In December the Mariinsky Ballet will be on tour in Switzerland, Italy and Germany. In Lugano in Switzerland and in Turin in Italy there will be performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev), while in Baden-Baden (Germany) where the Mariinsky Theatre traditionally tours in the Christmas period there will be an intense programme featuring several productions
In December the Mariinsky Ballet will be on tour in Switzerland, Italy and Germany. In Lugano in Switzerland and in Turin in Italy there will be performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev), while in Baden-Baden (Germany) where the Mariinsky Theatre traditionally tours in the Christmas period there will be an intense programme featuring several productions.
On 9 and 10 December there will be two performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake at the Lugano Arte e Cultura centre (LAC). The lead roles will be performed by Oxana Skorik and Ekaterina Kondaurova (Odette-Odile), Xander Parish and Timur Askerov (Prince Siegfried) and Konstantin Zverev and Roman Belyakov (von Rothbart). The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana will be conducted by Gavriel Heine.
The Mariinsky Ballet will then set out for Italy. From 13 to 19 December at the Teatro Regio Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake will be presented by four casts. The roles of Odette-Odile and Prince Siegfried will be performed by Oxana Skorik and Xander Paris (13 and 16 December), Anastasia Kolegova and Yevgeny Ivanchenko (14 and 17 December, matinee), Ekaterina Kondaurova and Timur Askerov (15 and 19 December) and Olesya Novikova and Filipp Stepin (16 and 19 December, both matinees). Von Rothbart will be performed by Konstantin Zverev, Roman Belyakov, Vitaly Amelishko and Yuri Smekalov. The performances will be accompanied by the Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Regio under Gavriel Heine.
From 21 to 27 December the Mariinsky Ballet will tour to Baden-Baden (Germany). This year, audiences at one of Europe's major concert and theatre venues – the Festspielhaus – will see the ballets Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev choreographed by Leonid Lavrovsky (21 and 22 December), The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky choreographed by Vasily Vainonen (25 and twice on 26 December) and one of the premieres from the previous theatre season – Paquita by Édouard Deldevez with individual musical pieces by Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo (choreography by Yuri Smekalov, reconstruction and staging of Marius Petipa's choreography (Grand Pas from Act III) by Yuri Burlaka) (23 and 27 December). Appearing in the tour will be Ekaterina Kondaurova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Nadezhda Batoeva, Elena Yevseyeva, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov and Andrei Yermakov.
On 4 December New York hosted the annual awards ceremony of Dance Magazine, one of the most influential dance publications. One of the award-recipients this year was Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva
On 4 December New York hosted the annual awards ceremony of Dance Magazine, one of the most influential dance publications. One of the award-recipients this year was Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva. From 2005 to 2017 the ballerina was a guest soloist with American Ballet Theatre, which allowed her to enrich her repertoire with works by many outstanding choreographers. "My American period gave me a different look at dance and my place in it," says Diana, "it helped me develop in modern dance and create three solo programmes. That's why this award from Dance Magazine is a recognition of everything that has been achieved over these thirteen years for me."
Dance Magazine is a long-established and highly respected publication about ballet and contemporary dance in America. The award for a significant contribution to the development of dance has been presented by the magazine since 1954. Over the years, previous recipients have included the choreographers Wayne McGregor, Mats Ek, Alexei Ratmansky, Ohad Naharin, Pina Bausch, Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Trisha Brown, John Neumeier, Alvin Ailey, Maurice Béjart, Frederick Ashton, Merce Cunningham, Igor Moiseyev, George Balanchine and Martha Graham. Performers who have received the award include Maya Plisetskaya, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Alexandra Danilova, Irina Kolpakova, Nina Ananiashvili, Carla Fracci, Margot Fonteyn, Alicia Alonso, Gelsey Kirkland, Desmond Richardson, Alessandra Ferri, Marcelo Gomes and Julie Kent.
On 7 December at 18:00 the foyer of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the opening of the art photography exhibition Elegant Classics. Ballet at the Core “The Hermitage-Vladivostok” – the first joint project of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok and the Primorsky State Picture Gallery (The Hermitage-Vladivostok)
On 7 December at 18:00 the foyer of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the opening of the art photography exhibition Elegant Classics. Ballet at the Core “The Hermitage-Vladivostok” – the first joint project of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok and the Primorsky State Picture Gallery (The Hermitage-Vladivostok). The project's curator Svetlana Rusnak has come for the opening of the exhibition, as have photographers whose works are featured in the exhibition – Ilya Korotkov, Irina Popovich and Alexander Filkin. The exhibition heralds the latest tour by the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok), which will run from 17 to 21 January 2018 at the historic Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg).
The photo-sessions of soloists of the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre were held at the as yet unfinished Hermitage-Vladivostok centre between May 2016 and May 2017. The exhibition will display a total of thirty-six art photographs by three photographers: Ilya Korotkov, Irina Popovich and Alexander Filkin. All of the works have been printed on hanji paper (Korea). The exhibition was first displayed during the festival Hermitage Days in Vladivostok 2017.
The exhibition runs until late January 2018. Entry to the exhibition is permitted only on presentation of a ticket to events at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.
In 2018 Valery Gergiev will take over as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), one of the world's most prestigious music forums
In 2018 Valery Gergiev will take over as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), one of the world's most prestigious music forums. The orchestra, founded in 2000, includes young musicians aged sixteen to twenty-nine, selected on an annual basis following competitive auditions. Over the seventeen years since its foundation, over one thousand musicians have featured in the orchestra's work.
The anniversary XXV Verbier Music Festival will run from 19 July to 5 August 2018. At the opening concert on 19 July Valery Gergiev will appear for the first time in his new position with the Festival Orchestra. Maestro Gergiev will also conduct Francesco Cilea's opera Adriana Lecouvreur featuring Tatiana Serjan, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Marcelo Puente and Željko Lučić (26 June) and appear at a grand gala concert making the festival's anniversary, which will feature such dazzling musicians as Martha Argerich, Sergei Babayan, Kristóf Baráti, Yuri Bashmet, Yuja Wang, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos, Evgeny Kissin, Denis Matsuev and Daniil Trifonov among others (25 July).
Valery Gergiev devotes particular attention to working with young musicians. It was on his initiative that the All-Russian Choral Society was revived, which saw the subsequent establishment of the Children's Chorus of Russia that has appeared at the Mariinsky II, the Bolshoi Theatre and at the closing ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Since 2013 the maestro has directed the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, and regularly appears with youth orchestras of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Verbier Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo. Since 2015 the Mariinsky Theatre has hosted the annual Mariinsky NEXT festival, featuring children's and youth orchestras of St Petersburg.
In 2017 the Mariinsky Theatre is widely celebrating the eighty-fifth birthday of Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin. Mariinsky Theatre concerts and performances in St Petersburg, Vladivostok and Vladikavkaz have been dedicated to his jubilee. In December and January there will be special events to mark Rodion Shchedrin's birthday in St Petersburg, Moscow, Tula, Vladivostok and Munich
In 2017 the Mariinsky Theatre is widely celebrating the eighty-fifth birthday of Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin. Mariinsky Theatre concerts and performances in St Petersburg, Vladivostok and Vladikavkaz have been dedicated to his jubilee. In December and January there will be special events to mark Rodion Shchedrin's birthday in St Petersburg, Moscow, Tula, Vladivostok and Munich.
At Mariinsky Theatre venues in St Petersburg Rodion Shchedrin's works will be performed for a record number of times: the operas Not Love Alone directed by Alexander Kuzin (5 December, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre), A Christmas Tale (10, 23 and 31 December and 2 and 7 January, Mariinsky II) and The Lefthander (28 December and 30 January, Mariinsky II) staged by Alexei Stepanyuk, Boyarina Morozova (15 December, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre) and the ballets Carmen-Suite (9 and 21 December, Mariinsky II), The Little Humpbacked Horse (14, 16 and 17 December, Mariinsky II) and Anna Karenina (30 December at 14:00 and 19:30, Mariinsky II).
One particular accent of the celebratory programme will be the concert Marking Rodion Shchedrin's Birthday as part of the XII International Piano Festival. On 24 December at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre pianists Denis Matsuev, Alexei Volodin and Sergei Redkin and cellist Alexander Ramm will appear with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. The programme includes: Piano Concerto No 1, the Double Concerto for Cello and Piano A Romantic Offering, Piano Concerto No 4 (Sharp Tonalities) and Piano Concerto No 2.
At the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) Rodion Shchedrin's eighty-fifth birthday will be marked by a premiere. On the composer's birthday at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a first performance of a stage version of the Russian choral opera Boyarina Morozova (16 December). The production has been staged by the Krasnoyarsk choral ensemble We Sing to Thee directed by Konstantin Yakobson, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, who that evening will be conducting the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
On 15 December, the eve of the composer's birthday, the Mariinsky Orchestra will be appearing in Tula – Rodion Shchedrin's father's home town. At the Tula Regional Mikhailovsky Philharmonic there will be a performance of Concerto dolce for viola, strings and harp, the concerto for violin and strings Concerto cantabile and Carmen-Suite by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin. The soloists are Yuri Afonkin (viola), Sofia Kiprskaya (harp) and Olga Volkova (violin). The Mariinsky Orchestra will then depart for Moscow, where from 16 to 22 December it will present three varied programmes of the composer's works at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.
On 16 December, Rodion Shchedrin's actual birthday, the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform Carmen-Suite by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin, Orchestral Concerto No 1 Naughty Limericks and highlights from the opera-féerie A Christmas Tale, which was commissioned by and dedicated to Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre. The concert will also feature soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Chorus as well as the State Academic Sveshnikov Russian Chorus (Artistic Director – Yevgeny Volkov).
The programme for the concert on 21 December includes Symphonic Diptych, the concerto for violin and strings Concerto cantabile (soloist – Olga Volkova), the Double Concerto for Cello and Piano A Romantic Offering with soloists Alexander Ramm (cello) and Sergei Redkin (piano), the oratorio for soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra set to folk texts Lenin in the Heart of the People featuring soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Pelageya Kurennaya (soprano) and Andrei Serov (bass), the ensemble of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and the Mariinsky Chorus. The Voice of the People will be performed by Natalia Boriskova.
On 22 December at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Rodion Shchedrin's opera Not Love Alone directed by Alexander Kuzin will be performed for the first time. The lead roles will be performed by soloists and the ensemble of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva. Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra on all three evenings.
The Münchner Philharmoniker will also be dedicating its December performances to Rodion Shchedrin. On 19 and 20 December at the Gasteig Philharmonie (Munich) under Valery Gergiev there will be a concert performance of the opera The Enchanted Wanderer featuring the Philharmonischer Chor München and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Sergei Aleksashkin (Ivan Severyanovich Flyagin, the Narrator), Andrei Popov (Flogged Monk, Prince, Magnetiser, Old Man in the Woods, Narrator) and Yekaterina Sergeyeva (Grusha the Gypsy, Narrator).
On 3 December a series of performances by guest ensembles at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre opens with the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra, established by violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet
On 3 December a series of performances by guest ensembles at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre opens with the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra, established by violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet. That programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No 11 (transcription by Gustav Mahler), Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for Three for violin, viola and cello and Franz Schubert's String Quartet No 14 (Der Tod und das Mädchen; transcription by Gustav Mahler). The soloists are Andrei Poskrobko (violin), Yuri Bashmet (viola) and Alexei Naidenov (cello).
Over the course of its lengthy creative career, the Moscow Soloists have toured to the most prominent venues in Russia, the USA and Europe, and its concerts have been broadcast and recorded on numerous occasions by radio stations including the BBC, Radio France and NHK. The Moscow Soloists' repertoire includes over three hundred and fifty familiar classical and rarely-performed works as well as music by contemporary composers. In 2007, to mark its fifteenth anniversary, the ensemble undertook a tour of Russia, during which it presented forty-two concerts in thirty-nine cities, and to mark its twentieth anniversary it gave over eighty concerts in thirty countries. Their appearance at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre is part of an extensive programme celebrating twenty-five years of the Moscow Soloists.
On 11 December the symphony orchestra Symphonica ARTica of the State Krivoshapko Philharmonic of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo will present a programme of works by Edward Elgar (Symphony No 1) and Johannes Brahms (Piano Concerto No 2) at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The soloist is Rem Urasin. The concert marks three hundred and eighty-five years since Yakutia was incorporated into the Russian State. The symphony orchestra Symphonica ARTica was founded in 2012. In the five years since it was established the orchestra has taken part in several international projects and toured to major venues in Russia. Symphonica ARTica's concerts have twice taken place as part of the Moscow Easter Festival (2014 and 2015).
On 28 December the musicAeterna orchestra will be making its debut at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre under its founder and Artistic Director Teodor Currentzis. The famed ensemble will be performing Dmitry Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony (Leningrad).
Established in 2004, today the orchestra musicAeterna is one of the most popular ensembles in terms of authentic music performance. Its tours have taken the musicians to Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Madrid, Athens, Berlin, Munich, Mannheim, Dortmund, Lisbon, Paris, Helsinki, Brussels, Salzburg, Moscow and St Petersburg. The ensemble's recordings, released on the Sony Classical label, receive prestigious music prizes and awards on an annual basis.
On 7 January 2018 the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the second concert in the subscription of the State Borodin Quartet. Founded in 1945, the ensemble, despite the changing musicians, retains its own style and reputation as an outstanding orchestra. The Quartet's biography numbers thousands of appearances throughout the world, the organisation of festivals, the establishment of the first Russian quartet competition and numerous recordings with companies such as EMI, BMG, Onyx and ICA Classics. A particular chapter in the history of the Borodin Quartet has been its collaboration with Dmitry Shostakovich, which lasted more than thirty years. From the very beginning of its creativity up to the last year of the composer's life, the musicians worked closely with Shostakovich, performing his quartets, producing recordings and appearing together. The programme for the concert on 7 January includes both Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitry Shostakovich's Fifteenth Quartets.
On 21 November at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (China), the Mariinsky Theatre's major tour of countries in the Asia-Pacific region began with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty; there will also be performances in major cities in China, Japan and South Korea as well as concerts at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok. The tour concludes on 13 December in Seoul
On 21 November at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (China), the Mariinsky Theatre's major tour of countries in the Asia-Pacific region began with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty; there will also be performances in major cities in China, Japan and South Korea as well as concerts at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok. The tour concludes on 13 December in Seoul.
Despite the fact that Chinese audiences, according to several critics, are not used to such lengthy ballets as The Sleeping Beauty (choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev), the dancers received a warm response: "The full version of The Sleeping Beauty that was performed at the National Centre is an outstanding example of Petipa's classical ballet, demonstrating the high level of the professionalism of the ballet company and allowing Chinese audiences to discover Russia's ballet culture," commented the portal Wenhua.youth.cn.
"In the triumphant palace scene, familiar characters brilliantly performed their variations: the Lilac Fairy, Princess Florine and the Bluebird, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf – washing away the borders of time and space and returning the audience to their childhood. And the protagonists – the happy lovers Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré (Anastasia Matvienko and Vladimir Shklyarov) – demonstrated impeccable technique and the elegant beauty of true classical dance," according to China.com.
Having concluded its performances in Beijing, the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra departed for Shanghai, where from 26 to 28 November at the Shanghai Grand Theatre the Mariinsky festival was held. Speaking of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, performed there three times, critics reported that "Ratmansky masterfully interweaves Prokofiev's bold and colourful music with contemporary dance movements, while at the same time retaining the very essence of classical ballet. He literally transports our lives into a world of fairy-tales – he creates the impression that the characters in Cinderella are our friends, neighbours or merely people passing by that we see each day on the street. Filipp Stepin produced a traditional, quasi-classical image as the noble Prince. Vladimir Shklyarov – a more passionate Prince – followed his love like a moth to the flame. Alexander Sergeyev, who appeared in the final performance of the tour, appeared as an ironic contemporary young man," wrote the portal ArtsBj.com.
"Ratmansky's Cinderella is a beautifully presented satire. Without the extreme sugariness of the plot, its lyrical components appear fuller and more touching, and the final pas de deux with its light note of sadness serves as an ideal conclusion to this complex production, so different to the typical 'and they all lived happily ever after.'" JF Daily.
On 28 November the festival in Shanghai ended with An Evening of Stravinsky. The Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev performed the suite from the ballet The Firebird, the music of the ballet Pétrouchka and Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra. The soloist was Denis Matsuev.
After the appearances in Shanghai, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra travelled to Vladivostok, where on 29 and 30 November together with Denis Matsuev they will present a Rachmaninoff Cycle at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Two concerts will feature all of Sergei Rachmaninoff's works for piano and orchestra. Speaking of the forthcoming performances, Denis Matsuev stressed that he was particularly looking forward to them: "A major project is approaching fast – the performance of all of Rachmaninoff's piano concerti in Vladivostok and Tokyo. This is the first time we're doing such a thing, it will be a unique experience for us all. Of course, I know all of Rachmaninoff's concerti, I have performed them several times throughout the world, including the Fourth Concerto, which in the last two months I have performed twenty-five times. But performing all of these concerti in a single block lasting three to four hours and literally travelling Rachmaninoff's entire creative path is no easy task, and yet at the same time it is gripping. The more so in tandem with Valery Gergiev, a great connoisseur and admirer of each concerto."
In December the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will present twelve concerts in Japan (1–11 December), and then give two performances in Seoul (South Korea).
Valery Gergiev began the tour of countries in the Asia-Pacific region with the Münchner Philharmoniker – from 18 to 25 November the musicians held a series of concerts at major venues in Nanking, Xi'an, Tianjin and Beijing (China). The tour programme included Ludwig van Beethoven's overture Leonore No 3, Anton Bruckner's Symphony No 3, the overture to Richard Wagner's opera Tannhäuser, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 (Pathétique) and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 4. The soloist is Denis Matsuev. The Chinese press lavished praise on the German ensemble, referring to the performances under Valery Gergiev as first-class and unsurpassed events. "In recent years Valery Gergiev has been a frequent guest at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and every time he returns here he brings new surprises for the audience. On the evening of 24 November this world-class Russian conductor presented the audience with the results of his collaboration with the Münchner Philharmoniker – a top-flight German performance in the Russian style. Under the baton of Valery Gergiev, even the extremely subtle movement conveys the deep power of the music and immerses the listener in the astonishing world created by the composer," commented the portal Youth.cn.
"The German orchestra and the Russian musicians Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev have many admirers and, as a rule, it is very difficult to get tickets for their performances. The performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and Rachmaninoff's masterpiece – the Fourth Piano Concerto – has become a veritable symbol of German and Russian authentic music traditions," wrote JWbos.com.
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra and Opera soloists have been nominated for a Grammy award in the category "Best Opera Recording" for their performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Golden Cockerel
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra and Opera soloists have been nominated for a Grammy award in the category "Best Opera Recording" for their performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Golden Cockerel.
The recording of the opera The Golden Cockerel was released on DVD and in Blu-ray format on the Mariinsky label in May 2017 (Sound Producer – Ilya Petrov). The video recording was produced at the Mariinsky II during the first performances of Anna Matison's production in December 2014. The lead roles were performed by Vladimir Feliauer (Tsar Dodon), Aida Garifullina (the Queen of Shemakha), Andrei Serov (General Polkan), Andrei Ilyushnikov (Tsarevich Gvidon), Vladislav Sulimsky (Tsarevich Afron) and Andrei Petrov (the Astrologer). The Mariinsky Orchestra was conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Nominees in the category "Best Opera Recording" also include Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony Orchestra (Alban Berg's Wozzeck), the orchestra Il pomo d'oro conducted by George Petrou (Ottone, re di Germania by George Frideric Handel), while the Metropolitan Opera has been nominated in two categories – for its recording of Alban Berg's opera Lulu under Lothar Koenigs and Georges Bizet's opera Les Pêcheurs de perles conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
The 60th Grammy awards ceremony will take place in New York on 28 January 2018.
On 23 November soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva will be appearing at London's Goldsmiths' Hall (Great Britain) as part of a traditional gala
On 23 November soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva will be appearing at London's Goldsmiths' Hall (Great Britain) as part of a traditional gala.
The concert will feature Evelina Agabalaeva (mezzo-soprano), Yaroslav Petryanik (baritone) and Yulia Suleimanova (soprano). The piano accompaniment will be performed by Elena Fedorenko. The programme includes songs, romances and scenes from operas by Russian, Italian and French composers.
Since 1997, when the first gala took place in London, over forty soloists from the Academy of Young Opera Singers have taken part in fourteen gala evenings, many of them now widely-known today as first-class opera singers. Among them are Ekaterina Semenchuk, Olga Trifonova, Ildar Abdrazakov, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin and Vladislav Sulimsky.
On 26 November the performance of the ballet Giselle will be dedicated to Sergei Vikulov, a Mariinsky Theatre ballet-master and coach
Sergei Vikulov soared over the Kirov Stage from the 1950s to the 1980s. His impressive leap enchanted not just the audiences who witnessed it. The dancer's skill was highly praised by the jury of the Varna Competition, which awarded him its Gold Medal in 1964. In 1965 the dancer was presented with the prestigious International Vaslav Nijinsky Prize.
Sergei Vikulov's individuality was clear to see in lyrical roles. His repertoire included all the classical princes – Albrecht, Siegfried, Désiré, Solor and Jean de Brienne as well as romantic heroes in 20th century productions – Vaslav in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and the Prince in Cinderella. Vikulov was named the most romantic dancer of his generation, a tenor of Soviet ballet.
Today Sergei Vikulov is passing on his experience to younger dancers, sharing with them the secrets of the trade and the stylistic subtleties of productions in which he himself once shone.