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20.07.2018

The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host summer performances of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre ballet company from 31 July to 12 August

The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host summer performances of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre ballet company from 31 July to 12 August. These on tour summer performances in St Petersburg have already become a tradition. The international ensemble of the Far East branch of the Mariinsky Theatre will bring its own versions of such classical productions as Giselle, Le Corsaire, and The Sleeping Beauty. The productions are based on the original choreography by the ballet master Marius Petipa, to whom the Mariinsky Theatre has dedicated many projects in 2018.

On 31 July, the tour will open with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and revised by Konstantin Sergeev (1952) and Eldar Aliev (2017). The Sleeping Beauty premiere in May 2017 was prepared by the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre together with Tani Momoko Ballet (Japan), which provided stage decorations and costumes, as well as sent its soloists to take part in one of the premiere performances. St Petersburg audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy the ballet on 1 August, 2 August, and 11 August, as well as on 12 August, at the closing of the 235th season of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Apart from The Sleeping Beauty, the St Petersburg theatre-goers will have another chance to see the ballets Giselle and Le Corsaire, which were included into the tour programme of the Primorsky Stage in St Petersburg in January 2018. The performances of Adolphe Adam’s fantasy ballet Giselle choreographed by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa will take place on 3 August, 4 August, and 5 August. The colourful Adolphe Adam’s ballet Le Corsaire with the music by Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, and Pyotr Oldenburgsky and staged by Eldar Aliev, the head ballet master of the Mariinsky Theatre (using fragments of Marius Petipa’s choreography) will be performed on 7 August, 8 August, 9 August, and 10 August. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov and Anton Torbeev.

A quick reminder: to mark 200 years since the birth of the great ballet master, an online exhibition Petipa at the Mariinsky Theatre was opened on the Mariinsky Theatre website. The exhibition will help you to learn more about the creation of legendary ballets, which are now a part of the gold fund of classical ballet. The Mariinsky Theatre repertoire includes nine such ballets. The exhibition is based on the materials of the Mariinsky Theatre Archive and a collection of sketches of the St. Petersburg State Theatre Library. It shows how Petipa’s works have been transformed on their home stage and what changes have been made over time to Petipa’s choreographic masterpieces. You can find the exhibition at the following link: www.mariinsky.ru/about/exhibitions/petipa200

12.07.2018

On 12 July and 14 July, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will perform the closing concerts of the 2017/2018 season

On 12 July and 14 July, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will perform the closing concerts of the 2017/2018 season.

On 12 July, the German musicians will perform under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev at the Philharmonie Gasteig. The ensemble will close the season with a performance of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 at their home venue. Worth noting is that the composer’s works were also performed at the opening of the Munich Philharmonic season in September of 2017 (Symphonies No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4).

On 14 July, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will appear in their final concert of the 2017/2018 season. The traditional open-air concert will take place in the Odeonsplatz in Munich. The programme includes symphonic excerpts and arias from operas by Hector Berlioz, Jules Massenet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, as well the symphonic suite Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Featured soloist for the performance is the famed Peruvian opera singer Juan Diego Flórez, who is one of the most popular operatic tenors in the world with his rare voice known as the tenore di grazia.

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic’s future joint concerts are planned for September as part of the ensemble’s Switzerland tour.

04.07.2018

24 July – 8 August 2018
Artistic Director: Valery Gergiev

• Marking 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa;
• A plethora of opera and ballet stars: Elena Stikhina, Irina Churilova, Yulia Matochkina, Mikhail Vekua, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Roman Burdenko, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Yuri Vorobiev, Mikhail Petrenko, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Kristina Shapran, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov;
• Renowned conductors and famed instrumentalists: Valery Gergiev, Christian Knapp, Shizuo Z Kuwahara, Pavel Smelkov, Justus Frantz, Anton Shaburov, Yeol Eum Son (piano), Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (violin), Miura Fumiaki (violin);
• New names: fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program and Grand Piano Competition winner Alexandra Dovgan (piano);
• Premieres at the Primorsky Stage: Jules Massenet’s opera Don Quichotte staged by Yannis Kokkos, Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte (semi-staged performance), Richard Strauss’ Salome (concert performance); Ludwig Minkus’ ballet Don Quixote choreographed by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa’s original production, The Four Seasons choreographed by Ilya Zhivoi and set to the music by Max Richter, Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky;
• Sergei Prokofiev’s monumental opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky in Guangzhou (China). Conductor: Valery Gergiev;
• Concerts of Valery Gergiev with the Youth Orchestra of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo (Japan).

The III International Mariinsky Far East Festival (Vladivostok) will open at the Primorsky Stage with the Far East premiere of the classic Mariinsky Theatre production – Ludwig Minkus’ ballet Don Quixote – choreographed by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa’s original production (24 July and 25 July). The lead roles will be performed by the stellar dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet. On 24 July, Kimin Kim (Basilio), Renata Shakirova (Kitri), Ekaterina Kondaurova (Street Dancer), and Konstantin Zverev (Espada) will grace the stage, while on July 25 Timur Askerov (Basilio), Nadezhda Batoeva (Kitri), Kristina Shapran (Street Dancer), and Roman Belyakov (Espada) will perform in the production. On 26 July and 27 July, Vladivostok will see the premiere of The Four Seasons ballet set to the music of Max Richter (based on the famous violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi) and staged by Ilya Zhivoi. The ballet The Four Seasons is based on a sketch – one-act ballet SeasonS – which successfully premiered at the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival back in 2016. Now, two years later, the spectators will enjoy the full version of the young choreographer’s production.The solo parts will be performed by Ekaterina Kondaurova and Roman Belyakov (26 July), Kristina Shapran and Konstantin Zverev (27 July). The ballet part of the festival will close with the premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky. The performances will take place on 28 July and twice on 29 July (14.00 and 19.00). Alexei Ratmansky’s first grand ballet, created for the Mariinsky Theatre in 2001, has been a favorite with the St Petersburg public for many years, attracting audiences with its ironic and memorable interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev’s monumental score. The performances, featuring appearances by the Mariinsky Theatre leading soloists, will mark the first time the production is presented with such a stellar cast in Vladivostok. On 28 July, the lead roles will be performed by Kimin Kim (Prince), Renata Shakirova (Cinderella), and Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). On 29 July (14.00), Konstantin Zverev (Prince), Kristina Shapran (Cinderella), and Tatiana Tkachenko (Stepmother) will appear in the lead roles. The soirée performance (29 July, 19.00) will star Vladimir Shklyarov (Prince), Nadezhda Batoeva (Cinderella), and Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). The accompagnement will be provided by the Mariinsky Orchestra.

The concert programme of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival will open with a performance of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, renowned violinist and conductor, with the Chamber Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on 27 July. They will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Another highlight of the festival’s concert programmes is the performance of violinists Miura Fumiaki and Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan) on 30 July. Miura Fumiaki is the youngest ever winner in the history of the coveted Joseph Joachim Hannover International Violin Competition. The violinist frequently performs on tour and plays the Antonio Stradivarius 1704 violin, the Viotti. The Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage will see a performance of the overture from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Violin Concerto (both by Felix Mendelssohn) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade that night. Yet another jewel of the concert playbill is the performance of the famed violinist Yeol Eum Son (South Korea) and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the baton of the renowned conductor Justus Frantz (Germany) on 7 August. Yeol Eum Son is a prize-winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. She successfully performed at the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok in 2016. This year’s visit to Vladivostok will be marked by a joint performance with Justus Frantz; the two musicians will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 for the first time ever. The concert’s programme also includes Mozart’s Requiem.

On 3 August and 5 August, Vladivostok will host two performances of the young pianist Alexandra Dovgan. She is just 11 years old and has already won the Grand Prix of the II International Grand Piano Competition. Alexandra Dovgan has already appeared in recitals in St Petersburg during the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights. At the Primorsky Stage, the pianist will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (3 August). The programme also includes Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture The Hebrides, or Fingal’s Cave. The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be conducted by Anton Shaburov. On 5 August, Alexandra Dovgan will appear in recital at the Chamber Hall. She will perform the works of François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Sergei Prokofiev, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marc-André Hamelin, Frédéric Chopin, Moritz Moszkowski, and Sergei Bortkiewicz.

The operatic programme of the festival features Far East premieres of such operas as Jules Massenet’s Don Quichotte staged by Yannis Kokkos (31 July and 6 August), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte (semi-staged performance; 1 August), and Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Valery Gergiev (5 August). The main roles will be performed by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, namely Yulia Matochkina, Mikhail Vekua, Yevgeny Nikitin, Yuri Vorobiev, Mikhail Petrenko, and Andrey Serov, as well as young talented soloists – the fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program. Concert performance of Richard Strauss’ one-act musical drama Salome will mark another premiere at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Elena Stikhina, soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage, will appear in the title role. She previously gave a memorable performance of that same role at the premiere in St Petersburg in 2017. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev (4 August, 20.00). That same day maestro Valery Gergiev will also conduct the concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta featuring truly stellar performers: Irina Churilova, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Alexei Markov, Mikhail Petrenko, and Roman Burdenko (4 August, 16.00). Other productions of the Primorsky Stage to be performed by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre at the festival include Carmen staged by Daria Panteleeva (2 August) and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades staged by Yuri Temirkanov (8 August). The performances will star Elena Stikhina, Irina Churilova, Yulia Matochkina, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Roman Burdenko, and Alexei Markov and will be conducted by Christian Knapp (2 August) and Pavel Smelkov (8 August).

22.06.2018

On June 15, a unique and complete collection of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies and instrumental concertos went on sale. It is a joint release of Arthaus Musik, Telmondis Distribution, and the Mariinsky Theatre

On June 15, a unique and complete collection of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies and instrumental concertos went on sale. It is a joint release of Arthaus Musik, Telmondis Distribution, and the Mariinsky Theatre.

In April of 2016, an unprecedented marathon of Sergei Prokofiev’s works bound Moscow and St Petersburg together via a chronologically arranged sequence of concerts timed to coincide with 125 years since the birth of the composer. The marathon was organized at the initiative of Valery Gergiev. On 23 April and 24 April, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosted the performances of more than 30 works by Prokofiev. These concerts resulted in a collector’s edition of almost 700 minutes of music (7 DVDs/4 Blu-rays), recorded with the participation of the world’s leading musicians, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Chorus under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Apart from all of the composer’s symphonies, the collection includes a recording of The Scythian Suite (Ala i Lolli) and all of Prokofiev’s instrumental concertos. Featured soloists for the piano concertos are as follows: Denis Kozhukhin (Piano Concerto No. 1), Denis Matsuev (Piano Concerto No. 2), Daniil Trifonov (Piano Concerto No. 3), Sergei Redkin (Piano Concerto No. 4), Vadym Kholodenko (Piano Concerto No. 5). Featured soloists for the violin concertos are Leonidas Kavakos (Violin Concerto No. 1) and Kristóf Baráti (Violin Concerto No. 2), while Alexander Ramm is the soloist for the Symphony-Concerto for cello.

The vocal-instrumental works in the collection include the cantata Alexander Nevsky featuring Olga Borodina (mezzo-soprano), the oratorio Ivan the Terrible featuring Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano), Mikhail Petrenko (bass), and theatre and film actor Alexei Petrenko (as the Reader), the cantata Seven, They Are Seven featuring the Helikon-Opera soloist Igor Morozov (tenor) and the State Academic Kozhevnikov Moscow Regional Chorus.

There is also an extra addition to the musical content as the collection also includes Anna Matison’s Prokofiev: On the Way documentary, which is a chronicle of both Sergei Prokofiev’s life (based on the composer’s diary entries) and the XI Moscow Easter Festival dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev.

14.06.2018

The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is to be the first Russian orchestra to appear in concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The concerts are set to take place on 16 June and 17 June at the most modern venue in the country, the Great Hall of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran

The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is to be the first Russian orchestra to appear in concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The concerts are set to take place on 16 June and 17 June at the most modern venue in the country, the Great Hall of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran. The first performance of the Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. The 17 June performance will be conducted by Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, who will also perform as soloist.

The vast programme includes Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane, arias from Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, excerpts from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, Camille Saint-Saëns’ suite Le Carnaval des animaux, Antonio Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni, and Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Soloists: Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (violin), Oleg Sendetsky (cello), Timur Martynov (trumpet), Aigul Khismatullina (soprano), and Yevgeny Akhmedov (tenor).

08.06.2018

The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the world premiere of Eclipse by the modern composer Alexander Raskatov on 28 June. The opera is dedicated to the Muraviev-Apostol family and Valery Gergiev, who will also conduct the premiere performance

The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the world premiere of Eclipse by the modern composer Alexander Raskatov on 28 June. The opera is dedicated to the Muraviev-Apostol family and Valery Gergiev, who will also conduct the premiere performance.

Alexander Raskatov explains: ‘In 2011, on the recommendation of Valery Gergiev, Christopher Muraviev-Apostol asked me to write an opera. He is a remote descendant of one of the five executed Decembrists and wanted me to write an opera about the events of those days. The opera was created to be performed by the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The characters often sing in extreme high registers. It helps to create high dramatic tension.’

According to the composer, the opera’s libretto took almost a year to write. The story starts in Paris and ends at the place of the Decembrists’ exile. The composer did not use just one source and had a variety of historical records at his disposal: letters, diaries, contemporaries’ accounts, Russian and French literary sources, such as Velimir Khlebnikov’s texts, excerpts from The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov and The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky, poems by Alexander Pushkin and Yevgeny Baratynsky, fragments from Alexandre Dumas’ and other French writers’ works in the original language.

Composer Alexander Raskatov is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire (class of Albert Lehman). He is a member of the Russian Union of Composers and the Russian Association of Contemporary Music. He is also Staff Composer of Stetson University (USA). In 1998, Raskatov received the Main Composition Prize at the Salzburg Easter Festival. In 2002, the CD After Mozart, which included a piece by Raskatov played by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, won a Grammy award. The composer's discography includes recordings for companies such as Nonesuch (USA), EMI (the UK), BIS (Sweden), Wergo and ESM (Germany), Megadisc (Belgium), Chant du monde (France), and Claves (Switzerland).

08.06.2018

Dear colleagues, We invite you to the press conference of Valery Gergiev, Artistic & General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and Martin Engstroem, Founder & Executive Director of the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), which is scheduled for 12:00 am on 13 June. The press conference is dedicated to 25-year anniversary of the Verbier Festival

Dear colleagues,
We invite you to the press conference of Valery Gergiev, Artistic & General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and Martin Engstroem, Founder & Executive Director of the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), which is scheduled for 12:00 am on 13 June. The press conference is dedicated to 25-year anniversary of the Verbier Festival.

Valery Gergiev and Martin Engstroem will unveil the programme for this year’s Verbier Festival in Switzerland, which will run from 19 July to 5 August. Valery Gergiev is the Festival’s Orchestra Music Director this year. Over 18 days, the Festival will host 59 concerts featuring performances of 88 famed musicians of today from all around the world and more than 270 young talents.

The Verbier Festival is one of the most famous classical music festivals in the world. Its programme includes concerts, meet-and-greets, workshops, and exchanges between renowned musicians and young rising stars from different parts of the world. The Festival has been held since 1994. It invariably demonstrates the supreme level of performance mastery and the quality of educational programmes for musicians.

The press conference is to be held at the Rossiyskaya Gazeta Media Center.
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07.06.2018

The tour of the Mariinsky Ballet will open the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which will run from 24 July to 8 August 2018

The tour of the Mariinsky Ballet will open the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which will run from 24 July to 8 August 2018. This year’s festival participants include world-famous dancers and young talented performers, such as Ekaterina Kondaurova, Nadezhda Batoeva, Kristina Shapran, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov, Konstantin Zverev and many others. The playbill features ballets of different epochs, such as Don Quixote, The Four Seasons, and Cinderella, which will be performed in the Far East of Russia for the first time.

The festival will open with the performances of Ludwig Minkus’s Don Quixote, choreographed by Alexander Gorsky and based on Marius Petipa’s original production (24 July and 25 July). The classic production will gather a stellar cast at the Primorsky Stage. On 24 July, the lead roles will be performed by Kimin Kim, the Mariinsky Theatre’s principal dancer and a virtuoso Basilio, soloist Renata Shakirova (Kitri), prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova (Street Dancer), and soloist Konstantin Zverev (Espada). The cast for the next day’s performance includes principal dancer Timur Askerov (Basilio), soloists Nadezhda Batoeva (Kitri), Kristina Shapran (Street Dancer), and Roman Belyakov (Espada). The performances will mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa.

On 26 July and 27 July, Vladivostok will see the premiere of The Four Seasons ballet set to the music of Max Richter (based on the music by Antonio Vivaldi) and staged by Ilya Zhivoi. The two-act ballet The Four Seasons is based on a sketch—one-act ballet SeasonS—which successfully premiered at the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival in 2016. Now, two years later, the audiences will enjoy the full version of the young choreographer’s production.‘ A change of seasons is not just a change of weather outside, but a metaphor for all things on Earth,’ said Ilya Zhivoi about the production. The lead roles will be performed by prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova and soloist Roman Belyakov (26 July), soloists Kristina Shapran and Konstantin Zverev (27 July).

On 28 July (19:00) and twice on 29 July (14:00 and 19:00), the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the premiere performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky, one of the most popular modern choreographers. Alexei Ratmansky’s first grand ballet, created for the Mariinsky Theatre in 2001, has been a favorite with the St Petersburg public for many years, attracting audiences with its ironic and memorable interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev’s major score. On July 28, the lead roles will be performed by Kimin Kim (Prince), principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre and world-renowned performer, soloist Renata Shakirova (Cinderella), and prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). On July 29 (14:00), the main roles will be performed by soloists Konstantin Zverev (Prince), Kristina Shapran (Cinderella), and Tatiana Tkachenko (Stepmother). The soirée performance will feature soloist Nadezhda Batoeva (Cinderella), principal dancer Vladimir Shklyarov (Prince), and prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). The accompagnement will be provided by the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Just a quick reminder: the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok is an annual festival which travels to major venues in the Far East and the Asia-Pacific Region. This year’s festival will run from 24 July to 8 August.

06.06.2018

Three nights at the XXVI Stars of the White Nights festival will be dedicated to Richard Wagner’s operas. Gala concerts will take place at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev and Plácido Domingo

Three nights at the XXVI Stars of the White Nights festival will be dedicated to Richard Wagner’s operas. Gala concerts will take place at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev and Plácido Domingo.

In June, Valery Gergiev will conduct two major gala concerts. June 7 will see the performance of excerpts from Tristan und Isolde. The world-famous Wagnerian soprano Heidi Melton is invited to perform the female lead in the production. Melton added the role of Isolde to her repertoire in 2015. In 2016 she sang the part of the Irish princess at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and then went on to perform the same part at the English National Opera. The role of Tristan is rightfully considered to be one of the most complex ones in the global operatic collection. Just like a year ago, it will be performed by the Mariinsky Opera soloist Mikhail Vekua.

The second Wagner night will be hosted by the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 19 June. The Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Orchestra soloists under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform fragments from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung of the Der Ring des Nibelungen tetralogy.

On 7 July, the Wagner gala concert will be conducted by Plácido Domingo. The Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform excerpts from Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre. The night will mark Plácido Domingo’s first-time performance of Richard Wagner’s music with the Mariinsky Orchestra. ‘As I am invited to  Bayreuth to conduct Die Walküre, I am now engaged in self-training. On my next visit to St Petersburg, I will sing in La traviata and conduct a gala concert, which will include excerpts from Die Walküre. Now I am here to work with this fantastic orchestra, which I was entrusted with by Valery Gergiev. I think that conducting Wagner’s music performances outside of Bayreuth is more difficult, because Wagner created a truly phenomenal orchestra pit there. It is incredibly hard to have such acoustics at an ordinary theatre,’ said maestro Domingo during his visit to St Petersburg.

05.06.2018

The Mariinsky Theatre continues to enrich its Verdi collection. Today the theatre’s repertoire includes 14 operas by the composer, counting the recent premiere Falstaff, which opened the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights. At the festival, Giuseppe Verdi’s works will be performed by a different cast in every production

The Mariinsky Theatre continues to enrich its Verdi collection. Today the theatre’s repertoire includes 14 operas by the composer, counting the recent premiere Falstaff, which opened the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights. At the festival, Giuseppe Verdi’s works will be performed by a different cast in every production. “We consider ourselves lucky. We are very grateful pupils of the greatest masters. One can and must learn from Verdi. Over the recent years, our company has taken on some brilliant singers with astonishing voices. They are very vibrant artists,” says Valery Gergiev. During the festival, the Mariinsky II will host the performances of eight operas by Giuseppe Verdi. On 31 May, the lead roles in Otello (staged by Vasily Barkhatov) based on the eponymous tragedy by William Shakespeare will be played by the famous soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre: Vladimir Galouzine (Otello), Vladislav Sulimsky (Iago), Irina Churilova (Desdemona), Mikhail Petrenko (Lodovico), and Alexander Trofimov (Cassio). The performance will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov.

The premiere performances of the opera Falstaff staged by Andrea De Rosa (12 June, 2.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.) at the Stars of the White Nights festival will continue the marathon of Verdi’s works. The audience will also have the opportunity to see it for the second time on 15 July (3.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.). On 14 June, the Mariinsky II will host another production by Andrea De Rosa – Simon Boccanegra. Ferruccio Furlanetto, a famous Italian bass, will play the part of Jacopo Fiesco, which he has brilliantly performed at the Mariinsky Theatre on various occasions, including at the premiere in 2016. Other lead roles will be played by Roman Burdenko (Simon Boccanegra), Irina Churilova (Maria Boccanegra, known as Amelia Grimaldi), Migran Agadzhanian (Gabriele Adorno), Gleb Peryazev (Pietro). On 16 June, the playbill of the Mariinsky II will boast Un ballo in maschera staged by Andrei Konchalovsky, a production that has enjoyed over 15 years of success at the Mariinsky Theatre. The lead roles will be played by Maria Guleghina (Amelia), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Riccardo), Alexei Markov (Renato). On 23 June will take place the performance of the opera Il trovattore (staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi) under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Ekaterina Semenchuk will play one of her signature roles – Azucena, with Irina Churilova appearing as Leonora and Hovannes Ayvazyan as Manrico.

La traviata staged by Claudia Solti with the world famous opera singer Plácido Domingo playing one of the central roles (Giorgio Germont) will open the series of July performances. In 2016, Plácido Domingo already participated in this production at the Stars of the White Nights festival; however, that time he was conducting the performance. During this year’s visit, the singer will be playing a role more customary for him, while Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra (6 July). The casts of the operas Don Carlo (8 July) and Attila (9 July) will consist of the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Company. Irina Churilova and Ekaterina Semenchuk will play the roles of Elizabeth de Valois and Princess Eboli, while Ildar Abdrazakov will appear as the Huns’ leader and Tatiana Serjan as Odabella.

The performance of the opera Macbeth on the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre starring Anna Netrebko appearing at the Mariinsky Theatre as Lady Macbeth for the first time (15 June) will be the central event paying tribute to Verdi. She will share the stage with Vladislav Sulimsky (Macbeth), Yusif Eyvazov (Macduff), and Mikhail Petrenko (Banco). The performance will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. The playbill also includes Aida starring Mlada Khudoley (Aida), Olga Savova (Amneris), Roman Burdenko (Amonasro), Yuri Vorobiev (Ramfis) on 8 June, and Rigoletto with Vladislav Sulimsky playing the title role (22 June). On 3 July, the performance of the opera La forza del destino will be dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the production by Elijah Moshinsky at the Mariinsky Theatre. And to top it all, on 29 July, the opera Aida will be performed on the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre starring Irina Churilova (Aida), Yulia Matochkina (Amneris) and Oleg Videman (Radames). This performance will conclude the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights.

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