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15.05.2018

On 15 May and 18 May, Valery Gergiev will once again perform with the Munich Philharmonic. The first concert will take place at home stage of the orchestra, the Gasteig Philharmonie (Munich), while the second concert will be hosted by the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, which celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year

On 15 May and 18 May, Valery Gergiev will once again perform with the Munich Philharmonic. The first concert will take place at home stage of the orchestra, the Gasteig Philharmonie (Munich), while the second concert will be hosted by the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, which celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year.

The world’s leading opera singers and the Munich Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Andreas Herrmann will perform Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (concert performance). Lead roles will be performed by Sir Bryn Terfel (The Dutchman), Elena Stikhina (Senta), Eric Cutler (Erik), Günther Groissböck (Daland), Okka von der Damerau (Mary), Benjamin Barnes (Steersman).

The next joint performances of Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic are scheduled for July. The ensemble will conclude the 2017/2018 season with concerts at the Gasteig Philharmonie.

05.05.2018

From 6 May to 8 May, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform in Switzerland as part of the grand XVII Moscow Easter Festival tour. The programme for the concerts in Lucerne, Geneva, and Zurich includes all of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s symphonies

From 6 May to 8 May, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform in Switzerland as part of the grand XVII Moscow Easter Festival tour. The programme for the concerts in Lucerne, Geneva, and Zurich includes all of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s symphonies.

On 5 May, in the run-up to the Swiss tour, Valery Gergiev will give two concerts in Moscow. The Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (6 pm) will see the performance of the Mariinsky Orchestra with the renowned Dutch opera singer Eva-Maria Westbroek as part of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival.

For the 8 pm performance, Valery Gergiev will conduct the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra at the closing concert of the 2nd International Grand Piano Competition at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. The programme includes Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the featured soloist Denis Matsuev, Artistic Director of the Competition. The prize-winners of the 2nd Grand Piano Competition will perform in concerto with the Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Sladkovsky.

On 6 May, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will set out on the marathon of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s symphonies with a concert in Lucerne. The Grand Hall of the Culture and Congress Centre will see the performances of Symphony No. 1 (Winter Daydreams) and Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique Symphony). The Geneva Victoria Hall will see the performances of Symphony No. 2 (Little Russian) and Symphony No. 5 (7 May), while the Zurich Tonhalle will host the performances of Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 4 (8 May).

Then the Mariinsky Theatre musicians will return to Moscow for the final concerts of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival. The Victory Day open-to-all performance at Poklonnaya Gora will feature a wide symphony programme, which will mark the pinnacle of the Festival (1 pm). Denis Matsuev is the featured soloist for the performance.

The closing ceremony of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival will be held the very same day at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (7 pm). Behzod Abduraimov and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Just a quick reminder: the XVII Moscow Easter Festival runs from 8 April to 9 May 2018 with the support of the Moscow Government, the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Defense and the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The record-setting music marathon has travelled to almost 30 cities and towns of Russia this year.

04.05.2018

On 5 May (19.30), the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delila in honour of Olga Borodina, People’s Artist of Russia. The concert performance will mark 30 years of Borodina’s artistic career

On 5 May (19.30), the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delila in honour of Olga Borodina, People’s Artist of Russia. The concert performance will mark 30 years of Borodina’s artistic career.

Olga Borodina made her debut at the Mariinsky (then Kirov) Theatre in Charles Gounod’s Faust as Siébel on 20 March 1988. The singer’s first “calling card” role, which gained her recognition, was Marfa in Modest Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina. Olga Borodina went on to sing the part at the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Salzburg Festival.

Another lucky role for Borodina, also popular with the theatres, was that of Delila. The singer recalls, “Saint-Saëns wrote the part of Delila for me, I know that for certain. It is perfect both for my voice and for my character. ” Borodina will reprise the role at the gala concert, which will mark 30 years of her artistic career. The renowned singer José Cura will be her on-stage partner for the performance. José Cura and Olga Borodina have long collaborated as artists. They made their joint debut in the production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen staged at the San Francisco Opera in 1996. Their voices can be heard on the 1998 recording of Samson and Delila made by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis. Cura and Borodina also sang Samson and Delila together at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2002. The performance was conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. He will also conduct the concert performance at the Mariinsky Theatre. The production also stars Vladimir Moroz (as the High Priest of Dagon), Mikhail Petrenko (as Abimélech), and Yuri Vorobiev (as Old Hebrew).

On-line broadcast is available on mariinsky.tv

03.05.2018

On 23 May, the Mariinsky II will host the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Falstaff. The production is prepared by an Italian team with stage director Andrea De Rosa at the helm

On 23 May, the Mariinsky II will host the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Falstaff. The production is prepared by an Italian team with stage director Andrea De Rosa at the helm. De Rosa has already wowed the St Petersburg audience with another production of Giuseppe Verdi’s – the opera Simon Boccanegra – which premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre to good buzz in the 2016/2017 theatrical season. The director, who has previously staged Shakespeare's Falstaff at drama theatres, started his work at the Mariinsky Theatre with a thorough rehearsal of each line and mise-en-scène with the Mariinsky Opera artistes. Production Designer: Simone Maninno. Costume Designer: Alessandro Lai. Lighting Designer: Pasquale Mari. Musical Director and Conductor: Valery Gergiev.

The premiere performances at the Mariinsky II will also take place on 27 May (at 3 pm and 8 pm). Giuseppe Verdi nurtured the idea of writing a comic opera for some forty years. In 1887, his librettist and friend Arrigo Boito, who was aware of the composer’s idea, adapted a libretto based on William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor with additional comic interludes from Henry IV. “I’ve wanted to write a comic opera for forty years, and I’ve known ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ for fifty… however, the usual buts which are everywhere always prevented me from satisfying this wish of mine. Now Boito has resolved all the ‘buts’, and has made me a lyric comedy unlike any other. I have fun making its music; without any plans whatsoever, and I don’t even know if I’ll ever finish it, ” Giuseppe Verdi confided in one of his letters.

Falstaff’s premiere in Milan in 1893 turned into a grand celebration of the composer’s 80th anniversary. The opera was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia just a year after the world premiere, on 17 January 1894. The best vocalists took part in the performance under the baton of Eduard Nápravník, including Arkady Chernov, Ivan Goncharov, Mikhail Mikhailov, Yevgeniya Mravina, and Fyodor Stravinsky. Despite the opera’s initial success with the Russian public, it was coolly received by critics and soon left the Mariinsky Theatre stage for more than a century. The Mariinsky Theatre revived Falstaff only in 2006 and presented a brand new production. Today some of the artistes who took part in the performances back in 2000s are ready to get back on stage for the premiere shows.


27.04.2018

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform twice at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 1 May as part of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform twice at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 1 May as part of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival.

The 2 pm concert features a broad range of works by Richard Strauss, Claude Debussy, and Jean Sibelius to be performed by guest instrumentalists and the soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre. Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem Don Quixote will be performed by Yuri Afonkin (viola) and David Geringas (cello), while the featured soloist for Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto is Kristóf Baráti. Excerpts from Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande will be performed by Vladimir Moroz (Pelléas), Andrei Serov (Golaud), Oleg Sychov (Arkel), and Elena Vitman (Geneviève).

The soirée performance (7 pm) will feature one of the most prominent pianists of his generation – the Korean phenomenon Seong-Jin Cho – in concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. He will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. The second part of the concert will see the performance of the excerpts from Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser. The vocal parts will be sung by Oleg Videman (Heinrich Tannhäuser), Irina Churilova (Elisabeth), and Pavel Yankovsky (Wolfram von Eschenbach).

Then Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will go to Moscow, where they will give two concerts the very next day: at the Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the participation of Kristóf Baráti and Seong-Jin Cho (2 May, 1 pm) and at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall with the participation of Denis Matsuev (2 May, 7 pm).

Just a quick reminder: the XVII Moscow Easter Festival runs from 8 April to 9 May 2018 with the support of the Moscow Government, the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Defense and the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The festival will close with a gala concert of the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev at Poklonnaya Gora on Victory Day, 9 May.

23.04.2018

On 22 April, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will take part in the concert celebrating 20 years of one of Europe’s major concert and theatrical venues, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany)

On 22 April, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will take part in the concert celebrating 20 years of one of Europe’s major concert and theatrical venues, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany). They will perform Symphony No 2 by Jean Sibelius and Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky.

The Mariinsky Theatre and the Festspielhaus are long-time creative collaborators. It was none other than Valery Gergiev who, back then at the helm of the World Orchestra for Peace, performed at the opening of the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. Nowadays the Mariinsky Theatre has a joint production of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta with the Festspielhaus. The Mariinsky Theatre ensemble has also successfully performed at this European venue. Apart from the Mariinsky Ballet tours, which annually take place around Christmas, the Mariinsky Theatre traditionally takes part in the Summer Festival at the Festspielhaus. A programme of symphony concerts and opera productions developed by Valery Gergiev will conclude this music forum in July 2018. Baden-Baden will see the performance of Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur (season 2016/2017 premiere) with Anna Netrebko, Yekaterina Semenchuk, and Yusif Eyvazov in lead roles. The two symphony programmes will see the performances of the music by Russians composers, namely Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alexander Scriabin, and Modest Mussorgsky. Daniil Trifonov is set to take part in the performances.

After performing at the Festspielhaus (22 April), Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will return to Russia and continue their XVII Moscow Easter Festival tour. On 23 April the ensemble will give two concerts in Yekaterinburg; on 24 April the ensemble will perform in Naberezhnye Chelny and Almetyevsk; on 25 April – in Kirov.

22.04.2018

On 25 May (19.00), the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, one of the oldest orchestras in the world, will perform under the baton of Christian Thielemann at the Mariinsky II. The ensemble will come to St Petersburg as part of their European tour, which also includes concerts in Moscow, Kaliningrad, Paris, Lucerne, and Baden-Baden

On 25 May (19.00), the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, one of the oldest orchestras in the world, will perform under the baton of Christian Thielemann at the Mariinsky II. The ensemble will come to St Petersburg as part of their European tour, which also includes concerts in Moscow, Kaliningrad, Paris, Lucerne, and Baden-Baden.

The programme for the Mariinsky II performance includes the overture to Carl Maria von Weber's opera Oberon, Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4, and Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the featured soloist Denis Matsuev, who has held the honorary position of artist-in-residence at the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden since October 2017. This season the Russian pianist has already performed with the orchestra at the Semperoper multiple times. This season the Russian pianist has already performed with the orchestra at the Semperoper multiple times.

The Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden traces its origins to the middle of the 16th century. At different times the Staatskapelle was headed by famous musicians, such as Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolph Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner; in the 20th and 21st centuries – by conductors Fritz Reiner, Karl Böhm, Herbert Blomstedt, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Bernard Haitink. The Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden has a many-year-long connection to Richard Strauss; nine of the composer’s operas were premiered at the Semperoper with the participation of the ensemble. The orchestra still takes part in the Semperoper productions recordings, tours abroad, and releases music. Recent additions include DVD and BluRay versions of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin (featuring Anna Netrebko) and Die Walküre performances from the 2017 Salzburg Easter Festival.

Since 2012 Christian Thielemann has been chief conductor of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. He started his career working as Herbert von Karajan's assistant; he went on to become Generalmusikdirektor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Thielemann has collaborated with many symphony and opera ensembles, including the Munich Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. Thielemann is a regular conductor at the Bayreuth Festival, following his début in 2000. He has been Musical Advisor of the festival since 2010. In 2013 Christian Thielemann was named Artistic Director of Salzburg Easter Festival. Christian Thielemann’s core repertoire consists of German and Austrian Romantic music. His performances of Richard Wagner’s operas (including the tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen) and those of Richard Strauss were critically acclaimed. Apart from operas, the conductor has recorded all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s and Robert Schumann’s symphonies, orchestra pieces and fragments from operas by Carl Maria von Weber, Albert Lortzing, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Hans Pfitzner, Arnold Schoenberg and other composers.


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17.04.2018

On 16 and 17 April, the soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, the Mariinsky Chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, a major concert and theatrical venue in China

On 16 and 17 April, the soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, the Mariinsky Chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, a major concert and theatrical venue in China. The musicians will go on tour right after their concert in Novosibirsk, which is held as part of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival.

In Beijing, the Mariinsky Theatre will present a monographic programme dedicated to Modest Mussorgsky. April 16 performance will feature the overture to the opera Khovanshchina, Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain and the song cycle for voice called Songs and Dances of Death. Mikhail Petrenko is the featured soloist for the performance. April 17 performance will feature a concert version of the opera Khovanshchina. The lead roles will be performed by Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Ivan Khovansky), Sergei Semishkur (Prince Andrei Khovansky), Mikhail Vekua (Prince Vasily Golitzin), Roman Burdenko (Shaklovity), Stanislav Trofimov (Dosifei), Yekaterina Sergeeva (Marfa).

Then Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will continue the Russian leg of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival tour. On 18 April, the ensemble will give two concerts in Krasnoyarsk (the Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic); on 19 April they will perform in Tomsk (the Tomsk Regional State Philharmonic) and Kemerovo (the Kuzbass Region State Philharmonic); on 20 April they will perform in Omsk (the Omsk Philharmonic); on 21 April – in Surgut (the Neftyanik Palace of Arts).

On 22 April, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will take part in the festive programme marking 20 year since the foundation of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany), one of Europe’s major concert halls. They will perform Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

16.04.2018

In 2018, the Mariinsky Theatre will mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa, whose artistic career is closely intertwined with the St. Petersburg theatre. The Mariinsky II will host a unique exhibition to celebrate the ballet master’s anniversary

In 2018, the Mariinsky Theatre will mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa, whose artistic career is closely intertwined with the St. Petersburg theatre. The Mariinsky II will host a unique exhibition to celebrate the ballet master’s anniversary.

The Mariinsky Theatre exhibits genuine ballet costumes of the late 19th century and early 20th century. It was then that Marius Petipa created his best ballets, namely La Bayadère, The Sleeping Beauty, The Pharaoh's Daughter, Swan Lake (together with Lev Ivanov), Raymonda, as well as his revivals of Giselle and Le Corsaire, which have survived thanks to the great master. The exhibition will feature costumes used in the afore-mentioned productions, as well as in Don Quixote and The Talisman, theatre props, repertoire books, photographs, playbills and other items from the Mariinsky Theatre archives.
The exhibition will also feature a truly priceless item – a piece of a stage costume (waistcoat) with the inscription “M. Petipa”. Other unique items include Pavel Gerdt’s costume from The Pharaoh's Daughter ballet and the photo album of Pierina Legnani, who was the first ever performer of the lead part in Swan Lake. The album was a gift from the corps de ballet artists of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The upcoming performances to mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa include Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballets The Sleeping Beauty (18 and 19 April, 10 and 11 May; Mariinsky II) and Swan Lake (17 and 19 May; the Mariinsky Theatre), and Alexander Glazunov’s Raymonda (25 and 26 April, the Mariinsky Theatre).

The exhibition will run until the end of the 2017/2018 season.

12.04.2018

Guest ensembles from Russia and Denmark, namely the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Esbjerg Ensemble will perform at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 13 April, 14 April, and 15 April

Guest ensembles from Russia and Denmark, namely the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Esbjerg Ensemble will perform at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 13 April, 14 April, and 15 April.

On 13 April (7 pm), as part of the Trans-Siberian Art Festival, the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of its artistic director and conductor Thomas Sanderling. The programme includes introduction from Richard Wagner’s opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, and Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Alexander Buzlov, a prize-winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, will be the featured soloist for the performance.
The Novosibirsk Orchestra was founded in 1956 by Arnold Katz, who graduated from the Leningrad Conservatoire and was a student of the legendary conductor and teacher Ilya Musin. Over the years, the ensemble has successfully toured Europe and Asia, has released a number of CDs and has won multiple awards.

On 14 April (4 pm), one of the oldest professional ensembles in Denmark – Esbjerg Ensemble will perform at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The ensemble will make their debut at the Mariinsky Theatre to mark their anniversary season. The programme includes the introduction to Richard Strauss’ opera Capriccio, Johannes Brahms’ Serenade No. 1, works by the Danish composers Carl Nielsen and Bent Sørensen as well as Six Children’s Songs of Witold Lutosławski featuring the Boys’ Chorus of the Glinka Choral School. Esbjerg Ensemble was founded in 1967 on the initiative of the Danish Ministry of Culture and the local music community. It consists of 10 musicians: a wind quintet, a string quartet, and percussion. Guest musicians are added to the line-up when piano and double bass are required for the performance. The ensemble gives around 80 concerts per year and also performs at schools, takes part in opera productions, and holds master-classes. Esbjerg Ensemble has released a succession of more than 20 CD recordings featuring the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Nielsen, Gabriel Fauré, Dmitri Shostakovich and contemporary Danish composers.

On April 15 (7 pm), the Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra, which is one of the youngest symphony ensembles in Russia, will perform a programme of Alfred Schnittke's (Cello Concerto No. 1) and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s (Symphonic Dances) works at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The featured soloist for the cello concerto is Alexander Knyazev, a renowned instrumentalist and soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic. The Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by its artistic director Evgeny Shestakov. The Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra consists of graduates of the leading music educational institutions, prize-winners of the All-Russian and international competitions from Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg and other cities and towns of Russia, as well as from Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Canada. The orchestra’s first concert took place on 20 November 2015 as part of the Denis Matsuev Music Festival in Tyumen. The pianist himself performed with the orchestra. The ensemble has participated in such festivals as Crescendo, Stars on Baikal, Alyabyev Autumn, the All-Russian Summer in the Tobolsk Kremlin Festival and concerts dedicated to the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture. April 2017 saw the orchestra’s performance with Vadim Repin at the Trans-Siberian Art Festival; June 2017 saw the orchestra’s concert at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory. This season the orchestra takes part in the The Masterpieces of Russian Symphony Music. Russian Orchestras subscription of the Moscow State Philharmonic.

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