26.08.2016

On 30 and 31 August at the Berwaldhallen Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

On 30 and 31 August at the Berwaldhallen Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The programme includes works by Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich.

The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform works by Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No 2 (soloist – Daniel Lozakovitj) and Symphony No 3 (30 August at 22:00), as well as the symphonic tale for children Peter and the Wolf, featuring Swedish theatre and film actor Leif Andrée as the Narrator (31 August at 17:00).

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 4 and Piano Concerto No 2 (soloist – Alexander Romanovsky, 31 August at 19:00).

Established by Valery Gergiev, Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and former director of the Berwaldhallen concert hall Michael Tyden with the aim of collaboration in solving problems of the ecology in the Baltic Sea region, this annual Swedish festival has run since 2003. In line with tradition, the days that the festival runs are filled with seminars, symposiums and exhibitions focussing on the region's ecology.

Valery Gergiev is "convinced that for future generations the fate of the Baltic Sea is of vital importance" and that "the theme of ecology has the most fundamental significance." This year the Baltic Sea Festival runs from 28 August to 4 September. For details please go to: www.sverigesradio.se

16.08.2016

From 1 – 4 November 2016 the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the II All-Russian competition and festival Music of the World. The idea of running a music forum where ethnic and classical music are brought together at one venue was the brainchild of the great pianist Boris Berezovsky

From 1 – 4 November 2016 the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the II All-Russian competition and festival Music of the World. The idea of running a music forum where ethnic and classical music are brought together at one venue was the brainchild of the great pianist Boris Berezovsky.

The Music of the World competition and festival is run with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and introduces audiences to unique folklore performers of Russia who painstakingly collect and continue the musical traditions of their ancestors. At the same time, they also present rarely performed works by the great classics and new pieces by contemporary composers, the source of inspiration for which has been and remains folk music.

Continuing the life of folk art, which is still alive in the depths of our souls, and to demonstrate how, partially transformed, it resounds in classical music is the principal mission of the Music of the World festival.

This year audiences can expect several revelations – there will be two premieres at a gala concert. Especially for the festival, Alexander Tchaikovsky has composed a Piano Concerto also featuring Russian folk instruments. The piano role will be performed by Boris Berezovsky. The second premiere of the festival will be a Chamber Symphony Orchestra Concerto which was composed by Kuzma Bodrov who chose the gusli as the solo instrument. Finally, the folklore ensembles who come to the festival from all of Russia's regions will present a dazzling and mosaic-like musical map of the world in which we live.

Programme of events at the Music of the World competition and festival:
From 1-3 November at the Prokofiev Hall of the Mariinsky II there will be special concerts featuring fifteen unique folkloric Russian ensembles chosen by the Expert Committee on the basis of video material that has been submitted.

On 4 November the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the final gala concert, where together with stars of world classical music there will be performances by six folkloric ensembles that have been selected as finalists for a music and folklore marathon.

Audiences can expect brilliant folk-music performers on the festival's website and choose the ensemble they like best. The ensemble that gets most on-line votes will take part in the festival! Please register your vote at the site www.muzikazemli.ru.

12.08.2016

On 10 August the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival concluded with a grand concert by the Combined Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev with the participation of the internationally acclaimed Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos and South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son

Results of the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival in Vladivostok in figures:

• over 12 days there were 27 performances and concerts;
• more than 300 participants – international stars from 12 countries;
• 7 concert venues in Vladivostok and Ussuriysk as well as on the deck of the rocket cruiser Varyag;
• more than 20, 000 visitors from Russia, China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the USA and Europe.

On 10 August the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival concluded with a grand concert by the Combined Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev with the participation of the internationally acclaimed Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos and South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son.

The I Mariinsky International Far East Festival in Vladivostok at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre saw the first performances of the operas Betrothal in a Monastery by Sergei Prokofiev and Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. The operas, transferred from the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, featured internationally acclaimed performers - "the finest Cio-Cio-San in the world" Ana María Martínez (Puerto Rico) and soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre – People's Artists of Russia Larisa Diadkova, Sergei Aleksashkin and Yuri Laptev, Honoured Artist of Russia Yevgeny Akimov and prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Yulia Matochkina among others. Yuri Temirkanov's production of the opera The Queen of Spades was performed by Mariinsky Theatre soloists Larisa Diadkova, Mikhail Vekua and Yulia Matochkina. The performances featured the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra and soloists and the Chorus and Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The ballet playbill of the festival included the finest works of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers project – the one-act productions SeasonS by Ilya Zhivoi, Pavlovsk by Maxim Petrov and Choreographic Game 3x3 by Anton Pimonov. Highlights of the ballet playbill included performances by internationally acclaimed Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerinas Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Ekaterina Kondaurova and Oxana Skorik. Diana Vishneva and internationally acclaimed dancer Vladimir Malakhov presented the ballet Spartacus and I by Hans van Manen, as well as an artistic meeting and autograph session. Ulyana Lopatkina danced twice at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre – in Jerome Robbins' ballet In the Night and in the choreographic miniature Melody by Asaf Messerer. The ballerina was partnered by Mariinsky Ballet first soloist Andrei Yermakov. During the festival prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova appeared in the ballets Carmen-Suite, Symphony in C, In the Night, SeasonS and Choreographic Game 3x3. Among others taking part in the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival were Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Oxana Skorik, Mariinsky Theatre principal dancers Danila Korsuntsev and Yevgeny Ivanchenko, first soloist of the Opéra de Paris Hannah O'Neill, up-and-coming South Korean star Soo Bin Lee and Mariinsky Ballet soloists Alexander Sergeyev, Xander Parish and Yekaterina Osmolkina among others. Also on stage with them were lead soloists of the Primorsky company Irina Sapozhnikova, Sergei Umanets and artists of the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The performances featured the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The symphony music playbill of the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival featured the names of world stars as well as young performers who have already made a name for themselves: the young virtuoso pianists Alexander Malofeev, Shio Okui, Kanon Matsuda and Lao Xieng Thien, as well as Dmitry Masleev, Sergei Redkin, Seong-Jin Cho, Yeol Eum Son, Dasol Kim and Tae-Hyung Kim, violinists Leonidas Kavakos, Yu-Chien Tseng, Akiko Suwanai, Clara-Jumi Kang and Nigel Armstrong, cellists Seung Min Kang and Oleg Sendetsky and trumpeter Timur Martynov.

Performances by the fabled Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev took place at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and on board the flagship cruiser Varyag of the Pacific Ocean Fleet. Also appearing at the festival with the ensemble were South Korean conductor Min Chung, Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre Pavel Smelkov and Principal Guest Conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre Vladislav Karklin.

The festival's chamber music programme presented Russian audiences with rising star musicians from South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan. At the Small Hall of the Primorsky Stage there were appearances by prize-winning virtuosi of the I International Young Pianists' Grand Piano Competition Shio Okui and Lao Xieng Thien as well as Kanon Matsuda, Dasol Kim and Tae-Hyung Kim, prize-winners at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition violinist Yu-Chien Tseng and pianist Sergei Redkin. An evening of opera featured prize-winners of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar (Mongolia) and Yulia Matochkina (Russia) as well as South Korean soprano Sunhae Im.

Notable festival events included performances by the unique Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble, a concert by the Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera at the close of the exchange of Children of the World at the All-Russian Ocean Children's Centre, as well as a concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra and soloists of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre at the Ussuriysk House of Officers of the Russian Army. Also taking part in the festival was the Orchestra of the Russian Pacific Ocean Fleet under conductors Major Andrei Popov and Captain Ilya Sergeyev.

The new 2016-17 season at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre opens on 13 August. The first performance of the season will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte (13 and 14 August) staged by Alain Maratrat, the premiere of which proved a great success in May 2016.

Also in August, there will be performances of the operas La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (19 August), The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (21 August) and Carmen by Georges Bizet (27 August) and the ballets The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (20 August), Giselle by Adolphe Adam (26 August) and Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (28 August).

The September playbill will bring audiences the Vladivostok premieres of the one-act ballets Bambi and In the Jungle after motifs of the novels by Felix Salten staged by Anton Pimonov set to music by Andrei Golovin and Alexander Lokshin (24 and 25 September). There will also be a new project – from 18 to 22 September at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a Beethoven Marathon. One of the most dazzling representatives of the Russian piano school Alexei Volodin accompanied by the Primorsky Stage Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Pavel Smelkov will perform every piano concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Elena Stikhina, prize-winner at the XXIV Interenational Operalia Competiion, will be appearing in operas; the singer will perform as Lisa and Tatiana in Pyotr Tchaikovsky's operas The Queen of Spades (1 September) and Eugene Onegin (4 September), as well as in the role of Violetta Valéry in Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata (8 September).

One key event of the ballet playbill will be the appearance of rising star from South Korea Soo Bin Lee in Adolphe Adam's ballet Giselle (9 September).

Moreover, the September playbill also includes the operas Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (11 September), The Love for Three Oranges by Sergei Prokofiev (15 September) and Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (29 September) and the ballets Le Corsaire by Adolphe Adam (2 September), The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (17 September) and The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (30 September).

11.08.2016

On 10 August following a press-conference dedicated to the opening of the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival, the Artistic Director of the festival Valery Gergiev and Artistic Director of the PyeongChang Music Festival & School (South Korea) Mrs Myung-Wha Chung signed an agreement on collaboration

On 10 August following a press-conference dedicated to the opening of the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival, the Artistic Director of the festival Valery Gergiev and Artistic Director of the PyeongChang Music Festival & School (South Korea) Mrs Myung-Wha Chung signed an agreement on collaboration.

The agreement envisages the active artistic collaboration of the two festivals, exchanges of participants and combined work to advance the popularity of classical art in countries of the Asian-Pacific region. The festival partners also agreed on combining efforts to develop music education. The PyeongChang Music Festival & School is one of the most famous international music festivals. Each year in July and August internationally renowned musicians assemble in a suburb of the South Korean city of PyeongChang to take part in the event.

09.08.2016

Immediately following the close of the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival in Vladivostok the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev are setting out on a European tour

Immediately following the close of the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival in Vladivostok the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev are setting out on a European tour.

On 12 and 13 August the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will appear at the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland). The concert programmes include Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and Dmitry Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony. There will also be performances of works by Sergei Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No 1 featuring Boris Berezovsky (12 August) and Violin Concerto No 2 with soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja (13 August).

On 15 August the Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be performing at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival (Great Britain). At the Usher Hall there will be a concert performance of Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold. The lead roles will be performed by the company’s finest soloists, among them Ekaterina Semenchuk, Vladislav Sulimsky, Mikhail Petrenko, Mikhail Vekua, Andrei Popov and Yuri Vorobiev.

On 16 and 17 August the Mariinsky Orchestra will visit the Turku Music Festival (Finland). The first of the two festival evenings will be dedicated to music by Russian composers. The programme is to include Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet fantasy-overture, Modest Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Dmitry Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto. The soloist is Jonathan Roozeman, a prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. The performance on 17 August will be dedicated to the legendary Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. That evening will see performances of Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen-Suite, Maurice Ravel’s suite Ma Mère l'Oye and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. As part of the traditional series of master-classes to be held within the framework of the programme of the annual Turku Music Festival, on 17 August Valery Gergiev and soloists of the Mariinsky Orchestra will present a master-class for young musicians.

03.08.2016

From 4 to 9 August Valery Gergiev will be appearing with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in four Japanese cities

From 4 to 9 August Valery Gergiev will be appearing with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in four Japanese cities.

On 4 and 8 August the ensemble under maestro Gergiev will appear at the Cultural Centre in Chitose and the Shimin Kaikan Concert Hall in Hakodate. The programme includes Felix Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony Italian and Dmitry Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony.

On 6 and 7 August the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra will appear in Sapporo at the Kitara Concert Hall as well as on an open-air stage in the Art Park. The programme of both these days will also include Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto, the solo to be performed by Greek virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos.

On 9 August the final concert of the Pacific Music Festival will take place at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The programme will again include works by Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms and Dmitry Shostakovich. The soloist will be Leonidas Kavakos.

The Pacific Music Festival, established by Leonard Bernstein in 1990, sees its main task as providing support to talented young musicians. The festival’s orchestra is a youth ensemble of ninety musicians aged between eighteen and twenty-nine who are selected according to the results of auditions held throughout the world. Over the course of four weeks the young performers hone their skills under the direction of conductors and musicians from renowned symphony orchestras so that they can subsequently present the programmes they have rehearsed at Japan’s greatest concert venues. To date, more than three thousand two hundred young musicians from seventy-four countries have taken part in the project. Since 2015 Valery Gergiev has been Artistic Director of the Pacific Music Festival.

03.08.2016

On 31 July performances of the opera Eugene Onegin at the Mariinsky Theatre and the ballet The Bronze Horseman at the Mariinsky II brought the forty-five-week-long 2015-2016 season to a close

On 31 July performances of the opera Eugene Onegin at the Mariinsky Theatre and the ballet The Bronze Horseman at the Mariinsky-II brought the forty-five-week-long 2015-2016 season to a close.

Results in figures
• Performances and concerts in seven venues: the historic Mariinsky Theatre, the Concert Hall, the Mariinsky-II and its four chamber halls;
• There was a total of one thousand three hundred and seventy-four performances and concerts with an attendance rate of over 90%;
• Nineteen opera premieres, including six as part of the Short Operas for Children subscription and six as part of the Short Operas for Adults subscription, and four ballet premieres;
• Six festivals in St Petersburg, the anniversary XV Moscow Easter Festival, which lasted nineteen days, covered fourteen thousand kilometres and visited fifty cities in Russia, and the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival (Vladivostok);
• The development of our work with young audiences as part of the programme The Mariinsky for Children: in the 2015-2016 season there were over one hundred thousand attendees of various performances and the theatre’s cultural and educational projects;
• Concerts by prize-winners of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Hamburg TONALi competition;
• A new stage venue (since 1 January 2016) – the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Season premieres
• Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera The Oprichnik was staged at the Concert Hall by director Viktor Vysotsky;
• Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Simon Boccanegra staged by Andrea De Rosa as a co-production with the Teatro La Fenice and the Teatro Carlo Felice (Italy) was performed by Mariinsky Theatre soloists and the renowned Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto. And, as part of the XXIV Stars of the White Nights music festival, the title role was performed by the outstanding opera singer Plácido Domingo;
• Fairy-tale premieres for New Year: Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hänsel und Gretel in Alexander Maskalin’s semi-staged production at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera-féerie A Christmas Tale staged by Alexei Stepanyuk at the Mariinsky-II;
• Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera Samson et Dalila staged by Yannis Kokkos was first presented at the Mariinsky-II on the eve of the XXIV Stars of the White Nights music festival. The title roles were performed by Gregory Kunde and Ekaterina Semenchuk;
• At the Stars of the White Nights festival soloists of the opera company and the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers presented premieres of two operas at the Concert Hall – Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Idiot staged by Alexei Stepanyuk and Leonid Klinichev’s The Cossacks in concert;
• The first ballet premiere of the season was Radu Poklitaru’s Symphony in Three Movements to music by Igor Stravinsky and with designs by Anna Matison;
• Reinhold Glière’s ballet The Bronze Horseman staged by Yuri Smekalov opened the XVI international ballet festival Mariinsky;
• The final ballet premieres of the season were ballets to music by Sergei Prokofiev – Russian Overture staged by Maxim Petrov and Violin Concerto No by Anton Pimonov to mark one hundred and twenty-five years since the composer’s birth;
• The project A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers introduced several new works to the repertoire: the one-act ballets SeasonS by Ilya Zhivoi and Pavlovsk by Maxim Petrov formed part of the programme of the I Mariinsky International Far East Festival in Vladivostok;
• As part of the project The Mariinsky for Children and the subscription Six Short Operas for Children young audiences were presented with operatic works – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s one-act singspiel Bastien und Bastienne, Sergei Prokofiev’s The Giant, Vladimir Rebikov’s The Christmas Tree, Tikhon Khrennikov's The Boy Giant and Sergei Banevich’s Scenes from the Life of Nikolenka Irteniev and An Opera about Porridge, a Cat and Milk;
• As part of the subscription Six Short Operas for Adults there came the first performances of the operas White Nights by Yuri Butsko, the mono-operas Anna by Leonid Klinichev and Letter from an Unknown Woman by Antonio Spadavecchia, Sergei Prokofiev’s Maddalena, Dmitry Shostakovich’s Orango and Alexander Smelkov’s The Station Master.

Celebrating 125 years of Sergei Prokofiev
To commemorate one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of Sergei Prokofiev, throughout the year the Mariinsky Theatre hosted performances of his operas and ballets as well as symphony music, and the composer’s anniversary was marked by numerous tour programmes of the Mariinsky Orchestra, from the USA and Great Britain to Mexico, Cuba and Chile. On 23 April, Sergei Prokofiev’s birthday, there was a musical marathon of the composer’s works as part of which the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev performed in Russia’s two capital cities – in Moscow during the day and in St Petersburg in the evening.
On 17 June on Palace Square in St Petersburg the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev performed the cantata Alexander Nevsky and the oratorio Ivan the Terrible featuring Alexei Petrenko. The performance was accompanied by scenes from films by Sergei Eisenstein.
From early 2016 the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosted a special project initiated by Valery Gergiev – Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf in which the role of the Narrator was performed by the theatre and film actors Yevgeny Mironov, Konstantin Khabensky, Veniamin Smekhov, Mikhail Porechenkov and Mikhail Trukhin as well as Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Principal of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. This project’s concerts will continue in the 2016-2017 season.

Festivals
• The III International Organ Festival presented the renowned musicians Thomas Trotter, Vincent Dubois, Kevin Bowyer, Ben van Oosten, Thierry Escaich and Svetlana Berezhnaya;
• The X International Piano Festival. Festival participants included Gabriele Carcano, Dmitry Masleev, Denis Matsuev, Sergei Babayan, Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov, Alexander Malofeev and Behzod Abduraimov among others. There was also the special project Children for Children, as part of which young virtuosi performed at the chamber venues of the Mariinsky-II;
• The I international choral festival Maslenitsa in Song presented more than twenty choral ensembles. Key events of the festival included the world premiere of the cantata Mother Russia and a performance by six choral ensembles of Karl Jenkins’ opus The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace);
• The Mariinsky NEXT festival of children’s and youth orchestras featured ensembles from six St Petersburg music schools and colleges. At the final Gala Concert the festival’s united string orchestra performed under Valery Gergiev;
• The XVI international ballet festival Mariinsky took place with stars of the Opéra de Paris, American Ballet Theatre, the National Ballet of Canada, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Mikhailovsky Theatre and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theatre;
• The XV Moscow Easter Festival, which ran from 1 to 17 May, commemorated the 125th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Prokofiev and visited some fifty Russian towns and cities. Over fifteen years the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev has given a total of three hundred and ten concerts in Russia’s regions as part of this festival;
• The XXIV Stars of the White Nights festival of music lasted sixty days. During the festival at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky-II and the Concert Hall there were two hundred events including three opera and two ballet premieres;
• The first Mariinsky International Far East Festival in Vladivostok runs from 30 July to 10 August at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Over twelve days, the festival will present twenty-seven performances and concerts featuring the greatest soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre and outstanding guest performers from Asia, Europe and North and South America.

One of the most important trends of the theatre’s activities is its cultural and educational projects. This season has seen the organisation of the free weekly concerts Open Wednesday at the Mariinsky and Arts Schools Visiting the Mariinsky Theatre, which form part of this project. The subscription series The Young Theatre-Goers’ Academy, Piccolo at the Mariinsky and the cultural and educational programmes A Lesson in Practical Theatre, The Mariinsky Theatre - the Soul of St Petersburg and A Theatre Lesson at the Mariinsky have continued their activities successfully. For adult audiences the theatre has offered lecture programmes – A Sunday Foreword and lectures focussing on outstanding musicians and performers of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Tours to the Mariinsky Theatre
• The Bach Collegium Japan
• The Helmuth Rilling Bach Ensemble
• The Sinfonia Varsovia
• The orchestra I Barocchisti and Cecilia Bartoli
• The Budapest Festival Orchestra
• The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
• The Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra
• The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra
• The Symphonica ARTica symphony orchestra
• The Symphony Orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic
• The State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan
• The Symphony Orchestra of the Astana Opera State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Kazakhstan
• The Omsk Academic Symphony Orchestra
• The Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra
• The Admiralty Orchestra of the Leningrad Naval Base
• The Kammereorchester of the Münchner Philharmoniker
• The Moscow Soloists chamber ensemble
• The Ballet Company of the Opéra National de Bordeaux
• The Astana Ballet
• The Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre
• The Digora State Drama Theatre. During the XXIV Stars of the White Nights music festival the company presented Jean Baptiste-Molière’s play Don Juan at the Hermitage Theatre.

Tours by the Mariinsky Theatre
In the 2015-2016 season the Mariinsky Theatre (the chorus, opera and ballet companies and orchestra) toured to fifteen countries, the theatre's performances being seen by residents of more than twenty-five towns and cities abroad and of fifty within Russia. Expanding its horizons, the Mariinsky Theatre performed for the first time at concert venues in Latin America (Mexico, Cuba and Chile). Lead soloists of the theatre's ballet company presented the best repertoire productions at theatres in major cities in the USA, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Mexico and China.

The new season opens on 30 September at the Mariinsky Theatre's three venues
At the Concert Hall and at the Mariinsky-II there will be performances of productions premiered last season – Valery Gergiev will conduct Camille Saint-Saëns' opera Samson et Dalila at the Mariinsky-II (19:00), and at the same time at the Concert Hall there will be a performance of Mieczysław Weinberg's opera The Idiot staged by Alexei Stepanyuk. At the Mariinsky Theatre the programme of the first ballet evening of the new season will comprise choreographic miniatures by Michel Fokine that are well-loved by the public – Chopiniana, The Firebird and Schéhérazade (19:30).

01.08.2016

Dear Patrons,
Please note the opening hours of box-offices from 1 August to 18 September 2016. During the period when the season is closed at the Mariinsky Theatre tickets may be purchased at box-offices as per summer opening hours

Dear Patrons,
Please note the opening hours of box-offices from 1 August to 18 September 2016. During the period when the season is closed at the Mariinsky Theatre tickets may be purchased at box-offices as per summer opening hours.

Box-offices at the Mariinsky theatre:
From 1 to 19 August box-offices will be open as usual.
On 20 and 21 August they will be open from 11:00 to 19:00, closed between 14:00 and 15:00.
From 22 August to 18 September box-offices will be closed.

Box-offices at the Mariinsky II will be closed from 1 to 21 August.
From 22 August to 18 September box-offices will be open from 11:00 to 19:00, closed between 14:00 and 15:00.

Box-offices at the Concert Hall will be closed from 31 July to 18 September.

The Mariinsky Theatre box-office in Bolshoi Gostiny Dvor (corner of the Nevskaya and Perinnaya Lines, mezzanine level) will be open from 1 August to 18 September as follows:
weekdays – from 11:00 to 18:00, closed between 14:00 and 15:00,
Saturdays and Sundays – from 11:00 to 17:00, closed between 14:00 and 15:00.

The Mariinsky Theatre box-office located at the service centre of the Central Railway Ticket-Office (24 Griboedov Canal Embankment) will be closed from 1 August to 18 September.

From 19 September all box-offices will be open as usual.

26.07.2016

On 25 July the Teatro Degollado (Guadalajara, Mexico) hosted the prize-giving ceremony for the XXIV Operalia international opera singers’ competition. Soloist Elena Stikhina (soprano) of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre was presented with the Audience Award and the special CulturArte Prize

On 25 July the Teatro Degollado (Guadalajara, Mexico) hosted the prize-giving ceremony for the XXIV Operalia international opera singers’ competition. Soloist Elena Stikhina (soprano) of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre was presented with the Audience Award and the special CulturArte Prize.

The Operalia international opera singers’ competition was founded in 1993 by the internationally acclaimed tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo. The event is one of the most prestigious vocal competitions in the world today. Each year it is held in a different location – it has previously been held in Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, Bordeaux, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Washington, Valencia, Quebec, Budapest, Tokyo, Milan, Moscow, Beijing, Verona and London. Over the years, competition prize-winners have included Inva Mula, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, Stéphane Degout, Nina Stemme, Sonya Yoncheva, José Cura, Olga Peretyatko and Aida Garifullina among others.

Elena Stikhina is a recipient of the Yamaha Scholarship Award and a diploma-recipient and prize-winner at Russian and international competitions such as the XXI Flame international competition (Paris, France), the international Competizione dell’Opera (Linz, Austria); has taken part in the festivals Beethovenfest (Bonn, Germany) and OpernWerkstatt (Sigriswil, Switzerland).

25.07.2016

On 28 July at 18.00 on the eve of the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival the Mariinsky Theatre will be appearing in Yakutsk at the State Sivtsev – Suorun Omolloon Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

On 28 July at 18.00 on the eve of the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival the Mariinsky Theatre will be appearing in Yakutsk at the State Sivtsev – Suorun Omolloon Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Valery Gergiev will present a concert performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s opera Betrothal in a Monastery. The lead roles will be sung by Anna Kiknadze, Yevgeny Akimov, Sergei Aleksashkin, Yulia Matochkina, Yevgeny Akhmedov, Roman Burdenko, Yuri Laptev and Violetta Lukyanenko.

The next day, 29 July, the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will appear at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok, where the musicians will be joined by young and virtuoso prize-winners of the I International Grand Piano Competition Alexander Malofeev, Shio Okui and Tinghong Liao as well as Kanon Matsuda, a student at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire.

On 30 July the Vladivostok premiere of the opera Betrothal in a Monastery staged by Vladislav Pazi will open the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival.

The I International Mariinsky Far East Festival will run in Vladivostok from 30 July to 10 August. Over the twelve days of the forum there will be twenty-five performances and concerts featuring the greatest soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra, prize-winners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition from over the years and outstanding guest performers from Asia, Europe and North and South America.

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