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.

23.07.2016

On 24 July at 19:00 the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the world premiere of Leonid Klinichev's opera The Cossacks performed by soloists and the chorus of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Zaurbek Gugkaev

On 24 July at 19:00 the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the world premiere of Leonid Klinichev's opera The Cossacks performed by soloists and the chorus of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Zaurbek Gugkaev.

The idea of the opera The Cossacks based on Lev Tolstoy's story of the Caucuses comes from Larisa Gergieva, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. "The opera The Cossacks is a completely different world, and the Academy's soloists responded to it eagerly and with delight. Even now, when we are putting the final touches to the work and are trying not so much to approach the literary source but to give the roles all their own nuances and shading, I can see that they find it all very interesting!" says Larisa Gergieva.

The roles are being rehearsed by Yaroslav Petryanik (Olenin), Maria Bayankina (Mariana), Vitaly Dudkin (Lukash), Dinar Dzhusoev (Grandfather Yeroshka), Yulia Suleimanova (Ustinya), Shota Chibirov (Vanyusha), Denis Begansky (Ilya Vasilievich), Olga Bobrovskaya (Mariana's Mother) and Saava Khastaev (Beletsky).

This is not Leonid Klinichev's first collaboration with the Academy: in 2014 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre came the world premiere of the opera Bela after motifs of Mikhail Lermontov's novel A Hero of Our Time, and 2016 saw the premiere of the mono-opera Anna, dedicated to Anna Akhmatova.

20.07.2016

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra have announced the founding of the new recording label MPHIL. The first release featuring recordings of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony and Anton Bruckner's Fourth Symphony (Romantic) will come on 30 September 2016

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra have announced the founding of the new recording label MPHIL. The first release featuring recordings of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony and Anton Bruckner's Fourth Symphony (Romantic) will come on 30 September 2016.

The project to found the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra's own recording label was initiated by Valery Gergiev, who has directed the ensemble since 2015. Recordings will be produced during live performances by the orchestra in HD audio format and retain the unique emotional atmosphere and energy in impeccably pure sound. The ensemble's plans include up to six new releases per year; the accent will fall on German music and works by composers closely connected with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra over its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history. Distribution of the label's recordings will be undertaken by Warner Classics Label Services using various platforms to download and distribute their content. The next MPHIL recordings with Valery Gergiev are scheduled for early 2017.

"The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has incredibly talented performers. I am delighted at the opportunity to work with these musicians and I want people throughout the world to hear the music that we create together," Valery Gergiev says.

20.07.2016

From 21 to 25 July Valery Gergiev will run a series of concerts with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in The Netherlands, France, Denmark and the Czech Republic

From 21 to 25 July Valery Gergiev will run a series of concerts with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in The Netherlands, France, Denmark and the Czech Republic.

On 21, 22 and 24 July the performances will take place at concert halls in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Montpellier (Opéra Berlioz) and Copenhagen (the Tivoli Concert Hall). The programme for the three evenings features Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Sergei Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Soloist – Denis Matsuev.

On 25 July the series of concerts draws to a conclusion in Prague. At the Smetana Hall the musicians will once again turn to Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony in addition to Felix Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony.

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America was founded in 2012 on the initiative of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. As part of the programme, one hundred and twenty musicians aged sixteen to nineteen come together from various regions across the country for an intensive two-week training course and then appear under renowned conductors. Valery Gergiev has collaborated with the ensemble since 2013. The orchestra has also collaborated with conductors including David Robertson, Charles Dutoit and Christoph Eschenbach, violinists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham and pianists Yundi Li and Emanuel Ax.

16.07.2016

On 18 July Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Munich Philharmonic as part of the prestigious BBC Proms music festival (London). This year marks two decades since Valery Gergiev’s first appearance at this festival

On 18 July Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Munich Philharmonic as part of the prestigious BBC Proms music festival (London). This year marks two decades since Valery Gergiev’s first appearance at this festival.

The programme of the concert at the Royal Albert Hall includes Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto (soloist Behzod Abduraimov), Galina Ustvolskaya’s Third Symphony with Alexei Petrenko, People’s Artist of Russia, as the Narrator and the suite from the opera Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss.

The BBC Proms festival is one of the largest international music forums in Great Britain. Each year from July to September it brings together the world’s finest musicians at London’s greatest venues. For its 122nd season the BBC Proms festival will present more than ninety classical music concerts over eight weeks.

14.07.2016

On 4 and 5 October the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will give three performances at the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre as part of the IX International Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich

On 4 and 5 October the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will give three performances at the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre as part of the IX International Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich. This annual forum is a tribute and homage to the memory of this outstanding cellist and conductor whose life in music was inextricably linked with Samara.

Over the years since it was founded, festival participants have included 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 and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and Chorus. Festival guests have included Maya Plisetskaya, Rodion Shchedrin, Natalia Solzhenitsyna and Sofia Gubaidulina.

The International Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich was founded on the initiative of Valery Gergiev and the Government of the Samara Region in 2008. The first two festivals (in 2008 and 2009) took place at the Samara State Philharmonic, the third and all subsequent festivals being held at the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, which opened following major reconstruction work in 2010.

11.07.2016

From 6 to 23 July Valery Gergiev will be performing in Germany, where he will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music

From 6 to 23 July Valery Gergiev will be performing in Germany, where he will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music.

The series of concerts begins on 6 July – the Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music under Valery Gergiev will be appearing at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. The programme includes Sergei Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto (soloist: Behzod Abduraimov), Richard Strauss' symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben and Vladimir Tarnopolsky's opus Tabula Russia, the Russian premiere of which was presented by the Academy's musicians under Valery Gergiev in Moscow in June this year. From 7 to 10 July the Mariinsky Orchestra will take part in the summer festival in Baden-Baden. The tour there opens with a concert performance of Richard Wagner's opera Die Walküre, which will also be performed on 10 July. Soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra will appear alongside internationally acclaimed performers including Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Evelyn Herlitzius and Ekaterina Gubanova. On 8 and 9 July pianist Nelson Freire and violinist Pinchas Zukerman together with the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, while pianist Hélène Grimaud and violinist Nikolaj Znaider will perform works by Johannes Brahms. Valery Gergiev will be conducting on all four evenings.

On 14 and 16 July Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in the Bavarian capital. The programme of the first concert at the Gasteig includes Galina Ustvolskaya's Third Symphony with People's Artist of Russia Alexei Petrenko as the Narrator, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto (soloist Behzod Abduraimov) and Dmitry Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony (14 July). The second evening will be an open-air concert. On Odeonsplatz, the Munich Philharmonic will perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto (soloist – Daniil Trifonov), a suite from Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier and Maurice Ravel's Boléro.

On 23 July Valery Gergiev's "German tour" for this season concludes with an appearance by the Mariinsky Orchestra at the theatre in Bad Kissingen, where there will be a performance of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto (soloist – Leonidas Kavakos) and music from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker.

09.07.2016

On 11 July following a performance of the ballet Giselle at the historic Mariirsky Theatre, in the White Foyer the ballerina will be holding an autograph session. Diana Vishneva will be signing the Mariinsky label's DVD recording of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. The disc is available at Mariinsky Theatre souvenir kiosks

On 11 July following a performance of the ballet Giselle at the historic Mariirsky Theatre, in the White Foyer the ballerina will be holding an autograph session. Diana Vishneva will be signing the Mariinsky label's DVD recording of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. The disc is available at Mariinsky Theatre souvenir kiosks.

02.07.2016
On 3 July at 14:00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a concert by grant-recipients of the Atkins Young Artists Program. Yevgeny Akhmedov (tenor), Alexander Mikhailov (tenor) and Dmitry Grigoriev (bass) will appear with the renowned concert-master and teacher Craig Rutenberg, a consultant for grant-recipients of the Atkins Program at the Mariinsky Theatre

On 3 July at 14:00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a concert by grant-recipients of the Atkins Young Artists Program. Yevgeny Akhmedov (tenor), Alexander Mikhailov (tenor) and Dmitry Grigoriev (bass) will appear with the renowned concert-master and teacher Craig Rutenberg, a consultant for grant-recipients of the Atkins Program at the Mariinsky Theatre.

The programme of the concert, the end result of a series of open master-classes held in the Stravinsky Foyer (Mariinsky-II) from 27 to 29 June, will feature arias and songs from works by Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Jules Massenet, Gaetano Donizetti, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Stefano Donaudy and Georgy Sviridov.

This new educational project, established in 2015 and supported by Valery Gergiev, aims to support young opera singers at the start of their professional careers. The programme’s grant-recipients will have the opportunity to hone their skills with singing teachers, concert-masters and coaches of international repute, take part in master-classes and travel to train.

The project has been made possible thanks to the financial support of Veronica Atkins (USA).

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