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25.05.2020

As the conclusion of a series of online broadcasts dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev, at 19.00 on 25 May mariinsky.tv will be presenting a recording of major opuses by the composer for chorus and orchestra from the cycle Absolute Prokofiev. The video will remain accessible for 24 hours on mariinsky.tv and via the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki

As the conclusion of a series of online broadcasts dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev, at 19.00 on 25 May mariinsky.tv will be presenting a recording of major opuses by the composer for chorus and orchestra from the cycle Absolute Prokofiev. The video will remain accessible for 24 hours on mariinsky.tv and via the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki.

This will be a broadcast of works inspired by pagan myths, as performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Valery Gegiev: Scythian Suite, created using musical materials from the ballet Ala and Lolli, and the cantata There Are Seven for tenor, mixed chorus and orchestra (the soloist is Igor Morozov of the Helikon Opera). The programme also includes the immense Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution to texts by Lenin, extracts from speeches by Stalin and works by Marx as well as one of the most popular scores in the cello repertoire – the Sinfonia Concertante for Cello (soloist – Alexander Ramm).

This online screening will form the final event in a series commemorating the birthday of Sergei Prokofiev. Since 23 April on mariinsky.tv more than twenty-five of his opuses have been presented: operas, ballets, symphonic works and instrumental concerti. Excluding theatre productions, all recordings broadcast this month were made in 2016 in St Petersburg and Moscow as part of the Prokofiev Marathon to mark 125 years since the composer's birth.

23.05.2020

From 22 to 24 May the Mariinsky Theatre is dedicating a marathon of broadcasts on mariinsky.tv to medical professionals. Through recordings of its finest performances and concerts reflecting the tremendous variety of its repertoire, the theatre is expressing its gratitude to those people who today, in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, are saving the lives of millions of people

From 22 to 24 May the Mariinsky Theatre is dedicating a marathon of broadcasts on mariinsky.tv to medical professionals. Through recordings of its finest performances and concerts reflecting the tremendous variety of its repertoire, the theatre is expressing its gratitude to those people who today, in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, are saving the lives of millions of people.

On 22 May at 19.00 there will be a screening of a major concert in honour of the start of the I Moscow International Festival Zaryadye (30 October 2019). The programme includes Dawn over the Moskva River (introduction from the opera Khovanshchina) by Modest Musorgsky, Boléro by Maurice Ravel, Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz and the Fifth Piano Concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns performed by Alexandre Kantorow, recipient of the Grand Prix, 1st prize and Gold Medal at the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition.

On Saturday morning there will be broadcasts for young audiences. On 23 May at 12.00 mariinsky.tv will be broadcasting the interactive concert The Academy of Young Theatre-Goers. To commemorate the birthday of Richard Wagner the theatre is releasing a recording of the programme In the World of Ancient Legends and Traditions, where young audiences can discover scenes from the grandiose tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen in an engaging format. In a recording produced in 2012, famous arias and symphonic highlights are performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera under the baton of Gavriel Heine. The creator and presenter of the concert is Natalia Entelis.

In the evening of 23 May, the Mariinsky Theatre and the Russian Seasons international cultural project will be showing a repeat of the ballet Giselle with a stellar cast of performers. The title role in the ballet, recorded in 2016, is performed by Diana Vishneva, a Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina and one of the greatest dancers in the world. The role of Count Albrecht is danced by Mathieu Ganio, a star of the Opéra de Paris. Also appearing in the lead roles are Igor Kolb (Hans) and Yekaterina Petrova (Myrtha). The Classical Duet is danced by Renata Shakirova and Filipp Stepin. The conductor is Valery Ovsyanikov.

The weekend will conclude with works by Rodion Shchedrin. At 12.00 on 24 May there will be a repeat screening of the witty and vivid ballet Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse) by Alexei Ratmansky featuring Alina Somova (the Tsar-Maiden), Vladimir Shklyarov (Ivan the Fool) and Vladislav Shumyakov (the Little Humpbacked Horse). The matinee will also include the First Piano Concerto, the solo to be performed by Abisal Gergiev. At 19.00, mariinsky.tv will be broadcasting a recording of the opera The Enchanted Wanderer based on the eponymous tale by Nikolai Leskov for the first time. In this tragic, philosophical and meditative opera by Shchedrin, there are just three soloists and each is entrusted with several roles. The 2010 recording of the production by Alexei Stepanyuk features the premiere cast: Andrei Popov, Sergei Aleksashkin and Kristina Kapustinskaya. Throughout the day, Rodion Shchedrin's music is to be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The broadcasts will be accessible via the platform mariinsky.tv and via the social networking websites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. Following the end of the online screenings, the videos will remain available for 24 hours.

20.05.2020

On 21 May at 19.00 mariinsky.tv will be staging an online broadcast of Rodion Shchedrin's opera Dead Souls. The broadcast commemorates the date of the publication of the first issue of Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol's great poem – it was on this day in 1842 that the publishing house produced the first copies.
On 20 May at 19.00 on mariinsky.tv there will be a broadcast of yet another opera based on an example of classical literature – Giuseppe Verdi's legendary La traviata staged by Claudia Solti, the role of Violetta Valéry in this performance was performed by Olga Peretyatko, one of the most sought-after sopranos of the present day

On 21 May at 19.00 mariinsky.tv will be staging an online broadcast of Rodion Shchedrin's opera Dead Souls. The broadcast commemorates the date of the publication of the first issue of Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol's great poem – it was on this day in 1842 that the publishing house produced the first copies.

It was starting with the opera Dead Souls in 1978 that the history of productions of works by Shchedrin at the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre began, one that happily continues to this day. The acclaimed production by Boris Pokrovsky and Valery Levental was brought from the Bolshoi Theatre to Leningrad by Yuri Temirkanov, who had been entrusted with the Moscow premiere one year earlier. In 2011 stage director Vasily Barkhatov created his own version of Dead Souls for the Mariinsky Theatre together with his regular collaborator the designer Zinovy Margolin. Having made Chichikov's britzka the central element of the stage design in Cyclopic proportions, the production team underlined the image of the endless and dreary Russian road that is key for Gogol and Shchedrin. The  from the windows of the britzka are scenes of Russian landscapes contemporary to the production: the video designers specially repeated Chichikov's route from Moscow to Kherson.

The finest singers of the Mariinsky Theatre dazzled in the opera, constructed along the lines of some grand portrait gallery. Critics were pleased to note the work of Larisa Diadkova as Korobochka, the querulous owner of the sewing factory, and of Sergei Semishkur as Nozdryov, a fresh admirer; they were stunned by the metamorphosis of Svetlana Volkova, who transformed herself into the sexless being of Plyushkin who crawls out from behind the skirting boards in a communal apartment in Leningrad; they were enchanted, too, at the vocal boldness and luscious acting humour of Sergei Aleksashkin as the heavy-browed Sobakevich. In this recording from 2011, one may hear all of them accompanied by Alexander Timchenko (Manilov), Karina Chepurnova (Lizanka Manilova) and Andrei Popov (Selifan). Here the role of Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov is performed by Sergei Romanov. Valery Gergiev was the conductor.

Moreover, on 20 May at 19.00 on mariinsky.tv there will be a broadcast of yet another opera based on an example of classical literature – Giuseppe Verdi's legendary La traviata staged by Claudia Solti and designed by Isabella Bywater. The role of Violetta Valéry in this performance, recorded in 2016, was performed by Olga Peretyatko, one of the most sought-after sopranos of the present day. She was partnered on the stage by Yevgeny Akhmedov (Alfredo Germont) and Roman Burdenko (Giorgio Germont), while the Mariinsky Orchestra was conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The broadcasts will be available via the platform mariinsky.tv and via the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. Following the end of the online broadcasts, the videos will remain online for 24 hours.

18.05.2020

On 18 May mariinsky.tv will again be broadcasting music by Sergei Prokofiev. The expansive programme, recorded at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and featuring virtuoso musicians, will conclude a marathon of broadcasts of all of the composer's symphonies and concerti. The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is to perform the Fourth Piano Concerto (soloist – Sergei Redkin), the Second Violin Concerto (soloist – Kristóf Baráti) and the Fifth Piano Concerto (soloist – Vadym Kholodenko), as well as the Seventh Symphony. The works will be presented in a recording made during the major Prokofiev Marathon, initiated in 2016 by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre. Those concerts marking one hundred and twenty-five years since the composer's birth saw the participation of more than fifteen soloists over two days in addition to musicians of the theatre's orchestra

On 18 May mariinsky.tv will again be broadcasting music by Sergei Prokofiev. The expansive programme, recorded at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and featuring virtuoso musicians, will conclude a marathon of broadcasts of all of the composer's symphonies and concerti. The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is to perform the Fourth Piano Concerto (soloist – Sergei Redkin), the Second Violin Concerto (soloist – Kristóf Baráti) and the Fifth Piano Concerto (soloist – Vadym Kholodenko), as well as the Seventh Symphony. The works will be presented in a recording made during the major Prokofiev Marathon, initiated in 2016 by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre. Those concerts marking one hundred and twenty-five years since the composer's birth saw the participation of more than fifteen soloists over two days in addition to musicians of the theatre's orchestra.

The broadcast will be available to view from 19.00 on the platform mariinsky.tv, as well as via the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. The video will remain accessible for 24 hours.

18.05.2020

Due to the current temporary ban on hosting mass events, the Mariinsky Theatre has been forced to postpone the XXVIII Stars of the White Nights Music Festival.
It is already impossible to imagine the cultural life of St Petersburg without the festival, which was founded in 1993, and so the theatre's board is doing everything possible to reschedule the forum to new dates.
The playbill for the festival, which this year was due to run from 17 May to 26 July, listed many stellar names and vivid productions, and the theatre will be attempting to retain most of the events that were planned.
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

Due to the current temporary ban on hosting mass events, the Mariinsky Theatre has been forced to postpone the XXVIII Stars of the White Nights Music Festival.
It is already impossible to imagine the cultural life of St Petersburg without the festival, which was founded in 1993, and so the theatre's board is doing everything possible to reschedule the forum to new dates.
The playbill for the festival, which this year was due to run from 17 May to 26 July, listed many stellar names and vivid productions, and the theatre will be attempting to retain most of the events that were planned.
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.

17.05.2020

On 17 May at 19.00 mariinsky.tv will be broadcasting Sergei Prokofiev's comic opera Betrothal in a Monastery for the first time. The broadcast will also be available via the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. Following the screening, the online video will remain available to view for 24 hours

On 17 May at 19.00 mariinsky.tv will be broadcasting Sergei Prokofiev's comic opera Betrothal in a Monastery for the first time. The broadcast will also be available via the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. Following the screening, the online video will remain available to view for 24 hours.

This vivid, colourful and carnival-like production by stage director Vladislav Pazi and designer Alla Kozhenkova has been in the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre for over twenty years and invariably enjoys phenomenal success with the public. This cheerful opera is to be presented in a recording produced in 2016.

At that time, the Vladivostok premiere of Betrothal in a Monastery opened the I International Far East Festival Mariinsky, with soloists from St Petersburg appearing as guest performers in a stellar cast at the Primorsky Stage. The lead roles are sung by Larisa Diadkova (the Duenna), Yevgeny Akimov (Don Jerome), Roman Burdenko (Don Ferdinand), Sergei Aleksashkin (Mendoza), Yulia Matochkina (Clara), Yevgeny Akimov (Antonio), Violetta Lukyanenko (Louisa) and Yuri Laptev (Don Carlos). The Mariinsky Orchestra is conducted by Valery Gergiev.

16.05.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre's box-offices are closed until 31 May 2020.
Cash refunds for cancelled performances via theatre box-offices will take place as soon as the quarantine to visit the theatre is lifted.
For any questions that arise please call the information service from 11.00 to 19.00 +7 812 326 41 41 or message to tickets@mariinsky.ru.

The box-offices of the Mariinsky Theatre will remain closed until 31 May 2020 on the basis of a Decree of the President of the Russian Federation "On the determination of the order to continue active measures to ensure the sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population within subjects of the Russian Federation in connection with the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19)".
Cash refunds for cancelled performances via theatre box-offices will take place as soon as the quarantine to visit the theatre is lifted.
For any questions that arise please call the information service from 11.00 to 19.00 +7 812 326 41 41 or message to tickets@mariinsky.ru.

15.05.2020

On 15 May at 19.00 on mariinsky.tv there will be an online broadcast of a concert by a youth ensemble that unites talented musicians from Russia and Germany – the orchestra of the Russo-German Academy of Music. The conductor is Valery Gergiev. The broadcast will be available to view via the platform mariinsky.tv and on the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. The video will remain available for 24 hours

On 15 May at 19.00 on mariinsky.tv there will be an online broadcast of a concert by a youth ensemble that unites talented musicians from Russia and Germany – the orchestra of the Russo-German Academy of Music. The conductor is Valery Gergiev. The broadcast will be available to view via the platform mariinsky.tv and on the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. The video will remain available for 24 hours.

This performance by the orchestra was recorded in June 2017 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre during the Stars of the White Nights festival. For that occasion, the youth ensemble presented the Russian premiere of the orchestral piece Verwandlung 4 by contemporary German composer Wolfgang Rihm. The programme also included Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto, the solo being performed by the renowned German musician Frank Peter Zimmermann.

The Russo-German Academy of Music is a unique educational and creative project for rising stars of classical music. It was founded by young soloists of the Mariinsky Orchestra and trainees from leading symphony ensembles in Germany in 2012-2013 as a platform for orchestral and ensemble projects, practical lessons and master-classes given by acclaimed musicians. Preparations for each and every concert programme take place under the supervision of experienced teachers, and the Mariinsky Theatre was chosen as the Academy's main base. Valery Gergiev is the project's Artistic Director.

14.05.2020

As part of a series on mariinsky.tv, 14 May will see the first ever broadcast of a recording of a production by the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) – Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty. The broadcast begins at 19:00 Moscow Time (GMT+3) via the platform mariinsky.tv, as well as via the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. Following transmission, the video will remain accessible for 24 hours

As part of a series on mariinsky.tv, 14 May will see the first ever broadcast of a recording of a production by the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) – Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty. The broadcast begins at 19:00 Moscow Time (GMT+3) via the platform mariinsky.tv, as well as via the social networking sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. Following transmission, the video will remain accessible for 24 hours.

In January 2019 The Sleeping Beauty in Vladivostok opened the All-Russian Theatre Marathon. For that occasion the lead roles in the ballet were performed by guest artists from St Petersburg – the enchanting Yekaterina Osmolkina (Princess Aurora) and the inimitable Kimin Kim (Prince Désiré). The stellar cast also featured lead soloists of the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage: Anna Samostrelova (the Lilac Fairy), Lilia Berezhnova (the Diamond Fairy), Sergei Zolotaryov (Carabosse the Wicked Fairy), Irina Sapozhnikova (Princess Florine) and Oleksiy Skalyun (the Bluebird).

The production by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev, that is familiar to St Petersburg audiences was rethought in 2017 by Eldar Aliev, Principal Ballet Master of the Primorsky Stage. While retaining all the key elements and aesthetics of the production, the choreographer has attempted to make his version as interesting as possible for a contemporary audience.

12.05.2020

On 12 May at 20.00 Moscow Time (GMT+3) the Mariinsky Theatre will be repeating an online screening of Dmitry Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony Leningrad. One of the most piercing works of the 20th century, here it is performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The programme also features Sergei Prokofiev's Sixth Symphony, composed in the first years after the Second World War. This "symphonic elegy" in memory of victims of WW II, as it is known for its musical portrayal of their pain and sorrowful memories, was recorded by the Mariinsky Orchestra in 2016

On 12 May at 20.00 Moscow Time (GMT+3) the Mariinsky Theatre will be repeating an online screening of Dmitry Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony Leningrad. One of the most piercing works of the 20th century, here it is performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The programme also features Sergei Prokofiev's Sixth Symphony, composed in the first years after the Second World War. This "symphonic elegy" in memory of victims of WW II, as it is known for its musical portrayal of their pain and sorrowful memories, was recorded by the Mariinsky Orchestra in 2016.

The broadcast is taking place in collaboration with the international cultural project Russian Seasons and the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Belgium. It was today, 12 May, that the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev were due to appear in Brussels and perform the Leningrad symphony at the BOZAR. The online screening will be available to view for 24 hours on the platform mariinsky.tv and via the theatre's social networking pages on Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as on the official website and via the social networking pages of the Russian Seasons as part of the initiative Stay home with Russian Seasons, on the BOZAR centre's website as part of the project BOZAR at HOME and on the website of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels.

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