world opera stars at the festival. Guest performers include one of the most illustrious singers of the present day – Plácido Domingo. Together with Ekaterina Semenchuk he will appear in the opera Macbeth, performing the title role (2 July). Ferruccio Furlanetto will be appearing in one of his finest roles, that of Don Quichotte (28 June). Maria Guleghina will be performing the title role in the opera Turandot (6 June), Eva-Maria Westbroek will perform as Katerina Ismailova in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (29 June) and Albina Shagimuratova will undertake the role of the Swan Princess in The Tale of Tsar Saltan (15 July).
A brilliant cast of singers will gather on 25 June for a concert performance of the opera Nabucco: Tatiana Serjan, Sergei Skorokhodov, Roman Burdenko and Ferruccio Furlanetto will perform under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
Leading Mariinsky Theatre soloists will be appearing in festival performances: Vladimir Galouzine in The Queen of Spades and Otello (27 May and 10 July), Olga Borodina as Marfa in Khovanshchina (29 May) and a recital (5 June), Ildar Abdrazakov as Giovanni da Procida in I vespri siciliani (23 June), Elena Stikhina in the title role of Salome (3 July), Mikhail Vekua as Hermann in The Queen of Spades (13 July), Sergei Skorokhodov in Lohengrin (14 July) and Vladislav Sulimsky as Mazepa in the eponymous opera (16 July).
Star duets and ensembles in performances will feature: Attila with Ildar Abdrazakov and Tatiana Serjan (31 May), Samson et Dalila with Ekaterina Semenchuk, Mikhail Vekua and Roman Burdenko (3 June), Aida with Ekaterina Semenchuk and Mikhail Petrenko (7 June), Don Carlo with Alexei Markov, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Tatiana Serjan (10 June) and Il trovatore with Ekaterina Semenchuk and Alexei Markov (4 July).
Soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers will appear in repertoire productions and present a series of opera evenings at the Concert Hall. There will be concert performances of Jules Massenet's Werther with Yulia Matochkina (28 May) and Yekaterina Sergeyeva (8 July), Gaetano Donizetti's La Fille du regiment and Jules Massenet's Cendrillon featuring Olga Pudova (23 June, 14 July), Alexander Dargomyzhsky's The Stone Guest (6 June), Kirill Molchanov's The Dawns Here Are Quiet (2 July), Jules Massenet's Cléopâtre (3 July) and Vincenzo Bellini's I Capuletti e i Montecchi (6 July). There will be a performance of Mieczysław Weinberg's opera The Idiot (2 June), as well as productions of the 2016-17 season: Yuri Butsko's Diary of a Madman (3 June) and Grigory Frid's The Diary of Anne Frank (11 June).
Ballet premieres are being rehearsed by young choreographers Ilya Zhivoi and Vladimir Varnava. Ilya Zhivoi will present The Seasons to music by Max Richter (after motifs of Antonio Vivaldi's cycle Le quattro stagioni; 19 and 20 June, Mariinsky II), while Vladimir Varnava will present his version of Boris Tishchenko's ballet Yaroslavna, the premieres to be conducted by Valery Gergiev (30 June, 1 and 2 July, Mariinsky II).
In addition to premieres, the festival's ballet playbill will include the finest productions in the classical repertoire and works by 20th and 21st century choreographers: Swan Lake, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Giselle, Jewels, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, La Bayadère, Cinderella and Le Parc. The historic theatre will give two performances of a 2016-17 premiere – Édouard Deldevez' Paquita staged by Yuri Smekalov (15 and 16 June). The performances will feature lead soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet and guest dancers.
Wagner at the Mariinsky. In June at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev will be conducting music by Richard Wagner. The Wagner Gala concert will feature acclaimed Wagnerian soprano Anja Kampe (4 June), and there will be a concert performance of the opera Tristan und Isolde spread over three separate evenings featuring Ekaterina Gubanova, Heidi Melton, Mikhail Vekua and René Pape (14, 15 and 16 June).
Silent film and live music. During the festival on 29 May at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be organ improvisations by Thierry Escaich accompanying the great silent French film La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer (1928).
In line with tradition, the festival's participants will include renowned instrumentalists: pianists Behzod Abduraimov, Sergei Babayan, Christian Blackshaw, Rudolf Buchbinder, Alexei Volodin, George Li, Nikolai Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Daniil Trifonov and Seong-Jin Cho, violinists Kristóf Baráti, Leonidas Kavakos, Daniel Lozakovich, Baiba Skride and Frank Peter Zimmermann, cellists István Várdai, David Geringas and Jean Vogler and organist Karol Mossakowski among many more.
The Mariinsky Theatre's stage venues will bring together world-acclaimed conductors at the festival. Following a long absence from the conducting stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda – one of the present day's most sought-after conductors – will return once again (5 July). Concert programmes of the Mariinsky Orchestra will also be conducted by Darrell Ang, Leon Botstein, Mischa Damev, Jacek Kaspszyk and Gustavo Gimeno. In opera, Plácido Domingo will be conducting, appearing again at the festival as a soloist in Macbeth and as a conductor with Il trovatore (4 July), and the young Italian Andrea Battistoni will conduct Tosca (8 and 9 July).
Guest ensembles include: the Orchestra of the Russo-German Academy of Music with Valery Gergiev conducting (24 June), the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi, its concert celebrating the renowned conductor's eightieth birthday (9 June) and the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra under Yuri Bashmet (1 June).
The chamber music programme in the festival playbill will include concerts by the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble under Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (11 June), the Sibelius Academy's Cello Ensemble and Martti Rousi (12 June), the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (18 June), the PHILHARMONIX ensemble comprising soloists of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras (24 June) and the State Borodin Quartet (30 June).
On his birthday on 2 May, Valery Gergiev will give two performances at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire with the Mariinsky Orchestra
On his birthday on 2 May, Valery Gergiev will give two performances at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire with the Mariinsky Orchestra. The matinee begins at 15.00. The programme includes Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto. The soloist will be Kristóf Baráti (violin).
The evening concert (19.00) will feature the outstanding Brazilian pianisl Nelson Freire. The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 and Anton Bruckner's rarely performed Eighth Symphony, composed exactly one hundred and thirty years ago. Both concerts form part of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival.
The festival opened on 16 April at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire with a concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. Immediately after the concerts in Moscow, the musicians departed for Kazan, where the next day they gave two performances at the State Bolshoi Saidashev Concert Hall. Over two weeks of the festival there have been concerts in nineteen Russian towns and cities – Moscow, Kazan, Almetievsk, Naberezhnye Chelny, Orienburg, Magnitogorsk, Yekaterinburg, Surgut, Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Tomsk, Strezhevoi, Omsk, Perm, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod and Vladimir.
Following the Moscow concerts on 1 and 2 May, the special train of the Moscow Easter Festival will depart for the south of Russia: concerts by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will take place in Tula, Kursk, Novocherkassk, Vladikavkaz, Stavropol and Voronezh. In line with tradition, the festival ends in Moscow: on Victory Day on 9 May there will be an open-to-all concert by the Mariinsky Theatre on Poklonnaya Hill, and in the evening at the Great Hall of the Conservatoire there will be a grand concert to close the XVI Moscow Easter Festival.
On 27 April at 19.00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra will be performing under the baton of Christian Vásquez
On 27 April at 19.00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra will be performing under the baton of Christian Vásquez. The programme includes: Felix Mendelssohn's overture The Hebrides, or Fingal's Cave, Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No 8 in G major and Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor. The soloist will be renowned Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan, who performs the "Ysaÿe" violin crafted by Giuseppe Guarnieri in 1740 (presented by the Nippon music foundation of Japan).
One of the most successful orchestras of Scandinavia, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1938 as a music ensemble of the Norwegian Radio Broadcasting Corporation. Over the years the orchestra has been conducted by Gunnar Knudsen, Karsten Andersen, Bjørn Voll, Alexander Dmitriev, Ole Kristian Ruud, Susanna Mälkki and Steven Sloane. Since 2013 its Principal Conductor has been Christian Vásquez (Venezuela). For the past twenty-five years the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra has dedicated particular attention to the practice of authentic performance of baroque and classical music, working with Philippe Herreweghe and Fabio Biondi. Over the course of its artistic history, the ensemble has released over forty recordings, several of which have received prestigious prizes and awards including a Diapason, L’Orphées d’Or and the Spellemann Award, while in 2016 the orchestra established its own label SSO Recordings. Today the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra frequently tours to the USA, Spain, Germany, Japan and other Scandinavian countries.
The concert by the Norwegian ensemble forms part of the subscription series Guest Orchestras: West and East which concludes on 11 May with a performance by the Karelian State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Anatoly Rybalko at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The concert programme includes Sergei Taneyev's Symphony No 4 in C minor and Sergei Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertante for cello in E minor. Soloist – Boris Andrianov (cello).
Due to the expansion of the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) new vacancies for ballet dancers have been announced
Due to the expansion of the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) new vacancies for ballet dancers have been announced.
Auditions will take place on 30 May at 15.00 at the Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg).
Auditions are open to young men and women between the ages of 18 and 28 with professional training as a ballet dancer. Men should be at least 175 cm tall.
To take part in the auditions, applicants must send, in advance, their CV, photos (portrait and full height (in a classical dance costume)) and links to video highlights of performances to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In April and May the playbill of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is crammed with exciting events: premiere performances of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto (21 and 23 April), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty (26, 27 and 28 May and 2 and 4 June), performances by Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, "Korean phenomenon" Seong-Jin Cho and concerts as part of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival
In April and May the playbill of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is crammed with exciting events: premiere performances of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto (21 and 23 April), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty (26, 27 and 28 May and 2 and 4 June), performances by Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, "Korean phenomenon" Seong-Jin Cho and concerts as part of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival.
On 21 and 23 the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will present a premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto staged by Irkin Gabitov (production transferred from the historic Mariinsky Theatre to Vladivostok). The first performances will mark the stage director's seventieth birthday. To close the season the production will be performed again on 1 June. Pavel Smelkov will be conducting.
In April and May the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be one of the venues for the XVI Moscow Easter Festival directed by Valery Gergiev. Here on 18 April the Combined Chorus of the Metropolitan See will perform under Lyudmila Makarenko. On 2 and 4 May as part of the festival's symphony programme, at the Bolshoi Hall there will be concerts featuring the outstanding South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho. On 2 May he will present a recital programme, while on 4 May with the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre he will appear under the baton of Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang.
A key May event will be the grandiose premiere of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty (26, 27 and 28 May and 2 and 4 June), which will end the season at the Primorsky Stage. This colourful and vast production with classical choreography by Marius Petipa revised by Konstantin Sergeyev and sets and costumes after sketches by People's Artist of Russia Vyacheslav Okunev is being rehearsed in Vladivostok as past of the Russian Seasons programme and on the eve of the Year of Cultural Exchange between Russia and Japan. The performances will feature ballet dancers from Japan.
The intense repertoire playbill of the Primorsky Stage in April and May will present audiences with fafourite operas: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (1 May) and Bastien und Bastienne (23 April, 7 May and 4 June), Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata (14 April and 8 May) and Macbeth (16 April and 28 May) featuring Elena Stikhina for whom the role of Lady Macbeth will be a debut, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve (29 April and 19 May), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (21 May) and Georges Bizet's Carmen (3 June).
The ballet company will be appearing for audiences in the Fear East in productions of Adolphe Adam's Giselle (15 April and 18 May) and Le Corsaire (7 May), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake (22 April and 12 May), evenings of classical and contemporary dance including The Firebird (13 April and 9 May) and recent premieres – one-act ballets by George Balanchine (14 May). Following performances of the ballet Carmen-Suite to music by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Primorsky Stage will be dedicating its performances (30 April and 20 May) to mark fifty years since the ballet was created and eighty-five years since the birth of the great Russian composer Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin.
On 13 and 14 April on the eve of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival, the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev will be appearing in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
On 13 and 14 April on the eve of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival, the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev will be appearing in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
On 13 April a concert will take place at the "Uzbekistan" Palace of International Forums. Young Uzbek virtuoso pianist Behzod Abduraimov and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3. For the Mariinsky Theatre's musicians this will be their first performance in the capital of Uzbekistan.
On 14 April at the Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theatre there will be a ballet programme. The evening will open with the one-act ballet Carmen-Suite by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin, the lead role to be performed by Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva. The second part of the evening will include scenes and choreographic highlights from the ballets Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Anna Karenina and Schéhérazade. The divertissement will feature Nadezhda Batoeva, Elena Yevseyeva, Yekaterina Chebykina, Renata Shakirova, Konstantin Zverev, Igor Kolb, Danila Korsuntsev, Ernest Latypov, Alexander Romanchikov and Alexander Sergeyev. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.