17.01.2017

The Mariinsky Theatre will pay its respects to opera company bass-baritone soloist Edward Tsanga with a concert dedication. Upcoming opera performances will also be dedicated to the memory of Edward Tsanga – performances in which he was due to take part

The Mariinsky Theatre will pay its respects to opera company bass-baritone soloist Edward Tsanga with a concert dedication. On 30 January at 19.00 the Concert Hall will host a performance by the singer's friends and colleagues – soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Academy of Young Opera Singers, as well as the Mariinsky Orchestra. Programme TBA.

Upcoming opera performances will also be dedicated to the memory of Edward Tsanga – performances in which he was due to take part, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (26 January), Kirill Molchanov's The Dawns Here Are Quiet (27 January) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden (28 January).

15.01.2017

The Mariinsky Theatre is saddened to announce the unexpected death on 14 January at the age of thirty-eight of bass-baritone Edward Nikolaevich Tsanga, Mariinsky Opera soloist and Honoured Artist of the Republic of Komi. On 18 January we bid farewell to the performer

The Mariinsky Theatre is saddened to announce the unexpected death on 14 January at the age of thirty-eight of bass-baritone Edward Nikolaevich Tsanga, Mariinsky Opera soloist and Honoured Artist of the Republic of Komi.

A prize-winner and diploma-recipient at numerous music competitions including Plácido Domingo's international competition Operalia and the Elena Obraztsova International Competition, Edward Tsanga studied music at the Nizhny-Novgorod State Glinka Conservatoire (class of Professor Sedov). In 2000 he was invited to join the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva, and in 2008 he joined the Mariinsky Opera.

The singer's repertoire included over thirty major roles, and he featured in world premieres of Rodion Shchedrin's opuses The Lefthander and A Christmas Tale.

Together with the Mariinsky Opera, Edward Tsanga toured to London, Paris and cities in Finland, South Korea, Japan and Germany. He performed the role of Leandro in a production of Prokofiev's opera The Love for Three Oranges at the Teatro Real (Madrid) as well as in Aix-en-Provence (France) and Luxembourg.

The Mariinsky Theatre sends its deepest sympathies to Edward Tsanga's family and friends. We mourn together with you all.

On 30 January there will be a concert in memory of the singer at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

On 18 January we bid farewell to the performer. The civil funeral begins at 10:00 in the Dress Circle Foyer of the Mariinsky Theatre (historic building). The funeral service will take place at 13:00 at St Nicholas' Naval Cathedral (1/3 Nikolskaya Sq). The burial ceremony will take place after the funeral service, at Volkovo Cemetery (3 Rasstanny Proezd).

13.01.2017

On 13 January at the Concert Hall soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Academy of Young Opera Singers will present Georges Bizet's opera Les Pêcheurs de perles (in concert).

On 13 January at the Concert Hall soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Academy of Young Opera Singers will present Georges Bizet's opera Les Pêcheurs de perles (in concert). The evening opens the subscription French Romantics.

The lead roles will be performed by Dmitry Voropaev (Nadir), Yaroslav Petryanik (Zurga), Olga Pudova (Leïla) and Pavel Shmulevich (Nourabad). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Mikhail Sinkevich.

"We are presenting a new subscription which features popular titles as well as rarely performed works. The opera that opens the subscription is popular throughout the world, and many opera houses have it in their repertoires. In addition to its beauty, refinement and passions, it is attractive for vocalists through its incredible ease of performance," said Larisa Gergieva, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

The premiere of Georges Bizet's opera Les Pêcheurs de perles took place in 1863 in Paris and met with a cool reception from the critics. Following the composer's death there came productions at theatres in Europe, America and Russia. Recent production premieres include versions at the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, the Tatar Academic Musa Cälil Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Moscow Kolobov New Opera Theatre and the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company. Highlights of Les Pêcheurs de perles are also frequently included in concert programmes.

The French Romantics subscription also includes the operas Cendrillon by Jules Massenet (11 February) and Le Roi d'Ys by Édouard Lalo (13 May).

10.01.2017

The first concert series of the new year by the Münchner Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev will take place in Munich and Dortmund from 11 to 15 January

The first concert series of the new year by the Münchner Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev will take place in Munich and Dortmund from 11 to 15 January.

On 11 January (Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich) and 13 January (Konzerthaus, Dortmund) the programme will feature Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, highlights from Hector Berlioz' symphonie dramatique Roméo et Juliette and Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

On 12 and 15 January at the Philharmonie im Gasteig Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker will present the world premiere of Vladimir Tarnopolsky's work Blue Sift. This new piece, commissioned by the Bavarian orchestra, is dedicated to maestro Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker. There will also be a performance of highlights from Hector Berlioz' symphonie dramatique Roméo et Juliette and Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

The next joint appearances by Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker will run from 14 to 21 February. The series will begin with three concerts at the ensemble's home venue and continue with a European tour: on 17 February in Luxembourg (Luxembourg Philharmonie), on 19 February in Cologne (Kölner Philharmonie), on 20 February in Frankfurt am Main (Alte Oper) and on 21 February in Paris (Philharmonie de Paris). The programme includes Sergei Rachmaninoff's Second and Third Piano Concerti (soloist – Daniil Trifonov), Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Gustav Mahler's First Symphony (Titan).

30.12.2016

This unique musical gift on New Year's Eve will be presented to the public by both established performers and the next generation of pianists – Nicholas Angelich, Mira Yevtich, Piers Lane, Pavel Raikerus, Abisal Gergiev, Andrei Gugnin, Arseny Mun, Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev and Ilya Papoyan

On 31 December at 12.00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a New Year Concert featuring participants of the XI International Piano Festival.
This unique musical gift on New Year's Eve will be presented to the public by both established performers and the next generation of pianists – Nicholas Angelich, Mira Yevtich, Piers Lane, Pavel Raikerus, Abisal Gergiev, Andrei Gugnin, Arseny Mun, Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev and Ilya Papoyan.

The programme will include works by Frédéric Chopin (Two Nocturnes, Études in A flat major and C minor, Nocturne in F major No 1, Nocturne in F sharp major No 2 and Polonaise in A flat major), Franz Liszt (Petrarch Sonnet 104 from the second volume of the cycle Années de pèlerinage, Étude in F minor from the cycle Études d'exécution transcendante and Hungarian Rhapsody No 2), Johannes Brahms (Intermezzo in E flat major and Intermezzo in B flat minor), Claude Debussy (Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest, La Fille aux cheveux de lin, La Danse de Puck and Feux d'artifice) as well as piano works from the cycles Op No 5, 75 and 85 by Jean Sibelius and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Moment musical in B minor.

27.12.2016
On 29 December at 20.00 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow there will be a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem by soloists Tatiana Serjan, Yulia Matochkina, Najmiddin Mavlyanov, Ildar Abdrazakov, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, the Chorus of the Student Popov Academy of Choral Art and the State Academic Kozhevnikov Chorus of the Moscow Region. Valery Gergiev will be conducting

On 29 December at 20:00 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow there will be a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem by soloists Tatiana Serjan (soprano), Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (tenor), Ildar Abdrazakov (bass), the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, the Student Chorus of the Popov Academy of Choral Art and the State Academic Kozhevnikov Chorus of the Moscow Region. Valery Gergiev will be conducting.

The concert is being dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Tupolev-154 air disaster over the Black Sea. The victims of the Tupolev-154 air crash included principal military conductor Valery Khalilov, artistes of the Russian Army's Academic Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble, head of the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation Anton Gubankov and advisor to the Department Oxana Badrutdinova – colleagues and friends who for many years have been involved in artistic projects of Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre including the annual Moscow Easter Festival.

25.12.2016

On 25 and 26 December, in a continuation of the intense programme of the XI International Piano Festival at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be performances by the outstanding young South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho

On 25 and 26 December, in a continuation of the intense programme of the XI International Piano Festival at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be performances by the outstanding young South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

On 25 December (20.00) the musician will present a recital. She will perform Alban Berg's Sonata in B minor, Franz Schubert's Sonata No 19 in C minor and Frédéric Chopin's Four Ballades.

On 26 December (19.00) Seong-Jin Cho and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under Valery Gergiev. The programme includes Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic suite Schéhérazade and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto 

Seong-Jin Cho has been a prize-winner at several prestigious international competitions: in 2008 he took 1st prize at the VI International Frédéric Chopin Young Pianists' Competition in Moscow, in 2009 he took 1st prize and the Special Prize for his performance of a work by a Japanese composer at the VII International Piano Competition in Hamamatsu (Japan), the youngest winner in the competition's history, in 2011 he took 3rd prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Russia) and in 2015 he won the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

22.12.2016

On 22, 23 and 25 December as part of the XI International Piano Festival at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre Daniil Trifonov and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will perform all of Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano concerti

On 22, 23 and 25 December as part of the XI International Piano Festival at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre Daniil Trifonov and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will perform all of Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano concerti.

The programme for the evening on 22 December includes the First and Fourth Piano Concerti (20.00). On 23 December there will be a performance of the Second Piano Concerto and Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (20.00). On 25 December the performance will include Symphonic Dances and the Third Piano Concerto (13.00).

Winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition Daniil Trifonov is one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Orchestras with which the musician collaborates include the greatest ensembles of the world, and future performances in coming years will take him to major venues in Europe, America and Asia. In the 2016-17 season works by Sergei Rachmaninoff are widely represented in Daniil Trifonov's repertoire. Immediately after the festival, in St Petersburg the pianist will appear in a series of concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker, to which he has been invited to be the soloist in the Third Piano Concerto. In February 2017 he will perform the Fourth Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and then he will be appearing in concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Münchner Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev in Germany. Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano concerti will also be performed by Daniil Trifonov in Australia with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

In August 2015 Daniil Trifonov and Deutsche Grammophon released a disc of variations by Sergei Rachmaninoff with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin which received rave reviews and was nominated for a Grammy award.

Recent projects of the Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev have been dedicated to the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. In December 2015 works by the composer comprised the programme of the VIII music festival To Mstislav Rostropovich, while in February 2016 in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk the Rachmaninoff Festival took place. During the two-day piano marathon in both cities there were performances of all of Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano concerti and the Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini by prize-winners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition as well as participants of the Mariinsky International Piano Festival.

21.12.2016

From 21 to 27 December in Baden-Baden (Germany) there will be the now traditional Christmas and pre-New Year performances by the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra

From 21 to 27 December in Baden-Baden (Germany) there will be the now traditional Christmas and pre-New Year performances by the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra. At the Festspielhaus, one of Europe's largest theatre and concert complexes, there will be dazzling productions featuring both classical and contemporary choreography with Mariinsky Theatre principals and leading soloists.

The tour programme opens with an evening of ballets by Michel Fokine. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Schéhérazade will be presented to German audiences by Diana Vishneva and Konstantin Zverev, Chopiniana to music by Frédéric Chopin will be performed by Yekaterina Osmolkina, Xenia Ostreikovskaya, Yana Selina and Maxim Zyuzin and Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird will be danced by Yekaterina Ivannikova and Alexander Romanchikov. Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra.

The performances will continue with Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Adolphe Adam's Giselle. Audiences will see Swan Lake with Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish (23 December) and Ekaterina Kondaurova and Danila Korsuntsev (25 December) in the lead roles. The playbill for Giselle features the names of Oxana Skorik and Filipp Stepin (22 December), Yekaterina Osmolkina and Maxim Zyuzin (26 December, 14.00) and Viktoria Tereshkina and Xander Parish (26 December, 19.00).

On 27 December the tour of the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra to Baden-Baden concludes with a Gala Concert. The programme for the evening includes one-act ballets, highlights of classical choreography and contemporary productions. Diana Vishneva, Danila Korsuntsev and Konstantin Zverev will present Alberto Alonso's production of the one-act ballet Carmen-Suite to music by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin, Ekaterina Kondaurova and Xander Parish will appear in the lead roles in Frederick Ashton's ballet Marguerite and Armand to music by Franz Liszt, Oxana Skorik and Filipp Stepin will perform the Grand Pas Classique to music by Daniel Auber (choreography by Victor Gsovsky) and Nadezhda Batoeva and Ernest Latypov will appear in the Pas de deux from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker. 21st century choreography will be represented by Vladimir Varnava's ballet Clay to music by Darius Milhaud. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Alexei Repnikov (from 22 to 27 December).

20.12.2016

On 19 December the Mariinsky II hosted the opening of the XI International Piano Festival. Valery Gergiev was conducting

On 19 December the Mariinsky II hosted the opening of the XI International Piano Festival. Valery Gergiev was conducting. The co-founder of the festival, Serbian pianist Mira Yevtich, performed Maurice Ravel's First Piano Concerto, French pianist Jean-Baptiste Fonlupt performed André Jolivet's Piano Concerto, recipient of the Gold Medal at the Piano Competition in Cincinnati Anastasia Volchok performed Camille Saint-Saëns' Second Piano Concerto and sixteen-year-old pianist Abisal Gergiev performed Francis Poulenc's Piano Concerto in C sharp minor.

The concerts of the festival's chamber music programme begin on 20 December; at 16.00 at the Prokofiev Hall there will be the first concert of the project Children for Children, while in the same venue at 18.00 Jean-Baptiste Fonlupt will perform a programme of works by Franz Liszt as part of the series A Composer and the Pianist. Also at the Prokofiev Hall it will be possible to hear Frédéric Chopin's Four Ballades and Scherzo performed by young Uzbek pianist Nuron Mukumi (22 December, 18.00) and two Rondos and Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by Vladimir Milošević, one of the most outstanding Serebian pianists of his generation (28 December, 18.00). The project Children for Children continues at the Prokofiev Hall on 21, 22, 23 and 27 December (all concerts at 16.00). Prize-winners at Russian and international competitions, diploma-recipients of the Grand Piano Competition and participants and prize-winners at the Nutcracker International TV Competition will be demonstrating their skills, among them Tuna Bilgin, Ivan Bessonov, Arseniy Gusev, Ilya Papoyan and Alexander Bolotin. Concerts in the chamber venues of the Mariinsky-II will also feature performances by the young pianist Anna Denisova with a programme of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin (Prokofiev Hall, 23 December, 18.00). In line with tradition, the festival programme will include a class by an outstanding professor of piano. This time residents and visitors of St Petersburg will hear pupils of Professor Tatiana Zelikman of the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music – at the Concert Hall, Konstantin Shamrai, Roman Martynov, Frédéric D'Oria-Nicolas and Alexander Kudryavtsev will perform all of Alexander Scriabin's piano sonatas (24 December, 18.00).

A monograph programme will be presented by Daniil Trifonov, winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. At the Concert Hall with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev the musician will perform all of Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano concerti (22, 23 and 25 December).

Another festival highlight will be an appearance by prize-winners of the Sydney International Piano Competition Andrey Gugnin, Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev and Moye Chen (Concert Hall, 21 December, 21.00 and 25 December, 16.00). There will be recitals at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre by Lucas Debargue, a prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (20 December, 20.00), Honoured Artist of Russia Boris Petrushansky (21 December, 18.00), prize-winner at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition the South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho (25 December, 20.00), prize-winner at international competitions Pavel Raikerus (27 December, 18.00) and Honoured Artist of Russia Vladimir Tropp (27 December, 21.00). Seong-Jin Cho will also present a programme of works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Geregiev (Concert Hall, 26 December, 19.00).

Returning to St Petersburg will be the virtuoso pianists from The Netherlands, the brothers Arthur and Lucas Jussen, who made a great name for themselves at the XXIV Stars of the White Nights music festival. In addition to works by Francis Poulenc, Frédéric Chopin and Nikolai Kapustin, the musicians will perform the ballade El amor y la muerte from the second book of Enrique Granados' Goyescas and music from Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du printemps arranged for piano for four hands (Concert Hall, 28 December, 18.00). The festival concludes on 30 December at the Concert Hall; pianists Nicholas Angelich and Sergei Babayan together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valerey Gergiev will perform Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2 and Arvo Pärt's Lamentate (dedicated to the memory of Vera Gornostayeva).

The International Piano Festival was founded by Valery Gergiev and Mira Yevtich in 2011.

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