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19.09.2020

From 19 to 22 September, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will be presenting a series of concerts in Italy and Switzerland. Over the course of four days, the ensemble will appear in Rimini, Merano, Lugano and Basel. On the eve of the tour with the St Petersburg orchestra, Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker, while after the tour he will present a series of concerts with the Münchner Philharmoniker

From 19 to 22 September, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will be presenting a series of concerts in Italy and Switzerland. Over the course of four days, the ensemble will appear in Rimini, Merano, Lugano and Basel. On the eve of the tour with the St Petersburg orchestra, Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker, while after the tour he will present a series of concerts with the Münchner Philharmoniker.

On 19 and 20 September at the Teatro Amintore Galli (Rimini) and at the annual Settimane Musicali Meranesi festival in South Tyrol, under the baton of Valery Gergiev the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform the overture from Rossini's opera Guglielmo Tell, Scriabin's Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Sixth (Pastoral) Symphony. The inclusion of this grand symphony score in the programme is in part because of an anniversary date – two hundred and fifty years since the composer's birth. For the third time, Scriabin's concerto is to be performed at Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC), where the programme also features the Fourth (Italian) Symphony by Mendelssohn and Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte. On all three evenings, the solo in the piano concerto will be performed by the young pianist Abisal Gergiev. The final day of the tour will be held in Basel. There the Mariinsky Orchestra will be presenting works by Rossini, Ravel and Mendelssohn in addition to Prokofiev's First (Classical) Symphony.

Moreover, on 18 September Valery Gergiev will be participating in the Wiener Philharmoniker's famous Sommernachtskonzert, which this year was moved from the summer months to the autumn. In line with tradition, this open-air concert in the park of Schönbrunn Palace (Vienna) has a theme. For 2020, the organisers have dedicated the evening to the theme of love, the programme to include selected symphonic highlights and arias from operas by Richard Strauss, Giacomo Puccini, Jules Massenet, Jacques Offenbach and Richard Wagner as well as excerpts from Aram Khachaturian's ballet Spartacus and Maurice Jarre's suite from music for the film Doctor Zhivago. The involvement of renowned musicians forms yet another tradition. This year, Valery Gergiev, who will be leading the Wiener Philharmoniker for the fourth time in the history of the concerts, and the orchestra will be joined by the acclaimed German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

The broadcast of the concert will be accessible via the European TV stations ORF 2 and 3sat, while on 20 September it may also be seen on Russia's Kultura TV.

17.09.2020

On 24 September the historic Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the long-anticipated premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's ballet Seven Sonatas to music by Domenico Scarlatti. The programme for the evening will also include productions by the choreographer that were revived last season – Pierrot Lunaire to music by Arnold Schoenberg and Concerto DSCH set to Dmitry Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto

On 24 September the historic Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the long-anticipated premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's ballet Seven Sonatas to music by Domenico Scarlatti. The programme for the evening will also include productions by the choreographer that were revived last season – Pierrot Lunaire to music by Arnold Schoenberg and Concerto DSCH set to Dmitry Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto.

Seven Sonatas – a subtly refined lacework tracery of dance for three couples which reacts sensitively to each and every note of Scarlatti's music – was created in 2009 for American Ballet Theatre. Last season, the Mariinsky Ballet rehearsed this production for the Mariinsky ballet festival due to be held in March, though due to the enforced break in the theatre's on-stage activities this had to be postponed. At that time, the dancers rehearsed the choreographic text with Stella Abrera, one of the first to appear in the ballet. Their work was not brought to a standstill by the closure of international borders: now, as last season, Alexei Ratmansky has been making amendments by video link from New York, thus attending almost every rehearsal. The roles are being rehearsed by Ekaterina Kondaurova and Roman Belyakov, Maria Khoreva and Philipp Stepin and Alina Somova and Roman Malyshev.

The two ballets that are to frame the premiere which the theatre succeeded in showing the public in spring at the opening of the Mariinsky festival are now to be performed with new soloists: Pierrot Lunaire will feature Viktoria Tereshkina and Kimin Kim for the first time, while Concerto DSCH will feature Xander Parish. Varied in their musical material (Schoenberg, Scarlatti and Shostakovich) and contrasting in their emotional colour and atmosphere, the three productions by Ratmansky reveal the recognisable signature of a choreographer for whom movement and refined dance combinations are born directly from the music.

11.09.2020

A run continues of the first performances of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden staged by Anna Matison and created by the acclaimed set-design tandem of Alexander Orlov and Irina Cherednikova. On Saturday 12 September at 19.00 and on Sunday 13 September at 12.00 and 19.00, the opera will be presented for the first time in a new version that has been adapted for family audiences (lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes). Having made several cuts to the music, the production team has nevertheless succeeded in retaining the integrity of Rimsky-Korsakov's musical canvas as well as the narrative of the opera itself, focussing attention on the most important aspects of the protagonists' interrelations. Now this new stage reading of this musically and dramatically rich and intense fairytale may be judged by younger audiences among others

A run continues of the first performances of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden staged by Anna Matison and created by the acclaimed set-design tandem of Alexander Orlov and Irina Cherednikova. On Saturday 12 September at 19.00 and on Sunday 13 September at 12.00 and 19.00, the opera will be presented for the first time in a new version that has been adapted for family audiences (lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes). Having made several cuts to the music, the production team has nevertheless succeeded in retaining the integrity of Rimsky-Korsakov's musical canvas as well as the narrative of the opera itself, focussing attention on the most important aspects of the protagonists' interrelations. Now this new stage reading of this musically and dramatically rich and intense fairytale may be judged by younger audiences among others.

The premiere of The Snow Maiden which took place last week proved a veritable sensation among the public and resulted in several discoveries among the performers of the lead roles – both those making their debuts and those who had already appeared in a previous production by Alexander Galibin but who have been able to reveal their art in new ways in this new version. The casts of the first performances may also be seen in upcoming performances of the adapted version.

04.09.2020

On 7 September the Marinsky Theatre opens the 2020-21 season. On that evening the Mariinsky-II will host a premiere performance of a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden conducted by Valery Gergiev (the production by Anna Matison will see its debut on 4 September). The season at the Concert Hall commences with the French virtuoso Lucas Debargue who was revealed to the world following the XV Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015

On 7 September the Marinsky Theatre opens the 2020-21 season. On that evening the Mariinsky-II will host a premiere performance of a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden conducted by Valery Gergiev (the production by Anna Matison will see its debut on 4 September). The season at the Concert Hall commences with the French virtuoso Lucas Debargue who was revealed to the world following the XV Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015.

For his recital the pianist has selected sonatas by Scarlatti – an outstanding composer of the Baroque era and a herald of musical classicism. The sonatas will be interlaced with consonant works by Lucas Debargue himself: Prelude and Fugue in G minor and Toccata in B minor, in addition to works by the contemporary French composer Stéphane Delplace. The concert will be framed by works by Bach and Scarlatti, his contemporary: Toccata No 2 in C minor and Concerto Italiano in F major.

The September playbill also includes performances and concerts transferred from spring months in addition to several special events. On her birthday on 18 September Anna Netrebko will be performing the role of Tatiana in the opera Eugene Onegin at the Mariinsky Theatre. She will be accompanied by a stellar cast including Ekaterina Semenchuk (Olga), Alexei Markov (Eugene Onegin), Sergei Skorokhodov (Lensky) and Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Gremin). Tchaikovsky's masterpiece after the novel-in-verse by Pushkin will be performed using the 1982 production by Yuri Temirkanov.

On 24 September audiences may look forward to a ballet premiere – Alexei Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas to music by Scarlatti. Created in 2009 for American Ballet Theatre (ABT), the production was transferred to the Mariinsky Theatre this spring for the traditional ballet festival, though the company was unable to present it to the public due to the cancellation of crowd events. As had been initially envisioned, the premiere will take place as part of an evening of ballets by Ratmansky, also to include Pierrot Lunaire featuring Viktoria Tereshkina and Kimin Kim and Concerto DSCH featuring Kimin Kim and Xander Parish.

As the 2020-21 season opens at the Mariinsky Theatre, current health and safety measures remain in force: temperatures to be measured on entering the theatre, the mandatory use of face-coverings and gloves and the requirement to observe social distancing throughout audience attendance within the theatre.

03.09.2020

On 6 September the XXVIII Stars of the White Nights music festival and the 2019-20 theatre season will draw to a close at the Mariinsky Theatre. The music forum, the first in Russia to open on 20 June following an enforced interruption and now unprecedented in terms of scale, has lasted more than two months. Over this period, the Mariinsky Theatre's venues have hosted over one hundred and ten events

On 6 September the XXVIII Stars of the White Nights music festival and the 2019-20 theatre season will draw to a close at the Mariinsky Theatre. The music forum, the first in Russia to open on 20 June following an enforced interruption and now unprecedented in terms of scale, has lasted more than two months. Over this period, the Mariinsky Theatre's venues have hosted over one hundred and ten events.

The theatre will already be launching its new season on 7 September with a performance of a new production of the opera The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov staged by Anna Matison. Also within the first ten days of the 2020-21 season, audiences may look forward to seeing Anna Netrebko. On 18 September, the singer's birthday, she will be appearing at the historic theatre as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin (directed by Yuri Temirkanov). Also featuring in the lead roles will be Alexei Markov (Eugene Onegin), Sergei Skorokhodov (Lensky) and Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Gremin). Ticket sales for this performance will open soon.

For the closing days of the Stars of the White Nights festival, the theatre has prepared a rich and intense programme for audiences: the premiere of a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden (4 September) and a performance of a revival of The Fiery Angel by Prokofiev to be conducted by Valery Gergiev (2 September), concerts by virtuoso pianist Daniil Trifonov (3 and 4 September), gala concerts and an evening of one-act ballets. On 6 September the Stars of the White Nights will be closing simultaneously at the Mariinsky Theatre's three venues: at the historic theatre there will be a performance of Verdi's opera Rigoletto featuring Vladislav Sulimsky, Albina Shagimuratova and Mikhail Petrenko, at the Mariinsky II there will be an evening of one-act ballets with Viktoria Tereshkina, Ekaterina Kondaurova and Kimin Kim, and the Concert Hall will be hosting the final evening of the series All Tchaikovsky Romances which has been prepared by the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

Regardless of the unusual conditions in which the festival has been held this year, the theatre has strived to retain the atmosphere of a musical celebration rich in events. The playbill for the Stars of the White Nights featured the names of Olga Peretyatko, Tatiana Serjan, Elena Stikhina, Albina Shagimuratova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Yevgeny Nikitin, Ildar Abdrazakov, Mikhail Petrenko, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Oxana Skorik, Alina Somova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Xander Parish and Vladimir Shklyarov. Festival guests included such famous musicians as the pianists Nikolai Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Dmitry Masleev, Daniil Trifonov and Andrei Korobeinikov and the violinists Vadim Repin, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici and Pavel Milyukov as well as young talents as Eva Gevorgyan, Alexandra Dovgan, Abisal Gergiev, Arseny Mun and the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to its traditional programme, the theatre continued its online work by broadcasting several festival events and screening its finest recordings.

When planning the playbill for the new season, the Mariinsky Theatre has made maximum efforts to present as many cancelled performances as possible with the previously announced casts so that audiences may have the opportunity to see these productions with their favourite performers. The 2020-21 season will see continued compliance with health and safety measures currently in force: chessboard-style seating in the auditoriums, the mandatory use of face coverings and gloves and the requirement to observe social distancing throughout audience presence in theatre buildings.

30.08.2020

On 3 and 4 September the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting performances by Daniil Trifonov, a virtuoso pianist, composer, winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition (2011) and recipient of a Grammy music award (2018) in addition to being named Artist of the Year by Musical America magazine (2019)

On 3 and 4 September the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting performances by Daniil Trifonov, a virtuoso pianist, composer, winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition (2011) and recipient of a Grammy music award (2018) in addition to being named Artist of the Year by Musical America magazine (2019).

Together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, on 3 September the musician will present Piano Concerto No 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven – one of only a handful of the composer's works that delighted the public during his lifetime. The second half of the concert will feature symphony music. The full programme will be announced at a later date.

For a recital the following evening, Trifonov will be performing the acme of Bach's counterpoint – The Art of the Fugue. The pianist included this opus in his extensive repertoire only recently, yet he has already performed it to great acclaim at major music venues in the USA. He is to present the cycle in St Petersburg for the first time.

30.08.2020

The playbill of the Stars of the White Nights festival is to feature evenings of one-act ballets and gala concerts with stars of the Mariinsky Ballet and young dancers already making their presence known. The first performances are to take place in early September

The playbill of the Stars of the White Nights festival is to feature evenings of one-act ballets and gala concerts with stars of the Mariinsky Ballet and young dancers already making their presence known. The first performances are to take place in early September.

On 3 and 4 September the gala evenings commence with Alberto Alonso's highly acclaimed one-act ballet Carmen-Suite performed by Ekaterina Kondaurova, Andrei Yermakov and Roman Belyakov (3 September) and by Oxana Skorik, Ivan Oskorbin and Roman Belyakov (4 September). The programmes also include masterpieces by Michel Fokine: Le Spectre de la rose, in which Philipp Stepin will be partnered on the different days by the company's young soloists Daria Ionova and Camilla Mazzi, The Dying Swan, to feature Oxana Skorik then Kristina Shapran, and the adagio from the ballet The Firebird with Anastasia Nuikina and Vsevolod Mayevsky. Maria Ilyushkina, recently promoted to the rank of second soloist, will be appearing in the Pas d’action from the ballet Le Corsaire together with the company's principal dancers Timur Askerov and Kimin Kim, Maria Khoreva and Yevgeny Konovalov will be performing the Act III pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty and Yekaterina Osmolkina and Maxim Zyuzin will feature in one of ballet's most romantic scenes – the duet from Act I of Romeo and Juliet. The evening of 4 September will also include the pas de deux from Giselle with Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish and the adagio from the ballet Spartacus with Anastasia Matvienko and Danila Korsuntsev. Contemporary works to be performed include Ilya Zhivoi's A Flashback, staged for Ekaterina Kondaurova and Roman Belyakov for a gala at London's Coliseum, and Eric Gauthier's Ballet-101 performed by Xander Parish, in which ballet technique is literally broken down into its individual component parts in a light and ironic manner.

On 5 and 6 September audiences can look forward to one-act ballets about a fateful meeting with one's destiny. Again, the passion-filled Carmen-Suite will be performed, the title role to be danced by the theatre's principals Viktoria Tereshkina and Ekaterina Kondaurova, as will Roland Petit's post-war masterpiece Le Jeune Homme et la mort featuring Kimin Kim and Philipp Stepin as the young artist.

26.08.2020

On 4, 7 and 8 September the Mariinsky Theatre is inviting the public to a long-awaited premiere - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden based on the eponymous play by Alexander Ostrovsky. The production, originally scheduled for April this year, had to be put back due to the coronavirus pandemic, but having resumed work the theatre has once again returned to this opus and revived the rehearsal process in the current new conditions

On 4, 7 and 8 September the Mariinsky Theatre is inviting the public to a long-awaited premiere - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden based on the eponymous play by Alexander Ostrovsky. The production, originally scheduled for April this year, had to be put back due to the coronavirus pandemic, but having resumed work the theatre has once again returned to this opus and revived the rehearsal process in the current new conditions.

Since the world premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1882, The Snow Maiden has returned to that stage on numerous occasions. The new production team features names known principally to St Petersburg theatre-goers. The stage director is Anna Matison, for whom this will be her third opera at the Mariinsky Theatre following The Golden Cockerel also by Rimsky-Korsakov and Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy. The production is being designed by an acclaimed artistic tandem: set designer Alexander Orlov and costume designer Irina Cherednikova, who have worked on a dozen productions at the Mariinsky, while the choreography is being created by Radu Poklitaru and Ilya Zhivoi, whose own ballets have been successfully staged at the theatre's various venues.

Speaking about The Snow Maiden, Anna Matison admits that her production is not a magical fairytale at all, and she offers us a different view of Berendey's kingdom and Snegurochka. "The Snow Maiden only appears to be a simple plot, though as soon as you begin to strip it down you very quickly have to abandon the thought that you are facing a children's story," the stage director says. "And so, while within a fairytale space, we will be speaking about things that have secondary and tertiary meanings with Ostrovsky. We have focussed on the theme of the contrast between Snegurochka and the masses of people. The masses that these people have become do not wish to recognise the problem within themselves, because it is much easier to find some external enemy. Even if that enemy is Snegurochka, appearing to people as a chance at salvation."

For the premiere's music director and conductor Valery Gergiev, the new production marks yet another occasion of returning to this colourful score by this composer who is so important for the theatre and introducing audiences to the company's younger performers.

Roles are being rehearsed by:
Snow Maiden – Aigul Khismatullina, Anna Denisova, Olga Pudova, Kristina Alieva; 
Kupava – Maria Bayankina, Ekaterina Sannikova, Maria Solovyova, Gelena Gaskarova, Zhanna Dombrovskaya;
Lel – Artyom Krutko, Yekaterina Sergeyeva, Svetlana Kapicheva; 
Mizgir – Alexei Markov, Vladislav Kupriyanov, Gamid Abdulov, Yefim Zavalny; 
Tsar Berendey – Yevgeny Akimov, Alexander Mikhailov, Andrei Popov, Yevgeny Akhmedov; 
Bonny Spring – Anna Kiknadze, Yekaterina Krapivina, Irina Shishkova, Natalia Yevstafieva, Varvara Solovyova; 
Father Frost – Andrei Serov, Mikhail Kolelishvili, Vadim Kravets, Alexander Morozov.

23.08.2020

Ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia is looking for professional dancers (maximum age: 28) for the positions of the Corp de ballet, Soloists and Principal dancers

Ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia is looking for professional dancers (maximum age: 28) for the positions of the Corp de ballet, Soloists and Principal dancers.

Strong classical technique is required.

Auditions by invitation only!

Please send applications with video of ballet class (8-10 min.long), classical variations and CV to: Marina Cherkasova at audition.ballet@mariinsky.ru

21.08.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre's venues are continuing to host the Stars of the White Nights festival, the playbill for which will see the inclusion of popular operas next week, while the theatre's rehearsal spaces are actively preparing for a forthcoming premiere – Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden directed by Anna Matison

The Mariinsky Theatre's venues are continuing to host the Stars of the White Nights festival, the playbill for which will see the inclusion of popular operas next week, while the theatre's rehearsal spaces are actively preparing for a forthcoming premiere – Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden directed by Anna Matison.

Operas to be performed once again include works that have delighted audiences throughout the world: the comic and sparkling Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart and L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti, the benchmarks of Verdian melodrama – Aida and Il trovatore – in which the lead roles will be sung by Tatiana Serjan and Alexei Markov, the magnificent French classics Carmen by Bizet and Faust by Gounod as well as Leoncavallo's I pagliacci.

The theme of Prokofiev, set by a revival of The Fiery Angel (23 and 24 August), will be continued with The Gambler. On 21 August at 19.00 this opera may be seen on mariinsky.tv, while on 27 August there will be a live performance at the historic theatre featuring Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Sergei Semishkur and Yekaterina Sergeyeva.

Next week, the playbill for the Concert Hall will feature the continuation of a series of evenings of chamber music encompassing all of Tchaikovsky's romances and an appearance by the Mariinsky Orchestra with typically lively programmes.

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