23.03.2017

A gala concert in celebration of Alexander Grigorievich Murin’s centenary will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre main stage on 27 March. The outstanding musician, Alexander Murin (1917–1992) was the Chief Chorus Master at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre in 1962–1988

A gala concert in celebration of Alexander Grigorievich Murin’s centenary will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre main stage on 27 March. The outstanding musician, Alexander Murin (1917–1992) was the Chief Chorus Master at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre in 1962–1988.

Alexander Murin began his music career at the Leningrad Academic Capella, where he was taught by the patriarchs of the St Petersburg choir school Mikhail Klimov and Pallady Bogdanov. Later Murin studied at the Conservatory under the Chorus Master of the Kirov Theatre Viktor Stepanov.

Since 1933, Murin worked at the Leningrad Radio, then at the MALEGOT Theatre, his first major production being the premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace (1946) staged by Boris Pokrovsky. In 1952 he was invited to the Kirov Theatre to conduct the children’s chorus, then the main chorus, which was in his charge for over quarter of century. He conducted the chorus in all the opera productions of the house, from the classical repertoire to contemporary works (by Rodion Shchedrin, Andrey Petrov and Alexander Kholminov). Murin collaborated with such renowned symphonic conductors as Boris Khaikin, Sergey Eltsyn, Konstantin Simeonov and Yuri Temirkanov, and with such directors as Leonid Baratov, Boris Smolich, Boris Pokrovsky and many others.

Chorus conducted by Murin was especially brilliant in the mass scenes of the classical Russian operas where chorus traditionally plays an important part. Richness of colour, clarity of texture and a great sense of partnership won critical acclaim during Kirov Theatre’s tours abroad. Apart from opera performances Murin’s chorus took part in performing symphonic pieces, such as Mahler’s Second Symphony and Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky, alongside the house’s orchestra led by Yuri Temirkanov.

In 1976, Alexander Murin received the USSR State Award and the title of the People’s Artist of the USSR.

21.03.2017

From 22 March to 5 April Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic in a series of events taking place in Germany and the U.S.

From 22 March to 5 April Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic in a series of events taking place in Germany and the U.S.

From 22 to 29 March the Bavarian orchestra will be performing under the baton of Maestro Gergiev at their home venue in Munich, the Geistag Philharmonic Hall. Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Franz Schubert’s and Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphonies are scheduled for 22 and 23 March. Franz Schubert’s Fourth Symphony will also be performed on 27 March along with Maurice Ravel’s choreographic poem La valse and his Piano Concerto in G Major. The next day these two compositions by Ravel will be performed alongside Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. The program of the final concert in Munich on 29 March will include Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Juan, Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony. The solo piano part will be performed by the Grammy-winning French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

The American tour of Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will begin on 2 April with a performance in Newark, New Jersey. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center will be the venue for Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Juan, Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony. On April 3 and 5 Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic at one of the most prestigious venues of the world, Carnegie Hall, New York. The program of the first night includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony and Maurice Ravel’s La valse and Piano Concerto in G Major. Solo piano part will be performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The final concert of the tour on 5 April will see Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Franz Schubert’s and Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphonies.

Valery Gergiev has been the artistic director and the principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic since the 2015/16 season. Maestro’s upcoming performances with this orchestra are scheduled for May 2017.

20.03.2017

Mariinsky Theatre presents the world premiere of Boris Grabovsky's opera Woe from Wit (concert performance) on March 21 at 19.00 at the Concert Hall

Mariinsky Theatre presents the world premiere of Boris Grabovsky's opera Woe from Wit (concert performance) on March 21 at 19.00 at the Concert Hall. It is performed by soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva: Natalia Pavlova (soprano), Evelina Agabalaeva (mezzo-soprano), Elena Gorlo (mezzo-soprano), Dmitry Koleushko (tenor), Ivan Kulikov (tenor), Yaroslav Petryanik (baritone), Dinar Dzhusoev (bass), et al. The music is performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Zaurbek Gugkaev.

Over 40 years, Boris Grabovsky, a pupil of Shostakovich, oversaw the section New Songs in the Neva magazine. He was in charge of selecting new music pieces, commissioning songs to Andrey Petrov, Valery Gavrilin, as well as to less-known young composers from Leningrad. Since 1976, Grabovsky worked on and off on an opera based on Alexander Griboedov's play. In the late 1980s, some fragments of the Woe for Wit recorded at the Leningrad Radio studios were broadcast for the first time in a radio programme on Griboedov. The recording featured soloists of the Kirov Theatre: Valery Lebed (Chatsky), Yevgenia Gorokhovskaya (Sofia), Vladimir Pankratov (Famusov), Valery Starodubtsev (Skalozub). Working on this piece, Grabovsky followed the romantic opera model: there are arias and duets, a ball scene with a choir of guests, and ballet scenes. However, Woe for Wit is a nostalgic glance at the romanticism of the late 20th century. It's evident in its musical language and its vocal distribution. By standards of the 19th century there is no hero in this opera: it doesn't feature a noble tenor voice, only two basses (Famusov and Skalozub), a tenor falsetto (Molchalin), and a baritone as Chatsky.

Larisa Gergieva on the production: “I'm always enthusiastic to see such adaptations of our great literature. It is a long-awaited production, even though staged as a concert performance. I believe that Boris Grabovsky has his own vision of this literary work. The opera is fresh, original, and vocally comfortable, by the way.”

On-line broadcast of the world premiere of the opera Woe from Wit is available at mariinsky.tv and mariinsky.fm

14.03.2017

The Mariinsky II premieres Giuseppe Verdi’s opera I vespri siciliani on March 17. Arnaud Bernard is the Opera’s Stage Director and Light Designer

The Mariinsky II premieres Giuseppe Verdi’s opera I vespri siciliani on March 17. Arnaud Bernard is the Opera’s Stage Director and Light Designer. His portfolio includes some 20 productions of Italian and French operas. The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
The performers: Maria Guleghina, Irina Churilova (Elena), Migran Agadzhanyan, Avgust Amonov (Arrigo), Vladislav Sulimsky, Vladimir Moroz (Monforte), Ildar Abdrazakov, Stanislav Trofimov, Askar Abdrazakov (Giovanni da Procida).

I vespri siciliani was Verdi’s first grand opéra for the Paris Opera that conforms to its conventions, namely: it is an opera in five acts, based around historic events, which features a ballet divertissement, and the people are the story’s main focus. The opera about the rebellion that overthrew the rule of the French conquerors in Sicily premiered on June 13, 1855. It was well-received by critics and other composers alike, and yet it did not win the hearts of the audience the way La traviata or Il trovatore did, so up to this day I vespri siciliani has not become a regular on the opera stage. The opera was first staged in Russia by the Italian Opera Company of the Imperial Theatres at the St. Petersburg Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in 1857. For censorship reasons the setting was changed to Portugal and the title to Giovanna de Guzman.

Arnaud Bernard’s production has a different setting as well – 1920s New York City, the time of the Prohibition and the thriving Sicilian Mafia. “The characters of the opera cannot be divided into good ones and bad ones”, says the director. “Just like the libretto, our story is about the Sicilians, although instead of the French we have the New York City Police Department. It’s important for me to engage the audience in the story and to create a setting that would seems familiar to everyone. The intricate story about the Sicilian Uprising of the 13th century is unlikely to be of interest to many spectators, but everyone has seen The Godfather and Once Upon a Time in America.”

The first shows will also be held on March 18, April 16, and April 17.

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13.03.2017

On 13 March a press conference dedicated to the XVI Moscow Easter Festival was held in the White Hall of the Moscow City Hall

Today, March 13, a press conference dedicated to the XVI Moscow Easter Festival was held in the White Hall of the Moscow City Hall. It was attended by Artistic Director of the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev; Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets; His Eminence Arseny, Metropolitan of Istra, first vicar of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; Russian Deputy Minister of Culture Alexander Zhuravsky; pianist Denis Matsuev and the Festival’s numerous sponsors and partners. The Artistic director of the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev announced the geographic scope and the program of the upcoming music forum.

The XVI Moscow Easter Festival will be held from April 16 to May 9, 2017, with the support of the Moscow Government, the Russian Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Defense and the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The Festival is dedicated to the 135th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky.

Symphonic Program. The Grand Opening Ceremony of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival will be held on Easter Sunday, April 16, at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev will perform works by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Glinka. During the three weeks of the Festival, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will appear in more than 20 Russian regions including Moscow, Kazan, Almetyevsk, Naberezhnye Chelny, Orenburg, Magnitogorsk, Ekaterinburg, Surgut, Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Tomsk, Omsk, Perm, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir, Tula, Kursk, Rostov-on-Don, Vladikavkaz, Stavropol and Voronezh. Traditionally, a special train will be chartered by the Moscow Easter Festival to help deliver such a large-scale and eventful program.

The Festival’s Symphonic Program will also cover Vladivostok in Eastern Russia, with the performance by Seong-Jin Cho (the first Korean pianist to receive First Prize at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw) at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on May 2 and 4. Following a recital on May 2, two days later he will perform symphonic works of Ravel, Beethoven and Berlioz, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Darrell Ang (Singapore), Grand Prix, Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize winner at the Besancon International Competition of Young Conductors.

The Symphonic Program of the Festival will feature the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev as well as The Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble; pianists Denis Matsuev, Daniil Trifonov and Seong-Jin Cho; violinists Christophe Barati, Pavel Milyukov and Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici; conductor Darrel Ang and many others.

The Festival’s Choral Program will start on April 17 at the Assembly Hall of the Church of Christ the Savior with the performance of the Mariinsky Choir conducted by Andrey Petrenko, Choir of Popov Choral Academy conducted by Alexey Petrov, State Academic Kozhevnikov Moscow Regional Choir conducted by Nykolay Azarov and State Academic Sveshnikov Russian Choir conducted by Evgeny Volkov. Choral concerts will be held in Moscow, Istra, Tver, Orekhovo-Zuevo, Balashikha, Kaluga, Klimovsk, Yegoryevsk, Sergiev Posad, Elektrostal, Mytischi, Staritsa, Khimki, Murom, Korolev, Veliky Novgorod, Serpukhov, Alexandrov, Zelenogradsk, Dmitrov, Rostov Veliky, Kolomna, Zaraisk and Tula. For the first time ever, the choral program will also be widely presented in Vladivostok: the Mixed choir of the Primorsky Metropolia conducted by Lyudmila Makarenko will appear at The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on April 17, prior to performing at the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on April 25, whereas the Chorus of the Church of the Port Arthur Icon of the Blessed Virgin conducted by Elena Kochanovskaya will perform in this Church on April 26.

This year, the Choral Program features choirs from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Vladimir, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, as well as from Greece, Serbia, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Sweden.

The festival brings together such ensembles as Mariinsky Choir, Choir of Popov Choral Academy, State Academic Kozhevnikov Moscow Regional Choir, State Academic Sveshnikov Russian Chorus, the Boys’ Choir of Sveshnikov Choral school, Russian Format male choir (Voronezh), National Osipov Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Russia, Russian Rhapsody Ensemble, Patriarchal Choir of the Christ the Savior Cathedral, Il Kanto female vocal ensemble (Novosibirsk), Preodolenie (Overcoming) Choir, Concert Choir of St. Petersburg, Festival Men's Choir of the Moscow Danilov Monastery, Mixed Choir of the Primorsky Metropolis (Vladivostok), Choir of the Church of the Port Arthur Icon of the Mother of God (Vladivostok), Capella of Boys and Young Men of Vladimir, Jazz Choir of the State Children's Philharmonic (Yekaterinburg), Harmony Children choir (Preveza, Greece), Byzantine Choir Moisey Petrovich (Belgrade, Serbia), Byzantine Chorus of Chania (Crete, Greece), Salutaris Chamber Choir (Minsk, Republic of Belarus), Hover Septet (Yerevan, Armenia), the Mtskheta ensemble (Tbilisi, Georgia), Rolnicka Children's Choir (Prague, Czech Republic), Seven Saints chamber choir (Sofia, Bulgaria), Sofia Soloists chamber ensemble (Sofia, Bulgaria), and St Jacobs Vokalensemble (Stockholm, Sweden).

For the eighth time, as part of the Moscow Easter Festival, the Theatre Room of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich’s Palace at the Kolomenskoye Estate will host the  Singing Russia Children's Easter Choral Festival of Orthodox Music, featuring choral groups of music schools’ students.

Chamber Program will start on April 16 in Tikhvin, Rimsky-Korsakov’s hometown, to continue in Gatchina, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Toliatti, Plyos, Yaroslavl, Yakutsk, Murmansk, Aldan, Neryungri, Suzdal, Smolensk, Nizhny Novgorod, and, for the first time, in Crimea (Simferopol, Yalta, and Sevastopol). The soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and its artistic director Larisa Gergieva will present a program of Russian romances and world opera masterpieces, as well as a series of open rehearsals and master classes. The program will feature Togliatti Philharmonic Orchestra under the young conductor Timur Zangiev, Symphonica ARTica orchestra, Krivoshapko State Concert Orchestra of the Yakutia Philharmonic Society conducted by Natalia Bazaleva, and Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble conducted by Plamen Djurov. Bells Program. The Bells concerts will traditionally take place at the most famous Moscow belfries including Zaryadye, Zamoskvorechye, Taganka as well as the Red Square and Danilov Monastery, in Kolomenskoye and Sokolniki parks. The Moscow program will be joined by belfries in Zvenigorod, Sergiev Posad, Istra, St. Petersburg, Uglich, Noginsk, Veliky Novgorod and Ramenskoye. Charity Concerts. The XVI Festival’s Charity Concerts will traditionally take place in the officers’ clubs, orphanages and boarding schools as well as at the veterans’ centers and nursing homes. The Festival will also feature a concert by the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Pavel Smelkov in the Prince Volkonsky Garrison (Khabarovsk region). The culminating point of the Festival will be the traditional concert of the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev on Poklonnaya Hill on the Victory Day (May 9).

13.03.2017

On 19 March the concert performance of the opera The Tsar's Bride will be dedicated to the memory of Galina Kovaleva, People's Artist of the USSR

On 19 March the concert performance of the opera The Tsar's Bride will be dedicated to the memory of Galina Kovaleva, People's Artist of the USSR.

“When I heard Galina Kovaleva it was impossible
to free myself of the force of her voice.
And that’s really why people go to opera.
That is the miracle of opera.”
Valery Gergiev

I first heard Galina Kovaleva ... in 1957 at the Moscow World Youth and Students’ Competition – she appeared at the student competition, representing the Saratov Conservatoire. From her childhood she had been taught to see the coloratura soprano as a fairy-tale heavenly voice, ever since hearing Valeria Barsova singing on the radio and listening to records of Antonina Nezhdanova, Amelita Galli-Curci and Toti dal Monte... I was amazed by her crystal-like yet warm and heartfelt timbre. She sang Alyabyev’s Nightingale in such a way that you were almost literally hearing this music that you knew by heart for the first time. Then came understanding: you are just hearing this voice for the first time – in itself it is a phenomenon of incredible beauty. Some years later Leningrad was lucky in its famous rivalry with Moscow – Galina Kovaleva was invited to join the Kirov Theatre. And Leningrad’s music-lovers were able to admire her Rosina and her Violetta, her Lyudmila and her Antonida, her Swan Queen and her Volkhova... To enjoy the magnificence of her voice, her phenomenal skill that was “innately” powerful and never seemed to assault you.
She loved Prokofiev – she loved him at a time when most singers avoided Prokofiev’s repertoire; singers are also conservative in their passions because they wish to preserve their capricious “instrument”, they are afraid of unusual intonations and “uncomfortable” tessitura. Galina Kovaleva was a mischievous Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery, creating the character of a tender and loving girl who could also stand up for herself. Already a mature woman she sang as Natasha in War and Peace, enchanting the audience with the songful nature of Prokofiev’s “micro-ariosos” and the beauty of the musical speech.
It is impossible to forget her Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride, searing in its chaste virtue and trust, and it is impossible to forget another of her favourite roles – Lucia, Marfa’s “Italian sister”. It is impossible to forget the gentle remote prattle of the poisoned Russian bride and the virtuoso aria of the insane Lucia – the “bride of Lammermoor”. In these two roles, two such seemingly distant operatic parts, we see the facets of Galina Kovaleva’s great talent: the depth of her attainment of musical imagery and the absolute perfection of its embodiment on-stage.
Iosif Raiskin

07.03.2017

Dear Friends, we are delighted to invite you to the press-conference dedicated to the XVI Moscow Easter Festival. Artistic Director of the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev will be presenting the geography of the festival and revealing details of the impending music forum

Dear Friends,
We are delighted to invite you to the press-conference dedicated to the XVI Moscow Easter Festival. Artistic Director of the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev will be presenting the geography of the festival and revealing details of the impending music forum.
he press-conference will take place on 13 March at 14.00 at the White Hall of the Moscow City Mayor's Office (13 Tverskaya St).

Participants of the press-conference include Artistic Director of the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev and representatives of general sponsors and information partners of the XVI Festival. Invitations to attend in person have also been sent to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Minister of Culture of the RF Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Defence of the RF Sergei Shoigu and His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

For accreditation please send your full name, passport details (series and number), and the name of the media you represent. For photographers and representatives of filming groups please also include a list of equipment.

Applications for accreditation must be received by 9 March.

Accreditation is made via the press-service of the Moscow Easter Festival: 8 (968) 656 99 36, vsvet@easterfestival.ru – Svetlana Volodina

Entry for accredited journalists will take place via entry No 2 of Moscow City Hall from 12.30 and no later than 13.45 strictly in accordance with lists and only on presentation of a valid passport.

The XVI Moscow Easter Festival will run from 16 April to 9 May 2017 and will mark one hundred and thirty-five years since the birth of the great Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Concerts by internationally acclaimed soloists and renowned music ensembles will be held at major concert venues in Moscow and Russia's regions. Traditionally, the Festival will feature programmes of symphony, choral, chamber and bell-ringing music.

05.03.2017

On 4, 5 and 25 March at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the Mariinsky Orchestra will be presenting the series Three Last Symphonies by Mozart with guest conductors. Conducting will be Darrell Ang (Singapore) and Nikolai Khodzinskiy (Russia)

On 4, 5 and 25 March at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the Mariinsky Orchestra will be presenting the series Three Last Symphonies by Mozart with guest conductors. Conducting will be Darrell Ang (Singapore) and Nikolai Khodzinskiy (Russia).

On 4 March the series opens with Symphony No 39 in E flat major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The programme also includes Maurice Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and the overture from Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 5 march will see a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No 40 in G Minor and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No 4 in A major (Italian). The conductor will be prize-winner at international competitions, graduate of Yale University and the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, Darrell Ang. Darrell Ang's international career has included work with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Wiener Kammerorchester. Engagements for the current and the future season include repeat appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia, a debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a recording of works by Chinese and French composers together with the companies Naxos Records and ARS Produktion.

On 25 March the programme of the final concert in the series includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No 41 in C major (Jupiter), Johann Sebastian Bach's Violin and Oboe Concerto in D minor and the Suite from the ballet Pulcinella by Igor Stravinsky. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Nikolai Khodzinskiy, prize-winner at international Bach festivals and graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire. The soloist will be Pavel Kundyanok (oboe).

03.03.2017

From 3 to 5 March in The Netherlands, Valery Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra will be undertaking their traditional tour

From 3 to 5 March in The Netherlands, Valery Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra will be undertaking their traditional tour.

On 3 and 5 March at the De Doelen concert hall (Rotterdam) there will be performances of Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 1 and Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony in D Minor, which was last performed in Rotterdam under Valery Gergiev in 2005. The soloist in the violin concerto will be prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Clara-Jumi Kang.

A similar programme will be performed on 4 March at one of the world's great concert venues, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).

Maestro Gergiev has enjoyed a long collaboration with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for many years – from 1995 to 2008 he directed the ensemble, and in 1996 together with the orchestra he founded the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam. Today Valery Gergiev is Honorary Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

02.03.2017

On 24, 25 and 26 March at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre there will come the first ballet premieres of the year – George Balanchine's one-act ballets Scotch Symphony, Serenade and Prodigal Son, as well as Apollo, the staging of which will mark one hundred and thirty-five years since the birth of Igor Stravinsky

On 24, 25 and 26 March at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre there will come the first ballet premieres of the year – George Balanchine's one-act ballets Scotch Symphony, Serenade and Prodigal Son, as well as Apollo, the staging of which will mark one hundred and thirty-five years since the birth of Igor Stravinsky.

As part of the new project Holidays at the Mariinsky, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky will be inviting young audiences and their parents to opera and ballet performances including Christmas Eve by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (28 March at 19.00 and 29 March at 17.00), Giselle by Adolphe Adam (30 March at 17.00), Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (31 March at 19.00), The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1 April at 14.00 and 19.00) and The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (2 April at 14.00). The playbill for the Small Hall during the holidays will also see educational master-classes for children: "How is a ballet created?" (1 April at 17.00) and "How is an opera created?" (2 April at 12.00).

On 2 March in Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata the role of Violetta Valéry will be performed by Mariinsky Theatre soloist Oxana Shilova, who appeared in the premiere of the opera in a production by Charles Roubaud, transferred from St Petersburg to Vladivostok in September 2015. Oxana Shilova will also give a recital with a programme of works by Jules Massenet, Georges Bizet, Charles Gounod, Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi (Small Hall, 5 March). On 9 March the title role in Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca (staged by Hans-Joachim Frey) will be performed by Yekaterina Shimanovich. The Mariinsky Theatre soloist has made several appearances at the Primorsky Stage as Floria Tosca and Fata Morgana as well as with chamber works by Russian and international classical composers. The opera playbill will be augmented by Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (4 March), Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth (11 March), Sergei Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges (17 March) and Georges Bizet's Carmen (19 March).

In its ballet performances, among those appearing at the Primorsky Stage in March will be rising South Korean ballet stars Sun-Woo Lee and Soo-Bin Lee. Recipient of the 1st prize at the Youth America Grand Prix international competition (New York, 2015) and 3rd prize at the International Ballet Competition in Varna (2016), Sun Woo Lee will perform the role of Conrad in the ballet Le Corsaire (3 March). And winner of the Vaganova-Prix competition (2016) Soo-Bin Lee, who made a highly successful debut at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in August 2016, will appear in the title role of the ballet Giselle on 30 March.

Also in the ballet playbill for March will be Adolphe Adam's Giselle (8 March), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker (10 марта), Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen-Suite (12 March), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake (18 March) and an evening of the ballet The Firebird (5 March).

In January, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre held a premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Macbeth, directed by David McVicar. The lead roles were performed by Maria Guleghina, Vladislav Sulimsky, Edem Umerov and Sergei Skorokhodov. The February premiere of Temur Chkheidze's production of the opera The Gambler was presented by Vladimir Galuzin. In the first performances of the opera in Vladivostok there were appearances by Mariinsky Theatre soloists Sergei Semishkur, Larisa Diadkova, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Natalia Timchenko, Nikolai Gassiev, Oleg Balashov, Yekaterina Solovyova and Andrei Serov.

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