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16.08.2018

On 12 August, the Mariinsky Theatre closed its 2017/2018 season which ran for 48 weeks. The season concluded with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty by the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

On 12 August, the Mariinsky Theatre closed its 2017/2018 season which ran for 48 weeks. The season concluded with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty by the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The 2018/2019 season will open on 10 September. The Mariinky II will host a performance of the 2017/2018 season premiere – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride – staged by Alexander Kuzin. The lead roles will be performed by Stanislav Trofimov (Vassily Sobakin), Angelina Akhmedova (Marfa), Alexei Markov (Grigory Gryaznoy), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Malyuta Skuratov), Ilya Selivanov (Ivan Lykov), and Yulia Matochkina (Lyubasha). The performance will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.
One of the first highlights of the new season is the Russian premiere of the Chinese composer Tang Jianping’s modern opera The Dawns Here Are Quiet after Boris Vasilyev’s novel of the same name. China’s largest music theatre, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), will perform the opera at the Mariinsky II (11 September and 12 September).
The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will open its season on 10 September with a recital of Daniil Trifonov, one of the most popular pianists of his generation, who won the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 and a Grammy Award in 2018. The programme includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Prokofiev. On 11 September, the pianist will also appear in concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. To be performed are Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.  5 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.
The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will open its season on 29 September.

Summary of the 2017/18 season
• performances and concerts held at 11 venues: the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Concert Hall, the Mariinsky II and its four chamber venues, the Great and Chamber Halls of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok), at the venues of the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch in Vladikavkaz, namely the State Philharmonic of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania;
• over 1415 performances and concerts given;
• spectators from 98 countries, including Australia, the US, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, European, African and South American countries;
• 8 opera and 2 ballet premieres;
• 8 festivals in St Petersburg, the I International Caucasus Festival Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz, the X Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich in Samara, the XVII Moscow Easter Festival (which ran for 32 days and travelled not only all over Russia, but also to China, Germany, and Switzerland), and the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok;
The Mariinsky Theatre for Children project: more than 100,000 young theatre-goers attended various performances and took part in cultural and educational events held at the Theatre in the 2017/2018 season;
• concerts by the fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program and the project Sounds of Change with the TONALi Competition in Hamburg.

The Mariinsky Theatre on Tour
In the 2017/2018 season, the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble (the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet, Chorus, and Orchestra) gave on-tour performances in 22 countries: in more than 80 Russian cities and towns and over 65 cities outside Russia. Their major tours include Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra’s extensive tour which span across 13 cities of the US and Canada and included performances in the Asia-Pacific Region (in major cities of China, Japan, South Korea and in Vladivostok) and the concerts of the Moscow Easter Festival, which travelled all the way from Sevastopol to Vladivostok. The Theatre’s grand projects included a marathon of Modest Mussorgsky’s works at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, a cycle of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies in Switzerland, performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s monumental opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky at the Guangzhou Opera House and other projects.

After the closing of the 2017/2018 season, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform on tour in Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Sweden, and Austria.

Valery Gergiev also performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the  Orchestre national de France, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival (PMF) Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. In 2018, Valery Gergiev became the Music Director of the latter ensemble. The Munich Philharmonic, headed by Valery Gergiev for the third season, has performed under his baton in Austria, Germany, France, Netherlands, China, Romania, and the US. As part of this collaboration, Munich hosted Valery Gergiev’s 360 Degrees festival for the third time. This year’s festival was dedicated to Igor Stravinsky.

Season premieres
• after a long break, the Concert Hall once again welcomed Hector Berlioz’s opera Benvenuto Cellini staged by Vasily Barkhatov (revival of the 2007 production);
• soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers headed by Larisa Gergieva produced two productions: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comic opera Der Schauspieldirektor staged by Gleb Cherepanov at the historic stage; Joseph Haydn’s opera L’isola disabitata staged by Alexei Smirnov at the Concert Hall;
• premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Falstaff staged by Andrea De Rosa at the Mariinsky II opened the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights;
• the Festival also saw the premiere of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Tsar’s Bride directed by Alexander Kuzin and the world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s opera Eclipse (concert performance);
• the first ballet premiere of the season was Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pétrouchka choreographed by Vladimir Varnava. The production helped mark 135 years since the birth of the composer;
• as part of the gala concert marking 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa, Konstantin Keikhel premiered his new work The Seasons set to the music of Alexander Glazunov;
• as part of A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers, Dmitry Pimonov, Olga Vasilieva, Andrei Merkuriev, Konstantin Keikhel, Maxim Petrov, and Ilya Zhivoi presented their projects;
• the subscription Short Operas for Children (aged 3 or older) saw the addition of Sergei Banevich’s opera Murych the Cat, while the subscription Short Operas for Children (aged 6 or older) added Rustam Sagdiev’s new work The Adventures of Kintaro.

Festivals
• the V International Organ Festival (16 September to 29 September) featured seven music programmes performed by musicians from Russia, Italy, France, the UK, and Poland, as well as a special event – an organ music concert for children;
• the I International Caucasus Festival Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz (23 September to 29 September) opened the first season of the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch in Vladikavkaz. The festival’s participants included the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre and guest stars, such as the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble under the baton of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, Denis Matsuev, Lucas Debargue, Yuri Bashment, Maria Guleghina, Tatiana Serjan and many others;
• the X Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich took place in Samara on 15 October and 16 October. The Mariinsky Orchestra as well as famous and beginner musicians performed at the festival under the baton of Valery Gergiev;
• the XII Mariinsky International Piano Festival (14 December to 30 December) took place in St Petersburg as well as in Vladikavkaz, at the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch venue (for the first time). The participants included Sergei Babayan, Alexei Volodin, Abisal Gergiev, Andrei Gugnin, Lucas Debargue, Mira Yevtich, Eduard Kiprsky, Stephen Kovacevich, Konstantin Lifschitz, Nikolai Lugansky, Dmitry Masleev, Alexander Maslov, Denis Matsuev, Uki Ovaskainen, Pavel Raykerus, Ilya Rashkovskiy, Sergei Redkin, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Konstantin Shamrai, Zarina Shimanskaya, Nelson Freire, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Ramon van Engelenhoven, and Ramzi Yassa. The well-reputed projects such as A Composer and the Pianist and Children for Children once again proved themselves to be successful additions to the festival;
• the III International Festival Maslenitsa in Song (12 February to 18 February) attracted European choirs and ensembles from St Petersburg. The festival also featured opera performances and an a capella marathon;
• the Concert Hall and the chamber venues of the Mariinsky II hosted the II International Virtuosi of the Flute Festival (8 March to 12 March). The musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra, and various Moscow orchestras played flute music of different epochs and styles. The guest performers from abroad included Emmanuel Pahud and Egor Egorkin, the soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic. They took part in the concert programmes and organised master classes;
• the II International Harp Festival Northern Lyre (31 March to 6 April), which was a highlight of the previous season, gathered the best performers representing the St Petersburg harp school as well as musicians from Serbia, the US, and Estonia. Apart from concert programmes, the festival also featured master classes held by musicians from Serbia and the US;
• the XVII Moscow Easter Festival was one of the longest-running and largest in its history. It ran for 32 days (8 April to 9 May). Concerts of symphony, choral, chamber music and bell-ringing programmes took place at the key venues of Moscow and Russia’s regions. The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev also performed in China, Germany, and Switzerland as part of the festival;
• the Mariinsky Theatre prioritizes support for young talents and thus organised two spring festivals for young musicians: the IV Mariinsky NEXT Children’s and Youth Orchestras Festival (29 April to 28 May) and the II Mariinsky for Children: Children at the Mariinsky Theatre Children’s Music Theatre Studios Festival (2 May to 8 May);
• the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights ran for 68 days (23 May to 29 July). The Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky II, the Prokofiev Hall (Mariinsky II), and the Concert Hall saw more than 208 events, including three opera premieres;
• the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival (24 July to 8 August) took place at 8 concert venues of the Primorsky Region. The festival saw 26 events, seven of which were Far East premieres of various productions.

Marking 200 years since the birth Marius Petipa
In 2018, the Mariinsky Theatre marks 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa, whose artistic career is closely intertwined with the St. Petersburg theatre. The Mariinsky Theatre prepared a diverse programme to celebrate the great choreographer’s birthday for the 2017/2018 season: presentations of classical productions with the participation of ballet stars at all of the theatre’s venues, premieres of new productions, grand gala concerts, special events, and concert tours. The repertoire of the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II included a plethora of ballets, which have long been on the playbill and are carefully passed on from generation to generation: Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadère, Paquita, Raymonda, and The Sleeping Beauty (not only Konstantin Sergeyev’s version, but also Sergei Vikharev’s reconstruction). The events marking 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa were a major part of the ballet programme of the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights and were included into the programme of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok. The tour of the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre was also dedicated to Marius Petipa.
The Mariinsky II hosted a unique exhibition of original ballet costumes of the late 19th century and early 20th century. The exhibition also featured theatre props, repertoire books, photographs, playbills and other items from the Mariinsky Theatre archives. The Mariinsky Theatre has also prepared a digital exhibition, which is based on the exhibits of the Mariinsky Theatre archives and the collection of sketches of the St Petersburg State Theatre Library. The exhibition shows how Marius Petipa’s ballets transformed over the years and what changes were made to the choreographer’s productions. You can find the exhibition at the following link: www.mariinsky.ru/exhibitions/petipa200 Marius Petipa’s works will also be celebrated during the 2018/2019 season.

Tour performances at the Mariinsky Theatre
In the 2017/2018 season, the Mariinsky Theatre welcome ensembles from various cities and towns of Russia and 11 countries around the globe, including the US, China, Japan, Thailand, Finland, Estonia, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, and Italy. The highlight of the season was the tour of the Mariinsky Theatre branches in St Petersburg. The ballet company of the Far East branch visited St Petersburg three times. In January, the Primorsky Stage performed the ballets Le Corsaire, Giselle, Carmen Suite, and Prodigal Son, while to mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa they brought their own production of The Sleeping Beauty to St Petersburg. This production graced the playbill of the ensemble’s summer tour, which also featured such ballets as Le Corsaire and Giselle. Moreover, the Primorsky Stage’s opera production – Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev – was performed at the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights. The St Petersburg theatre-goers also had a chance to see the productions of the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch in Vladikavkaz). The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre saw a performance of the ballet The Picture of Dorian Gray to the music by Abel Korzeniowski, Murat Kabardokov, and Max Richter, while the historic stage hosted a performance of Khristof Pliev’s opera Kosta.

The following ensembles performed at the Mariinsky Theatre during the 2017/2018 season:
• the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra;
• the Andreyev State Russian Orchestra;
• Beijing Sunshine Art Delegation;
• Khon, Thai Mask Theatre;
• the Estonian National Opera;
• Collegium Vocale Gent;
• Peking Opera;
• Rastrelli Cello Quartet;
• the State Borodin Quartet;
• the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre;
• the Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble»;
• the Symphonica ARTica Symphony Orchestra;
• Orchestra MusicAeterna;
• the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan;
• the Prague Philharmonic Choir;
• the St Petersburg TV and Radio Children’s Chorus and the Grand Popov Children’s Chorus;
I Vocalisti Chamber Choir;
• the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the North Caucasus State Safonov Philharmonic;
• the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra;
• the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra;
Esbjerg Ensemble;
• the jazz trio Fusion Point;
• the Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra;
• the Treskatresk Quartet;
• the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Orchestra;
• AUN J Classic Orchestra;
• Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden;
• Chorus Teatro Regio Torino;
• the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center;
• Orfeón Pamplonés;
• the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

08.08.2018

Today is the closing day of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which ran from 24 July to 8 August at the venues of the Primorsky Stage

Today is the closing day of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which ran from 24 July to 8 August at the venues of the Primorsky Stage. Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades is the last performance on the festival’s playbill (8 August, 19.00). The production is staged by Yuri Temirkanov and stars Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Herman), Elena Stikhina (Liza), Larisa Diadkova (the Countess), Yulia Matochkina (Polina), Alexei Markov (Prince Yeletsky), and Roman Burdenko (Count Tomsky). The performance will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov.

Summary of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival
• 26 events held at 6 venues of Vladivostok and Ussuriysk;
• participants from 6 countries: Germany, South Korea, China, Russia, USA, Japan;
• leading ballet and opera soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre;
• famed conductors and renowned instrumentalists;
• new names: the fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program, the soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and Alexandra Dovgan, the winner of the Grand Piano Competition;
• 7 Far East premieres: Jules Massenet’s opera Don Quichotte staged by Yannis Kokkos, Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Richard Strauss’ Salome (concert performance); Ludwig Minkus’ ballet Don Quixote choreographed by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa’s original production, The Four Seasons choreographed by Ilya Zhivoi and set to the music by Max Richter (based on the music by Antonio Vivaldi), and Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky;
• new educational projects of the Primorsky Stage entitled Scenic Introduction.

On 24 July, the festival opened with the Far East premiere of Ludwig Minkus’ ballet Don Quixote choreographed by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa’s original production. The lead roles were performed by the stellar dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet. The festival continued with the premiere of The Four Seasons ballet staged by Ilya Zhivoi, which was preceded by a new educational project of the Primorsky Stage entitled Scenic Introduction. The ballet part of the festival closed with the premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky. Such dancers as Ekaterina Kondaurova, Nadezhda Batoeva, Kristina Shapran, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov, and Konstantin Zverev starred in the festival’s performances.

The concert programme of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival opened with a performance of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (Germany) and the Chamber Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The festival’s playbill was graced with the performances of violinists Miura Fumiaki (Japan) and Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan), as well as the recitals of the young pianist Alexandra Dovgan. The symphony music part of the festival’s programme concluded with a monographic concert Mozart, where the violinist Yeol Eum Son (South Korea) played solo in Piano Concerto No. 20. The performance of Mozart’s Requiem featured the Atkins Young Artists Program fellows, Evelina Agabalaeva, soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the baton of Pavel Smelkov.

The highlight of the festival’s operatic programme was the premiere of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde conducted by Valery Gergiev (and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov). Valery Gergiev also conducted the concert performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Richard Strauss’ Salome. The main roles in the productions were performed by the leading Mariinsky Opera soloists and guest stars, including Elena Stikhina, Irina Churilova, Yulia Matochkina, Mikhail Vekua, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Roman Burdenko, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Yuri Vorobiev, and Mikhail Petrenko. The performances of Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Opera soloists at the Primorsky Stage were preceded by their on-tour concerts in Guangzhou (China), where they presented the production of Sergei Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky. The festival also hosted the Far East premiere of the opera Don Quichotte staged by Yannis Kokkos. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte (act I) was performed at the Primorsky Stage for the first time with the participation of the fellows of the Atkins Young Artists Program. Other productions of the Primorsky Stage to be performed by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre at the festival include Georges Bizet’s Carmen staged by Daria Panteleeva and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades staged by Yuri Temirkanov.

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre’s season will continue with on-tour performances of the National Ballet of China and memorable productions from the theatre’s own repertoire, including such operas as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan and such ballets as Adolphe Adam’s Giselle, Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and many others. And on 11 September, the Primorsky Stage audiences will enjoy the premiere of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar's Bride staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev.

A quick reminder: the Primorsky Stage ballet is now successfully touring in St Petersburg, at the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The last on-tour performance, which will conclude the 2017/2018 season of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, is Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty (12 August).

08.08.2018

On 11 September and 12 September, the Mariinsky II will host the Russian premiere of The Dawns Here Are Quiet

On 11 September and 12 September, the Mariinsky II will host the Russian premiere of The Dawns Here Are Quiet. The opera was written by the famed Chinese composer Tang Jianping after Boris Vasilyev’s novel of the same name. The production will be performed by the largest Chinese music theatre – National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) – that is also a long time partner of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The opera The Dawns Here Are Quiet was commissioned by the National Centre for the Performing Arts to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism. It premiered in Beijing in 2015. According to Wan Fang, who is the author of the libretto, the tragic story of five female soldiers has truly shocked her. The feelings of sorrow, aversion to war and reverence for life she experienced while reading the novel were reflected in the libretto she was writing. Following the libretto, stage director Wang Xiaoying created a production, which seeks to show the brutality of war, the pain of military losses, the fragility of human life, eternal and universal human emotions.

The story unfolds retrospectively: the opera opens with an aria of the aged officer Vaskov, who came to the birch grove to lay flowers to the place of the female anti-aircraft gunmen’s heroic death. The creators of the opera sought to make every single female character unique and memorable. All female voices are different and the soloists include a coloratura soprano, a lyric soprano, a dramatic soprano, a mezzo-soprano, and a contralto. The chorus plays a special role in the opera as it gives ‘voice’ to the birch grove, while the authors simultaneously follow the Slavic and the Chinese traditions of breathing life into nature. According to the composer Tang Jianping, he was charged with a difficult task of stylistically adapting Russian music (including songs of the Soviet times) while looking at them through the prism of Chinese musical and theatrical esthetics.

02.08.2018

On 2 August and 3 August, the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble with Valery Gergiev at its helm will tour in China

On 2 August and 3 August, the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble with Valery Gergiev at its helm will tour in China. The Guangzhou Opera House will host a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky. It is a production of truly epic proportions (sophisticated decorations weighing over 60 tons, around 1,000 costumes, and more than 200 artists involved). The lead roles will be performed by Alexei Markov (Prince Andrei Bolkonsky), Violetta Lukyanenko (Natasha Rostova), Yekaterina Krapivina (Sonya), Olga Savova (Maria Akhrosimova), Vladimir Feliauer (Count Ilya Rostov), Yevgeny Akimov (Pierre Bezukhov), Yekaterina Sergeyeva (Hélène Bezukhova), Alexander Mikhailov (Anatol Kuragin), Yuri Vlasov (Dolokhov), Zlata Bulycheva (Princess Marya), Pavel Shmulevich (Field-Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov), and Alexander Nikitin (Napoleon). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The production (a joint project with the Metropolitan Opera) staged by Andrei Konchalovsky and designed by George Tsypin premiered on 11 March, 2000. It became one of the productions most shown on tour,while the geographical scope of the performances was quite vast. The opera travelled to many renowned venues around the world, including La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London, as well as a number of other European and Asian venues.

During the season, the Mariinsky Theatre often tours in China, visiting Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Harbin and many other major cities. The theatre also collaborates with many Chinese ensembles. On 31 July, for instance, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will welcome the China Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time, which will perform under the baton of Long Yu, its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. And one of the first major events of the 2018/19 season is the Russian premiere of Tang Jianping’s The Dawns Here Are Quiet, which is a production of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in China.

Moreover, Chinese musicians annually take part in the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok. On 3 August, as part of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, the Primorsky Philharmonic Hall will host a recital of the famous Chinese bass-baritone Shenyang, who is a prize-winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World international competition. Right after the closing of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, the Primorsky Stage will welcome on-tour performances of the National Ballet of China. On 11 August and 12 August, the company will present his own version of Ludwig Minkus’ ballet La Bayadère choreographed by Natalia Makarova on the basis of Marius Petipa’s and Vakhtang Chabukiani’s original choreography.

27.07.2018

From 29 July to 1 August, Valery Gergiev will perform in major cities of Japan at the closing concerts of the Pacific Music Festival (PMF), which runs from 7 July to 1 August

From 29 July to 1 August, Valery Gergiev will perform in major cities of Japan at the closing concerts of the Pacific Music Festival (PMF), which runs from 7 July to 1 August. This year’s festival is dedicated to its founder Leonard Bernstein, who is one of the most renowned conductors of the 20th century, as well as a pianist, teacher and composer. The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Leonard Bernstein, which is widely celebrated all over the globe.

On 29 July, the Kitara Sapporo Concert Hall will host a grand gala concert. The matinée part of the programme (15:00) will see a performance of Eugène Gigout’s Grand Choeur Dialogué (featured soloist: Martin Gregorius), fragments of Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide (conductor: Daniel Matsukawa), Claude Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for harp and strings (featured soloist: Mariko Anraku), and the official song of the Pacific Music Festival – Jupiter – set to the movement of Gustav Holst's The Planets suite (which is to be conducted by Valery Gergiev). Apart from the PMF Orchestra, the concert’s performers also include the Sapporo Otani University Choir, singer Akie Amou (soprano), as well as renowned musicians, who are a part of the PMF AMERICA programme. The soirée part (17:00) will see a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and Leonard Bernstein’s Halil for flute, string orchestra and percussion under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Denis Bouriakov (flute), who is a soloist with the MET Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will take part in the performance. On 31 July, the PMF Orchestra will perform at the Phoenix Hall of the International Conference Center Hiroshima under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The true highlight of the music forum is the concert at the famed Suntory Hall in Tokyo on 1 August. The programme of the closing concerts of the Pacific Music Festival also includes the works of Gustav Mahler and Leonard Bernstein.

The Mariinsky Theatre conductor Christian Knapp will make his debut with the PMF Orchestra at the festival. On 28 July, he will conduct a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 at the closing part of the traditional open-to-all Picnic Concert held at the Sapporo Art Park Outdoor Stage. Prior to the concert, the musicians will hold an open rehearsal at the Kitara Sapporo Concert Hall. Valery Gergiev has been the Artistic Director of the Pacific Music Festival since 2015, while the festival itself was created by Leonard Bernstein in 1990.

Right after the Pacific Music Festival, Valery Gergiev will head to China, where he will perform on tour with the Mariinsky Theatre on 2 August and 3 August. Sergei Prokofiev’s monumental opera War and Peace will be performed at the Guangzhou Opera House. Soon after, on 4 August and 5 August, Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Opera, and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform in Vladivostok at the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival.

26.07.2018

On 31 July (19:00), the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the debut performance of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. The young ensemble is distinguished by its own unique performance style. In St Petersburg, the musicians will present a programme which skilfully combines European and Asian musical traditions

On 31 July (19:00), the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the debut performance of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. The young ensemble is distinguished by its own unique performance style. In St Petersburg, the musicians will present a programme which skilfully combines European and Asian musical traditions. The orchestra will perform Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Ye Zou’s The Drunken Concubine (after a Peking opera) under the baton of its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Long Yu. The concert’s participants include Yi Wang, soloist of the Beijing Opera Theatre, and the 12-year-old violinist Paloma So, who is a prize-winner of the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Lublin (2015) and the Novosibirsk International Violin Competition (2016).

The China Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in Beijing in May of 2000 on the basis of the former China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, the orchestra has appeared in concerts in China and abroad. The ensemble also helped premiere scores of works by modern composers (for example, the 2001 premiere of Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 1, which was commissioned by the orchestra itself). Moreover, the China Philharmonic Orchestra regularly performs the music of Chinese composers. In 2002, the musicians went on their first world tour and gave a total of 22 concerts. In the following years, the ensemble has given multiple performances on tour in Europe and the USA. In 2009, the British Gramophone magazine featured the China Philharmonic Orchestra as one of the world's top 10 most inspiring orchestras alongside the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

This concert of the China Philharmonic Orchestra will conclude the 2017/2018 season at the  Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

23.07.2018

The III International Mariinsky Far East Festival will open at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok on 24 July. The festival will run till 8 August and will include Far East premieres of the Mariinsky Theatre’s productions, various events marking 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa, and performances by famed instrumentalists, conductors, opera and ballet stars

The III International Mariinsky Far East Festival will open at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok on 24 July. The festival will run till 8 August and will include Far East premieres of the Mariinsky Theatre’s productions, various events marking 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa, and performances by famed instrumentalists, conductors, opera and ballet stars.

The opening of the festival will be preceded by an open-to-all concert of the Orchestra of the Pacific Fleet of Russia under the baton of Ilya Sergeev on 24 July (18:00). The opening of the festival held at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will take place at 19:00. The opening night will see the Far East premiere of the classic Mariinsky Theatre production – Ludwig Minkus’ ballet Don Quixote – choreographed by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa’s original production (24 July and 25 July). The lead roles will be performed by the stellar dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet. On 24 July, Kimin Kim (Basilio), Renata Shakirova (Kitri), Ekaterina Kondaurova (Street Dancer), and Konstantin Zverev (Espada) will grace the stage, while on July 25 Timur Askerov (Basilio), Nadezhda Batoeva (Kitri), Kristina Shapran (Street Dancer), and Roman Belyakov (Espada) will perform in the production. On 26 July and 27 July, Vladivostok will see the premiere of The Four Seasons ballet set to the music of Max Richter (based on the famous violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi) and staged by Ilya Zhivoi. The ballet The Four Seasons is based on a sketch – one-act ballet SeasonS – which successfully premiered at the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival back in 2016. Now, two years later, the spectators will enjoy the full version of the young choreographer’s production. The solo parts will be performed by Ekaterina Kondaurova and Roman Belyakov (26 July), Kristina Shapran and Konstantin Zverev (27 July). The ballet part of the festival will close with the premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky. The performances will take place on 28 July and twice on 29 July (14:00 and 19:00). Alexei Ratmansky’s first grand ballet, created for the Mariinsky Theatre in 2001, has been a favorite with the St Petersburg public for many years, attracting audiences with its ironic and memorable interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev’s monumental score. The performances will mark the first time the production is presented in Vladivostok with the participation of the Mariinsky Theatre’s leading soloists. On 28 July, the lead roles will be performed by Kimin Kim (Prince), Renata Shakirova (Cinderella), and Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). On 29 July (14:00), Konstantin Zverev (Prince), Kristina Shapran (Cinderella), and Tatiana Tkachenko (Stepmother) will appear in the lead roles. The soirée performance (29 July, 19:00) will star Vladimir Shklyarov (Prince), Nadezhda Batoeva (Cinderella), and Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). The accompagnement will be provided by the Mariinsky Orchestra.

The concert programme of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival will open with a performance of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici with the Chamber Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on 27 July. Renowned violinist and conductor, Nasturica-Herschcowici is the Concertmaster of the Munich Philharmonic, as well as the head of the Munich Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble. The programme includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. On 25 July, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici will hold an open master-class at the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage. Another highlight of the festival’s concert programmes is the performance of violinists Miura Fumiaki and Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan) on 30 July. Miura Fumiaki is the youngest winner of the coveted Joseph Joachim Hannover International Violin Competition in its history. The violinist plays the Antonio Stradivarius 1704 violin, the Viotti. The Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage will see a performance of the overture from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Violin Concerto (both by Felix Mendelssohn), as well as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade that night. Yet another jewel of the concert playbill is the performance of the famed violinist Yeol Eum Son (South Korea) and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the baton of the renowned conductor Justus Frantz (Germany) on 7 August. Yeol Eum Son is a prize-winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. She successfully performed at the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok in 2016. This year’s visit to Vladivostok will be marked by a joint performance with Justus Frantz; the two musicians will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 for the first time ever. The concert’s programme also includes a performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the participation of the Atkins Young Artists Program fellows and Evelina Agabalaeva, soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

On 3 August and 5 August, Vladivostok will host two performances of the young pianist Alexandra Dovgan. She is just 11 years old and has already won the Grand Prix of the II International Grand Piano Competition. Alexandra Dovgan has already appeared in recitals in St Petersburg during the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights. At the Primorsky Stage, the pianist will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (3 August). The programme also includes Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture The Hebrides, or Fingal’s Cave. The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be conducted by Anton Shaburov. On 5 August, Alexandra Dovgan will appear in recital at the Chamber Hall. She will perform the works of François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Sergei Prokofiev, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marc-André Hamelin, Frédéric Chopin, Moritz Moszkowski, and Sergei Bortkiewicz. The festival’s concert programmes also include traditional on tour performances. On 29 July, the Chamber Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will perform the works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi at the House of Officers of the Russian Army in Ussuriysk. The famous Chinese bass-baritone Shenyang, who is a prize-winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World international competition, will present a solo programme at the Primorsky Philharmonic Hall on 3 August. The All-Russian Children’s Centre Ocean will host a concert by the fellows of the Atkins Young Artist Program on 5 August. The vocalists will perform arias and duets from operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, as well as famous songs and romances.

The operatic programme of the festival features Far East premieres of such operas as Jules Massenet’s Don Quichotte staged by Yannis Kokkos (31 July and 6 August) and Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Valery Gergiev (5 August). The main roles will be performed by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, namely Yulia Matochkina, Mikhail Vekua, Yevgeny Nikitin, Yuri Vorobiev, Mikhail Petrenko, and Andrey Serov. Concert performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Act I) with the participation of the Atkins Young Artist Program fellows on 1 August and Richard Strauss’ one-act musical drama Salome will mark yet another premiere at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Elena Stikhina, soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage, will appear in the title role. She previously gave a memorable performance of that same role at the premiere in St Petersburg in 2017. Yevgeny Nikitin will star as Jokanaan. The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of Valery Gergiev (4 August, 20:00). That same day maestro Valery Gergiev will also conduct the concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta featuring truly stellar performers: Irina Churilova, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Alexei Markov, Mikhail Petrenko, and Roman Burdenko (4 August, 16:00). Other productions of the Primorsky Stage to be performed by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre at the festival include Georges Bizet’s Carmen staged by Daria Panteleeva (2 August) and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades staged by Yuri Temirkanov, which will close the festival on 8 August. The performances will star Elena Stikhina, Irina Churilova, Larisa Diadkova, Yulia Matochkina, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Roman Burdenko, and Alexei Markov and will be conducted by Christian Knapp (2 August) and Pavel Smelkov (8 August).

You can view a more detailed playbill at the following link: www.prim.mariinsky.ru

20.07.2018

The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host summer performances of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre ballet company from 31 July to 12 August

The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host summer performances of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre ballet company from 31 July to 12 August. These on tour summer performances in St Petersburg have already become a tradition. The international ensemble of the Far East branch of the Mariinsky Theatre will bring its own versions of such classical productions as Giselle, Le Corsaire, and The Sleeping Beauty. The productions are based on the original choreography by the ballet master Marius Petipa, to whom the Mariinsky Theatre has dedicated many projects in 2018.

On 31 July, the tour will open with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie The Sleeping Beauty, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and revised by Konstantin Sergeev (1952) and Eldar Aliev (2017). The Sleeping Beauty premiere in May 2017 was prepared by the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre together with Tani Momoko Ballet (Japan), which provided stage decorations and costumes, as well as sent its soloists to take part in one of the premiere performances. St Petersburg audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy the ballet on 1 August, 2 August, and 11 August, as well as on 12 August, at the closing of the 235th season of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Apart from The Sleeping Beauty, the St Petersburg theatre-goers will have another chance to see the ballets Giselle and Le Corsaire, which were included into the tour programme of the Primorsky Stage in St Petersburg in January 2018. The performances of Adolphe Adam’s fantasy ballet Giselle choreographed by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa will take place on 3 August, 4 August, and 5 August. The colourful Adolphe Adam’s ballet Le Corsaire with the music by Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, and Pyotr Oldenburgsky and staged by Eldar Aliev, the head ballet master of the Mariinsky Theatre (using fragments of Marius Petipa’s choreography) will be performed on 7 August, 8 August, 9 August, and 10 August. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov and Anton Torbeev.

A quick reminder: to mark 200 years since the birth of the great ballet master, an online exhibition Petipa at the Mariinsky Theatre was opened on the Mariinsky Theatre website. The exhibition will help you to learn more about the creation of legendary ballets, which are now a part of the gold fund of classical ballet. The Mariinsky Theatre repertoire includes nine such ballets. The exhibition is based on the materials of the Mariinsky Theatre Archive and a collection of sketches of the St. Petersburg State Theatre Library. It shows how Petipa’s works have been transformed on their home stage and what changes have been made over time to Petipa’s choreographic masterpieces. You can find the exhibition at the following link: www.mariinsky.ru/about/exhibitions/petipa200

19.07.2018

The Mariinsky Theatre ensemble and Valery Gergiev will perform at the traditional summer festival of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany) from 20 July to 23 July, while the festival itself runs from 7 July to 23 July

The Mariinsky Theatre ensemble and Valery Gergiev will perform at the traditional summer festival of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany) from 20 July to 23 July, while the festival itself runs from 7 July to 23 July. The busy programme, which includes symphony music concerts and performances with the participation of the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev, will close the music forum held at one of the largest concert and theatre venues in Europe. Maestro Gergiev will travel to Baden-Baden from Switzerland, where on 19 July he will perform at the opening of the 2018 Verbier Festival.

On 20 July and 23 July, the Mariinsky Theatre will show its 2016/2017 season premiere, the opera Adriana Lecouvreur staged by Isabelle Partiot-Pieri. The lead roles will be performed by Tatiana Serjan (Adriana Lecouvreur), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Princess de Bouillon), Migran Agadzhanian (Maurice de Saxe), Alexei Markov (Michonnet), Dmitry Grigoriev (Prince de Bouillon), and Alexander Mikhailov (the Abbé de Chazeuil). Both soirée performances will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

On 21 July and 22 July, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform with one of the most popular pianists of his generation – Daniil Trifonov (who also won a Grammy award in 2018). On 21 July, they will perform Alexander Scriabin’s Piano Concerto as well as Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 2. On 22 July, an evening of Russian music will close the concert programme of the Festspielhaus for the 2017/2018 season. To be performed are Alexander Scriabin’s Symphony No. 3 and The Poem of Ecstasy, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

12.07.2018

On 12 July and 14 July, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will perform the closing concerts of the 2017/2018 season

On 12 July and 14 July, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will perform the closing concerts of the 2017/2018 season.

On 12 July, the German musicians will perform under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev at the Philharmonie Gasteig. The ensemble will close the season with a performance of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 at their home venue. Worth noting is that the composer’s works were also performed at the opening of the Munich Philharmonic season in September of 2017 (Symphonies No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4).

On 14 July, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic will appear in their final concert of the 2017/2018 season. The traditional open-air concert will take place in the Odeonsplatz in Munich. The programme includes symphonic excerpts and arias from operas by Hector Berlioz, Jules Massenet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, as well the symphonic suite Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Featured soloist for the performance is the famed Peruvian opera singer Juan Diego Flórez, who is one of the most popular operatic tenors in the world with his rare voice known as the tenore di grazia.

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic’s future joint concerts are planned for September as part of the ensemble’s Switzerland tour.

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