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09.12.2019

On 13, 15 and 24 February under the baton of Valery Gergiev the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting the St Petersburg premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's opera Lolita after the eponymous novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The Mariinsky-II will host the production by the National Opera of Prague, premiered in October this year

On 13, 15 and 24 February under the baton of Valery Gergiev the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting the St Petersburg premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's opera Lolita after the eponymous novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The Mariinsky-II will host the production by the National Opera of Prague, premiered in October this year.

The decision to transfer the production from Prague is not by chance – Shchedrin has a long-standing history of friendship and collaboration with the Mariinsky Theatre, and Lolita is the only opera by the composer that has not yet been performed in full at the theatre. The Prague production features the choice of the libretto in Russian (the original libretto by the composer), and the title role is to be performed by Pelageya Kurennaya, one of the Mariinsky Theatre's greatest singers.

Despite the success at the world premiere in Stockholm in 1994 and subsequent successful productions in Russia and Germany, Sláva Daubnerová's production for the Prague Opera remains just the fourth stage version of Shchedrin's score. There were complex relationships with Hollywood, which had purchased all rights to the novel until 1998, and there was the demanding issue of casting for the leading roles, which require incredible powers of tenacity and musical duracity for the role of Humbert, also needing from the performer of the role of Lolita – most often an adult artiste – a multiplicity of acting skills and transformation into a teenage girl.

In his production, stage director Sláva Daubnerová does not digress from Nabokov's plot, he simply alters the time period to the 1960s-70s. Scrupulously reproducing the elements of the age, the production designer Boris Kudlička has designed Iolanta at the Mariinsky Theatre for Mariusz Treliński, and costume designer Natalia Kitamikado follows the intense and quickly changing tempi and tonalities of the score. The revolving sets transport the audience from one room to another, while the constantly changing video-projections increase the growing feeling of anxiety. "But the music is fantastic and the new production in Prague is a beauty, dark and foreboding, a noir nightmare brought to vivid, disturbing life by a first-rate team" – this was how the publication Bachtrack wrote of the production.

This is what Shchedrin's opera is all about. "It seems to me that Nabokov's book is one of the greatest written in the 20th century. Its nucleus and everything surrounding it is ideally suited for interpretation in the genre of opera. For me, Lolita is an attempt to sense, understand and reveal what beauty is, what the draw of femininity and beauty are," the composer says.

03.12.2019

In February the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting several premieres. The theatrical concert German Tales and the musical production Loskutok and the Cloud are targeted at younger audiences. Information about this new opera production will be announced soon.
In February, under the baton of Valery Gergiev there will be the opportunity to see performances of recent Mariinsky Theatre premieres: Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande, Vladimir Varnava’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé to music by Ravel and Wagner’s triumphant stage mystery Parsifal, which returned to the repertoire in the 2018-19 season

In February the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting several premieres. The theatrical concert German Tales and the musical production Loskutok and the Cloud are targeted at younger audiences. Information about this new opera production will be announced soon.

In February, under the baton of Valery Gergiev there will be the opportunity to see performances of recent Mariinsky Theatre premieres: Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande, Vladimir Varnava’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé to music by Ravel and Wagner’s triumphant stage mystery Parsifal, which returned to the repertoire in the 2018-19 season.

Ballet performances in February are to include the audience-favourites Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty. One classic of 20th century Leningrad ballet will come with a rare “visitor” and one of the most highly anticipated productions of the season – Leonid Yakobson’s Spartacus – and Yuri Grigorovich’s The Legend of Love.

The Mariinsky Theatre will be visited by a tour of the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Orchestra of the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater.

For the week of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), from 25 February until 1 March, the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the traditional choral festival Maslenitsa in Song.

03.12.2019

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will be dedicating their performance of the opera La fanciulla del West on 3 December to the memory of Mariss Jansons – an outstanding conductor and one of the most influential musicians of his generation

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will be dedicating their performance of the opera La fanciulla del West on 3 December to the memory of Mariss Jansons – an outstanding conductor and one of the most influential musicians of his generation.

Despite the fact that it was outside Russia that Mariss Jansons won true acclaim, working with the world’s greatest orchestras – the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – his destiny was always closely linked with St Petersburg. The maestro graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory, at which he was later to teach, for several years he was an assistant to Yevgeny Mravinsky at the Leningrad Philharmonic, subsequently collaborating with that orchestra for many years, and he brought many illustrious ensembles to St Petersburg, always referring to himself as a resident of the city.

Today, continuing the musical dynasty, his daughter Ilona and granddaughter Anastasia both work at the Mariinsky Theatre. It was Ilona Jansons – a Mariinsky Theatre pianist – who undertook the musical preparation of the premiere of the opera La fanciulla del West with soloists in May 2019.

On 3 December the memorial performance will feature Amalia Gogeshvili (Minnie), Akhmed Agadi (Dick Johnson), Vadim Kravets (Jack Rance), Yevgeny Akhmedov (Nick), Grigory Karasev (Ashby), Edem Umerov (Sonora) and Gleb Peryazev (Jake Wallace). Christian Knapp will be conducting.

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre would like to express their deep sympathy to Mariss Jansons’ friends and family.

30.11.2019

On 5 December the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting one of the greatest orchestras of Latin America – the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. The orchestra will be conducted by the Venezuelan maestro Christian Vásquez, whom critics describe as a temperamental musician with flawless technique

On 5 December the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting one of the greatest orchestras of Latin America – the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. The orchestra will be conducted by the Venezuelan maestro Christian Vásquez, whom critics describe as a temperamental musician with flawless technique.

The orchestra, named in honour of a national hero of Venezuela, is not just in demand throughout the world as an ensemble but also a symbol of a unique music project – the national system of youth, children’s and pre-school orchestras of Venezuela known as “El Sistema”, which was created in 1975. Its founder was the conductor and educator José Antonio Abreu – inspired by the idea of the educational power of music, he attracted young Venezuelans from the very poorest parts of the country to be involved in the programme, affording many of them a “passport to life”. Thanks to the success of these beginnings, the number of such ensembles has increased, and today the education system already numbers one hundred and twenty-five youth choruses and orchestras.

The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar first won a wider reputation for itself in 2007 at the Royal Albert Hall (as part of the BBC Proms concerts) and at Carnegie Hall, where the musicians appeared under Gustavo Dudamel – himself a former graduate of “El Sistema”. Since then, the orchestra has gained international acclaim and delighted audiences at major venues in New York, Tokyo, Vienna, London and Berlin.

During its current tour to Russia, the orchestra will be presenting just two concerts – one in St Petersburg and one in Moscow. The programme for the performances will take the form of a dialogue between two musical cultures and includes Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and works by Latin American composers: Hipnosis Mariposa by Venezuelan graduate of “El Sistema” Paul Dessenne and Tres versiones sinfónicas by Cuba’s Julián Orbón.

27.11.2019

From 21 to 31 December the traditional International Piano Festival of the Mariinsky Theatre will see appearances not just by acclaimed maestri and the younger generation of pianists whose names have already become well established but also rising stars. Among them are prize-winners of the Grand Piano Competition Alexandra Dovgan and Eva Gevorgyan, who – despite their young ages – are already being spoken of as serious musicians. On 23 and 24 December the pianists may be heard in solos and in ensemble with orchestra under Valery Gergiev

From 21 to 31 December the traditional International Piano Festival of the Mariinsky Theatre will see appearances not just by acclaimed maestri and the younger generation of pianists whose names have already become well established but also rising stars. Among them are prize-winners of the Grand Piano Competition Alexandra Dovgan and Eva Gevorgyan, who – despite their young ages – are already being spoken of as serious musicians. On 23 and 24 December the pianists may be heard in solos and in ensemble with orchestra under Valery Gergiev.

Aged fifteen, Eva Gevorgyan is frequently seen as a concert pianist, composer and true marathon competitor. She has succeeded in winning awards at forty competitions for children and young people. Her recent victory at the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists, 2nd prize and the special Press Award at the Cliburn Junior Competition in Dallas and the prestigious ICMA Discovery Award have made the musician stand apart on the international scene. At the festival at the Mariinsky Theatre Eva Gevorgyan and the orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – a work which she dazzlingly performed in the final of the Cliburn Competition. The solo performance of the pianist, “who tries not just to play the notes, but also to reveal nuances of the score”, will allow the audience to discover her interpretations of works by Chopin and Liszt.

The name of twelve-year-old Alexandra Dovgan is well known to audiences of the Mariinsky Theatre for her participation in its festivals. The pianist invariably wins hearts with the youthful freshness and, at the same time, the perfect technique of her performance. The legendary Grigory Sokolov, who this summer introduced Alexandra at the Salzburg Festival, speaks of her as of a harmonious talent with a great future. Today Alexandra Dovgan is actively developing her international career and delighting at venues throughout Europe: the Berliner Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Together with the Mariinsky Orchestra she will perform van Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, while her recital programme includes his sonatas and works by Schubert, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

26.11.2019

Less than a month after returning from a major tour of the USA, the Mariinsky Ballet is setting out to undertake another tour. The dancers will be appearing in Beijing and Nanjing, where they will join a tour by the Mariinsky Orchestra, Opera and Chorus under Valery Gergiev

Less than a month after returning from a major tour of the USA, the Mariinsky Ballet is setting out to undertake another tour. The dancers will be appearing in Beijing and Nanjing, where they will join a tour by the Mariinsky Orchestra, Opera and Chorus under Valery Gergiev.

From 28 November to 6 December the ballet company will be presenting eight performances at major stage venues in China: at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Centre for the Performing Arts in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. Each city will see three performances of one of the world’s favourite ballets – Alexander Gorsky’s Don Quixote, as well as one evening of ballets by Michel Fokine. That programme includes The Firebird, Chopiniana and Schéhérazade.

Participating in the tour are leading soloists of the company who are well-known to Chinese audiences, as well as others for whom this will be their first visit to China. The roles of Kitri and Basilio are to be performed by Renata Shakirova with Timur Askerov and Elena Yevseyeva with Alexei Timofeyev. The one-act ballets will feature Yekaterina Osmolkina, Maria Shirinkina, Tatiana Tkachenko, Maria Iliushkina, Danila Korsuntsev, Alexander Romanchikov and Maxim Zyuzin. The tour will also mark some debuts: Anastasia Nuikina will be appearing for the first time as the Firebird in the eponymous ballet, while Maria Bulanova, who a few days ago was promoted to the rank of second soloist, will dance the role of Zobeide in Schéhérazade.

The tour by the Mariinsky Theatre of the Asia-Pacific region will run from 20 November to 11 December. Over three weeks the performers will appear at ten major venues in the People’s Republic of China, Japan and South Korea. Prior to returning to St Petersburg, on 11 December the orchestra and Valery Gergiev will give two concerts at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok).

23.11.2019

On 22 December the Mariinsky Theatre will celebrate the life of Modest Petrovich Musorgsky – a great Russian composer and one of the most dazzling, unusual and powerful figures in Russian music

On 22 December the Mariinsky Theatre will celebrate the life of Modest Petrovich Musorgsky – a great Russian composer and one of the most dazzling, unusual and powerful figures in Russian music. Today, the Mariinsky Theatre is the only theatre, the concert and stage repertoire of which includes all of the composer’s opuses for opera (including in different versions); the theatre’s soloists and soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers often perform his chamber and vocal music, while under the baton of Valery Gergiev there are performances of the symphonic fantasy Night on Bald Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibition.

The Musorgsky-180 concerts will form a kind of guide to the composer’s artistic legacy, which even today remains a draw for both musicians and audiences with its narrative depth and particular, at times unique, outlook on the genres to which he turned.

The gala concert at the historic theatre will focus on Musorgsky’s vocal and orchestral works. Together with the masterpieces that crowned his art – the operas Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina – there will be performances of such repertoire rarities as Salammbô and Sorochintsy Fair. Arias and scenes from them will be presented by outstanding masters of the company: Olga Borodina, Yevgeny Nikitin, Sergei Alexashkin and Vladimir Vaneyev as well as the tremendously powerful leader of the Mariinsky Orchestra – Valery Gergiev.

The second programme Musorgsky-180. Brass Version will proffer an original interpretation of renowned concert works by the Mariinsky Brass Ensemble. The ensemble regularly staggers audiences with its passionate versions of familiar works. This programme will feature arrangements for brass instruments including Night on Bald Mountain, Pictures at an Exhibition and Dawn on the Moskva River (the introduction to the opera Khovanshchina).

Works by Musorgsky are also to be performed at concerts of the International Piano Festival, while on 25 December at the historic theatre the folk musical drama Khovanshchina (orchestration by Dmitry Shostakovich) may be seen in the monumental production by Leonid Baratov.

For the anniversary concerts, in the foyer of the historic theatre and the Mariinsky-II there will be an exhibition entitled Musorgsky. Life. Art. The Mariinsky Theatre, which is to feature unique exhibits from the theatre’s archives: stage costumes, sketches, rare documents, photographs and props that reflect the amazing history of the life of Musorgsky’s works.

22.11.2019

On 3 and 4 December the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a production of Confucius by the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater. The tour by the ensemble marks seventy years since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China

On 3 and 4 December the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a production of Confucius by the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater. The tour by the ensemble marks seventy years since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.

The production by one of the People’s Republic of China’s most important State theatres will introduce audiences to the culture of China and will present a unique genre of dance drama, which blends together Chinese choreography, the performers’ expressiveness, various tricks and colourful crowd scenes. The production of Confucius is a story of the life path of ancient China’s thinker and philosopher which transports the audience to a time when Confucius travelled the world, spreading his learning.

The China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater was founded in 1951. It comprises an opera company, a dance drama company, an ensemble of folk music, a symphony orchestra and a creative studio. In the course of half a century, the theatre has mounted over a hundred operas and dance dramas, many of which have become symbols of Chinese theatre art, while the company has won acclaim not just at home but throughout the world.

21.11.2019

Dear Patrons,
Please note that recently there have been increased incidences of fraudsters reselling Mariinsky Theatre tickets. Speculators create cloned websites, which partially copy the physical format of the theatre's official site, advertising them in search engines and selling tickets through them at markedly higher prices. From 1 September 2019 changes have been made to legislation which have rendered such activities illegal

Dear Patrons,

Please note that recently there have been increased incidences of fraudsters reselling Mariinsky Theatre tickets. Speculators create cloned websites, which partially copy the physical format of the theatre's official site, advertising them in search engines and selling tickets through them at markedly higher prices. From 1 September 2019 changes have been made to legislation which have rendered such activities illegal.

Tickets for performances and concerts at the Mariinsky Theatre may be purchased at theatre box-offices, on the theatre's official website www.mariinsky.ru/en/ and from officially empowered agencies, a list of which may be found at the address www.mariinsky.ru/en/visit/buy/rules1.

The Mariinsky Theatre carries no responsibility for the validity of tickets purchased on fraudulent sites, and cannot guarantee the possibility of attending events using such tickets, particularly where the ticket does not display its cost and other official information.

In order to avoid any situations that may cause unpleasentness, patrons should take care and inform friends and relatives of any possible danger.

21.11.2019

On 19 November the Italian Embassy in Moscow hosted a concert of Mariinsky Theatre performers in support of Venice, which has suffered from the most disatrous flood in fifty years. The charitable evening provided the official start to a campaign to raise funds that will be dedicated to the restoration of the city's cultural legacy and the assistance of local residents

On 19 November the Italian Embassy in Moscow hosted a concert of Mariinsky Theatre performers in support of Venice, which has suffered from the most disatrous flood in fifty years. The charitable evening provided the official start to a campaign to raise funds that will be dedicated to the restoration of the city's cultural legacy and the assistance of local residents. Italy's Ambassador to Russia in Moscow Pasquale Terracciano noted that "even before two days of the official start of the campaign, thanks to the efforts of maestro Gergiev, the Embassy has received several promises of donations amounting to more than a million Euros."

The charity gala featured leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, among them Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano) and Sergei Skorokhodov (tenor). The programme was compiled from works by Italian and Russian composers, in order to underline the unity of these national cultures. Works performed included the Neapolitan song by De Curtis "Tu che non piangi" and arias from operas by Verdi, Cilea and Rimsky-Korsakov.

"Everyone has been disturbed, worried and saddened at the news from Venice. If such a major cultural centre, important not just for Italians, but for the entire world, becomes flooded it will be an irreprabrable tragedy. Disaster has come; now we need human support, not just from the Italians," commented Valery Gergiev.

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