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01.12.2020

The Mariinsky Theatre will be back on-air with its free online broadcasts. At 19.00 on 1 December there will be a screening of the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, followed on 4 December at 20.00 by a recent concert featuring the Russisch-Deutsche MusikAkademie conducted by Valery Gergiev. The broadcasts will be available on the platform mariinsky.tv and on the theatre's social networking sites for twenty-four hours

The Mariinsky Theatre will be back on-air with its free online broadcasts. At 19.00 on 1 December there will be a screening of the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, followed on 4 December at 20.00 by a recent concert featuring the Russisch-Deutsche MusikAkademie conducted by Valery Gergiev. The broadcasts will be available on the platform mariinsky.tv and on the theatre's social networking sites for twenty-four hours.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera based on motifs from Pushkin's tale will be presented using the production directed by Alexander Petrov with the colourful costumes and sets by Vladimir Firer based on original sketches by Ivan Bilibin. The lead roles in the recording made in 2015 feature Irina Churilova (Tsaritsa Militrisa), Mikhail Vekua (Tsarevich Guidon), Edward Tsanga (Tsar Saltan) and Albina Shagimuratova (the Swan Princess).

The programme of broadcasts also includes a concert by the Russisch-Deutsche MusikAkademie that took place on 29 November under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev. Severin von Eckardstein, a leading German pianist of the present day, performed the solo in van Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony was also performed. The performance commemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

30.11.2020

Opera singers Anna Netrebko, Olesya Petrova, Sergei Skorokhodov, Mikhail Petrenko will be appearing in a programme of chamber music at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The evening of romances by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will take place on 4 December. The piano accompaniment will be provided by Mariinsky Theatre opera concertmistress Irina Soboleva

Opera singers Anna Netrebko, Olesya Petrova, Sergei Skorokhodov, Mikhail Petrenko will be appearing in a programme of chamber music at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The evening of romances by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will take place on 4 December. The piano accompaniment will be provided by Mariinsky Theatre opera concertmistress Irina Soboleva.

Romances comprise an incredibly rich and diverse part of Tchaikovsky's legacy. The composer wrote them throughout his life: his first experiments in the genre date from his years as a student while the last cycle of romances – the famous Opus 73 set to verse by Daniil Rathaus and dedicated to Nikolai Figner – was composed not long before his death and retains a tragic reflection of the Pathétique symphony. In terms of their fervour and sense of drama, Tchaikovsky's romances are frequently reminiscent of operatic scenes. Does the Day Reign?, Was I not a Little Blade of Grass in the Meadow?, Frenzied Nights, None but the Lonely Heart, Cradle Song and Tell Me, What in the Shade of the Branches? to name but a few are pearls of the Russian chamber music repertoire.

Anna Netrebko has often included Tchaikovsky's romances in her programmes. Deutsche Grammophon recorded her concert together with Daniel Barenboim in Salzburg, at which she performed romances by both Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. On 4 December the opera diva will be singing Tchaikovsky alongside her Mariinsky Theatre colleagues. The concert's secondary title – The Music of St Petersburg's Drawing Rooms – is a reference to both the "salon" style of Tchaikovsky's works and to the tradition of secular musical soirées.

It should be noted that this year marks the one hundred and eightieth anniversary of the composer's birth. To mark the occasion, the foyer of the Mariinsky-II is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Tchaikovsky's collaboration with the Mariinsky Theatre and the fate of his works onstage in St Petersburg.

28.11.2020

On 30 November the Mariinsky Theatre will be dedicating an evening of one-act ballets to Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya. In honour of this legendary ballerina, the Mariinsky Ballet's leading stars will be appearing on the theatre's historic stage, with maestro Valery Gergiev at the conducting stand to open the programme

On 30 November the Mariinsky Theatre will be dedicating an evening of one-act ballets to Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya. In honour of this legendary ballerina, the Mariinsky Ballet's leading stars will be appearing on the theatre's historic stage, with maestro Valery Gergiev at the conducting stand to open the programme.

In memory of Maya Plisetskaya, Diana Vishneva and Bolshoi Theatre principal dancer Denis Savin will be presenting the St Petersburg premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's ballet Homage to Maya set to music by Camille Saint-Saëns arranged by Rodion Shchedrin. The choreographer prepared this work with the dancers especially for an anniversary concert at the Bolshoi Theatre. Audiences of the Mariinsky Theatre will now also have the opportunity to see it. The role of the soprano will be sung by Kristina Alieva.

The evening will also feature Carmen-Suite with Diana Vishneva in the title role and another work by Ratmansky – the ballet Concerto DSCH set to Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto. Until the day she died, Maya Plisetskaya took a keen and passionate interest in everything new and unusual in the world of dance and was one of the first to lend her support to Alexei Ratmansky's choreographic endeavours. She also attended the Mariinsky Theatre premieres of his ballets The Little Humpbacked Horse and Anna Karenina.

In remembrance of the great ballerina, on 20 November – the day of her birth – the Mariinsky Theatre presented Carmen-Suite with Alina Somova in the title role, while the Bolshoi Theatre hosted a gala concert which also featured Mariinsky Theatre dancers. Commemorating ninety-five years since Plisetskaya was born, a new work by Rodion Shchedrin saw its premiere – The Adventures of a Monkey based on the tale by Zoshchenko. Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra and actress Polina Malikova (Tolstun) performed the work in St Petersburg, and today this is to be presented at the Zaryadye concert hall in Moscow.

27.11.2020

On Sunday 29 November at the Mariinsky-II there will be a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi. The lead roles will be sung by Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Yusif Eyvazov and Vladislav Sulimsky. The orchestra is to be conducted by Valery Gergiev

On Sunday 29 November at the Mariinsky-II there will be a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi. The lead roles will be sung by Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Yusif Eyvazov and Vladislav Sulimsky. The orchestra is to be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Regardless of the intense and dramatic narrative of the story, the music of Il trovatore is innately Italian in terms of its ease and simplicity. Stage director Pier Luigi Pizzi has stated that this opera is the perfect example of Verdian melodrama: an engaging plot, perfection of musical form and vivid choral episodes. Here, the protagonists are moved by powerful emotions – love, hatred, jealousy and revenge.

The role of Leonora, one of the most romantic characters in the history of opera, will be sung by Anna Netrebko – as it was at the production premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2013. Ekaterina Semenchuk will be appearing as the perfidious gypsy Azucena, who stokes the rivalry between Manrico (Yusif Eyvazov) and the Conte di Luna (Vladislav Sulimsky) – two brothers who do not know they are related.

The opera Il trovatore has appeared on the playbill of the Mariinsky Theatre with such a cast thanks to the fact that it has been possible to assemble these stellar performers in one place at one time. "For us – all of us at the Mariinsky Theatre – in a surprising way new opportunities have opened up: literally all the outstanding singers, our stars who are known throughout the world, are in St Petersburg right now," commented Valery Gergiev.

Tickets for this event will be name-specific. When purchasing tickets, members of the audience may select any available seats in the auditorium, although the total number of available seats will be strictly limited in accordance with requirements established by the Russian Consumers' Inspectorate.

24.11.2020

The theatre's website has published the additional repertoire for the first half of December. New events are to include several special evenings. On 30 November at the historic theatre there will be a ballet gala in tribute to the anniversary of Maya Plisetskaya which is to feature Carmen-Suite, Concerto DSCH and Homage to Maya choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and performed by Diana Vishneva. On 4 December at an evening of chamber vocals at the Concert Hall Anna Netrebko, Zlata Bulycheva, Sergei Skorokhodov and Mikhail Petrenko will be performing. To the piano accompaniment of Irina Soboleva they will present romances to verse by Alexander Pushkin. There are also to be several first performances of Cavalleria rusticana, staged for the Mariinsky Theatre by Arnaud Bernard (4, 5 and 13 December). The last remaining tickets are still available for the premiere itself on 25 November

The theatre's website has published the additional repertoire for the first half of December. New events are to include several special evenings. On 30 November at the historic theatre there will be a ballet gala in tribute to the anniversary of Maya Plisetskaya which is to feature Carmen-Suite, Concerto DSCH and Homage to Maya choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and performed by Diana Vishneva. On 4 December at an evening of chamber vocals at the Concert Hall Anna Netrebko, Zlata Bulycheva, Sergei Skorokhodov and Mikhail Petrenko will be performing. To the piano accompaniment of Irina Soboleva they will present romances to verse by Alexander Pushkin. There are also to be several first performances of Cavalleria rusticana, staged for the Mariinsky Theatre by Arnaud Bernard (4, 5 and 13 December). The last remaining tickets are still available for the premiere itself on 25 November.

The opera playbill for the first half of December is remarkable for featuring all parts of Wagner's tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen under the baton of Valery Gergiev, Eugene Onegin with Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Alexei Markov, Sergei Skorokhodov and Mikhail Petrenko and a concert performance of Nabucco with maestro Plácido Domingo in the title role. The public may look forward to magnificent performances of The Queen of Spades, La forza del destino, I pagliacci, Attila, Le nozze di Figaro, Tosca, Die Zauberflöte, a semi-staged version of The Love for Three Oranges and a concert performance of the recent repertoire addition of Lakmé as well as wintry fairy-tales for younger audiences – The Story of Kai and Gerda and Hänsel und Gretel.

For the first time in a long time Frederick Ashton's Sylvia to music by Léo Delibes will be returning to the stage. Other classical ballets – Giselle, La Bayadère, The Nutcracker and Don Quixote – will be joined by works by Hans van Manen.

Alexei Shmitov, one of Russia's greatest organists, will be performing selected masterpieces from Bach to Dupré at the Concert Hall. The String Quartet of the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting a chamber music programme of works by Shostakovich, Myaskovsky and Tchaikovsky, while the Brass Quintet will perform a programme of works by Ravel, Gershwin and Musorgsky. Lovers of the sound of brass instruments may look forward to the traditionally rousing Non-Stop Trombone Show.

20.11.2020

For fans of opera, the Mariinsky Theatre has been preparing an incredible gift: upcoming performances of Il trovatore on 29 November and Eugene Onegin on 7 December will feature Anna Netrebko, while on 10 December Plácido Domingo will be singing the title role in Nabucco. Valery Gergiev will be conducting on all three evenings

For fans of opera, the Mariinsky Theatre has been preparing an incredible gift: upcoming performances of Il trovatore on 29 November and Eugene Onegin on 7 December will feature Anna Netrebko, while on 10 December Plácido Domingo will be singing the title role in Nabucco. Valery Gergiev will be conducting on all three evenings.

This performance of Onegin with Netrebko will see her long-promised and eagerly-anticipated rescheduled debut in St Petersburg as Tatiana (Anna had planned to sing Tchaikovsky's opera back in September). She will also be appearing in Verdi's Il trovatore. The singer appeared as Leonora in the premiere of the production by Pier Luigi Pizzi in 2013. On 29 November the lead roles are to be performed by Ekaterina Semenchuk (Azucena) and Vladislav Sulimsky (the Conte di Luna) who also dazzled at the premiere as well as Yusif Eyvazov (Manrico), who will be appearing in this Mariinsky Theatre production for the first time. In Eugene Onegin on 7 December the title role will be sung by Alexei Markov with Ekaterina Semenchuk as Olga, Sergei Skorokhodov as Lensky and Mikhail Petrenko as Gremin.

Opera maestro Plácido Domingo is coming to St Petersburg to sing Nabucco with the Mariinsky Opera. The concert performance will feature prima donnas of the Verdian repertoire Tatiana Serjan and Ekaterina Semenchuk. The role of the military commander Ismaele (whom both female protagonists love) will be sung by tenor Sergei Skorokhodov and that of Zaccaria by Mikhail Petrenko.

Tickets for all three events are already on sale and will bear the names of those attending the performance. When purchasing tickets, members of the public may select any seat in the auditorium that is available, although the total number of seats will be limited in accordance with the demands of the Russian Consumer Inspectorate.

20.11.2020

On 20 and 21 November the Mariinsky Theatre will be dedicating its performances to legendary ballerinas of the 20th century – Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya and Natalia Romanovna Makarova. On 20 November, Maya Plisetskaya's birthday, there will be a performance of Carmen-Suite and scenes from the ballet Don Quixote. Appearing on-stage for the memorial evening will be Alina Somova, Renata Shakirova, Andrei Yermakov, Vladimir Shklyarov and Alexander Sergeyev. In honour of Natalia Makarova, on 21 November there will be a performance of the ballet Giselle featuring Nadezhda Batoeva, Kimin Kim and Ivan Oskorbin

On 20 and 21 November the Mariinsky Theatre will be dedicating its performances to legendary ballerinas of the 20th century – Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya and Natalia Romanovna Makarova. On 20 November, Maya Plisetskaya's birthday, there will be a performance of Carmen-Suite and scenes from the ballet Don Quixote. Appearing on-stage for the memorial evening will be Alina Somova, Renata Shakirova, Andrei Yermakov, Vladimir Shklyarov and Alexander Sergeyev. In honour of Natalia Makarova, on 21 November there will be a performance of the ballet Giselle featuring Nadezhda Batoeva, Kimin Kim and Ivan Oskorbin.

Maya Plisetskaya, a ballerina of rare talent, acting expressiveness and charisma, was applauded at theatres throughout the world. Her skills as a dancer and as an actress made audiences empathise with her Odette in Swan Lake, follow each flap and flutter of the wings of her Dying Swan and in sheer delight keep their eyes glued to every soaring leap of her Laurencia. In Don Quixote she could leave her contemporaries deflated thanks to the whirlwind of her own spins, flawless fouettés and dazzling leaps around the stage and she endeared herself to audiences with the sincerity of her dance, by truly living every second of the role. Another Spanish woman who formed the legend of Plisetskaya's personality was her Carmen. In the Soviet Union, the ballerina had succeeded in creating Carmen-Suite which was staged by a foreign choreographer – Cuba's Alberto Alonso – and she had the courage to dance it. Performed at hundreds of theatres, this ballet became a symbol of Maya Plisetskaya's artistic individuality. And the melodies from Georges Bizet's opera, re-orchestrated by her husband Rodion Shchedrin and sounding totally fresh were a hymn to Carmen in the 20th century.

Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya was a friend of the Mariinsky Theatre for many years and an honoured guest at its festivals and premieres. The theatre invariably saw in her a wise counsellor and supporter. Inspired by her, the works of Rodion Shchedrin brought to life on-stage with her direct involvement today hold an esteemed position in the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre.

In memory of Maya Plisetskaya, the theatre's site is hosting an exhibition depicting the ballerina on-stage and in the various halls of the Mariinsky Theatre.

For audiences in many countries in the 1970s and 80s, Natalia Makarova's dance embodied the great traditions of the Russian school of classical ballet and, moreover, it embodied the Russian soul in the art of dance. Her Odette-Odile, her Juliet and her Aurora all delighted audiences of American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet in London, the Ballet de Marseilles and many other theatres throughout the world. But it was in Leningrad that Natalia Makarova's dazzling career began. The emotional graduate with incredibly beautiful lines of the Leningrad Vaganova School of Dance was spotted immediately, and in the ten years for which she was with the Kirov Ballet (today the Mariinsky), Makarova danced a huge number of roles. She made her debut as Giselle in her first season at the theatre, and that was a role that long remained in the ballerina's repertoire. "This ballet came to mirror my maturity as a person and as a performer," Natalia Makarova commented, "No other ballet sat so easily with my physical characteristics, no other ballet has brought greater success or artistic satisfaction, and I have reflected on no other to the extent that I have reflected on Giselle."

In 1970 Natalia Makarova took the decision to remain in the West, and the next twenty years of her life as a ballerina were linked with the world's great stages as well as with the acclaim and admiration of audiences across the globe. But it was to be at her home theatre that Makarova would dance her final performance – in 1991 she ended her career with an appearance at the Mariinsky Theatre.

There are exhibitions dedicated to the anniversary of Natalia Makarova on the site and in the theatre foyer featuring selected photographs from the St Petersburg period of the ballerina's career.

18.11.2020

On 24 November the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's newest work The Adventures of a Monkey based on the tale by Mikhail Zoshchenko. The programme for the evening also includes Shchedrin's Solemn Overture and Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, the performance of which commemorates two hundred and fifty years since that composer's birth. The soloist will be Japanese pianist Mao Fujita, a prize-winner at the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition. The role of the Narrator in The Adventures of a Monkey is to be undertaken by Polina Malikova (Tolstun), an actress of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev

On 24 November the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's newest work The Adventures of a Monkey based on the tale by Mikhail Zoshchenko. The programme for the evening also includes Shchedrin's Solemn Overture and Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, the performance of which commemorates two hundred and fifty years since that composer's birth. The soloist will be Japanese pianist Mao Fujita, a prize-winner at the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition. The role of the Narrator in The Adventures of a Monkey is to be undertaken by Polina Malikova (Tolstun), an actress of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The Adventures of a Monkey is a new work by Rodion Shchedrin, created in 2020. The composer has designated its genre as a concerto for narrator and solo instruments accompanied by string orchestra and cembalo. The selection of instruments to be used is far from trivial: trumpet, French horn, flute, harp and percussion. For such a composer as Rodion Shchedrin, with his ability to create voluminous musical character, grasp a given gesture and convey a certain individual intonation, The Adventures of a Monkey is a veritable gold mine of ideas. With Zoshchenko there was ready-made dramaturgy (with a beginning, two culminations, a dénouement and an epilogue), as well as a contrasting sequence of "crowd" and "chamber" scenes and "arched" constructions. The characters of the story are just as colourful and varied as the instruments in the orchestra and actually "suggest" leitmotifs. This "musical reading" of Zoshchenko's vivid and dynamic story promises audiences many of the numerous interesting and witty innovations for which Rodion Shchedrin is so famous.
The composer has dedicated his new opus to his late wife, the legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, who dearly loved this tale by Zoshchenko. The premiere will be taking place during several days celebrating ninety-five years since the birth of Maya Mikhailovna Plisetskaya.

Before the end of November, the maestro's newest work will also be presented for audiences in Moscow: Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will be taking the premiere to the Zaryadye Concert Hall.

17.11.2020

On 18 and 26 November the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting recitals by Alexandre Kantorow and Mao Fujita, young pianists and prize-winners at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition

On 18 and 26 November the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting recitals by Alexandre Kantorow and Mao Fujita, young pianists and prize-winners at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition.

A student of Rena Shereshevskaya, who introduced the world to the phenomenon that is Lucas Debargue, Alexandre Kantorow won 1st prize and the Grand Prix at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019. Never in the recent history of the competition has the decision of the jury been so unanimous in selecting its winner. Alexandre Kantorow's style, which stood apart from that of the other pianists, instantly enchanted not just music-lovers but professional musicians as well. The romantic style of his playing is displayed in the exceptional phrasing and improvisational character of his performance. Kantorow names Johannes Brahms as being the composer closest to himself in terms of spirit. In his interpretations we see bold expression, devoid of any dry "classicism", plastique in the variety of timbre, and yet always well-conceived and musically mature. In his recital the pianist will be performing Four Ballades and Sonata No 3 by Brahms, in addition to his own transcription of Bach's famous Chaconne for Violin.

Even after the first round of the Tchaikovsky Competition, Mao Fujita made the audience rise from their seats – his performance had been so clear and radiant in terms of pianism. He delights audiences with his jewel-like execution, the faultless precision of his performance and the keenly individual sound of the instrument at his fingertips. It should be noted that at one time in Tokyo Mao's teacher was Lev Oborin himself. The programme for the recital at the Mariinsky could be called a musical portrait of Mao Fujita. Here we have the name of Tchaikovsky – as a symbol of a turning point in the pianist's career – and the names of Mozart and Chopin who won him great acclaim even during the competition. Fujita will be able to display his unusual technical flexibility with Alkan's transcendentally complex Le Festin d'Ésope, while works by Ravel that are to conclude the programme will demonstrate his mastery of the sound palette and the refined manner in which he approaches the instrument. It will also be possible to hear Mao Fujita at the Mariinsky Theatre accompanied by orchestra – on 24 November he will be performing Beethoven's Fourth Concerto under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Both musicians are also taking part in Valery Gergiev's festival at the Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow. Alexandre Kantorow and the Mariinsky Orchestra opened the festival, while Mao Fujita will be departing for Moscow following his concerts in St Petersburg.

14.11.2020

From 15 to 29 November Moscow will be hosting the II International Festival Zaryadye. The festival's founder and Artistic Director is Valery Gergiev. In the Russian capital, the maestro will be conducting performances by stars of the Mariinsky Theatre. There will be a rendition of the "légende dramatique" La Damnation de Faust, Moscow will see its first performances of Rodion Shchedrin's new opus The Adventures of a Monkey and Sofia Gubaidulina's oratorio On Love and Hatred and there will be performances of ballets by Alexei Ratmansky and Vladimir Varnava. Festival participants are to include Denis Matsuev, Nikolai Lugansky, Alexandre Kantorow, Mao Fujita, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschowici, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ildar Abdrazakov and Mikhail Petrenko among others

From 15 to 29 November Moscow will be hosting the II International Festival Zaryadye. The festival's founder and Artistic Director is Valery Gergiev. In the Russian capital, the maestro will be conducting performances by stars of the Mariinsky Theatre. There will be a rendition of the "légende dramatique" La Damnation de Faust, Moscow will see its first performances of Rodion Shchedrin's new opus The Adventures of a Monkey and Sofia Gubaidulina's oratorio On Love and Hatred and there will be performances of ballets by Alexei Ratmansky and Vladimir Varnava. Festival participants are to include Denis Matsuev, Nikolai Lugansky, Alexandre Kantorow, Mao Fujita, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschowici, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ildar Abdrazakov and Mikhail Petrenko among others.

The festival will open with a concert of symphony music in which Valery Gergiev will be conducting Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony Leningrad and Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto (soloist – Alexandre Kantorow).

One of the most important events will be the premiere of a new opus by Rodion Shchedrin – The Adventures of a Monkey after the tale by Mikhail Zoshchenko (the world premiere will take place in St Petersburg on 24 November). The composer has designated the genre of his latest opus a concerto for narrator and solo instruments accompanied by string orchestra and cembalo. The range of instruments involved is by no means trivial: trumpet, French horn, flute, harp and percussion. The composer has dedicated the work to his late wife, the legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya who so loved this tale by Zoshchenko. The premiere is to take place over the days celebrating the ninety-fifth anniversary of Maya Plisetskaya's birth. The role of the Narrator is to be enacted by Polina Malikova (Tolstun), an actress of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre.

At the festival, residents of Moscow will also be able to hear Sofia Gubaidulina's oratorio On Love and Hatred for the first time (a chamber version of this work was performed in the Russian capital under the title A Simple Prayer in 2016). Gubaidulina compiled the Russo-German libretto herself, basing it on several sources, among them prayer-books and the Bible. The premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre took place in 2018.

Valery Gergiev has included works by Igor Stravinsky in the programmes for evenings of symphony music: Le Sacre du printemps and Chant funèbre are to feature, as will Concerto in D for strings. To commemorate the anniversary year of Beethoven's birth, Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will be performing the Third Piano Concerto, while Japanese pianist and 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition prize-winner Mao Fujita will perform the Fourth. Nikolai Lugansky will also be appearing at the festival. He will be presenting Piano Concerto No 20 by Mozart.

An entire evening has been dedicated to the Mariinsky Theatre's Stradivarius Ensemble, to be led by Lorenz Nasturica-Herschowici, a conductor of the Münchner Philharmoniker. That programme comprises works by Fauré, Debussy, Schubert and Stravinsky.

The festival's opera playbill includes Berlioz' La Damnation de Faust. The concert performance will feature Ekaterina Semenchuk (Marguerite), Ildar Abdrazakov (Méphistophélès) and Alexander Mikhailov (Faust).

The Mariinsky Ballet will also be travelling to Moscow. The festival is to feature performances of ballets by Alexei Ratmansky: the recently premiered Seven Sonatas to music by Scarlatti and last season's revival of Concerto DSCH set to Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto. For the first time, Moscow audiences will have the opportunity to see Vladimir Varnava's ballet Daphnis et Chloé to music by Maurice Ravel. Here the dancers perform barefoot and, instead of a plot about shepherds in the Ancient World being portrayed, audiences will be asked to consider whether mankind today can attain a state of idyllic unity with the world. On both evenings Valery Gergiev will be conducting.

The full festival playbill is available on the website of the Zaryadye concert hall.

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