21.04.2017

In April and May the playbill of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is crammed with exciting events: premiere performances of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto (21 and 23 April), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty (26, 27 and 28 May and 2 and 4 June), performances by Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, "Korean phenomenon" Seong-Jin Cho and concerts as part of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival

In April and May the playbill of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is crammed with exciting events: premiere performances of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto (21 and 23 April), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty (26, 27 and 28 May and 2 and 4 June), performances by Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, "Korean phenomenon" Seong-Jin Cho and concerts as part of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival.

On 21 and 23 the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will present a premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto staged by Irkin Gabitov (production transferred from the historic Mariinsky Theatre to Vladivostok). The first performances will mark the stage director's seventieth birthday. To close the season the production will be performed again on 1 June. Pavel Smelkov will be conducting.

In April and May the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be one of the venues for the XVI Moscow Easter Festival directed by Valery Gergiev. Here on 18 April the Combined Chorus of the Metropolitan See will perform under Lyudmila Makarenko. On 2 and 4 May as part of the festival's symphony programme, at the Bolshoi Hall there will be concerts featuring the outstanding South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho. On 2 May he will present a recital programme, while on 4 May with the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre he will appear under the baton of Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang.

A key May event will be the grandiose premiere of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty (26, 27 and 28 May and 2 and 4 June), which will end the season at the Primorsky Stage. This colourful and vast production with classical choreography by Marius Petipa revised by Konstantin Sergeyev and sets and costumes after sketches by People's Artist of Russia Vyacheslav Okunev is being rehearsed in Vladivostok as past of the Russian Seasons programme and on the eve of the Year of Cultural Exchange between Russia and Japan. The performances will feature ballet dancers from Japan.

The intense repertoire playbill of the Primorsky Stage in April and May will present audiences with fafourite operas: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (1 May) and Bastien und Bastienne (23 April, 7 May and 4 June), Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata (14 April and 8 May) and Macbeth (16 April and 28 May) featuring Elena Stikhina for whom the role of Lady Macbeth will be a debut, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve (29 April and 19 May), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (21 May) and Georges Bizet's Carmen (3 June).

The ballet company will be appearing for audiences in the Fear East in productions of Adolphe Adam's Giselle (15 April and 18 May) and Le Corsaire (7 May), Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake (22 April and 12 May), evenings of classical and contemporary dance including The Firebird (13 April and 9 May) and recent premieres – one-act ballets by George Balanchine (14 May). Following performances of the ballet Carmen-Suite to music by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Primorsky Stage will be dedicating its performances (30 April and 20 May) to mark fifty years since the ballet was created and eighty-five years since the birth of the great Russian composer Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin.

11.04.2017

On 13 and 14 April on the eve of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival, the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev will be appearing in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

On 13 and 14 April on the eve of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival, the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev will be appearing in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

On 13 April a concert will take place at the "Uzbekistan" Palace of International Forums. Young Uzbek virtuoso pianist Behzod Abduraimov and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3. For the Mariinsky Theatre's musicians this will be their first performance in the capital of Uzbekistan.

On 14 April at the Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theatre there will be a ballet programme. The evening will open with the one-act ballet Carmen-Suite by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin, the lead role to be performed by Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva. The second part of the evening will include scenes and choreographic highlights from the ballets Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Anna Karenina and Schéhérazade. The divertissement will feature Nadezhda Batoeva, Elena Yevseyeva, Yekaterina Chebykina, Renata Shakirova, Konstantin Zverev, Igor Kolb, Danila Korsuntsev, Ernest Latypov, Alexander Romanchikov and Alexander Sergeyev. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

04.04.2017

In these days of mourning, following the tragedy that unfolded on 3 April in St Petersburg metro, the Mariinsky postpones its entertaining performances. On 5 April, the Mariinsky II presents the concert version of Requiem by Guiseppe Verdi in lieu of the opera Golden Cockerel by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

In these days of mourning, following the tragedy that unfolded on 3 April in St Petersburg metro, the Mariinsky postpones its entertaining performances.

On 5 April, the Mariinsky II presents the concert version of Requiem by Guiseppe Verdi in lieu of the opera Golden Cockerel by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Requiem commemorating the victims will be performed by soloists, choir and orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Christian Knapp. All the tickets sold are valid.

The premiere of The Newlyweds, opera by Grigory Korchmar, initially scheduled for 5 April at Prokofiev Hall, is postponed to 20 April. All the tickets sold are valid.
The other concerts and productions are in keeping with the playbill.

The Mariinsky Theatre extends its sincere condolences to the victims’ families.

31.03.2017

April 1 will see Valery Gergiev conducting the Esperanza Azteca Youth Symphony Orchestra and Choir at a concert marking the 20th anniversary of the Fundación Azteca, Mexico

April 1 will see Valery Gergiev conducting the Esperanza Azteca Youth Symphony Orchestra and Choir at a concert marking the 20th anniversary of the Fundación Azteca, Mexico. This public event will unfold at the open stage of the Mexico’s National Art Centre.

The programme includes the Overture to Mikhail Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, Prince Gremin’s aria ‘All age obeys the call of love’ from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s Prince Igor, and fragments of the scenic cantata Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. The event will feature Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (violin) as a soloist, as well as singers Dmitry Grigoriev (bass) and Alexander Mikhailov (baritone), scholarship holders of the Atkins Young Artists Programme, an international project running in the Mariinsky theatre.
Valery Gergiev previously met Esperanza Azteca in March 2016, when he gave a master class for young Mexican musicians in the city of Puebla, as part the Mariinsky Orchestra tour in Latin America.

Esperanza Azteca is a social project aimed at supporting, through music, children aged 5 to 17 from disadvantaged families and communities. This programme, launched by the Fundación Azteca in 2009, now involves 86 symphonic and choral ensembles, comprising over 17 thousand young musicians.

After that, Valery Gergiev will move to the U. S. for a tour with the Munich Philharmonic starting on April 2. The first concert will be held in Newark, where the New Jersey Centre of the Performing Arts will feature Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Juan, Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto D Dur (for the left hand), and Beethoven’s Third Symphony. On April 3 and 5, the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev will appear at Carnegie-Hall (New York City), one of the world’s most prestigious venues. On the first evening, the musicians will perform Beethoven’s Third Symphony, and Maurice Ravel’s Waltz and Piano concerto in G, with Pierre-Laurent Aimard as a soloist. On April 5, for the final concert of the tour, the musicians will perform the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy and Fourth Symphonies by both Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler.

29.03.2017

The performance of the opera Prince Igor on April 9 will be dedicated to the stage director Irkin Gabitov, Honoured Artist of Russia, who is celebrating his 70th birthday this year

The performance of the opera Prince Igor on April 9 will be dedicated to the stage director Irkin Gabitov, Honoured Artist of Russia, who is celebrating his 70th birthday this year. Irkin Gabitov, a student of Roman Tikhomirov and Isaak Glikman at the Leningrad Conservatory, started working with the Mariinsky Theatre in 1988, after having worked at the Abay Kazakhstani State Academic Opera and Ballet House (Almaty). As the principal stage director of the Abay Opera House, Gabitov staged the productions of Maria Stuarda, Eugene Onegin, Carmen and Oratorio Pathétique.

At the Mariinsky Theatre, Gabitov has worked on productions of the operas Kashchei the Immortal (1994), Tosca (1995) and Prince Igor (1996). He has also staged productions on the Mariinsky Theatre tours, including Prince Igor (Greece), Salammbô (Mérida, Spain), Tosca and Prince Igor (Savonlinna, Finland), Maddalena (Mikkeli, Finland), Un ballo in maschera (Cyprus), Turandot, Madama Butterfly and La bohème (Baden-Baden), Prince Igor (Japan), Turn of the Screw (Finland), and War and Peace (Washington).

Many of his productions are seen on the playbills of many theatres in Russia and its neighboring countries, namely the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Theatre of the Russian Army, Opera and Ballet theatres in Bashkortostan, Yerevan, Kazakhstan, and the Primorsky region. Gabitov’s production of Le nozze di Figaro in Yekaterinburg received a Golden Mask award nomination. His productions at the Tsaritsyn Opera and the Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet have enjoyed critical acclaimation. April 2017 will see the premiere of a new Pagliacci production staged by Gabitov.

Every production by Irkin Gabitov carries a message of his own, featuring ethier an unexpected twist or an original nuance. His contribution into the art of theatre was honoured by the Philantropy Club of Kazakhstan that presented Gabitov with a Platinum Tarlan independent national award in 2003. In 2006, Irkin Gabitov was granted the title of Honoured Artist of Russia.

26.03.2017

On 25 March Valery Gergiev became a laureate of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation Arts and Culture Award for Cultural and Outreach Projects

On 25 March Valery Gergiev became a laureate of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation Arts and Culture Award for Cultural and Outreach Projects.

The Russian Federation Ministry of Defence Arts and Culture Award was founded in 2017 and is given for works of art and creative projects that promote military and patriotic education of citizens of Russia and for valuable contribution to promotion of culture in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

The Mariinsky Theatre and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation have been cooperating for many years. The Ministry supports the annual Moscow Easter Festival and helped to implement the projects of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre during the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival.

26.03.2017

26 March: first-ever performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera La rondine at the Mariinsky Concert Hall (concert version)

26 March: first-ever performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera La rondine at the Mariinsky Concert Hall (concert version). Roles are studied by the soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers under Larisa Gergieva: Gulnara Shafigullina (soprano), Anna Barkhatova (soprano), Bera Goryunova (soprano), Elena Efremova (soprano), Margarita Ivanova (soprano), Diana Kazarian (soprano), Anna Shulgina (soprano), Elena Gorlo (soprano), Ksenia Grigoryeva (mezzo-soprano), Shota Chibirov (tenor), Nikolai Emtsov (tenor), Ilya Selivanov (tenor), Nikolai Statsyuk (tenor), Igor Chikishev (tenor), Alexander Shagun (tenor), Alexei Bublik (baritone), Yaroslav Petryanik (baritone), Lev Elgast (bass). Zaurbek Gugkaev is to conduct the performance.

La rondine premiered in March 2017 at the Opera Monte-Carlo. Conceived as a Viennese operetta, it resembles Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata in many aspects. Puccini, renowned as an author of tragic melodramas, contradicted himself a lot as he attempted to create a comedy. The story of La rondine is free of social conflict and plot twists, lacking a typical dramatic finale as well.

The audience was not quick to appreciate the new opera, as it was accustomed to eruption of passion in Puccini’s works. However, there is a number of brilliant musical moments in the score, and some arias are often sung in concerts. La rondine has a long recordings history: there are recordings with Licia Albanese, Anna Moffo, Kiri Te Kanawa and Angela Gheorghiu singing Magda, and Plácido Domingo, José Cura and Roberto Alagna singing Ruggero.

Concert performance of La rondine on 26 March will be the final event of the subscription ‘Our 20th Century’ that included the operas Rothschild’s Violin by Veniamin Fleishman, Siberia by Umberto Giordano, The Dawns Here Are Quiet by Kirill Molchanov, Grigory Melekhov by Ivan Dzerzhinsky, and Dmitry Shostakovich’s song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry.

24.03.2017

Vadym Kholodenko (piano) will perform with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Concert Hall on 26 March

Vadym Kholodenko (piano) will perform with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Concert Hall on 26 March. Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Piano Concerto is to be performed. In November 2016 the pianist performed this work of Prokofiev with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev at the Prague Philharmonia to great critical acclaim. ”Kholodenko’s performance combines power and pressure with fluidity and inclination to deep thinking. He is resolute, precise and engrossed in music. In this concerto where the piano and the orchestra are soldered together to such extent, all the musicians play as a single organism. What a sound, what a spirit!” – Bachtrack.

Vadym Kholodenko is a winner of multiple International competitions, including one of the most prestigious of them, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2013). Today he performs with the greatest orchestras of the world in Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Germany, Greece, Italy, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, the U.S., Israel, China and Japan. His 2016/17 season engagements include a performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, a tour of Asia and a Washington debut.

Vadym Kholodenko will also appear at the Mariinsky Concert Hall on 22 April to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major (Triple concerto) with Alena Baeva (violin) and Alexander Buzlov (cello).

23.03.2017

A gala concert in celebration of Alexander Grigorievich Murin’s centenary will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre main stage on 27 March. The outstanding musician, Alexander Murin (1917–1992) was the Chief Chorus Master at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre in 1962–1988

A gala concert in celebration of Alexander Grigorievich Murin’s centenary will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre main stage on 27 March. The outstanding musician, Alexander Murin (1917–1992) was the Chief Chorus Master at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre in 1962–1988.

Alexander Murin began his music career at the Leningrad Academic Capella, where he was taught by the patriarchs of the St Petersburg choir school Mikhail Klimov and Pallady Bogdanov. Later Murin studied at the Conservatory under the Chorus Master of the Kirov Theatre Viktor Stepanov.

Since 1933, Murin worked at the Leningrad Radio, then at the MALEGOT Theatre, his first major production being the premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace (1946) staged by Boris Pokrovsky. In 1952 he was invited to the Kirov Theatre to conduct the children’s chorus, then the main chorus, which was in his charge for over quarter of century. He conducted the chorus in all the opera productions of the house, from the classical repertoire to contemporary works (by Rodion Shchedrin, Andrey Petrov and Alexander Kholminov). Murin collaborated with such renowned symphonic conductors as Boris Khaikin, Sergey Eltsyn, Konstantin Simeonov and Yuri Temirkanov, and with such directors as Leonid Baratov, Boris Smolich, Boris Pokrovsky and many others.

Chorus conducted by Murin was especially brilliant in the mass scenes of the classical Russian operas where chorus traditionally plays an important part. Richness of colour, clarity of texture and a great sense of partnership won critical acclaim during Kirov Theatre’s tours abroad. Apart from opera performances Murin’s chorus took part in performing symphonic pieces, such as Mahler’s Second Symphony and Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky, alongside the house’s orchestra led by Yuri Temirkanov.

In 1976, Alexander Murin received the USSR State Award and the title of the People’s Artist of the USSR.

21.03.2017

From 22 March to 5 April Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic in a series of events taking place in Germany and the U.S.

From 22 March to 5 April Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic in a series of events taking place in Germany and the U.S.

From 22 to 29 March the Bavarian orchestra will be performing under the baton of Maestro Gergiev at their home venue in Munich, the Geistag Philharmonic Hall. Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Franz Schubert’s and Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphonies are scheduled for 22 and 23 March. Franz Schubert’s Fourth Symphony will also be performed on 27 March along with Maurice Ravel’s choreographic poem La valse and his Piano Concerto in G Major. The next day these two compositions by Ravel will be performed alongside Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. The program of the final concert in Munich on 29 March will include Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Juan, Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony. The solo piano part will be performed by the Grammy-winning French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

The American tour of Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will begin on 2 April with a performance in Newark, New Jersey. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center will be the venue for Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Juan, Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony. On April 3 and 5 Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic at one of the most prestigious venues of the world, Carnegie Hall, New York. The program of the first night includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony and Maurice Ravel’s La valse and Piano Concerto in G Major. Solo piano part will be performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The final concert of the tour on 5 April will see Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Franz Schubert’s and Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphonies.

Valery Gergiev has been the artistic director and the principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic since the 2015/16 season. Maestro’s upcoming performances with this orchestra are scheduled for May 2017.

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