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23.07.2019

The CVIII Bayreuth Festival opens on 25 July with a premiere of Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser at the Festspielhaus

The CVIII Bayreuth Festival opens on 25 July with a premiere of Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser at the Festspielhaus.

Stage director Tobias Kratzer and his regular collaborator, the set and costume designer Rainer Sellmaier, were invited to work on the production. The title role will be performed by American heldentenor Stephen Gould, the role of Elisabeth by rising opera star Lise Davidsen, the role of Venus by Russian singers Elena Zhidkova and Ekaterina Gubanova, the role of Wolfram von Eschenbach by Markus Eiche, the role of Hermann by Stephen Milling and the role of Walther von der Vogelweide by Daniel Behle. The Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. This production will be the ninth stage version of the opera Tannhäuser (Dresden version) at the Bayreuth Festival.

The premiere is to be broadcast via the classical music portal BR-KLASSIK and will also be shown in more than twenty cinemas in Germany.

Performances of Tannhäuser under Valery Gergiev will also take place at the festival on 28 July and 13, 17, 21 and 25 August.

22.07.2019

On 24 July the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the opening of the IV International Far East Festival Mariinsky (Vladivostok), which will run until 9 August and will include Far East premieres of Mariinsky Theatre productions, events marking the 175th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the 180th anniversary of the birth of Modest Musorgsky and appearances by outstanding musicians and conductors and opera and ballet stars

On 24 July the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the opening of the IV International Far East Festival Mariinsky (Vladivostok), which will run until 9 August and will include Far East premieres of Mariinsky Theatre productions, events marking the 175th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the 180th anniversary of the birth of Modest Musorgsky and appearances by outstanding musicians and conductors and opera and ballet stars.

On the eve of the music forum’s opening, there will be a recital by acclaimed French pianist Lucas Debargue, a prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (23 July). The IV International Far East Festival Mariinsky (Vladivostok) opens with the Far East premiere of Reinhold Glière’s ballet The Bronze Horseman staged by Yuri Smekalov (24 and 25 July). Created in 1949 by Rostislav Zakharov, this ballet was given a new stage treatment in the spring of 2016 as part of the International Ballet Festival Mariinsky. Rostislav Zakharov’s choreography has been passed on to dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet by coaches of the previous generation who had danced in that production in the Soviet era, while choreographer Yuri Smekalov is the creator of new sections in the ballet. The lead roles are to be performed by a stellar cast of the Mariinsky Ballet. On 24 July there will be Renata Shakirova, winner of Russia-K TV channel’s competition Grand Ballet (2016), and Vladimir Shklyarov, principal dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet and the Bayerische Staatsballett, while on 25 July there will be lead Mariinsky Ballet soloists Yekaterina Osmolkina and Alexander Sergeyev. 27 and 28 July will see the first Far East performances of Léo Delibes’ ballet Sylvia with choreography by Frederick Ashton. The lead roles in this neoclassical production will be performed by the finest Mariinsky Theatre dancers – artists both already known to audiences and up-and-coming talent. On 27 July this will be Timur Askerov (Aminta) and Viktoria Tereshkina (Sylvia), followed on 28 July by Kimin Kim (Aminta) and Nadezhda Batoeva (Sylvia). For Viktoria Tereshkina, People’s Artist of Russia and prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theatre, this will be her first appearance in Vladivostok. During the festival there will also be two gala evenings by Mariinsky Ballet principal dancers who are admired throughout the world – Kimin Kim (26 July) and Vladimir Shklyarov (29 July). The dancers will be presenting one-act ballets, choreographic miniatures and pieces that have become their “calling cards”. The programme compiled by Kimin Kim also includes a vivid ballet premiere from the Mariinsky Theatre’s 2018-19 season – Push Comes to Shove, staged by legendary American choreographer Twyla Tharp. Both gala evenings will feature Viktoria Tereshkina and Nadezhda Batoeva, and Kimin Kim’s evening will also feature Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova.

The concert programme of the IV International Far East Festival Mariinsky opens on 28 July with a performance by Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, leader of the Münchner Philharmoniker, acclaimed violinist and conductor with the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Another tradition of the festival comes with Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici conducting performances by the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble – Mariinsky Theatre musicians who play unique early instruments crafted by maestri of the Cremona school. The ensemble’s concert will take place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on 30 July, followed by another on 2 August in Vladivostok. The playbill will continue equally strongly with a performance by Japanese pianist Kanon Matsuda, a prize-winner at international competitions, together with a combination of musicians from the Mariinsky and Primorsky Stage Orchestras under the baton of Shizuo Z Kuwahara (30 July). That evening promises to be yet another festive event in the calendar of concerts and performances celebrating one hundred and seventy-five years since the birth of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and one hundred and eighty years since the birth of Modest Musorgsky. On 4 August at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will accompany the famed Japanese violinist Miura Fumiaki, recipient of the 1st prize, Critics’ Prize and Audience Award at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover. Acclaimed international ensembles attending the festival are to include the China Philharmonic Orchestra under the orchestra’s Principal Conductor Xia Xiaotang. On 6 August the musicians will be performing together with young Chinese pianist An Tianxu, prize-winner at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition. On 8 August the internationally acclaimed conductor Justus Frantz (Germany) will be appearing in a dual role – as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and as a soloist in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21.

The festival playbill also includes the Far East premieres of the operas Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti staged by Andrea De Rosa and conducted by Pavel Smelkov (31 July and 5 August) and Parsifal by Richard Wagner staged by Tony Palmer (3 August), as well as a concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera The Enchantress with Valery Gergiev conducting (4 August). The main roles will be performed by lead Mariinsky Opera soloists – Albina Shagimuratova, Maria Bayankina, Yulia Matochkina, Anna Kiknadze, Mikhail Vekua, Yuri Vorobiev, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Stanislav Trofimov and talented young vocalists who are grant-recipients of the Atkins Program.

Primorsky Stage productions that may be seen at the festival with lead soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage include Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev (1 August), Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca staged by Hans-Joachim Frey (7 August) and a premiere from the current season – Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida staged by Alexei Stepanyuk (9 August).

19.07.2019

From 23 July to 4 August the historic Mariinsky Theatre will host a traditional summer tour by the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. This year the company is coming to St Petersburg for the fifth time

From 23 July to 4 August the historic Mariinsky Theatre will host a traditional summer tour by the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. This year the company is coming to St Petersburg for the fifth time. The tour programme includes Giselle with choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, the one-act ballet Prodigal Son with choreography by George Balanchine and Le Corsaire and The Firebird staged by Eldar Aliev, Principal Choreographer of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. During previous visits the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage have already performed these productions at the Mariinsky Theatre, proving a great success with St Petersburg audiences.

The tour opens on 23 July with Adolphe Adam's fantasy ballet Giselle with choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa. The ballet will also be performed on 24, 30 and 31 July. On 27 and 28 July and 3 and 4 August there will be performances of Adolphe Adam's ballet Le Corsaire with additional music by Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo and Pyotr Oldenburgsky in a production staged by Eldar Aliev, Principal Choreographer of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (using highlights of the choreography by Marius Petipa).

As well as these classical productions, on 1 and 2 August St Petersburg audiences will have the opportunity to see the one-act ballets Prodigal Son by Sergei Prokofiev with choreography by George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird staged by Eldar Aliev.

The lead roles in the tour's performances will be danced by leading soloists of the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre including Anna Samostrelova, Irina Sapozhnikova, Kanat Nadyrbek and Sergei Umanets among others.

17.07.2019

On 18 July the XXVI Verbier Festival opens with a concert by the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, who since 2018 has been the ensemble's Music Director

On 18 July the XXVI Verbier Festival opens with a concert by the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, who since 2018 has been the ensemble's Music Director. At the main venue of the acclaimed Swiss forum – the Salle des Combins – there will be a performance of Dmitry Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony and Béla Bartók's Second Violin Concerto. The solo in the violin concerto will be performed by famed virtuoso Kristóf Baráti. This will be the musician's first appearance with the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

On 22 July Valery Gergiev will conduct a concert performance of Richard Strauss' opera Die Frau ohne Schatten featuring world-class soloists.

The XXVI Verbier Festival runs from 18 July to 3 August and its programme includes fifty-six concerts featuring over seventy-five major musicians from across the globe and more than two hundred and twenty talented young performers. The festival will be hosting appearances by acclaimed Russian musicians including Vadim Repin (violin), Mischa Maisky (cello), pianists Behzod Abduraimov, Evgeny Kissin, Denis Matsuev, Sergei Redkin, Grigory Sokolov and Daniil Trifonov among others. Live broadcasts of the festival's concerts may be watched on medici.tv and RTS Espace 2.

The Verbier Festival was founded in 1994. In 2018 Valery Gergiev, the Festival Orchestra's Music Director, opened the XXV festival.

17.07.2019

On 24 and 28 October at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev will be conducting the first premiere of the 2019-20 season – Claude Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande. The Stage Director, Costume Designer and Set Designer, in collaboration with Marsel Kalmagambetov, is Anna Matison

On 24 and 28 October at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev will be conducting the first premiere of the 2019-20 season – Claude Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande. The Stage Director, Costume Designer and Set Designer, in collaboration with Marsel Kalmagambetov, is Anna Matison.

Of the more than ten opera projects that Claude Debussy seriously considered, he completed only one – Pelléas et Mélisande. The work based on the eponymous play by Maurice Maeterlinck was completed in 1895, but attempts to stage it did not meet with immediate success. In 1902 the premiere took place at the Opéra Comique under André Messager. At that time, the score's lack of songs and dances, choruses and ensembles, its undertones and its extremely precise reproduction, which had concerned the composer, left audiences perplexed. But, with time, appreciation of the work grew, and for French people this opera by Claude Debussy became a matter of national pride. In Russia Pelléas et Mélisande was first presented in 1915 at the Petrograd Theatre of Musical Drama and then was not performed again in St Petersburg for almost a century. It was only in 2012 that the Mariinsky Theatre turned to it, offering a production by Stage Director Daniel Kramer.

In October at the Mariinsky Theatre several acclaimed ensembles will be appearing. On 5 October at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a concert by the World Orchestra for Peace conducted by Valery Gergiev. This unique ensemble, which gives just a few performances each year, comprises musicians from seventy orchestras from more than forty countries. It was founded in 1995 by the famed conductor Sir Georg Solti, and in 1997 Valery Gergiev took over at the helm.

On 20 October at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre as part of the festival International Conservatoire Week there will be the St Petersburg premiere of British composer Oliver Knussen's opera Where the Wild Things Are (1983), written after motifs from the eponymous children's book by American author and artist Maurice Sendak. The concert version of the work will present festival guests – the Shadwell Opera (London). On 26 October at the Concert Hall there will also be a closing concert of the XIX International Conservatoire Week festival.

On 21 October at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a performance by the orchestra musicAeterna under its Artistic Director Teodor Currentzis. Founded in 2004, today the orchestra musicAeterna is one of the most popular ensembles in the field of authentic performance. The orchestra's recordings, released on Sony Classical, receive prestigious music prizes and awards each year.

From 11 to 19 October at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the International Organ Festival will take place for the seventh time. This year's participants include musicians from Russia, France, Austria and Italy, many of whom will be performing for the first time at the Mariinsky Theatre. At the festival the organ will host solo and duet performances, together with piano and orchestra, and the concert programmes will feature transcriptions, improvisations and classics from the organ repertoire. The festival will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the organ's inauguration at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

13.07.2019

On 14 July at Odeonsplatz in Munich there will be a concert by Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker as part of the 2018-19 season. The monograph programme of the traditional open-air Klassik am Odeonsplatz will be dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven and includes the overture Corolian, Symphony No 5 and Piano Concerto No 5

On 14 July at Odeonsplatz in Munich there will be a concert by Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker as part of the 2018-19 season. The monograph programme of the traditional open-air Klassik am Odeonsplatz will be dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven and includes the overture Corolian, Symphony No 5 and Piano Concerto No 5. The ensemble will be joined by Daniil Trifonov, the acclained pianist, recipient of a  Grammy award and prize-winner at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. The concert will be broadcast live throughout the world by the major classical music channel medici.tv, as well as on TV channel BR-alpha and BR-klassik radio.

The 2018-19 season was an anniversary for the Münchner Philharmoniker – in October 2018 the orchestra celebrated one hundred and twenty-five years since it was founded. This remarkable date was celebrated with Valery Gergiev's festival 360 Degrees, which opened at the Philharmonie in Gasteig on 13 October – esactly one hundred and twenty-five years since the first concert by the orchestra (13 October 1893).

The first collaborations between Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker in the 2019-20 season are scheduled for September as part of a tour by the orchestra in cities in Germany and at the orchestra's home venue in Munich.

07.07.2019

On 9 July as part of the Year of Music of Great Britain and Russia the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the Russian premiere of contemporary British composer George Benjamin's opera Lessons in Love and Violence (concert performance). Guest soloists and the London Chamber Orchestra – Great Britain's oldest chamber music ensemble – will be led by Oliver Zeffman, a young conductor famed for his active support of contemporary music

On 9 July as part of the Year of Music of Great Britain and Russia the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the Russian premiere of contemporary British composer George Benjamin's opera Lessons in Love and Violence (concert performance). Guest soloists and the London Chamber Orchestra – Great Britain's oldest chamber music ensemble – will be led by Oliver Zeffman, a young conductor famed for his active support of contemporary music. The vocal roles will be performed by Mark Stone (the King), Susanna Hurrell (Isabel), Ross Ramgobin (Gaveston / the Stranger), Toby Spence (Mortimer), James Way (the Boy / the Young King), Sheva Tehoval (a Witness / a Singer), Angela Simkin (a Witness / a Singer) and Barnaby Rea (the Madman). Stage Director: Jack Furness.

Lessons in Love and Violence, written in 2018 together with playwright Martin Crimp, is George Benjamin's third opera. The libretto is based on the play Edward II by Christopher Marlowe, a predecessor of William Shakespeare. The story tells of the relationship between Edward II and the English courtier Piers Gaveston, whom the King elevated to his Court. The musical structure of the opera is rich in the sounds of instruments that are unusual for an orchestra – the Iranian tombak, the African "speaking" drum and the Hungarian cymbals.

George Benjamin's previous opus Written on Skin (2012), composed for the Aix en Provence Festival, was staged by Kate Mitchell and has become one of the most successful contemporary operas. In 2017 it was brought to Russia, where after its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre there was a concert performance at the Mariinsky Theatre. The production of Lessons in Love and Violence was also staged by Kate Mitchell, winning praise from London critics and audiences, and it is to St Petersburg – for the first time in Russia – that the production team have brought their new work (concert performance). The opera Lessons in Love and Violence is a shared project between the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Staatsoper in Hamburg, the Opéra de Lyon, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Madrid's Teatro Real.

George Benjamin began writing music at the age of seven, and at the age of sixteen he became a pupil of Olivier Messiaen. In 1980 an orchestral piece by the twenty-year-old composer was performed at the BBC Proms. Despite that success, the composer's first opera – the forty-minute Into the Little Hill – only appeared in 2006. That event occurred one year after the composer met his now constant collaborator, the librettist and playwright Martin Crimp.

"As a passionate admirer of Russian art, literature, film and (in particular) music, I am indescribably happy to be coming to St Petersburg for the first time in my life. I dream of seeing the city where many of my favourite composers once lived and worked. For me it is a great honour that the Russian premiere of my new opera will take place during the Stars of the White Nights festival," says George Benjamin.

06.07.2019

From 11 to 19 October the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the International Organ Festival for the seventh time. Participants this year include musicians from Russia, France, Austria and Italy, many of whom are making their first appearances at the Mariinsky Theatre. There will be solo and duet performances on the organ, as well as together with piano and orchestra, while the concert programmes include transcriptions, improvisations and classical organ repertoire

From 11 to 19 October the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the International Organ Festival for the seventh time. Participants this year include musicians from Russia, France, Austria and Italy, many of whom are making their first appearances at the Mariinsky Theatre. There will be solo and duet performances on the organ, as well as together with piano and orchestra, while the concert programmes include transcriptions, improvisations and classical organ repertoire.

On 11 October (19.00) the VII International Organ Festival opens with a performance by acclaimed French organist, teacher and composer Thierry Escaich together with the Mariinsky Orchestra.

New names at the festival include Johannes Zeinler – recipient of the Grand Prix at one of the world's oldest and most prestigious organ competitions, the Grand Prix de Chartres (France, 2018), which opens the path to the world stage for many musicians. On 16 October (19.00) the organist will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Robert Schumann, August Gottfried Ritter and Franz Schmidt. Prize-winners and finalists of the Grand Prix de Chartres, where contestants compete once every two years as performers and improvisers, have become regular guests at the Mariinsky Theatre. Since 2016, on the initiative of Valery Gergiev, the most promising prize-winners have been granted a special award – the opportunity to perform at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Also making his debut at the festival will be the Italian musician Davide Mariano – artist in residence at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis in New Orleans and an acclaimed performer of a vast repertoire ranging from medieval works to contemporary opuses. At the festival, his programme will also include works by diverse composers – from Johann Sebastian Bach to Sergei Prokofiev (12 October, 19.00).

The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting its first performance by French organist Jean-Baptiste Monnot – a pupil of the acclaimed organ maestri Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard and Jean Guillou, principal organist of the Abbaye Saint-Ouen de Rouen. His concert is to be dedicated to French composer organists, and he will be performing a work by Jean Guillou, one of his mentors. Regular festival participants include the St Petersburg organists Daniil Protsyuk, who together with pianist Zarina Shimanskaya will perform music by French composers for organ and piano (14 October, 19.00), and Marina Väisä, who at the festival will present a programme for a younger audience (19 October, 12.00).

The festival will conclude with an unusual organ duo from France – the titular organist of the Saint Nicholas Cathedral Monaco, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Olivier Vernet and doctor of medicine Cédric Meckler (19 October, 19.00). For their visit to Russia, the musicians have selected a programme of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau, many of which will be performed in original transcriptions by Olivier Vernet and Cédric Meckler.

05.07.2019

On 6 July Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Alexandre Kantorow (prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, piano category will open the Summer Festival at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, which runs from 6 to 14 July

On 6 July Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Alexandre Kantorow (prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, piano category will open the Summer Festival at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, which runs from 6 to 14 July. The orchestra is setting out for Germany immediately after the close of the XXVII Gergiev Festival in Mikkeli (Finland). The Mariinsky Theatre tour forms part of the Russian Seasons cultural project which in 2019 is being held in Germany.

At the opening concert, Valery Gergiev will conduct works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Richard Wagner – there will be highlights from Richard Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung (soloist – Eva-Maria Westbroek) and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony (Pathétique). Alexandre Kantorow, recipient of the 1st prize and the Grand Prix at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition together with the Mariinsky Orchestra will be performing Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 2, which the musician performed in the finale of the competition.

The next day, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will be appearing with the renowned violinist and music teacher Daniel Hope. He will perform the solo in Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2. The programme also includes Dmitry Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony Leningrad.

The festival’s culmination comes with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Simon Boccanegra staged by Andrea de Posa (9 July). The lead roles will be performed by Plácido Domingo (Simon Boccanegra), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Jacopo Fiesco), Tatiana Serjan (Maria Boccanegra, known as Amelia Grimaldi), Otar Jorjikia (Gabriele Adorno) and Roman Burdenko (Paolo Albiani). Conductor – Valery Gergiev.

The festival concludes with a recital by Anna Netrebko (soprano). The piano will be performed by Malcolm Martineau. The programme, which includes songs and romances by French, American, German, Caech, British and Russian composers, has already proved a success in Austria, the Czech Republic, the USA and Russia – the singer presented the programme at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in November 2018.

03.07.2019

On 8 September the Mariinsky Theatre will open the 2019-20 season at two venues. At 16.00 at the Concert Hall Valery Gergiev will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra. At 19.30 at the Mariinsky II there will be a performance of an opera that premiered in the 2018-19 season – Giacomo Puccini's La fanciulla del West, staged by Arnaud Bernard. Valery Gergiev will be conducting

On 8 September the Mariinsky Theatre will open the 2019-20 season at two venues. At 16.00 at the Concert Hall Valery Gergiev will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra. At 19.30 at the Mariinsky II there will be a performance of an opera that premiered in the 2018-19 season – Giacomo Puccini's La fanciulla del West, staged by Arnaud Bernard. The lead roles will be performed by Maria Bayankina (Minnie), Akhmed Agadi (Dick Johnson), Kirill Zharovin (Jack Rance), Andrei Popov (Nick), Oleg Sychov (Ashby), Sergei Romanov (Sonora) and Gleb Peryazev (Jake Wallace). Valery Gergiev will be conducting.

14 and 15 September at the Mariinsky II will see the Russian premiere of the innovative show Sleeping Beauty Dreams, which had its world premiere in December 2018 in the USA. Edward Klug is the choreographer, Tobias Gremmler is the set designer, Bart Hess is the costume designer, Laurent Fort is the lighting designer and the music is by NOISIA / Thijs de Vlieger. The lead role will be performed by Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva, who will be partnered by Marijn Rademaker (Het Nationale Ballet).

September will also see repertoire productions at the Mariinsky II: the ballets Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella and the operas Eugene Onegin, The Enchantress, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly and Adriana Lecouvreur with Mariinsky Opera and Ballet soloists. At the Concert Hall there will be a series of performances by prize-winners of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, which ended on 29 June 2019 and revealed to the world young, new and dazzling musicians who were prize-winners in the categories "piano", "violin", "cello", "solo singing", "woodwind instruments" and "brass instruments".

Performances on the playbill of the Concert Hall include premieres of the 2018-19 season – productions of Richard Wagner's opera Tannhäuser and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Kashchey the Immortal (conducted by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev), as well as a concert performance of Alexander von Zemlinsky's opera Der Zwerg, which will be performed at the Mariinsky Theatre for the first time on 4 July as part of the Stars of the White Nights festival.

On 26 September the Concert Hall will host the first evening of the project Film Music at the Mariinsky. A screening of Grigori Kozintsev's film Hamlet will be accompanied by live music. The score for the film, released in 1964, was composed by Dmitry Shostakovich.

Young audiences will be treated to the first concerts in the subscription series A Guide to the Orchestra, developed to introduce the symphony orchestra as an integrated musical organism, and The Academy of Young Theatre-Goers, which through interactive concerts and lectures reveals how opera and ballet productions are created.

The season at the historic Mariinsky Theatre opens on 21 September with Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Other ballets to be performed in September at the historic theatre include Michel Fokine's Pétrouchka and Carnaval, Raymonda with choreography by Marius Petipa and Rostislav Zakharov's The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, performances of which are to be dedicated to two important dates – marking eighty-five years since the ballet's world premiere and eighty years since the birth of Alla Sizova, People's Artist of the USSR.

In October there will be the first music festival of the 2019-20 season at the Mariinsky Theatre – the International Organ Festival. Between 11 and 19 October the Concert Hall will play host to eight acclaimed organists. The VII International Organ Festival will be opened by Thierry Escaich and the Mariinsky Orchestra.

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