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14.07.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre is pleased to announce the continuation of the Stars of the White Nights festival. Gradually returning to its previous intense schedule, the theatre is reviving performances for the public and plans to appear at two of its venues. This year, when the Mariinsky Theatre was forced to close its doors to the public for three months, the festival is taking place at an unusual time of the year though it does retain its concept of a musical celebration featuring the finest performers of the company as well as guest artists

• Concerts at the Mariinsky&nsp;II and the Concert Hall;
• The first opera performance with an audience;
• Broadcasts by the Mariinsky Theatre: 100 million hits. The Mariinsky Theatre is pleased to announce the continuation of the Stars of the White Nights festival. Gradually returning to its previous intense schedule, the theatre is reviving performances for the public and plans to appear at two of its venues.
This year, when the Mariinsky Theatre was forced to close its doors to the public for three months, the festival is taking place at an unusual time of the year though it does retain its concept of a musical celebration featuring the finest performers of the company as well as guest artists. From 14 to 19 July the playbill features eleven events suited to th most varied tastes: the first performance of an opera with an audience, ballet gala evenings with new programmes and concerts with young soloists and the theatre's music ensembles.
For the first time since the middle of March the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre is to open. In order to ensure public health and safety and observe the principle of chessboard seating, the number of seats is limited to 450.

On 14 July at the Mariinsky II under Valery Gergiev there will be a rare performance of Mascagni's opera Cavalleria rusticana. For the first time at the Mariinsky Theatre, the role of Santuzza is to be sung by Ekaterina Semenchuk, one of the world's greatest mezzo-sopranos. The singer will be partnered by Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Turiddu), Yekaterina Sergeyeva (Lola), Roman Burdenko (Alfio) and Elena Vitman (Mamma Lucia). On 17 July Ekaterina Semenchuk will also be appearing in recital at the Concert Hall. The original festival programme was to have featured a recital by the singer on this very day.

The first "non-concert-performance" will be Puccini's La Bohème, an opera about life filled with reverie and hopes. The production by Ian Judge, which has been performed for almost twenty years at the historic Mariinsky Theatre, is being moved to the Mariinsky II for the very first time. The lead roles are to be performed by Irina Churilova (Mimì), Violetta Lukyanenko (Musetta), Sergei Semishkur (Rodolfo) and Roman Burdenko (Marcello), the performance to be conducted by Christian Knapp.

At weekends at the Mariinsky II there will be further ballet gala concerts accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra. The divertissements are to include pieces from classical ballets, among them La Bayadère, Swan Lake, ballets by Michel Fokine and works by young choreographers staged for dancers in the company.
The playbill for the Concert Hall is to be adorned by the names of performers in various Mariinsky Theatre ensembles. On 16 July there will be a concert by one of the public's favourite theatre ensembles – Renaissance Percussion. The musicians, who are always remarkable for affording a fresh look at the traditional repertoire, are to perform original works, compositions from films and famous opera arias arranged for percussion.

On 18 and 19 July at the Concert Hall there will be a veritable musical marathon. At the matinee on Saturday, audiences will see the Mariinsky Chorus alongside Mariinsky Opera soloist Mikhail Petrenko. The accent of the programme will fall on Russian music, featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Gavrilin in addition to folk songs. At the evening concert it will be possible to hear Eva Gevorgyan, accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. A prize-winner at a huge number of international competitions, among them the Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth, and a participant at various music festivals, this young pianist first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre this winter at the Piano Festival, delighting audiences with her thoughtful nterpretations. In returning to St Petersburg, she brings with her a new work – Grieg's Piano Concerto.
The Sunday concerts will also be conducted by Valery Gergiev. The matinee features works by Rossini, Prokofiev, Debussy and Mendelssohn, while the evening programme includes Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and highlights from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden, the premiere of this production due to have taken place in April but postponed. The vocal roles are being rehearsed by the company's young soloists, among them Aigul Khismatullina, Ekaterina Sergeyeva, Alexander Mikhailov, Gamid Abdulov and Andrei Serov.
In order to ensure public health and safety, all concerts and performances will be presented without intervals, while the theatre will continue to observe special measures and the glove-and-face-covering regime.

Our work with virtual audiences also continues. It is noteworthy that in the period since 19 March the Mariinsky Theatre's online screenings and live broadcasts have amassed a total of more than 100 million hits.

13.07.2020

Live broadcasts and online screenings of videos from the archives of the Mariinsky Theatre have reached new heights – more than 100 million hits

Live broadcasts and online screenings of videos from the archives of the Mariinsky Theatre have reached new heights – more than 100 million hits.

For nearly four months, almost every evening the theatre has been coming on air and sharing specially chosen recordings and live broadcasts with audiences throughout the world on mariinsky.tv and via social networking websites. Over the period, there have been more than one hundred and thirty online screenings and several live broadcasts, each of which has proved particularly significant for the company.

"Each day, the Mariinsky Theatre is displaying the wealth of its treasure-house of recorded performances and concerts. Today we have reached an astounding figure – one hundred million hits and over one hundred countries from where audiences have been viewing these performances and concerts. We decided to make these months' viewing free of charge based on the notion that this generous step by the Mariinsky Theatre is very appropriate at this difficult time and will hopefully be viewed as a kind gesture which, at the same time, will form yet another message of good will from Russia," commented Valery Gergiev.

In returning to concerts and performances on the stage, the theatre will continue to broadcast – with new programmes and in a new regime. Please keep an eye on any announcements, as there is much of great interest still to come.

10.07.2020

The box-offices of the Mariinsky Theatre will remain closed until 26 July 2020 in accordance with Resolutions Nos 121 and 490 of the Government of St Petersburg on measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in St Petersburg.
Performances and concerts planned for the period from 18 March 2020 have been postponed to later dates this current season and the next in accordance with the following timetable. Tickets for postponed performances and concerts remain valid and need not be returned. Should you wish to return tickets, this is how to do so.

The box-offices of the Mariinsky Theatre will remain closed until 26 July 2020 in accordance with Resolutions Nos 121 and 490 of the Government of St Petersburg on measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in St Petersburg.

Performances and concerts planned for the period from 18 March 2020 have been postponed to later dates this current season and the next in accordance with the following timetable. Tickets for postponed performances and concerts remain valid and need not be returned. Should you wish to return tickets, this is how to do so.

For any questions that arise please contact the information service between 11.00 and 19.00 by phoning +7-812-3264141 or by messaging tickets@mariinsky.ru.

The Mariinsky Theatre is planning to host its traditional Stars of the White Nights summer festival. The festival programme and dates will be announced in due course.

We would like to thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you once again in our auditoriums, while in the meantime we would like to remind you of the online broadcasts on the platform mariinsky.tv, where we continue to screen recordings of the Mariinsky Theatre’s finest productions and concerts.

07.07.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre is slowly returning to its audiences and from 7 to 12 July will be offering an intense music programme as part of the Stars of the White Nights festival: concert performances of classical operas – Iolanta, Il trovatore and Samson et Dalila – featuring the Mariinsky Opera's finest singers, appearances by Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev and the first ballet gala concerts

• Daily events: eight concerts in six days;
• Appearances by Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev;
• The world's first ballet galas with audiences present following an enforced break;
• Classical opera performed by stars of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The Mariinsky Theatre is slowly returning to its audiences and from 7 to 12 July will be offering an intense music programme as part of the Stars of the White Nights festival: concert performances of classical operas – Iolanta, Il trovatore and Samson et Dalila – featuring the Mariinsky Opera's finest singers, appearances by Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev and the first ballet gala concerts.

The theatre week begins with two opera evenings, at which audiences can expect to see truly stellar casts. On 7 July there will be a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, dedicated to this year's commemorations marking one hundred and eighty years since the composer's birth. The title role will be sung by Irina Churilova, while she will be partnered by Stanislav Trofimov (René, King of Provence), Sergei Skorokhodov (Count Vaudémont), Alexei Markov (Robert) and Vladislav Sulimsky (Ibn-Hakia). On 8 July Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore will amass another outstanding cast: Tatiana Serjan as Leonora, Ekaterina Semenchuk as Azucena, Najmiddin Mavlyanov as Manrico and Vladislav Sulimsky as the Conte di Luna. Valery Gergiev will be conducting on both evenings.

At the festival on 9 and 10 July there will be a performance by the Mariinsky Theatre's longstanding friend Denis Matsuev, one of Russia's greatest living pianists. On 9 July together with the orchestra under Valery Gergiev he will be performing Dmitry Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto. The programme also includes Rodion Shchedrin's Naughty Limericks and the suite from the ballet Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse) as well as Anatoly Lyadov's Kikimora. On the second evening, Matsuev will be presenting a recital programme featuring works by Robert Schumann, Sergei Prokofiev, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky.

At the matinee on Saturday the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting another opera – a concert performance of Camille Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila, while in the evening and on Sunday dance fans can expect to see three gala concerts with stars of the Mariinsky Ballet and the next generation of young performers who have already made a name for themselves. Choreographic miniatures, scenes from ballet classics and contemporary works will be performed by Ekaterina Kondaurova, Oxana Skorik, Alina Somova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Olesya Novikova, Maria Khoreva, Maria Ilyushkina, Timur Askerov, Anderi Yermakov, Kimin Kim, Xander Parish, Vladimir Shklyarov, Konstantin Zverev and Alexander Sergeyev among others. For the company, these performances will be of particular importance as the dancers have not appeared on the stage for more than three months, and the Mariinsky Theatre is the first to have resolved to present a ballet gala for its audiences after such a lengthy break.

All events are to be held at the Mariinsky II, where particular health and safety measures will be employed; these have been developed in collaboration with Russia's Consumer Protection Association. Moreover, the number of seats available is limited to 1,000, with patrons being seated in a chessboard pattern and the use of means of individual protection will be a prerequisite throughout the audience being present in the building.

In returning to performances on the stage, the Mariinsky Theatre plans gradually to reduce the number of online screenings of recordings, which since 19 March have received almost a hundred million hits, and to broadcast live events. Today at 19.00 Moscow Time on mariinsky.tv and via the theatre's social networking sites it will be possible to see a live broadcast of Iolanta.

06.07.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre is delighted to announce the continuation of the Stars of the White Nights festival. Soon the Mariinsky's venues will see a major series of events featuring lead soloists of the opera and ballet companies, the orchestra and guest musicians. Since 19 March, the daily online broadcasts on the platform mariinsky.tv and on the social networking sites have amassed almost 100 million hits, and in returning to its concert programmes, the theatre is planning a gradual reduction in the number of screenings of recorded performances, moving to broadcasting live online.
The first event is to be a concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta which will take place on 7 July and which will mark 180 years since the birth of the composer

The Mariinsky Theatre is delighted to announce the continuation of the Stars of the White Nights festival. Soon the Mariinsky's venues will see a major series of events featuring lead soloists of the opera and ballet companies, the orchestra and guest musicians. Since 19 March, the daily online broadcasts on the platform mariinsky.tv and on the social networking sites have amassed almost 100 million hits, and in returning to its concert programmes, the theatre is planning a gradual reduction in the number of screenings of recorded performances, moving to broadcasting live online.

The first event is to be a concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta which will take place on 7 July and which will mark 180 years since the birth of the composer. The lead roles are to be performed by a strong cast featuring the finest soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, among them Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Stanislav Trofimov (René, King of Provence), Sergei Skorokhodov (Count Vaudémont), Alexei Markov (Robert) and Vladislav Sulimsky (Ibn-Hakia). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Public safety will be ensured through special measures developed together with Russia's Federal Service for Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare and which were tested at the opening of the festival on 20 June as part of a trial regime. At the Mariinsky II, which seats 2000, up to 1000 people may attend. On entering the theatre patrons will have their temperature taken, and in the foyer prior to the start of the performance they must observe social distancing; in the auditorium, the principle of "chessboard seating" will be in use, while the use of individual means of protection will be a mandatory requirement throughout audience presence in the building (members of the public without face coverings and gloves will be denied entry to the theatre). It should be noted that all performers and theatre staff who will be present at this performance have previously been tested.

In planning the programme of the Stars of the White Nights festival, the Mariinsky Theatre has reacted to requests from the public who have been with the theatre and supported its staff throughout these three months – the public may look forward to a rich and intense programme, seeing their favourite performers and many surprises. The dates of other festival events will be announced soon. Tickets may be acquired on the official website www.mariinsky.ru.

06.07.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre is once again delighted to be able to invite audiences to its auditoriums to attend events of the XXVIII Stars of the White Nights Music Festival. The playbill for the next week will feature the names of stars of opera and ballet as well as solo musicians. The theatre will be presenting the greatest performers of its companies as well as inviting major Russian musicians to appear at concerts. All events attended by audiences will see the strict observance of the necessary health and safety norms in order to ensure the well-being of the public. Moreover, the theatre is preparing to screen live online broadcasts on mariinsky.tv and via social networks.
The programme and dates of upcoming festival events will be announced tomorrow. Please follow any announcements

The Mariinsky Theatre is once again delighted to be able to invite audiences to its auditoriums to attend events of the XXVIII Stars of the White Nights Music Festival. The playbill for the next week will feature the names of stars of opera and ballet as well as solo musicians. The theatre will be presenting the greatest performers of its companies as well as inviting major Russian musicians to appear at concerts. All events attended by audiences will see the strict observance of the necessary health and safety norms in order to ensure the well-being of the public. Moreover, the theatre is preparing to screen live online broadcasts on mariinsky.tv and via social networks.
The programme and dates of upcoming festival events will be announced tomorrow. Please follow any announcements.

29.06.2020

Since 19 March when the Mariinsky Theatre launched its series of daily online broadcasts the total number of hits has now reached 90.9 million; at least 74 million of those have been by viewers from Russia.
On 29 June mariinsky.tv will be showing a recording of a concert performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Tsar's Bride. The vocal roles in this recording from 2016 are sung by Olga Trifonova (Marfa), Olga Borodina (Lyubasha), Yevgeny Akimov (Ivan Lykov), Alexei Markov (Grigory Gryaznoi), Stanislav Trofimov (Vasily Sobakin) and Vladimir Feliauer (Malyuta Skuratov). The Mariinsky Orchestra was conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Since 19 March when the Mariinsky Theatre launched its series of daily online broadcasts the total number of hits has now reached 90.9 million; at least 74 million of those have been by viewers from Russia.

For three months now, each evening the theatre has been on the air, with two broadcasts on Saturdays – matinees for younger audiences and family viewing and evening performances for a wider audience. Over this period, mariinsky.tv has run over one hundred and twenty online broadcasts, ranging from the classical repertoire to unique concert projects, most of which have been conducted by Valery Gergiev. In expanding its online programming, the theatre has enriched it with classical ballets, educational projects and documentary films. Events of particular significance since 19 March have been the first live broadcasts that took place on 20 June from the Mariinsky II as part of gala concerts of the Stars of the White Nights festival.

"Not for a single day have we ceased to interact with our public. A huge number of people, starting on 19 March, have seen our broadcasts. We have reached amazing numbers. Even in the face of the most optimistic prognoses I did not expect that so many people would watch our opera and ballet productions and various concerts filmed both very recently and several seasons ago. Personally I have found it of great interest to work on preparations for these broadcasts. I have been listening to an incredible number of our recordings," said Valery Gergiev.

On 29 June mariinsky.tv will be showing a recording of a concert performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Tsar's Bride. The vocal roles in this recording from 2016 are sung by Olga Trifonova (Marfa), Olga Borodina (Lyubasha), Yevgeny Akimov (Ivan Lykov), Alexei Markov (Grigory Gryaznoi), Stanislav Trofimov (Vasily Sobakin) and Vladimir Feliauer (Malyuta Skuratov). The Mariinsky Orchestra was conducted by Valery Gergiev.

25.06.2020

On 25 June at 20.00 Moscow Time mariinsky.tv and the international cultural project Russian Seasons will together be broadcasting the "concert with a message" A Cultural Bridge Remembered, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The recording will be broadcast via numerous streaming services throughout the world, and works by composers from Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States will provide that cultural bridge that unites us all

On 25 June at 20.00 Moscow Time mariinsky.tv and the international cultural project Russian Seasons will together be broadcasting the "concert with a message" A Cultural Bridge Remembered, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The recording will be broadcast via numerous streaming services throughout the world, and works by composers from Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States will provide that cultural bridge that unites us all.

The concert will see the participation of musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra – both acclaimed and young artistes, Mariinsky Opera soloist Elena Stikhina (soprano) and choreographer Vladimir Varnava, who has staged and performed a short piece especially for this project. They will be joined by famed Russian pianist Denis Matsuev and the German cellist Jens Peter Maintz, one of the pieces to be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The programme is based on works written during the Second World War by composers from Russia, France, Great Britain and the USA. It is to include highlights from Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano by Francis Poulenc, String Quartet No 2 by Benjamin Britten, the song cycle Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson by Aaron Copland, Piano Sonata No 7 by Sergei Prokofiev performed by Denis Matsuev and Suite for Cello Solo No 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.

"Music and art, culture in general, have always brought people together. Through this 'concert with a message', addressed to the entire world, we intend once again to stress that mankind must do everything possible that the horrific events of the Second World War seventy-five years ago are never repeated. And the music, beautiful and serene, that was written by and is still being written by great composers helps us better live our own lives," commented Valery Gergiev. Prior to the concert there will be words of welcome by representatives of the embassies of the USA, Germany, France, Great Britain and Russia (in Germany), together with which this project has been brought about. The broadcast will be available to view on mariinsky.tv, via the social networks VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and Facebook, on the Mariinsky Theatre's YouTube channel and also on the site of the Russian Seasons festival as part of the project Stay Home with Russian Seasons and on various European streaming platforms.

22.06.2020

On 22 June at 19.00 Moscow Time mariinsky.tv will be screening repeats of two opera gala concerts which took place on 20 June at the Mariinsky II and opened the Stars of the White Nights festival. That event proved important for the city, the theatre, the audience and particularly for the performers. This was the first time since 19 March that the performers appeared together on the stage for the public. For these concerts the theatre amassed its finest performers, while the soloists rehearsed arias that they had never sung before at the Mariinsky Theatre in addition to completely new pieces, studied and learnt during the period of self-isolation

On 22 June at 19.00 Moscow Time mariinsky.tv will be screening repeats of two opera gala concerts which took place on 20 June at the Mariinsky II and opened the Stars of the White Nights festival. That event proved important for the city, the theatre, the audience and particularly for the performers. This was the first time since 19 March that the performers appeared together on the stage for the public. For these concerts the theatre amassed its finest performers, while the soloists rehearsed arias that they had never sung before at the Mariinsky Theatre in addition to completely new pieces, studied and learnt during the period of self-isolation.

The matinee, dedicated to doctors, featured music by Strauss, Gounod, Giordano, Rossini and Massenet performed by maestro Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, among them Oxana Shilova, Gamila Abdulova, Alexandra Mikhailova, Anna Denisova, Maria Bayankina, Roman Burdenko, Anna Kiknadze and Elena Stikhina.

For the evening concert, the orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev appeared with Vladislav Sulimsky, Irina Churilova, Yevgeny Nikitin, Alexei Markov, Olga Pudova, Mikhail Petrenko, Tatiana Serjan, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Sergei Skorokhodov. The programme features arias from operas by Giordano, Ponchielli, Wagner, Puccini, Delibes, Massenet and Tchaikovsky. The online screening of the gala concerts will be accessible on mariinsky.tv, via the social networking sites VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and Facebook as well as on the Mariinsky Theatre's YouTube channel. The videos will remain accessible for twenty-four hours after the start of the broadcasts.

20.06.2020

On 20 June the Mariinsky Theatre is opening its doors to the public for the first time in three months and will be hosting two concerts. The theatre's first honorary guests will be medical professionals from St Petersburg

On 20 June the Mariinsky Theatre is opening its doors to the public for the first time in three months and will be hosting two concerts. The theatre's first honorary guests will be medical professionals from St Petersburg.

The charity matinee will take place at the Mariinsky II at 16.00 Moscow Time. In an expression of gratitude, on this day the theatre has invited doctors and other medical professionals who are helping the city through this severe trial and who are continuing to save the lives of those people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The evening concert at 20.00 Moscow Time is intended for all lovers of classical music and theatre-goers alike. Tickets may be acquired via the official website mariinsky.ru.

Both events will be taking place as part of the Stars of the White Nights festival, which had been due to open on 17 May, and will prove significant for the city, for the theatre, for audiences and in particular for the performers. Since 19 March this will mark their first meeting together on the stage for a performance. For these concerts the theatre has assembled its greatest performers – top soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra. The roles are being rehearsed by Maria Bayankina, Anna Denisova, Olga Pudova, Tatiana Serjan, Elena Stikhina, Irina Churilova, Oxana Shilova, Anna Kiknadze, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Alexander Mikhailov, Sergei Skorokhodov, Gamid Abdulov, Roman Burdenko, Alexei Markov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Yevgeny Nikitin and Mikhail Petrenko. Both programmes are to be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of patrons while attending the theatre special measures will be in place. First, audience numbers will be limited at each concert – no more than 500 at the Mariinsky II which has a capacity of over 1900. When entering the theatre patrons will have their temperature measured, and on entry and in the foyer prior to the start of the events they must observe social distancing; the auditorium will observe the principle of "chessboard" seating, while the use of means of individual protection will be a condition throughout time spent within the building (patrons without face masks and gloves will not be permitted to enter). Between the matinee and the evening programmes all surfaces will be carefully disinfected, and the auditorium and backstage spaces will also be thoroughly ventilated. It should be noted that all performers and theatre staff who will be present at the events on 20 June have been tested in advance.

For those who are unable to attend the concerts but do not wish to miss them they will be accessible online on mariinsky.tv and via the theatre's social networking sites. This will be the first live screening since 19 March.

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