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24.04.2019

The XXVII Stars of the White Nights festival runs from 22 Mayto 21 July 2019 at all of the venues of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg

The XXVII Stars of the White Nights festival runs from 22 Mayto 21 July 2019 at all of the venues of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. New festival events on the playbill include opera productions featuring Ferruccio Furlanetto, Olga Borodina, Elene Stikhina, a performance of the Bolshoi Theatre’s Principal Dancer Olga Smirnova, and a musical tribute to Hector Berlioz marking 150 years since his death.

The concert programme of the festival was added to with three soirée performances dedicated to Hector Berlioz. 26 Maywill see a concert performance of the dramatic legend La Damnation de Faust after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust. Lead roles will be performed by Alexander Mikhailov (Faust), Yulia Matochkina (Marguerite), and Mikhail Petrenko (Méphistophélès). These soloists will also perform vocal parts in the symphonie dramatique Roméo et Juliette based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy on 26 June. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique will be performed under the baton of Christian Knapp on 11 June. The programme also includes Maurice Ravel’s La Valse and vocal cycle Shéhérazade. Featured soloist is Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano).

Renowned Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto will appear at the festival three times. On 15 June, he will perform as Philip II in Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo under the baton of Valery Gergiev; on 24 June, he will appear in the title role in Jules Massenet’s Don Quichotte; and on 2 July, Furlanetto is scheduled to appear in a recital marking forty-five years of his stage career at the Concert Hall. The Don Carlo performance on 15 June will also feature Yulia Matochkina (Princess Eboli), Migran Agadzhanyan (Don Carlo), and Roman Burdenko (Rodrigo). Olga Borodina, People’s Artist of Russia, will appear in one of her signature roles – as Marfa in Modest Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina (28 May, the Mariinsky II). Other lead roles will be performed by Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Ivan Khovansky), Yevgeny Akimov (Prince Andrei Khovansky), Oleg Videman (Prince Vasily Golitzin), Roman Burdenko (Shaklovity), and Vladimir Vaneyev (Dosifei). Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Moreover, Olga Borodina will also appear in a recital at the festival (8 June, the Concert Hall). The opera playbill also includes Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin featuring Vladislav Kupriyanov in the title role, Elena Stikhina (Tatyana), Yevgeny Akhmedov (Lensky), and Irina Shishkova (Olga) (11 June, the Mariinsky Theatre).

The ballet playbill will be graced by the likes of Olga Smirnova, the Bolshoi Theatre’s Principal Dancer, who will appear in Alberto Alonso’s Carmen Suite (26 May, the Mariinsky Theatre). Andrei Yermakov (José) and Yevgeny Ivanchenko (Torero) will join her on stage. Maxim Petrov’s Le Divertissement du roi will be presented in the second part. On 7 June, Alina Somova (Medora), Timur Askerov (Conrad), and Kimin Kim (Ali) will appear in Le Corsaire. The production will also be shown on 6 June. Renata Shakirova (Syuimbike), Alexei Timofeyev (Ali-Batyr), and Ramanbek Beishenaliev (Shurale) will appear in lead roles in Leonid Yakobson’s Shurale on 24 May. The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will traditionally host graduation performances of students of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet during the festival (10 June, 12 June, and 16 June).

The playbill of the Stars of the White Nights festival for younger audiences will feature a performance from the cycle of the Mariinsky Theatre’s theatrical concerts for younger spectators Russian Fairy Tales (2 June, the Concert Hall). The spectators will have a chance to learn about the music of Anatoly Lyadov, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The narrator, Irina Sokolova, People’s Artist of Russia, and young artistes of the Mariinsky Theatre will talk about various music tricks used by the composers when writing the music.

The chamber soirée programme of the festival includes a late-night concert of the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble under the baton of violinist and conductor Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, Principal Concert Master of the Munich Philharmonic, Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble (29 May) and a concert of Finnish cellist Martti Rousi, teacher at the Sibelius Academy, and pianist Andrei Telkov, who will perform works by Jean Sibelius, Claude Debussy, and Sergei Rachmaninoff (28 May).

This year’s programme of the XXVII Stars of the White Nights festival the will be announced weekly, several events at a time.

22.04.2019

As part of Igor Stravinsky’s ballets soirée, the Mariinsky II will host the premiere of Jeu de cartes choreographed and staged by Ilya Zhivoi on 30 April. Costume design: Sofia Vartanian

As part of Igor Stravinsky’s ballets soirée, the Mariinsky II will host the premiere of Jeu de cartes choreographed and staged by Ilya Zhivoi on 30 April. Costume design: Sofia Vartanian.

The world premiere of Jeu de cartes featuring the American Ballet dancers under the baton of Igor Stravinsky took place at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1937. The libretto for the “ballet in three deals” was written by the composer himself (in collaboration with M. Malayev), who confessed that he always was an avid card player. The production for the first Stravinsky Festival at the Metropolitan Opera was staged by George Balanchine. Both the choreographer and the composer were in the United States by that time. The premiere was well-received by the spectators and Jeu de cartes went on to be staged multiple times in the United States and Europe. The ballet is less known in Russia. This is the Mariinsky Theatre’s first production of the ballet.

“While creating the concept of the ballet, we decided to do away with direct references to casinos and card games as it would have been too easy. However, we decided not to exclude this theme altogether. Our version has references to Stravinsky’s original libretto and the overall structure remained intact. We were inspired by Rothko’s paintings; that is why we have minimal details and geometry present in our stage design, as well as bright-coloured costumes. Jeu de cartes is a story not only about poker, it is a story about relationships between the three main characters, where Queen, King, and Joker are ordinary people. Each of them, just like in a card game, has their own value and meaning,” said choreographer Ilya Zhivoi.

The programme of Igor Stravinsky’s ballets soirée includes Les Noces, choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska and featuring Alexandra Iosifidi (the Bride) and Vadim Belyaev (the Groom) in the lead roles, and Pulcinella choreographed by Ilya Zhivoi and featuring Philipp Stepin (Pulcinella) and Viktoria Tereshkina (Pimpinella) in the lead roles. Conductor: Arseny Shuplyakov.

19.04.2019

Fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program will perform at the Small Hall of the Zaryadye Concert Hall on 20 April, including the young talented singers Ekaterina Sannikova (soprano), Angelina Akhmedova (soprano), and Gamid Abdulov (baritone). The programme includes Georgy Svidirov’s Russia Cast Adrift, Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Claude Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées

Fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program will perform at the Small Hall of the Zaryadye Concert Hall on 20 April, including the young talented singers Ekaterina Sannikova (soprano), Angelina Akhmedova (soprano), and Gamid Abdulov (baritone). The programme includes Georgy Svidirov’s Russia Cast Adrift, Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Claude Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées.

The Atkins Young Artists Program is an international educational project, established in 2015. The program's goal is to  support young opera singers who have already gained public recognition at  the start of their professional career. The program fellows selected by  an expert jury have a unique opportunity to perfect their skills under the direction of eminent teachers of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera Theatre in Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, and the Teatro Regio (Turin). Since the establishment of the Program its fellows have regularly taken part in various projects and festivals of the Mariinsky Theatre, including the Moscow Easter Festival, the Stars of the White Nights festival, the International Mariinsky Far East Festival, the International Caucasus Festival The  Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz, as well as in tours of the Mariinsky Theatre. International projects of the recent seasons include tours in the United States, Mexico, and Chile, as well as a performance at  the opening of the King Abdulaziz Center for  World Culture (Ithra) in Saudi Arabia with the Mariinsky Orchestra. Moreover, the singers have actively taken part in the theatre’s premieres and in more than thirty repertoire productions, including Falstaff, The Tsar’s Bride, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, Le Rossignol, The Idiot, La traviata, L'elisir d'amore, Benvenuto Cellini, Simon Boccanegra, Otello and others. Artistic Director of the Atkins Young Artists Program: Valery Gergiev. The project is graciously sponsored by Veronica Atkins (the United States).

18.04.2019

Valery Gergiev will conduct performances of Richard Wagner’s stage consecration festival drama Parsifal staged by Alvis Hermanis at the Wiener Staatsoper on 18 April, 21 April, and 24 April

Valery Gergiev will conduct performances of Richard Wagner’s stage consecration festival drama Parsifal staged by Alvis Hermanis at the Wiener Staatsoper on 18 April, 21 April, and 24 April. Lead roles will be performed by such world opera stars as Simon O'Neill (Parsifal), Matthias Goerne (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Elena Zhidkova (Kundry), and Boaz Daniel (Klingsor).

The premiere of Alvis Hermanis’ production took place at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2017. Costume design by Kristīne Jurjāne, light design by Gleb Filshtinsky, video installation by Ineta Sipunova.

Valery Gergiev and the Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper have collaborated for many years. Previously maestro Gergiev has performed with the ensemble during tours. He also conducted the orchestra for a performance of Parsifal at the Salzburg Festival several years ago.

Valery Gergiev will once again conduct the Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper in the next theatre season of 2019/2020. This time he will conduct a series of performances of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin staged by Andreas Homoki.

18.04.2019

In April and May, the Mariinsky Theatre is to present an extensive programme at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow: operas by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to mark 175 years since the birth of the composer, the Moscow premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Commemoration Mass dedicated to Maya Plisetskaya, ballet productions by talented young choreographers, as well as symphony music and chamber programmes

In April and May, the Mariinsky Theatre is to present an extensive programme at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow: operas by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to mark 175 years since the birth of the composer, the Moscow premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Commemoration Mass dedicated to Maya Plisetskaya, ballet productions by talented young choreographers, as well as symphony music and chamber programmes.

The Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow will host a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed opera Mlada (concert version) to help mark 175 years since the birth of the composer. The concert will feature the Mariinsky Theatre soloists, the Mariinsky Chorus, and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev and will take place on 23 April. Lead roles will be performed by Anastasia Schegoleva (Voyslava), Sergei Skorokhodov (Yaromir), Vadim Kravets (Mstivoy), Vladislav Kupriyanov (High Priest of Radegast), Yekaterina Sergeyeva (Lumir), and Anna Kiknadze (Morena).

Another highlight performance to mark 175 years since the birth of Rimsky-Korsakov is the production of The Tsar’s Bride of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok to be presented on 9 May. Vyacheslav Starodubtsev’s production (set and costumes design by Pyotr Okunev, video design by Vadim Dulenko) will have its Moscow premiere. The on-tour performance will feature soloists and the Mariinsky Chorus of the Primorsky Stage, while the Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The Mariinsky Chorus will perform Rodion Shchedrin’s Commemoration Mass for chorus a cappella in Moscow for the first time on 12 May. The world premiere took place at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in February 2019. The composer’s new work is dedicated to his late wife, the great ballerina: To Maya Plisetskaya – Memory Eternal. The soirée concert programme also includes Rodion Shchedrin’s Poetoria to lyrics by Andrei Voznesensky and Claude Debussy’s Le Martyre de saint Sébastien. Featured vocalists are the soloists of the Mariinsky Opera. Sergey Bezrukov, People’s Artist of Russia, will appear as narrator in Poetoria. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The concert schedule of the Mariinsky Theatre at the Zaryadye Concert Hall also includes a series of ballet soirées. To be performed is Ilya Zhivoi’s The Four Seasons to music by Max Richter (based on the music by Antonio Vivaldi) on 2 May and 3 May, the best ballets of the Mariinsky Theatre’s Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers (the theatre’s annual project aimed at discovering new talents and exploring new ideas), and ballets created by the participants of the Creative Workshop outside of the project framework on 6 May and 7 May. On 30 May, the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble will perform under the baton of violinist and conductor Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, Principal Concert Master of the Munich Philharmonic, Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble.

18.04.2019

The Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow with host a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed opera Mlada (concert version) by the Mariinsky Theatre soloists, the Mariinsky Chorus, and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev on 23 April

The Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow with host a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed opera Mlada (concert version) by the Mariinsky Theatre soloists, the Mariinsky Chorus, and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev on 23 April. Main roles will be performed by leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and guest artists: Anastasia Schegoleva (Voyslava), Sergei Skorokhodov (Yaromir), Vadim Kravets (Mstivoy), Vladislav Kupriyanov (High Priest of Radegast), Yekaterina Sergeyeva (Lumir), and Anna Kiknadze (Morena). This event continues the Mariinsky Theatre’s extensive programme marking 175 years since the birth of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The magic opera-ballet Mlada based on a tale about ancient pagan West Slavs is one of the most complex ones out of all music works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. “I decided not to hold back and use an orchestral palette similar to Wagner’s in Der Ring des Nibelungen,” wrote the composer in Chronicle of My Musical Life. The opera is very rarely staged at theatres. Mlada was first staged at the Mariinsky Theatre during Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s lifetime, and then new productions came only in 1923 and 2004.

The Rimsky-Korsakov – 175 festival ran at the Mariinsky Theatre from 17 March to 12 April. The festival covered St Petersburg, Vladivostok, Vladikavkaz, and Moscow and included premieres of various productions, performances of all the composer’s fifteen operas, most of his romances, the famous Scheherazade ballet, as well as most of Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphony and choral works. Even after the festival, the Mariinsky Theatre continues to celebrate the musical legacy of the great Russian composer. Several events at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow, the XVIII Moscow Easter Festival, and a number of events of the XXVII Stars of the White Nights festival in St Petersburg will all be dedicated to Rimsky-Korsakov.

15.04.2019

Valery Gergiev will have four concerts with the  Munich Philharmonic from 10 April to 14 April. The ensemble will appear at the  Philharmonie im Gasteig on 10 April, 11 April, and 13 April, and on 14 April – at the  closing of the  23rd Heidelberger Frühling, which runs from 16 March to 14 April at the  Culture and Congress Centre Frauenbad Heidelberg

Valery Gergiev will have four concerts with the  Munich Philharmonic from 10 April to 14 April. The ensemble will appear at the  Philharmonie im Gasteig on 10 April, 11 April, and 13 April, and on 14 April – at the  closing of the  23rd Heidelberger Frühling, which runs from 16 March to 14 April at the  Culture and Congress Centre Frauenbad Heidelberg.

The programme includes one of Anton Bruckner’s biggest works (Symphony No. 5) and Gustav Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder featuring a solo from the  renowned German opera singer Anja Harteros (soprano).

Valery Gergiev’s contract with the  Munich Philharmonic has been extended through 2025. Maestro Gergiev has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the  German orchestra since the  2015/2016 season.

10.04.2019

The XXVII Stars of the White Nights festival opens at all the venues of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on 22 May. The festival will kick off with two concert programmes. Due to a great volume of requests from spectators who want to attend both events held in different buildings, the Mariinsky Theatre offers a mini-subscription which includes both concert programmes of the evening

The XXVII Stars of the White Nights festival opens at all the venues of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on 22 May. The festival will kick off with two concert programmes. Due to a great volume of requests from spectators who want to attend both events held in different buildings, the Mariinsky Theatre offers a mini-subscription which includes both concert programmes of the evening.

The XXVII Stars of the White Nights festival opens at all the venues of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on 22 May.

The festival will kick off with two concert programmes: a performance of the young talented pianist Alexandra Dovgan and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Concert Hall (18.00) and a recital of the famed French pianist Lucas Debargue, a prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, at the Mariinsky II (21.00).

Due to a great volume of requests from spectators who want to attend both events held in different buildings, the Mariinsky Theatre offers a mini-subscription which includes both concert programmes of the evening and also a number of benefits to make the change of venues convenient for the spectators. The benefits include: a separate entrance into the Mariinsky II, priority access to cloakrooms of the Concert Hall and the Mariinsky II, and a glass of champagne to celebrate the opening of the festival.

Please refer to the Mariinsky Theatre box-offices for more information.

09.04.2019

On 1 June, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host one of opera premieres of the Stars of the White Nights festival  – Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser – to be performed under the baton of Valery Gergiev

On 1 June, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host one of opera premieres of the Stars of the White Nights festival  – Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser – to be performed under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The production is staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev, Principal Director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, and Pyotr Okunev, Set Designer, who staged productions of one-act operas by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Mozart and Salieri and Kashchey the Immortal for the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in March 2019. Premiere performances of Tannhäuser conducted by Valery Gergiev will also take place on 16 June and 29 June.

The world premiere of Tannhäuser took place at the Königliches Hoftheater (Royal Theatre) in Dresden in October 1845. The new work received mixed reviews and did not stay in the repertoire for very long. Richard Wagner did not deem the opera a good one and revised the finale twice. As a result, there were two versions of the opera – the Paris version, created for the Paris Opéra, and the Dresden version, which is more frequently performed these days. Tannhäuser had its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre on 18 December 1874 under the baton of Eduard Nápravník. It was staged again 20 years later – in 1893 – but still under the baton of Nápravník. The last production of Tannhäuser at the Mariinsky Theatre was that by Nikolai Petrov in 1923. After Tannhäuser left the repertoire, the opera was performed at the Mariinsky Theatre only in its concert version for almost a hundred years.

The XXVII Stars of the White Nights festival will run from 22 May to 21 July 2019 at all the venues of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

09.04.2019

The annual tour of the Mariinsky Ballet in Washington (the United States) will take place from 9 April to 14 April

The annual tour of the Mariinsky Ballet in Washington (the United States) will take place from 9 April to 14 April. The programme of the 17th tour of St Petersburg artists at the prestigious venue of the F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts includes seven performances of the ballet Le Corsaire with music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, and Pyotr Oldenburgsky and with choreography by Pyotr Gusev based on the composition and choreography by Marius Petipa. The Mariinsky Theatre brought this ballet to Washington more than 10 years ago and had sold-out performances and halls full of delighted spectators. This time not only renowned artists will take part in the performances, but also newcomers of the Mariinsky Ballet. Lead roles will be performed by Ekaterina Kondaurova, Nadezhda Batoeva, Maria Khoreva, May Nagahisa, Yekaterina Chebykina, Maria Shirinkina, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Xander Parish, Andrei Yermakov, Konstantin Zverev, Philipp Stepin, Alexei Timofeyev, and Victor Caixeta.

The Mariinsky Ballet on-tour performances will be accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra under the baton of Vladislav Karklin.

The next tour of the Mariinsky Ballet to Washington is scheduled for October 2019. The dancers will present the ballet Paquita by Édouard Deldevez, Ludwig Minkus, Riccardo Drigo and with choreography by Yuri Smekalov and Yuri Burlaka (reconstruction and staging of Marius Petipa’s original choreography – Grand Pas in Act III).

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