20.09.2017

On 15 and 16 October the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will give three performances at the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre as part of the X Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich

On 15 and 16 October the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will give three performances at the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre as part of the X Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich. Details will soon be released on the festival's official website (only in Russian): www.mfmr.ru.

This annual forum pays tribute to the memory of the most outstanding cellist and conductor whose artistic life was always connected with Samara.

Since the festival was established it has featured the violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Alena Baeva, violist Yuri Bashmet, pianists Alexander Toradze, Daniil Kharitonov and Lucas Debargue, cellist Tatiana Vasilieva, pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn, tenor Simon O'Neill, soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Chorus. Festival guests have included Maya Plisetskaya, Rodion Shchedrin, Natalia Solzhenitsyna and Sofia Gubaidulina among many others.

The music festival To Mstislav Rostropovich was established on the initiative of Valery Gergiev and the Government of the Saratov Region in 2008. The first two festivals (in 2008 and in 2009) were held at the Samara State Philharmonic, the third and all subsequent festivals being hosted by the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, which reopened following a full-scale reconstruction in 2010.

20.09.2017

From 23 to 29 September, Vladikavkaz will host the I International Caucasus festival The Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz. The venue for this new forum will be the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in Vladikavkaz, the State Academic Philharmonic of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of North Ossetia-Alania

23 – 29 September 2017
Artistic Director – Valery Gergiev

From 23 to 29 September, Vladikavkaz will host the I International Caucasus festival The Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz. The venue for this new forum will be the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in Vladikavkaz, the State Academic Philharmonic of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of North Ossetia-Alania.

The week-long festival will be filled with key events featuring outstanding musicians and stars of opera and ballet.
On 23 September the festival opens with a concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev featuring the acclaimed pianist Denis Matsuev, as well as young talented Caucasian musicians. The programme includes Sergei Rachmaninoff's Fourth Piano Concerto.
The next day, 24 September, the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be appearing twice – for a matinee with pianist Lucas Debargue (France), prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, and in the evening with the brilliant violist Yuri Bashmet.

Key operatic events of the festival include the great voices of world-acclaimed stars. One of the greatest sopranos of world opera Maria Guleghina, People's Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, will be appearing in a concert performance of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca alongside soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Akhmed Agadi and Alexei Markov (23 September). Also appearing at the festival will be lead Mariinsky Opera soloist Tatiana Serjan, Yulia Matochkina, Yevgeny Akhmedov and Dmitry Grigoriev (prize-winners and diploma-recipients at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition), soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva.

The festival will conclude with two dazzling ballet evenings featuring Diana Vishneva, prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theatre and People's Artist of Russia, and David Zaleyev, Mariinsky Theatre soloist and Honoured Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (28 and 29 September). The programme will include the ballets The Young Lady and the Hooligan by Konstantin Boyarsky to music by Dmitry Shostakovih and Carmen-Suite to music by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin with choreography by Alberto Alonso, performances of which are dedicated to Rodion Shchedrin's birthday.

15.09.2017

From 16 to 29 September the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the V International Organ Festival

From 16 to 29 September the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the V International Organ Festival. This year the music forum, much loved by St Petersburg audiences, will present seven programmes performed by musicians from Russia, Italy, France, Great Britain and Poland as well as a special event – an organ concert for children.

On 16 September the V International Organ Festival will open with a performance by Alexei Parshin, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation. The programme Around Bach, in addition to works by the German composer himself, will feature music by Johann Pachelbel, Dieterich Buxtehude, Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Louis Marchand. The concert by Italian organist and harpsichord-player Peter Kofler, who will be making his debut at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, will also be dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach (17 September).

Another festival debutant on 28 September will be David Cassan, principal organist of the Église Réformée de l'Oratoire du Louvre in Paris and prize-winner at the Grand Prix de Chartres organ competition (2016). Also appearing for the first time as a prize-winner of that prestigious competition, the jury of which over the years has been headed by Pierre Cochereau, Gaston Litaize and Marie-Claire Alain among other acclaimed French musicians, will be the young Polish organist Karol Mossakowski, a pupil of Thierry Escaich and Olivier Latry (23 September). Both programmes are to include works by French and German composers from differing eras and improvisations.

On 22 September there will be a concert by the renowned British musician Thomas Trotter, Birmingham City Organist and organist of St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey. The programme is to include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Dan Locklair, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Charles Villiers Stanford as well as transcriptions of works by Felix Mendelssohn and Gioachino Rossini.

On 24 September the festival playbill will see two events: at 14.00 young viewers will have the opportunity to discover the unique sound of the “king of instruments” as part of an Organ Concert for Children, and at 19.00 St Petersburg organist Marina Väisä will perform works by Russian, Finnish and German composers.

The V International Organ Festival will come to a close with a performance by the brilliant French organist, teacher and composer Thierry Escaich (who has produced more than a hundred works) accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra. The programme will include works by Samuel Barber, Felix Mendelssohn, Marcel Dupré and Louis Vierne, as well as several of Thierry Escaich’s own compositions. Valery Gergiev will be conducting (29 September).

14.09.2017

From 14 to 17 September Rotterdam will host the twenty-second Gergiev Festival of music. The De Doelen concert hall will see Valery Geregiev conduct the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the combined Youth Orchestra of the Codarts University of the Arts and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. Other participants are to include the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, violinist Liza Ferschtman (The Netherlands) and pianist Ole Christian Haagenrud (Norway), who will present chamber music programmes at the festival

From 14 to 17 September Rotterdam will host the twenty-second Gergiev Festival of music. The De Doelen concert hall will see Valery Geregiev conduct the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the combined Youth Orchestra of the Codarts University of the Arts and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. Other participants are to include the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, violinist Liza Ferschtman (The Netherlands) and pianist Ole Christian Haagenrud (Norway), who will present chamber music programmes at the festival.

The theme of the XXII Gergiev Festival will be the Russian avant-garde and the 100th anniversary of the Revolution of 1917, and thee key composers are Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich.

On the opening evening, 14 September, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev will perform Alexander Scriabin's Le Poème de l'extase and Reverie and the music to Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du printemps and Funeral Song, to be performed in The Netherlands for the very first time.

On 15 September the Dutch orchestra and the Rotterdam Symphony Chorus will present the programme Revolution, featuring works by Gavriil Popov (Chamber Symphony), Sergei Prokofiev (Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution) and Boris Tishchenko (music for the ballet The Twelve).

The third day of the festival will be filled with music by Dmitry Shostakovich. At the matinee, under the baton of Valery Gergiev, the combined Youth Orchestra of the Codarts University of the Arts and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague will perform his Fifth Symphony. In the evening Valery Gergiev will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra. The programme is to include Alexander Mosolov's Factory. Machine Music, and Dmitry Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony and Piano Concerto No 1. Soloist – Alexei Volodin.

The XXII Gergiev Festival will conclude on 17 September with a special event for a young audience – the concert will combine an actor's speech, drawing with sand (so-called "sand animation") and music from Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Elim Chan (Hong Kong).

The Mariinsky Orchestra will then continue a European tour. On 17 September under Valery Gergiev the ensemble will appear at the LX Ghent Festival of Flanders (Belgium) – an annual music event, its programme including over one hundred and eighty concerts. St Bavo's Cathedral will host a performance of Alexander Mosolov's Factory. Machine Music, Dmitry Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony and Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 1. Soloist – Pavel Milyukov, prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition.

11.09.2017

We are delighted to invite you to a press conference on 12 September at 16.30 with Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, focussing on the opening of the new season at the Mariinsky Theatre

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to a press conference on 12 September at 16.30 with Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, focussing on the opening of the new season at the Mariinsky Theatre.

Valery Gergiev will be unveiling the plans for the 2017-18 season, which will see the company performing at eleven venues: the historic Mariinsky Theatre, the Concert Hall, the Mariinsky II and its chamber halls, the Great and Small Halls of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) and also the Vladikavkaz branch of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladikavkaz).

Venue: Mariinsky II, Prokofiev Hall Address: 34 Dekabristov St.

Entry for the press from 16.00 via Soyuza Pechatnikov St (Entrance No 6)

Accreditation is mandatory.

Please conform your accreditation by calling +7-812-7144164, +7-911-2251607 (Yekaterina Ordovskaya)
or +7-981-2428374 (Alena Sholokhova) or by e-mailing press@mariinsky.ru.

05.09.2017

The Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev traditionally open the new season with a series of performances on tour. In September the ensemble will visit Austria and Romania before setting off for Munich to give their first performances of the 2017-18 season at the ensemble's home venue

The Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev traditionally open the new season with a series of performances on tour. In September the ensemble will visit Austria and Romania before setting off for Munich to give their first performances of the 2017-18 season at the ensemble's home venue.

On 7 September the Münchner Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev will be appearing at the Grafenegg Music Festival (Austria). The concert programme at the open-air stage of the Wolkenturm (Pillar of Clouds) includes Anton Bruckner's Symphony No 4 (Romantische) and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. The soloist will be Daniil Trifonov.

The German orchestra will then appear at a major Romanian music forum – the International George Enescu Festival. The concert programme on 9 September will repeat the Austrian performance, featuring Anton Bruckner's Symphony No 4 and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, again with soloist Daniil Trifonov. On 10 September the Münchner Philharmoniker will perform George Enescu's First Symphony, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic suite Schéhérazade and Camille Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No 1. The soloist will be Andrei Ioniţă, prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Valery Gergiev will be conducting.

At the orchestra's home venue – the Gasteig Philharmonie (Germany) – the first concerts of the 2017-18 season by the Münchner Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev will take place on 21 and 22 September. The programme includes Anton Bruckner's First and Third Symphonies (21 September) and Franz Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Anton Bruckner's Fourth Symphony (22 September).

A similar programme will be presented by the Münchner Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev as part of their subsequent tour to Austria. On 25 and 26 September the musicians will be appearing at the International Bruckner Festival in Sankt Florian. Both of the ensemble's concerts will take place at the Sankt Florian Monastery, where Anton Bruckner was laid to rest.

31.08.2017

On 11 September 2017 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre a concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev marks the opening of the 2017-18 season. The programme includes works by Alexander Mosolova and Anton Bruckner

On 11 September 2017 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre a concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev marks the opening of the 2017-18 season. The programme includes works by Alexander Mosolova and Anton Bruckner.

On 12 September the season at the Mariinsky-II opens with Francesco Cilea's opera Adriana Lecouvreur, one of the most dazzling premieres of the most recent XXV Stars of the White Nights international festival. The lead roles are to be performed by Tatiana Serjan (Adriana Lecouvreur), Yulia Matochkina (the Princess de Bouillon), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Maurice de Saxe), Dmitry Grigoriev (the Prince de Bouillon), Alexander Mikhailov (the Abbé de Chazeuil) and Alexei Markov (Michonnet).

The historic Mariinsky Theatre opens the 235th season with Adolphe Adam's ballet Giselle with choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa (23 September).

Performances of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky will mark the ballet company's first performances on the eve of the new season (6 and 7 September). There will also be ballet evenings (9 and 10 September). In the first half on both days there will be a performance of Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin's ballet Carmen-Suite with choreography by Alberto Alonso. The programme for the evening on 9 September will continue with Michel Fokine's ballet Carnaval to music by Robert Schumann, while on 10 September the second half will feature the scene Le Jardin animé from the ballet Le Corsaire.

On the eve of the opening of the season at the Mariinsky-II there will be a performance by The Beijing Sunshine Art Delegation (8 September). The programme includes songs and dances of the Chinese peoples, songs by Alexander Alexandrov, Matvei Blanter and Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi.

23.08.2017

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are commencing a significant tour to cities throughout Europe, during which they will visit six major music festivals

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are commencing a significant tour to cities throughout Europe, during which they will visit six major music festivals.

On 23 August Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will be appearing at the acclaimed Edinburgh International Festival (Great Britain). That evening the Usher Hall will see maestro Gergiev conduct works by 20th century composers in a performance featuring two ensembles: the Mariinsky Orchestra will present Sergei Prokofiev's Classical First Symphony, while the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. In the programme's finale the orchestras will come together to give a joint performance of Dmitry Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony.

The performances at the Baltic Sea Festival (Sweden) on 25 and 26 August will be dedicated to Richard Wagner. On 25 August at the Berwaldhallen Concert Hall there will be a concert performance of Act III of the opera Parsifal by soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Orchestra as well as the Swedish Royal Opera Chorus, while on 26 August there will be a rendition of the opera Das Rheingold. The vocal roles will be performed by Zhanna Dombrovskaya (soprano), Oxana Shilova (soprano), Zlata Bulycheva (mezzo-soprano), Anna Kiknadze (mezzo-soprano), Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano), Yekaterina Sergeyeva (mezzo-soprano), Oleg Balashov (tenor), Andrei Popov (tenor), Alexander Timchenko (tenor), Vladislav Sulimsky (baritone), Yevgeny Nikitin (bass baritone), Ilya Bannik (bass), Yuri Vorobiev (bass) and Mikhail Petrenko (bass). The role of Kundry on the first evening will be performed by Swedish mezzo-soprano Kristina Martling. Valery Gergiev will be conducting.

The Mariinsky Theatre will continue its performances of works by Richard Wagner at the Ljubljana Summer Festival – one of Slovenia's most important cultural events. On 29 and 30 August the Cankarjev Dom Cultural Centre will host performances of the operas Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (production concept by Valery Gergiev and George Tsypin). The lead roles will be performed by Mikhail Vekua (Siegfried), Andrei Popov (Mime), Roman Burdenko (Alberich), Yekaterina Shimanovich (Brünnhilde), Yevgeny Nikitin (the Wanderer), Mikhail Petrenko (Fafner) and Zlata Bulycheva (Erda) on 29 August, and by Dmitry Voropaev (Siegfried), Larisa Gogolevskaya (Brünnhilde), Roman Burdenko (Alberich), Olga Savova (Waltraute), Yekaterina Shimanovich (Gutrune), Yevgeny Nikitin (Gunther), Mikhail Petrenko (Hagen), Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Woglinde), Irina Vasilieva (Wellgunde) and Yekaterina Sergeyeva (Flosshilde) on 30 August.

On 31 August a concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will bring the LXV Ljubljana Summer Festival to a close. The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, Dmitry Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony and Sergei Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto. The soloist is Behzod Abduraimov.

On 1 and 2 September Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will present two monograph marathons at the famous Lucerne Festival (Switzerland). The first evening will be dedicated to Modest Musorgsky. The programme includes the introduction from the opera Khovanshchina, the symphonic fantasia Night on Bald Mountain, the song cycle Songs and Dances of Death (with soloist Oxana Volkova) and Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestration by Maurice Ravel). On 2 September at the KKL Luzern Concert and Convention Centre there will be performances of all of Sergei Prokofiev's piano concerti by the brilliant young pianists Daniil Trifonov, Behzod Abduraimov and Sergei Redkin.

On 3 September the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will perform a concert at the renowned British festival the BBC Proms. The programme of the sixty-eighth promenade concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London will feature Dmitry Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, Sergei Prokofiev's Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Third Piano Concerto, the solo to be performed by Denis Matsuev.

To conclude the tour, on 8 September the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev will appear at the opening of the Beethovenfest in Bonn (Germany). The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, the introduction to Act I of Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic suite Schéhérazade.

22.08.2017

On 20 August the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre concluded its first tour to St Petersburg. At the historic Mariinsky Theatre the Far East company presented the one-act ballets The Firebird with choreography by Eldar Aliev and George Balanchine's Apollo as well as the ballet Giselle with choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa

On 20 August the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre concluded its first tour to St Petersburg. At the historic Mariinsky Theatre the Far East company presented the one-act ballets The Firebird with choreography by Eldar Aliev and George Balanchine's Apollo as well as the ballet Giselle with choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa.

On 15 August the tour opened with a ballet evening marking one hundred and thirty-five years since the birth of Igor Stravinsky. The company's leading dancers – Irina Sapozhnikova, Sergei Umanets, Anna Samostrelova and Kanat Nadyrbek – performed The Firebird with choreography by Eldar Aliev, Principal Ballet Master of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, and George Balanchine's ballet Apollo.

Eldar Aliev was pleased with the dancers' performances: "All of my conscious life as a performer, as an artiste, has taken place in this theatre. I know and truly love this city and the St Petersburg public, and so I have a good understanding of what they accept here and what they reject. The company tries so hard, it doesn't always turn out the way we would wish, because it is impossible not to be worried about appearing on this stage."

The dancers stressed how perturbing it was to dance at this famous St Petersburg theatre: "This is the first time I've been in St Petersburg and the first time I've performed at the historic Mariinsky Theatre – it's a tremendous honour. We are all very anxious and are trying to demonstrate our worth and not let the Mariinsky Theatre down. We have had a surprisingly warm reception, because St Petersburg has a refined audience. Perhaps at the first performance there was a sense that the audience didn't clap with such fervour, but with each passing day it became warmer, and we really liked that," commented Irina Sapozhnikova.

During the tour there were three performances of Adolphe Adam's ballet Giselle with choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa. The first performance on 17 August was attended by Irina Alexandrovna Kolpakova, People's Artist of the USSR and retired prima ballerina of the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre: "I loved the performance. I am totally thrilled for the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, for the performers and for Eldar with whom I have worked before. They showed themselves off to perfection. I think that, in becoming a branch of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Primorsky Stage will develop, the ballet company will improve and become more interesting and there will be many new productions. It is wonderful that the Mariinsky Theatre is assisting others in the development of ballet even in the remotest corners of our country."

In August the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre also undertook its first ever international tour, visiting Harbin (China) as part of the international programme of the II International Far East Festival Mariinsky. On 9 and 10 August at the Grand Theatre of Harbin there were performances of Adolphe Adam's ballet Le Corsaire staged by Eldar Aliev (featuring highlights of the choreography by Marius Petipa).

18.08.2017

13 August saw the grand closing ceremony of the II International Far East Festival Mariinsky

• 28 days – 40 performances and concerts;
• More than five hundred performers and musicians from twelve countries;
• Concert halls in Vladivostok, Ussuriisk, South Sakhalin, Harbin (People's Republic of China), Pyeongchang (South Korea) and Tongyeong (South Korea);
• Audiences of around fifty thousand from Russia, Asia and Europe;
• An extremely broad international programme;
• The first tour by the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre to Harbin (People's Republic of China).

13 August saw the grand closing ceremony of the II International Far East Festival Mariinsky. The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre hosted its first performance of Carl Orff's canata Carmina Burana with Mariinsky Theatre soloists Anastasia Kalagina, Vladimir Moroz and Stanislav Leontiev and the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre under Justus Frantz (Germany).

During the festival in Vladivostok the Mariinsky Ballet presented the Far East audience with The Little Humpbacked Horse (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky.
One key event of the ballet playbill came with a performance by Vladimir Shklyarov, Principal Dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bayerisches Staatsballett, and Natalia Osipova, Prima Ballerina of London's Royal Ballet, who appeared on-stage in the Far East premiere of the ballet Marguerite and Armand (choreography by Frederick Ashton). Other significant events in the programme included gala concerts by the National Ballet of China featuring Act II from the ballet La Sylphide, the finale of the ballet Yellow River, the miniature Prelude and the ballet Song of Life. Repertoire performances by the Primorsky Stage also saw appearances by festival guests – the dazzling South Korean ballerina Soo Bin Lee and soloists of the Liaoning Ballet (China) Zhang Haidong and Yu Chuanya.

As part of the festival's international programme, the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre undertook its first tour. On 9 and 10 August in Harbin (China) there were performances of Adolphe Adam's ballet Le Corsaire (revised version by Eldar Aliev).

The opera playbill of the II International Far East Festival Mariinsky in Vladivostok presented audiences with a series of premieres: Giuseppe Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, Richard Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer, Rodion Shchedrin's The Enchanted Wanderer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride and Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. The performances and concerts saw appearances by the finest soloists of the Mariinsky Opera: Tatiana Serjan, Vladislav Sulimsky, Yevgeny Nikitin, Mikhail Petrenko, Sergei Skorokhodov, Yevgeny Akimov, Elena Stikhina, Mlada Khudoley, Roman Burdenko, Yulia Matochkina, Vladimir Moroz, Vladimir Feliauer, Otar Jorjikia, Oleg Sychov, Ekaterina Sergeyeva, Anastasia Kalagina, Violetta Lukyanenko and Yevgeny Akhmedov as well as guest soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Irina Churilova, Dmitry Grigoriev and Kirill Zharovin. Key events included performances in Vladivostok by Albina Shagimuratova, one of the world's greatest singers, and Shenyang (China), winner of the legendary BBC Cardiff Singer of the World international competition.

As part of the symphony music programme, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre gave its first performances of works by Igor Stravinsky (Pétrouchka and Le Sacre du printemps), Rodion Shchedrin (Piano Concerto No 1), Max Bruch (Violin Concerto No 1) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Violin Concerto No 5). Soloists in the symphony music concerts included the outstanding young musicians Ziyu He, prize-winner at the XVII International Yehudi Menuhin Competition (violin, China), Kanon Matsuda, prize-winner at international competitions (piano, Japan), Daniel Lozakovich, prize-winner at the XVI International Yehudi Menuhin Competition (violin, Sweden) and Clara-Jumi Kang, prize-winner at the XV International Pyotr Tchaikovsky Competition (violin, Germany). As part of the Rachmaninoff Series, which featured all of the composer's piano concerti, the soloists were Sergei Babayan (USA), Ivan Bessonov (Russia), George Harliono (Great Britain), Ming Xie (China) and Dmitri Levkovich (Canada). Dmitri Levkovich also gave a recital and was noted by both the public and the critics. The highlight of the symphony music programme came with the first appearance in Vladivostok by the talented Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii.

At the Mariinsky festival, audiences saw the Chamber Ensemble of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre for the first time. Under violinist and conductor Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, leader of the Münchner Philharmoniker and head of the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre, the ensemble performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ottorino Respighi, Astor Piazzolla and Antonio Vivaldi. Moreover, the festival programme also included an open master-class by Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici.

The new season at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will continue to perform the finest productions in its opera repertoire: Sergei Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges (18 August), Giacomo Puccini's Tosca (19 August), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (20 August) and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (26 August).

The Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre set off on a tour to St Petersburg, where it will perform for the first time from 15 to 20 August at the historic Mariinsky Theatre. The next performance by the company in Vladivostok will be Giselle (25 August), while on 27 August the company will give two performances of the legendary ballet Carmen-Suite (choreography by Alberto Alonso).

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