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27.03.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre is continuing to expand its online programme and invites viewers to spend time in the evenings watching its finest performances and concerts. The start of all broadcasts is at 19.00 (Moscow Time). The videos will be accessible to view for twenty-four hours thereafter

The Mariinsky Theatre is continuing to expand its online programme and invites viewers to spend time in the evenings watching its finest performances and concerts. The start of all broadcasts is at 19.00 (Moscow Time). The videos will be accessible to view for twenty-four hours thereafter.

The week will commence with a symphony music programme on 30 March on mariinsky.tv with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev continuing to present symphonies by Tchaikovsky. Being performed are the Second, nicknamed by contemporaries as the Little Russian for its particular national flavour, and the Fifth Symphonies. The first part of the series All Tchaikovsky Symphonies, recorded in September 2019 at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow, has already been shown on mariinsky.tv, and its continuation has been scheduled for next week. In the year marking the one hundred and eightieth anniversary of the birth of the composer his works will be performed particularly frequently as part of the Mariinsky Theatre's programmes.

On 31 March there will be a screening of one of the Mariinsky Theatre's "calling cards", the legendary ballet The Bronze Horseman by Reinhold Glière about the city on the River Neva with a stellar cast of performers. The lead roles in the performance, recorded in 2016, were danced by Vladimir Shklyarov (Eugene), Viktoria Tereshkina (Parasha), Danila Korsuntsev (Peter I) and Ekaterina Kondaurova (Queen of the Ball). The conductor was Valery Gergiev. Created in 1949 by the choreographer Rostislav Zakharov, the ballet The Bronze Horseman appeared in a new stage version in the spring of 2016 as part of the international ballet festival Mariinsky. Zakharov's choreography was passed on to dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet by teachers from an older generation who had performed in The Bronze Horseman in the Soviet period, while new elements of the ballet were created by the choreographer Yuri Smekalov who gave the production a more contemporary sheen.

Yet another stellar cast awaits viewers with Camille Saint-Saëns' opera Samson et Dalila in a production by Yannis Kokkos – this recording from 2016 will be shown on mariinsky.tv on 1 April. The title roles in the performance were sung by Mariinsky Opera soloist Ekaterina Semenchuk, one of the most highly sought-after mezzo-sopranos in the world, and the acclaimed American tenor Gregory Kunde. The role of the High Priest of Dagon was performed by Roman Burdenko, that of Abimélech by Mikhail Petrenko and that of the Old Hebrew by Stanislav Trofimov. The magnificent cast was conducted by Valery Gergiev.

27.03.2020

Mariinsky Theatre box-offices will be closed from 28 March to 5 April 2020 in accordance with St Petersburg Government Resolution No 161 dated 26.03.2020. Theatre box-offices will re-open on 6 April 2020.
Should any questions arise, please feel free to contact the information service on +7 812 326 41 41 or by e-mailing tickets@mariinsky.ru.

Mariinsky Theatre box-offices will be closed from 28 March to 5 April 2020 in accordance with St Petersburg Government Resolution No 161 dated 26.03.2020. Theatre box-offices will re-open on 6 April 2020.
Should any questions arise, please feel free to contact the information service on +7 812 326 41 41 or by e-mailing tickets@mariinsky.ru.

26.03.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre has prepared a unique programme to mark World Theatre Day. Each day from 26 to 29 March mariinsky.tv will be broadcasting dazzling performances and glittering gala concerts: the grand opening of the Mariinsky-II featuring Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina and many other stars, the oratorio Ivan the Terrible with Alexei Petrenko and the symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf with Konstantin Khabensky as the respective Narrators, a performance by Alexandre Kantorow accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev and the ballet Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse) with Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov

The Mariinsky Theatre has prepared a unique programme to mark World Theatre Day. Each day from 26 to 29 March mariinsky.tv will be broadcasting dazzling performances and glittering gala concerts: the grand opening of the Mariinsky-II featuring Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina and many other stars, the oratorio Ivan the Terrible with Alexei Petrenko and the symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf with Konstantin Khabensky as the respective Narrators, a performance by Alexandre Kantorow accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev and the ballet Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse) with Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov.

On 26 March at 19.00 there will be a rare opportunity to hear immense vocal and symphony canvases by Sergei Prokofiev: the cantata Alexander Nevsky and the oratorio Ivan the Terrible for narrator, soloists, chorus and orchestra. This programme proved to be one of the most significant events at the Mariinsky Theatre commemorating one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of the composer in April 2016 when it was also recorded. The role of the Narrator in the oratorio was performed by the acclaimed actor Alexei Petrenko, People's Artist of Russia, while the vocal roles in the works were sung by Olga Borodina (mezzo-soprano), Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano) and Mikhail Petrenko (bass) with the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

On 27 March, World Theatre Day, mariinsky.tv will be broadcasting a recording of the Gala Concert marking the opening of the Mariinsky-II (the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre) in May 2013. The grand gala event featured world stars, among them the opera singers Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Plácido Domingo, Ildar Abdrazakov, Yevgeny Nikitin and René Pape, the ballerinas Diana Vishneva, Olga Yesina, Ekaterina Kondaurova and Ulyana Lopatkina, the instrumentalists Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Yuri Bashmet (viola) and Denis Matsuev (piano), as well as Mariinsky Opera and Ballet soloists and the Mariinsky Chorus, Children's Chorus and Orchestra. The stage director of this grandiose celebration was Vasily Barkhatov while the concert was designed by Zinovy Margolin. Valery Gergiev was the conductor.

Saturday morning will be time for family viewing. On 28 March at 12.00 mariinsky.tv will be screening a recording of Prokofiev's symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf, much loved by several generations of children and adults alike. The audience will be introduced to the plot and the various instruments of the orchestra by the acclaimed actor Konstantin Khabensky, while Valery Gergiev and the musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra will be presenting the musical side of the plot. In the evening on mariinsky.tv there will be yet another innovation – a grand concert in honour of the start of the I International Moscow Festival Zaryadye. The programme is to include: Dawn over the Moskva River (introduction from the opera Khovanshchina) by Modest Musorgsky, Boléro by Maurice Ravel, Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz and Piano Concerto No 5 by Camille Saint-Saëns performed by Alexandre Kantorow, recipient of the Grand Prix, 1st prize and Gold Medal at the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition.

The theatre weekend will conclude with yet another family production. On 29 March at 12.00 there will be a staging of the vibrant ballet fairy tale Konyok-Gorbunok, which successfully combines a familiar plot that is engaging for children, its ironic interpretation that is interesting to 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 lead roles in this recording, produced in 2013, are performed by Vladimir Shklyarov (Ivan the Fool), Alina Somova (the Tsar Maiden), Vladislav Shumakov (the Little Humpbacked Horse) and Islom Baimuradov (Gentleman of the Bedchamber). The conductor was Valery Gergiev.

26.03.2020

Dear Patrons,
The Mariinsky Theatre will remain closed to the public until 10 April 2020 in accordance with the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation's decrees No 357 and No 363 "On the activities of organisations that fall under the remit of the Russian Ministry of Culture in view of the conditions posed by the threat of the spread of the new coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV) within the territory of the Russian Federation".
Performances and concerts planned for the period between 18 March and 10 April 2020 have been postponed to later dates in the current and the next seasons as per the revised schedule.
Tickets for rescheduled performances and concerts remain valid
and need not be returned.
Should you wish to return tickets, please follow these instructions.
The Mariinsky Theatre is pleased to be offering an extensive programme of online broadcasts and performances of its productions and concerts.
We are grateful for your understanding and support.

Dear Patrons,
The Mariinsky Theatre will remain closed to the public until 10 April 2020 in accordance with the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation's decrees No 357 and No 363 "On the activities of organisations that fall under the remit of the Russian Ministry of Culture in view of the conditions posed by the threat of the spread of the new coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV) within the territory of the Russian Federation".

Performances and concerts planned for the period between 18 March and 10 April 2020 have been postponed to later dates in the current and the next seasons as per the following revised schedule.
Tickets for rescheduled performances and concerts remain valid
and need not be returned.
Should you wish to return tickets, please follow these instructions.

The Mariinsky Theatre is pleased to be offering an extensive programme of online broadcasts and performances of its productions and concerts.
We are grateful for your understanding and support.

25.03.2020

On 25 March at 19.00 mariinsky.tv will be launching a new broadcast – a performance of Rostislav Zakharov's choreographic poem The Fountain of Bakhchisarai based on the eponymous work by Alexander Pushkin. The broadcast will be of a recording made in 2017, in which the characters from Pushkin's opus were performed by Anastasia Matvienko (Maria), Viktoria Tereshkina (Zarema), Xander Parish (Vaslav), Roman Belyakov (Ghirei) and Grigory Popov (Nurali). The video will be available to view for twenty-four hours following the start of the online broadcast

On 25 March at 19.00 mariinsky.tv will be launching a new broadcast – a performance of Rostislav Zakharov's choreographic poem The Fountain of Bakhchisarai based on the eponymous work by Alexander Pushkin. The broadcast will be of a recording made in 2017, in which the characters from Pushkin's opus were performed by Anastasia Matvienko (Maria), Viktoria Tereshkina (Zarema), Xander Parish (Vaslav), Roman Belyakov (Ghirei) and Grigory Popov (Nurali). The video will be available to view for twenty-four hours following the start of the online broadcast.

Choreographer Rostislav Zakharov, for whom The Fountain of Bakhchisarai marked his debut in grand ballet, approached work on the production from the point of view of a stage director of drama. The ballet was born not from the dance, but from the plot, the cleverly enacted mise-en-scènes, and centre-stage is taken not by sophisticated technique but by acting skill and expressiveness of a particular "type". The choreographer taught the dancers how to act in their roles, how to show the characters and their conflicts, how to portray a certain image in dance, where each movement becomes a carrier of an emotion and an idea. The staging of the ballet The Fountain of Bakhchisarai in 1934 in Leningrad at the theatre not yet then known as the Kirov was heralded as the glory hour of the genre of drama-ballet.

Please note that a series of recordings of operas, ballets and concerts remains accessible to audiences as part of the Mariinsky Theatre's online programming on YouTube and https://vk.com/mariinskytheatre.

24.03.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre is continuing to expand its series of online programming. On 24 March at 19.00 (Moscow Time) mariinsky.tv will broadcast a symphony concert. The Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be performing Tchaikovsky's First and Sixth Symphonies, which were recorded in September 2019 at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow

The Mariinsky Theatre is continuing to expand its series of online programming. On 24 March at 19.00 (Moscow Time) mariinsky.tv will broadcast a symphony concert. The Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be performing Tchaikovsky's First and Sixth Symphonies, which were recorded in September 2019 at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow. These opuses emerged as a unique framework for the composer's creativity in symphony music: Winter Dreams was the maestro's first and a particularly difficult and painful experience in the genre while the latter, the Pathétique symphony, forms his artistic legacy, full of musical illuminations and tragic presentiments.

The performance of all of Tchaikovsky's symphonies is one of the Mariinsky Theatre's most significant projects and is a marathon that Valery Gergiev periodically includes in his programmes. At the Zaryadye Concert Hall in 2019 the cycle All of Tchaikovsky's Symphonies by the Mariinsky Orchestra opened the 2019-20 season, while one year earlier the orchestra under the baton of maestro Gergiev performed the cycle as part of a major tour of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival and a tour to Switzerland (Lucerne, Geneva and Zurich).

It should be remembered that as part of its online programming the Mariinsky Theatre has already presented a live broadcast of a Gala Concert of harpists appearing at the Northern Lyre harp festival and recordings of opera and ballet productions. As previously, several of these are accessible on the Mariinsky Theatre's platform on YouTube.

24.03.2020

24 March sees the ninetieth birthday of Elena Konstantinovna Matusovskaya, Honoured Artist of Russia and one of the most senior Leningrad and St Petersburg accompanists.
The celebratory concert to mark Elena Matusovskaya's birthday, planned for 6 April this year, has been postponed to a later date.

24 March sees the ninetieth birthday of Elena Konstantinovna Matusovskaya, Honoured Artist of Russia and one of the most senior Leningrad and St Petersburg accompanists.

A graduate of the Leningrad Conservatoire, in 1957 Elena Matusovskaya began her career at the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre (today the Mikhailovsky Theatre), and in 1989 she became an accompanist at the Mariinsky Theatre (then still the Kirov). She has participated in productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Boris Godunov, Jenůfa, Otello, La Bohème and The Maid of Pskov and many other Mariinsky Theatre productions. In the course of the more than three decades which Elena Matusovskaya has dedicated to the Mariinsky Theatre, her careful advice has always been adhered to by several generations of outstanding singers such as Yevgenia Tselovalnik, Yuri Marusin, Anna Netrebko, Zlata Bulycheva, Yevgeny Akimov and other artists with whom she continues to work today, among them Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Zhanna Dombrovskaya, Violetta Lukyanenko and Natalia Pavlova to name but a few. All of them remember and recall "dear Elena Konstantinovna" with gratitude, her inner and friendly support and that very warmth and the intelligent intonation which is to be found on each and every occasion in a class with Elena Matusovskaya.

As Elena Konstantinovna Matusovskaya herself once said, she became a musician on taking the advice of her father who was a passionate lover of music himself, and firmly believes she always made the right choice. In her interviews she frequently admits to her love of her profession: "I have worked for more than half a century, and I am never bored when I come to class. I truly love my work, I really love it, and so I consider myself a lucky woman."

The celebratory concert to mark Elena Matusovskaya's birthday, planned for 6 April this year, has been postponed to a later date.

23.03.2020

Continuing its series of online broadcasts, the Mariinsky Theatre is pleased to announce a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Golden Cockerel on 23 March at 19:00 on mariinsky.tv. The video will be available to view for twenty-four hours following the start of the online broadcast

Continuing its series of online broadcasts, the Mariinsky Theatre is pleased to announce a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Golden Cockerel on 23 March at 19:00 on mariinsky.tv. The video will be available to view for twenty-four hours following the start of the online broadcast.

The video recording of the opera The Golden Cockerel was made at the Mariinsky-II during the first performances of the production by Anna Matison in December 2014, released on the Mariinsky label in May 2017. It was for this release that Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Mariinsky Opera soloists were nominated for a Grammy award in the category "Best Opera Recording of the Year". The lead roles in the performance were sung by Vladimir Feliauer (Tsar Dodon), Aida Garifullina (the Queen of Shemakha), Andrey Serov (the Voivode Polkan), Andrei Ilyushnikov (Tsarevich Guidon), Vladislav Sulimsky (Tsarevich Afron) and Andrei Popov (the Astrologer). The conductor was Valery Gergiev.

The Golden Cockerel formed the culmination and conclusion of the artistic career of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and is the most mysterious of the composer's fifteen operas. Following the appearance of the opus in 1907, the official censor regarded it as a slur on the Emperor and the final year of the composer's life was marred by a struggle with censorship, the world premiere taking place only after his death.

The Golden Cockerel was performed for the first time at the Mariinsky Theatre only following the Russian Revolution, in 1919. The political backdrop had changed, and now the satirical element of a great power was showcased in the opera. The production of 2014, which is present in the repertoire today, was the theatre's third and the first work in the opera genre for stage director Anna Matison. She addresses her production to a family audience, but underlines the fact that each and everyone can find a meaning of his or her own in it: "For children, we have constructed a plot about a princess and adventures in a fairy-tale land, while adults may consider it a story about power within marriage."

20.03.2020

Continuing its development of internet broadcasts, the Mariinsky Theatre is launching a collaboration with the Okko multimedia service and is offering audiences the unique opportunity to see the finest productions performed by the Mariinsky Theatre's greatest soloists while not leaving their homes. The broadcasts on the platform Art Online are open to all who open a free subscription to the Okko online cinema

Continuing its development of internet broadcasts, the Mariinsky Theatre is launching a collaboration with the Okko multimedia service and is offering audiences the unique opportunity to see the finest productions performed by the Mariinsky Theatre's greatest soloists while not leaving their homes. The broadcasts on the platform Art Online are open to all who open a free subscription to the Okko online cinema.

The new platform Art Online, launched on 20 March by Sberbank and the Okko multimedia service is a free mediatheque for the most varied audiences: adults and children, lovers of the classics and rock, as well as drama and popular music.

The project Art Online opens with two performances by the Mariinsky Theatre – ballets by Alexei Ratmansky which will form an online continuation of the Mariinsky ballet festival. On 20 March there will be a broadcast of a recording of the ballet Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev, the lead roles danced by Diana Vishneva (Cinderella), Vladimir Shklyarov (the Prince) and Ekaterina Kondaurova (the Stepmother). On 21 March audiences will have the opportunity to see Ulyana Lopatkina once more in the title role of Rodion Shchedrin's Anna Karenina. The ballerina was partnered by Andrei Yermakov (Count Vronsky) and Viktor Baranov (Alexei Karenin). The Mariinsky Orchestra was conducted by Valery Gergiev for both recordings.

The broadcasts of these performances may also be seen on mariinsky.tv. The broadcasts begin at 18.00 Moscow Time (GMT+3).

19.03.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre is temporarily closed in accordance with a decree issued by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, though events, as always, remain open to audiences: the theatre has planned a series of on-line broadcasts and screenings of concerts and performances. The first broadcast will take place today, 19 March

The Mariinsky Theatre is temporarily closed in accordance with a decree issued by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, though events, as always, remain open to audiences: the theatre has planned a series of on-line broadcasts and screenings of concerts and performances. The first broadcast will take place today, 19 March.

At 19.00 on mariinsky.tv it will be possible to see the Gala Concert of the IV International Northern Lyre Harp Festival. The programme will have two important accents – the unique work Scottish Rhapsody by Valery Kikta for male chorus, organ, authentic percussion and Celtic harp (St Petersburg premiere) and the world premiere of Ascension by Eduard Kiprsky for string quartet and harp. In the latter opus the harp appears not just as a solo or ensemble instrument but as a fully-fledged member of a piece of choreography created especially for the festival by Oleg Gabyshev of the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre. The soloist will be Mariinsky Ballet artiste Yevgeny Deryabin. Festival guest performers and Mariinsky Theatre artistes will also be presenting works by George Frideric Handel, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Emmerich Kálmán and Johann Strauss (Sohn).

In addition to the on-line broadcasts, it is planned to stage screenings of concerts and performances from the "gold reserves" of the Mariinsky Theatre. The revised schedule will be published on the theatre's website. Please follow any announcements.

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