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21.09.2018

On 19 September, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic open the new 2018/2019 season

On 19 September, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic open the new 2018/2019 season. That evening the Philharmonie of the Gasteig will host a performance of the last works by Anton Bruckner (Symphony No. 9) and Bernd Alois Zimmermann (Ich wandte mich um und sah alles Unrecht das geschah unter der Son/ne for two readers, bass and orchestra). The readers will be played by actors Michael Rotschopf and Josef Bierbichler, while the vocal part will be performed by Georg Nigl (baritone). The following day will see a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2. The last evening of the concert series will see a performance of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 at the home stage of the Munich Philharmonic on 21 September.

Then Valery Gergiev is heading to France to conclude Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle with the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble at the Philharmonie de Paris. However, on 24 September, Valery Gergiev will once again conduct the Munich Philharmonic during their on-tour performances in Sankt Florian (Austria), where the musicians are set to perform at the International Bruckner Festival. The Munich Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev will thus continue to implement a truly monumental project that includes performing and live recording all of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies at one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Austria, St. Florian Monastery, which is also the composer's burial site. During its last visit in September of 2017, the ensemble performed Anton Bruckner’s Symphonies No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4, the recordings of which were later released by the Munich Philharmonic’s own label. This year will see a performance of Symphony No. 2 (24 September), Symphony No. 9 (25 September), and Symphony No. 8 (26 September). The programme of the first soirée performance also features Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, performed by Martin Haselböck, an Austrian organist, conductor, and composer, as well as Haselböck’s own piece on the theme of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2. On 25 September, the concert programme also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic plan to conclude their Austrian cycle of all of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies in September 2019.

Valery Gergiev’s contract with the Munich Philharmonic has been extended until 2025. The maestro has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the German ensemble since the 2015/2016 season.

14.09.2018

On 14 September and 15 September, the Mariinsky Orchestra is scheduled to take part in on-tour performances of the Chinese National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Moscow

On 14 September and 15 September, the Mariinsky Orchestra is scheduled to take part in on-tour performances of the Chinese National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Moscow. The Central Academic Theatre of the Russian Army will host an opera gala and a performance of The Dawns Here Are Quiet by the Chinese composer Tang Jianping. Lü Jia, the NCPA’s Music Director, will conduct the performance.

The first soirée performance will be dedicated to European music. The 14 September gala concert programme includes arias from operas by Mikhail Glinka, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Lehár, Gioachino Rossini, and Ruggero Leoncavallo. The following day will see a concert performance of Tang Jianping’s opera The Dawns Here Are Quiet after Boris Vasilyev’s novel of the same name. The world premiere of the opera, which was written to mark 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism and commissioned by the National Centre for the Performing Arts, took place in Beijing in 2015. In Russia, the opera premiered on 11 September and 12 September at the Mariinsky II.

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), the largest Chinese music theatre, is a long-time partner of the Mariinsky Theatre. According to the Wang Ning, the NCPA President, this tour of the Chinese ensemble is the most large-scale and significant project of the Centre for Cultural and Artistic Exchanges with Russia to date.

14.09.2018

The XXIII Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival will run from 13 September to 16 September. This year’s festival is dedicated to two significant milestones: 100-year anniversary of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and 30 years of creative collaboration between the ensemble and Valery Gergiev, who made his debut in Rotterdam in 1988

The XXIII Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival will run from 13 September to 16 September. This year’s festival is dedicated to two significant milestones: 100-year anniversary of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and 30 years of creative collaboration between the ensemble and Valery Gergiev, who made his debut in Rotterdam in 1988. The participants of this year’s festival include the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire and Codarts, pianists Uri Caine and Sergei Babayan, organist Thierry Escaich, and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Chorus.

The first day of the festival will be dedicated to Richard Wagner. The opening concert on 13 September will see a performance of excerpts from the composer’s operas Tristan und Isolde and Die Walküre. Featured vocalists for the performance are Anja Kampe (soprano), Mikhail Vekua (tenor), and Mikhail Petrenko (bass). The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. Richard Wagner’s music will also be performed at the recital of Uri Caine, a famed jazz pianist, composer, and deft improviser. He will present his own interpretation of Wagner’s music works together with Ted Reichman (accordeon) and the Lutoslawski Quartet (string quartet).

The second day of the festival will feature three concerts. Renowned pianist Sergei Babayan will appear in recital at 16.00. He will perform works by Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the modern composer Vladimir Ryabov. At 19.30, the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (“Tragic”). The evening will conclude with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil performed by the Mariinsky Chorus under the baton of Andrei Petrenko.

The 15 September programme will be no less rich and diverse. At 11.30, Thierry Escaich, a famed French organist, composer and teacher, will appear in concert at the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam, which houses the biggest organ in the Netherlands. The programme includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Olivier Messiaen, as well as Thierry Escaich’s own music works. In the afternoon, Valery Gergiev will hold a master-class for the musicians of the Youth Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire and Codarts at the De Doelen (Grote Zaal). After the intermission, the participants of the master-class will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (soloist: Karen Su) and The Scythian Suite. The highlight of the closing day of the festival is the world premiere of the new version of Sofia Gubaidulina's oratorio Über Liebe und Hass, created in 2018 for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival. The Mariinsky Chorus and the Mariinsky Opera soloists, including Irina Churilova (soprano), Mikhail Vekua (tenor), Vladimir Moroz (baritone), and Mikhail Petrenko (bass) will perform together with the Rotterdam ensemble under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The programme also features Igor Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat.

Once the main festival programme concludes, the young spectators will have an opportunity to attend the now-traditional event: an interactive concert, which integrates narration performed by actors, animation, and excerpts from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Ryan Bancroft (16 September).

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival was founded by Valery Gergiev in 1995 and has since then become the largest festival of its kind held in the Netherlands. Maestro Gergiev has collaborated with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra since 1988, while from 1995 to 2008 he was the ensemble’s Principal Conductor. He remains the orchestra’s honorary conductor to this day.

10.09.2018

On 9 September and 16 September, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are scheduled to perform in Grafenegg and Essen

On 9 September and 16 September, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are scheduled to perform in Grafenegg and Essen.

On 9 September, the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform twice at the 2018 Grafenegg Festival (Austria). The matinée programme (11:00) held at the Auditorium includes excerpts from such ballets as Igor Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The soirée concert (19:00) that will take place at the Wolkenturm (lit. “Cloud Tower”) open-air stage will see a performance of the suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and the suite from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

On 16 September, the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will present the programme Wagner and Mahler at the Philharmonie Essen (Germany). The concert’s programme includes Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (“Tragic”) and act I from Richard Wagner’s opera Die Walküre. Featured soloists for the performance are Anja Kampe (soprano), Mikhail Vekua (tenor), and Mikhail Petrenko (bass).

04.09.2018

On 10 September (20:00), the 2018/2019 season at the Mariinsky II will open with one of the most memorable premieres of the XXVI Stars of the White Nights festival – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Tsar's Bride staged by Alexander Kuzin

On 10 September (20:00), the 2018/2019 season at the Mariinsky II will open with one of the most memorable premieres of the XXVI Stars of the White Nights festival – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Tsar's Bride staged by Alexander Kuzin. Lead roles will be performed by Stanislav Trofimov (Vassily Sobakin), Angelina Akhmedova (Marfa), Alexei Markov (Grigory Gryaznoy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Malyuta Skuratov), and Yulia Matochkina (Lyubasha). The performance will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

That same day, a recital of Daniil Trifonov, one of the most popular pianists of his generation and a 2018 Grammy Award winner, will open a new season at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Andante favori and Piano Sonata No. 18, Robert Schumann’s Bunte Blätter and Presto passionato , and Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8. On 11 September, the musician will also perform with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. To be performed are Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.

The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will open its 236th season on 29 September with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (1895) and revised by Konstantin Sergeyev (1950). Lead roles will be performed by Ekaterina Kondaurova (Odette-Odile), Timur Askerov (Siegfried), and Andrei Yermakov (von Rothbart).

One of the first highlights of the new season is the Russian premiere of the Chinese composer Tang Jianping’s modern opera The Dawns Here Are Quiet after Boris Vasilyev’s novel of the same name. China’s largest music theatre, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), will perform the opera at the Mariinsky II (11 September and 12 September).

04.09.2018

Dear colleagues, we invite you to the press conference and open rehearsal of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts’ (NCPA) opera The Dawns Here Are Quiet on 6 September

Dear colleagues,
We invite you to the press conference and open rehearsal of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts’ (NCPA) opera The Dawns Here Are Quiet on 6 September. The Dawns Here Are Quiet, a modern opera by Chinese composer Tang Jianping after Boris Vasilyev’s novel of the same name, will have its Russian premiere at the Mariinsky II on 11 September and 12 September.

Tang Jianping, composer, Zhao Jiachen, Vice President of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Lü Jia, conductor, and performers of lead roles will take part in the press conference. The latter will perform excerpts from the production for the media.

Press conference will be held at the China Cultural Centre
Address: 1 (bld. 1), Pravdy Str., Moscow

Accreditation is required.
Please confirm your accreditation by phone +7 (903) 755-96-40
or by e-mail: e@mmdb.ru

31.08.2018

In the run-up to the opening of the 2018/2019 season, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will perform at major music festivals held in Switzerland and Germany

In the run-up to the opening of the 2018/2019 season, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will perform at major music festivals held in Switzerland and Germany.

On 2 September and 3 September, the German ensemble will appear in concert at the Lucerne Festival im Sommer. On 2 September, the KKL Luzern (Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne) will host a performance of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 ("Romantic") and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with featured soloist Leonidas Kavakos, who is a famed Greek violinist. The following day concert’s programme will include works by Russian composers, such as Anatoly Lyadov’s The Enchanted Lake, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Shéhérazade, and music from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pétrouchka.

On 7 September, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will perform at the Musikfest Berlin. The Berlin Philharmoniker will host a performance of the last works by Anton Bruckner (Symphony No. 9) and Bernd Alois Zimmermann (Ich wandte mich um und sah alles Unrecht das geschah unter der Sonne for two readers, bass and orchestra). The readers will be played by actors Michael Rotschopf and Josef Bierbichler, while the vocal part will be performed by Georg Nigl (baritone).

The 2018/2019 season at the home venue of the orchestra, the Philharmonie Gasteig, will open with a performance by Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic on 19 September.

22.08.2018

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra head on their traditional summer tour, which includes performances at major European music festivals. From 21 August to 26 August, the musicians will appear in concerts in Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Sweden

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra head on their traditional summer tour, which includes performances at major European music festivals. From 21 August to 26 August, the musicians will appear in concerts in Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Sweden.

On 21 August and 22 August, the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform on tour in Italy as part of the international Russian Seasons cultural project. On 21 August, the ensemble will appear the 66th music festival in Ravello, which is one of the oldest and the most well-known festivals in Italy. The outdoor stage of the Villa Rufolo will host a performance of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pétrouchka and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony.

The following day, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony will be performed under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Merano Music Weeks in South Tyrol. The programme also includes Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 (the Italian).

Then the Mariinsky Orchestra will head to Liechtenstein to perform at the opening of the Vaduz Classic Festival together with Denis Matsuev in the capital of the principality (23 August). The marketplace of Vaduz, which hosts the open air concerts of the festival, will see performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Richard Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie.

The same programme will be performed on 24 August during the first of the two soirée concerts of the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland). The solo in Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1will be performed by Denis Matsuev. On25 August, the young virtuoso violinist Daniel Lozakovitj will appear in concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra. The mono programme dedicated to Pyotr Tchaikovsky includes the composer’s Violin Concerto and Manfred Symphony.

The final concert of the Mariinsky Orchestra tour will take place at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm (Sweden) on 26 August. The Berwaldhallen concert hall will see performances of music from Igor Stravinsky’s ballets Pétrouchka and The Firebird, as well as excerpts from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan. Some background information: the annual Baltic Sea Festival was founded in 2003 by Valery Gergiev, Michael Tydén, director of the Berwaldhallen concert hall, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor.

Upon the completion of his tour with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev will continue to tour in Europe with the Munich Philharmonic.

16.08.2018

On 12 August, the Mariinsky Theatre closed its 2017/2018 season which ran for 48 weeks. The season concluded with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty by the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

On 12 August, the Mariinsky Theatre closed its 2017/2018 season which ran for 48 weeks. The season concluded with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty by the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The 2018/2019 season will open on 10 September. The Mariinky II will host a performance of the 2017/2018 season premiere – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride – staged by Alexander Kuzin. The lead roles will be performed by Stanislav Trofimov (Vassily Sobakin), Angelina Akhmedova (Marfa), Alexei Markov (Grigory Gryaznoy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Malyuta Skuratov), Ilya Selivanov (Ivan Lykov), and Yulia Matochkina (Lyubasha). The performance will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.
One of the first highlights of the new season is the Russian premiere of the Chinese composer Tang Jianping’s modern opera The Dawns Here Are Quiet after Boris Vasilyev’s novel of the same name. China’s largest music theatre, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), will perform the opera at the Mariinsky II (11 September and 12 September).
The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will open its season on 10 September with a recital of Daniil Trifonov, one of the most popular pianists of his generation, who won the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 and a Grammy Award in 2018. The programme includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Prokofiev. On 11 September, the pianist will also appear in concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. To be performed are Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.  5 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.
The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will open its season on 29 September.

Summary of the 2017/18 season
• performances and concerts held at 11 venues: the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Concert Hall, the Mariinsky II and its four chamber venues, the Great and Chamber Halls of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok), at the venues of the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch in Vladikavkaz, namely the State Philharmonic of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania;
• over 1415 performances and concerts given;
• spectators from 98 countries, including Australia, the US, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, European, African and South American countries;
• 8 opera and 2 ballet premieres;
• 8 festivals in St Petersburg, the I International Caucasus Festival Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz, the X Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich in Samara, the XVII Moscow Easter Festival (which ran for 32 days and travelled not only all over Russia, but also to China, Germany, and Switzerland), and the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok;
The Mariinsky Theatre for Children project: more than 100,000 young theatre-goers attended various performances and took part in cultural and educational events held at the Theatre in the 2017/2018 season;
• concerts by the fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program and the project Sounds of Change with the TONALi Competition in Hamburg.

The Mariinsky Theatre on Tour
In the 2017/2018 season, the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble (the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet, Chorus, and Orchestra) gave on-tour performances in 22 countries: in more than 80 Russian cities and towns and over 65 cities outside Russia. Their major tours include Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra’s extensive tour which span across 13 cities of the US and Canada and included performances in the Asia-Pacific Region (in major cities of China, Japan, South Korea and in Vladivostok) and the concerts of the Moscow Easter Festival, which travelled all the way from Sevastopol to Vladivostok. The Theatre’s grand projects included a marathon of Modest Mussorgsky’s works at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, a cycle of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies in Switzerland, performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s monumental opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky at the Guangzhou Opera House and other projects.

After the closing of the 2017/2018 season, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform on tour in Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Sweden, and Austria.

Valery Gergiev also performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the  Orchestre national de France, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival (PMF) Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. In 2018, Valery Gergiev became the Music Director of the latter ensemble. The Munich Philharmonic, headed by Valery Gergiev for the third season, has performed under his baton in Austria, Germany, France, Netherlands, China, Romania, and the US. As part of this collaboration, Munich hosted Valery Gergiev’s 360 Degrees festival for the third time. This year’s festival was dedicated to Igor Stravinsky.

Season premieres
• after a long break, the Concert Hall once again welcomed Hector Berlioz’s opera Benvenuto Cellini staged by Vasily Barkhatov (revival of the 2007 production);
• soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers headed by Larisa Gergieva produced two productions: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comic opera Der Schauspieldirektor staged by Gleb Cherepanov at the historic stage; Joseph Haydn’s opera L’isola disabitata staged by Alexei Smirnov at the Concert Hall;
• premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Falstaff staged by Andrea De Rosa at the Mariinsky II opened the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights;
• the Festival also saw the premiere of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Tsar’s Bride directed by Alexander Kuzin and the world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s opera Eclipse (concert performance);
• the first ballet premiere of the season was Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pétrouchka choreographed by Vladimir Varnava. The production helped mark 135 years since the birth of the composer;
• as part of the gala concert marking 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa, Konstantin Keikhel premiered his new work The Seasons set to the music of Alexander Glazunov;
• as part of A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers, Dmitry Pimonov, Olga Vasilieva, Andrei Merkuriev, Konstantin Keikhel, Maxim Petrov, and Ilya Zhivoi presented their projects;
• the subscription Short Operas for Children (aged 3 or older) saw the addition of Sergei Banevich’s opera Murych the Cat, while the subscription Short Operas for Children (aged 6 or older) added Rustam Sagdiev’s new work The Adventures of Kintaro.

Festivals
• the V International Organ Festival (16 September to 29 September) featured seven music programmes performed by musicians from Russia, Italy, France, the UK, and Poland, as well as a special event – an organ music concert for children;
• the I International Caucasus Festival Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz (23 September to 29 September) opened the first season of the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch in Vladikavkaz. The festival’s participants included the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre and guest stars, such as the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble under the baton of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, Denis Matsuev, Lucas Debargue, Yuri Bashment, Maria Guleghina, Tatiana Serjan and many others;
• the X Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich took place in Samara on 15 October and 16 October. The Mariinsky Orchestra as well as famous and beginner musicians performed at the festival under the baton of Valery Gergiev;
• the XII Mariinsky International Piano Festival (14 December to 30 December) took place in St Petersburg as well as in Vladikavkaz, at the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch venue (for the first time). The participants included Sergei Babayan, Alexei Volodin, Abisal Gergiev, Andrei Gugnin, Lucas Debargue, Mira Yevtich, Eduard Kiprsky, Stephen Kovacevich, Konstantin Lifschitz, Nikolai Lugansky, Dmitry Masleev, Alexander Maslov, Denis Matsuev, Uki Ovaskainen, Pavel Raykerus, Ilya Rashkovskiy, Sergei Redkin, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Konstantin Shamrai, Zarina Shimanskaya, Nelson Freire, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Ramon van Engelenhoven, and Ramzi Yassa. The well-reputed projects such as A Composer and the Pianist and Children for Children once again proved themselves to be successful additions to the festival;
• the III International Festival Maslenitsa in Song (12 February to 18 February) attracted European choirs and ensembles from St Petersburg. The festival also featured opera performances and an a capella marathon;
• the Concert Hall and the chamber venues of the Mariinsky II hosted the II International Virtuosi of the Flute Festival (8 March to 12 March). The musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra, and various Moscow orchestras played flute music of different epochs and styles. The guest performers from abroad included Emmanuel Pahud and Egor Egorkin, the soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic. They took part in the concert programmes and organised master classes;
• the II International Harp Festival Northern Lyre (31 March to 6 April), which was a highlight of the previous season, gathered the best performers representing the St Petersburg harp school as well as musicians from Serbia, the US, and Estonia. Apart from concert programmes, the festival also featured master classes held by musicians from Serbia and the US;
• the XVII Moscow Easter Festival was one of the longest-running and largest in its history. It ran for 32 days (8 April to 9 May). Concerts of symphony, choral, chamber music and bell-ringing programmes took place at the key venues of Moscow and Russia’s regions. The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev also performed in China, Germany, and Switzerland as part of the festival;
• the Mariinsky Theatre prioritizes support for young talents and thus organised two spring festivals for young musicians: the IV Mariinsky NEXT Children’s and Youth Orchestras Festival (29 April to 28 May) and the II Mariinsky for Children: Children at the Mariinsky Theatre Children’s Music Theatre Studios Festival (2 May to 8 May);
• the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights ran for 68 days (23 May to 29 July). The Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky II, the Prokofiev Hall (Mariinsky II), and the Concert Hall saw more than 208 events, including three opera premieres;
• the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival (24 July to 8 August) took place at 8 concert venues of the Primorsky Region. The festival saw 26 events, seven of which were Far East premieres of various productions.

Marking 200 years since the birth Marius Petipa
In 2018, the Mariinsky Theatre marks 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa, whose artistic career is closely intertwined with the St. Petersburg theatre. The Mariinsky Theatre prepared a diverse programme to celebrate the great choreographer’s birthday for the 2017/2018 season: presentations of classical productions with the participation of ballet stars at all of the theatre’s venues, premieres of new productions, grand gala concerts, special events, and concert tours. The repertoire of the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II included a plethora of ballets, which have long been on the playbill and are carefully passed on from generation to generation: Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadère, Paquita, Raymonda, and The Sleeping Beauty (not only Konstantin Sergeyev’s version, but also Sergei Vikharev’s reconstruction). The events marking 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa were a major part of the ballet programme of the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights and were included into the programme of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok. The tour of the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre was also dedicated to Marius Petipa.
The Mariinsky II hosted a unique exhibition of original ballet costumes of the late 19th century and early 20th century. The exhibition also featured theatre props, repertoire books, photographs, playbills and other items from the Mariinsky Theatre archives. The Mariinsky Theatre has also prepared a digital exhibition, which is based on the exhibits of the Mariinsky Theatre archives and the collection of sketches of the St Petersburg State Theatre Library. The exhibition shows how Marius Petipa’s ballets transformed over the years and what changes were made to the choreographer’s productions. You can find the exhibition at the following link: www.mariinsky.ru/exhibitions/petipa200 Marius Petipa’s works will also be celebrated during the 2018/2019 season.

Tour performances at the Mariinsky Theatre
In the 2017/2018 season, the Mariinsky Theatre welcome ensembles from various cities and towns of Russia and 11 countries around the globe, including the US, China, Japan, Thailand, Finland, Estonia, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, and Italy. The highlight of the season was the tour of the Mariinsky Theatre branches in St Petersburg. The ballet company of the Far East branch visited St Petersburg three times. In January, the Primorsky Stage performed the ballets Le Corsaire, Giselle, Carmen Suite, and Prodigal Son, while to mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa they brought their own production of The Sleeping Beauty to St Petersburg. This production graced the playbill of the ensemble’s summer tour, which also featured such ballets as Le Corsaire and Giselle. Moreover, the Primorsky Stage’s opera production – Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev – was performed at the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights. The St Petersburg theatre-goers also had a chance to see the productions of the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch in Vladikavkaz). The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre saw a performance of the ballet The Picture of Dorian Gray to the music by Abel Korzeniowski, Murat Kabardokov, and Max Richter, while the historic stage hosted a performance of Khristof Pliev’s opera Kosta.

The following ensembles performed at the Mariinsky Theatre during the 2017/2018 season:
• the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra;
• the Andreyev State Russian Orchestra;
• Beijing Sunshine Art Delegation;
• Khon, Thai Mask Theatre;
• the Estonian National Opera;
• Collegium Vocale Gent;
• Peking Opera;
• Rastrelli Cello Quartet;
• the State Borodin Quartet;
• the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre;
• the Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble»;
• the Symphonica ARTica Symphony Orchestra;
• Orchestra MusicAeterna;
• the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan;
• the Prague Philharmonic Choir;
• the St Petersburg TV and Radio Children’s Chorus and the Grand Popov Children’s Chorus;
I Vocalisti Chamber Choir;
• the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the North Caucasus State Safonov Philharmonic;
• the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra;
• the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra;
Esbjerg Ensemble;
• the jazz trio Fusion Point;
• the Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra;
• the Treskatresk Quartet;
• the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Orchestra;
• AUN J Classic Orchestra;
• Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden;
• Chorus Teatro Regio Torino;
• the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center;
• Orfeón Pamplonés;
• the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

08.08.2018

Today is the closing day of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which ran from 24 July to 8 August at the venues of the Primorsky Stage

Today is the closing day of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which ran from 24 July to 8 August at the venues of the Primorsky Stage. Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades is the last performance on the festival’s playbill (8 August, 19.00). The production is staged by Yuri Temirkanov and stars Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Herman), Elena Stikhina (Liza), Larisa Diadkova (the Countess), Yulia Matochkina (Polina), Alexei Markov (Prince Yeletsky), and Roman Burdenko (Count Tomsky). The performance will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov.

Summary of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival
• 26 events held at 6 venues of Vladivostok and Ussuriysk;
• participants from 6 countries: Germany, South Korea, China, Russia, USA, Japan;
• leading ballet and opera soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre;
• famed conductors and renowned instrumentalists;
• new names: the fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program, the soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and Alexandra Dovgan, the winner of the Grand Piano Competition;
• 7 Far East premieres: 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, and 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 (based on the music by Antonio Vivaldi), and Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky;
• new educational projects of the Primorsky Stage entitled Scenic Introduction.

On 24 July, the festival opened with the Far East premiere of Ludwig Minkus’ ballet Don Quixote choreographed by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa’s original production. The lead roles were performed by the stellar dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet. The festival continued with the premiere of The Four Seasons ballet staged by Ilya Zhivoi, which was preceded by a new educational project of the Primorsky Stage entitled Scenic Introduction. The ballet part of the festival closed with the premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky. Such dancers as Ekaterina Kondaurova, Nadezhda Batoeva, Kristina Shapran, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov, and Konstantin Zverev starred in the festival’s performances.

The concert programme of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival opened with a performance of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (Germany) and the Chamber Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The festival’s playbill was graced with the performances of violinists Miura Fumiaki (Japan) and Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan), as well as the recitals of the young pianist Alexandra Dovgan. The symphony music part of the festival’s programme concluded with a monographic concert Mozart, where the violinist Yeol Eum Son (South Korea) played solo in Piano Concerto No. 20. The performance of Mozart’s Requiem featured the Atkins Young Artists Program fellows, Evelina Agabalaeva, soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the baton of Pavel Smelkov.

The highlight of the festival’s operatic programme was the premiere of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde conducted by Valery Gergiev (and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov). Valery Gergiev also conducted the concert performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Richard Strauss’ Salome. The main roles in the productions were performed by the leading Mariinsky Opera soloists and guest stars, including Elena Stikhina, Irina Churilova, Yulia Matochkina, Mikhail Vekua, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Roman Burdenko, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Yuri Vorobiev, and Mikhail Petrenko. The performances of Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Opera soloists at the Primorsky Stage were preceded by their on-tour concerts in Guangzhou (China), where they presented the production of Sergei Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky. The festival also hosted the Far East premiere of the opera Don Quichotte staged by Yannis Kokkos. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte (act I) was performed at the Primorsky Stage for the first time with the participation of the fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program. Other productions of the Primorsky Stage to be performed by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre at the festival include Georges Bizet’s Carmen staged by Daria Panteleeva and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades staged by Yuri Temirkanov.

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre’s season will continue with on-tour performances of the National Ballet of China and memorable productions from the theatre’s own repertoire, including such operas as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan and such ballets as Adolphe Adam’s Giselle, Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and many others. And on 11 September, the Primorsky Stage audiences will enjoy the premiere of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar's Bride staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev.

A quick reminder: the Primorsky Stage ballet is now successfully touring in St Petersburg, at the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The last on-tour performance, which will conclude the 2017/2018 season of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, is Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty (12 August).

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