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Mariinsky Theatre box-offices and the official website have launched sales of tickets to performances and concerts in the second half of January

Mariinsky Theatre box-offices and the official website have launched sales of tickets to performances and concerts in the second half of January.

Performances of Le Corsaire and A Thousand and One Nights will continue the tour by the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre to St Petersburg. Visitors to the historic theatre may look forward to Vasily Vainonen’s The Nutcracker, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai and the one-act Carmen-Suite, which will share an evening along with Le Jeune Homme et la mort. On the day the Siege of Leningrad was lifted, in line with tradition, there are to be performances of the ballets Leningrad Symphony and The Young Lady and the Hooligan.

For the first time following a lengthy interval, the public will have the chance to see the operas Adriana Lecouvreur and The Tsar’s Bride, while for younger audiences there is to be a performance of Murych the Cat. Russian operas being staged include Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, Mazepa with Roman Burdenko in the title role, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Dead Souls. The playbill for the historic stage features Pagliacci, Aida and a semi-staged version of Lakmé, while the Mariinsky-II will host performances of Rigoletto and Tannhäuser.

Guests at the Concert Hall will see Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, Rimsky-Korsakov’s one-act operas Mozart and Salieri and Kashchey the Immortal, as well as Le nozze di Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pelléas et Mélisande. There will be concert performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.

The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici will be presenting a programme of opuses by Richard Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The theatre’s orchestra and soloists Sofia Viland (flute), Khristian Artamonov (violin) and conductor Christian Knapp will be performing music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Dmitry Shostakovich.

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From 13 to 23 January the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be performing three amazing ballet fairy-tales in St Petersburg

From 13 to 23 January the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be performing three amazing ballet fairy-tales in St Petersburg.

The traditional winter tour by the company from Vladivostok will commence with performances of The Sleeping Beauty at the new stage — a ballet-féerie created by the genius of two great masters of the art: Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. At the historic Mariinsky Theatre there will be Le Corsaire, staged by Eldar Aliev based on fragments of Petipa’s own choreography. Anton Torbeev will be conducting.

At the Mariinsky-II there will also be four performances of Eldar Aliev’s colourful oriental ballet One Thousand and One Nights, which has become a “calling-card” of the Primorsky Stage. The St Petersburg premiere of the ballet took place exactly one year ago. The current tour marks one century since the birth of the composer Fikret Amirov; the performances are to be conducted by Ayyub Quliyev.

In accordance with tradition, the performers from Vladivostok will be joined on-stage by soloists from the St Petersburg company, among them Renata Shakirova, Yekaterina Chebykina, Victor Caixeta and Nikita Korneyev.

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Mariinsky Theatre box-offices and the website have commenced sales of tickets to the first events in 2022

Mariinsky Theatre box-offices and the website have commenced sales of tickets to the first events in 2022.

Over the New Year holidays, audiences may look forward to a major series of performances of the ballet The Nutcracker as staged by Vasily Vainonen and by Mihail Chemiakin and Kirill Simonov. Balletomanes will also be delighted to see Le Corsaire and The Sleeping Beauty performed by the Primorsky Stage along with Don Quixote and The Stone Flower, while contemporary dance will be represented by Ilya Zhivoi’s The Four Sea-sons.

The opera playbill is adorned by such colourful opuses as Christmas Eve, A Christmas Tale and The Story of Kai and Gerda. At the start of the year, alongside tried-and-tested repertoire works the public will have the opportunity to see new productions: Benvenuto Cellini, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Die Fledermaus, presented one year ago.

Not to be missed is performance Il trovatore with Ekaterina Semenchuk, Yusif Eyvazov and Alexei Markov. The January playbill features the traditional productions of Sadko, Le Rossignol and Rigoletto as well as original stage readings of Iolanta, Il viaggio a Reims, Don Quichotte and Aida.

A series of televised music performances includes an organ programme for younger audiences. At the Concert Hall there will be a New Year concert by the ensemble “Renaissance Percussion” and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos performed by the Stradivarius Ensemble under Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici. Chamber opuses by von Weber, Mozart and Brahms and symphonic scores by Stra-vinsky, Glière and Rachmaninoff feature on the playbill alongside Felix Kruglikov’s new work God Saves All and Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

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Members of the Mariinsky Ballet and the theatre’s orchestra together with Acting Director of the ballet company Yuri Fateyev and conductor Gavriel Heine are currently in Baden-Baden. Here, at the Festspielhaus, from 21 to 26 December the company’s traditional annual Christmas tour will take place

Members of the Mariinsky Ballet and the theatre’s orchestra together with Acting Director of the ballet company Yuri Fateyev and conductor Gavriel Heine are currently in Baden-Baden. Here, at the Festspielhaus, from 21 to 26 December the company’s traditional annual Christmas tour will take place. Last year the tour did not take place due to the pandemic — hence the dancers’ arrival is all the more eagerly anticipated.

The theatre’s collaboration with this venue dates back more than twenty years. In the summer, Baden-Baden plays host to the theatre’s opera company; here there are also regular concerts of symphony music with maestro Gergiev. Mariinsky Theatre performances will be attended by audiences from three countries — Germeny, Switzerland and Italy.

This year at the Festspielhaus the Mariinsky Ballet will be presenting the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. On the final evening of the tour, the dancers will be appearing in a gala concert, featuring Michel Fokine’s Chopiniana, Jerome Robbins’ In the Night and “Paquita” Grand Pas in the three-part programme.

The lead roles in Swan Lake were danced by Oxana Skorik and Kimin Kim and Maria Ilyushkina and Timur Askerov. The role of Masha in The Nutcracker (there are to be three performances) will be danced by Maria Khoreva and Anastasia Matvienko. The role of the Nutcracker Prince will be performed by Kimin Kim, Xander Parish and Timur Askerov. Other soloists travelling to Baden-Baden include Andrei Yermakov, Roman Belyakov, Yana Selina, Anastasia Nuikina, Alexandra Khiteyeva and Nikolai Korneyev. The closing gala concert will feature all participants of the tour.

The next tour by the ballet company is planned for late April 2022: Mariinsky Theatre artistes will be travelling to Washington with George Balanchine’s Jewels.

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This December the Atkins Young Artists Program at the Mariinsky announced the names of its 2021-2022 fellowship grant recipients. According to the results of the very competitive audition process nine gifted singers were awarded their fellowships

This December the Atkins Young Artists Program at the Mariinsky announced the names of its 2021-2022 fellowship grant recipients. According to the results of the very competitive audition process nine gifted singers were awarded their fellowships. The new fellows include graduates of the: Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Ural Conservatory in Yekaterinburg, Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory and Gertzen University in Saint Petersburg as well as Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburg, PA USA.

Diana Kazanlieva, soprano
Ekaterina Savinkova, soprano
Patricia Westley, soprano
Zinaida Tsarenko, mezzo-soprano
Klim Tikhonov, tenor
Roman Shirokikh, tenor
Anatoly Mikhailov, baritone
Miroslav Molchanov, bass
Gleb Peryazev, bass

The Atkins Program, founded in 2015 by Valery Gergiev and V. Atkins Foundation, works under Maestro’s artistic leadership. The fellowship program aims to support talented young performers at the outset of their artistic careers, when they start wining the admiration of the public at large. At the Mariinsky Theatre, fellowship grant-recipients develop their vocal and stage skills under the tutelage of some of opera’s leading specialists, and they take part in performances and concerts, sing lead roles in the repertoire and tour with the company. This training serves as a trampoline for their stage careers. The current list of fellowship grant-recipients and graduates includes Alexander Mikhailov, Yevgeny Akhmedov, Dmitry Grigoriev, Gamid Abdulov, Vladislav Kupriyanov, Ekaterina Sannikova, Aigul Khismatullina and Anastasia Schegoleva.

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The Mariinsky Theatre is touring to Moscow with a festive programme: in the capital, Valery Gergiev will be performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Christmas Eve and Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. Moscow audiences may also look forward to a festive concert that has been rehearsed by the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre

The Mariinsky Theatre is touring to Moscow with a festive programme: in the capital, Valery Gergiev will be performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Christmas Eve and Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. Moscow audiences may also look forward to a festive concert that has been rehearsed by the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The opera Christmas Eve is being presented at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall this evening, 22 December. Travelling to Moscow together with the singers are the costumes and elements of the set — the opera is to be presented in a semi-staged version. The action will take place on the stage, while the orchestra will be situated in the stalls, from which the audience seating has been removed.

The Mariinsky Theatre’s production of Christmas Eve returned to the stage last season. In March, the opera was performed in Tikhvin, the composer’s homeland. Valery Gergiev has brought a young cast for the performance: tenor Alexander Mikhailov will be singing the role of Vakula, Yulia Matochkina will be appearing as Solokha and Ekaterina Sannikova, who was awarded the Special Prize at the recent Operalia competition, will be appearing as Oxana. The lead roles are also being performed by leading soloists of the opera company Yevgeny Akimov (the Deacon), Roman Burdenko (Patsyuk) and Stanislav Trofimov (Chub).

The following day, 23 December, will see the Mariinsky Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker under the baton of maestro Gergiev at Zaryadye Hall. A recording of the ballet as interpreted by Valery Gergiev and musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra proved a milestone in the performance history of this work. Hearing The Nutcracker at a concert of symphony music is a great and rare opportunity.

At Zaryadye that same evening, the Stradivarius Ensemble — comprising the Mariinsky Orchestra’s finest string musicians — under Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici will be performing a programme consisting of polkas, waltzes and highlights from operettas by Strauss, Kálmán and Lehár.

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Trained in the St Petersburg school, Maria Ilyushkina is now in her fifth season with the Mariinsky Ballet. Maria currently dances lead roles in classics by Petipa and productions by Fokine and Balanchine, in each role demonstrating thoughtful work on both her technique and the image being presented

Trained in the St Petersburg school, Maria Ilyushkina is now in her fifth season with the Mariinsky Ballet. She has arrived at performing solo roles in a systematic manner, having started out by assimilating productions from the position of the corps de ballet and having danced numerous coryphée duets and quartets. She rehearsed, for example, the role of Nikia in La Bayadère (Maria’s recent debut) once she had come to know the production inside-out, already having the D’jampe dance, Act II Grand pas and the variation from the scene “The Shades” in her repertoire. Maria currently dances lead roles in classics by Petipa and productions by Fokine and Balanchine, in each role demonstrating thoughtful work on both her technique and the image being presented. Not just audiences, but critics too admire in her Odette the “genuine and sincere lyricism, the play of the swan-like lines of the body, the focus on the classical purity of the dance.” Her Lilac Fairy is the very embodiment of goodness and tender elegance in the pantomime scenes and of songfulness of line in the variation. In Balanchine’s Serenade Maria is bewitching with her sincere enthusiasm for the nature of the dance. Many in the audience applaud this sincerity and keenly follow the dancer’s development.

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On 20 December Valery Gergiev and South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho opened the XVI International Piano Festival Mariinsky. The festival playbill features the names not only of such acclaimed maestri of the piano as Denis Matsuev, Boris Berezovsky and Nikolai Lugansky but also concerts by young pianists, among them prize-winners of the Tchaikovsky and Chopin Competitions

On 20 December Valery Gergiev and South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho opened the XVI International Piano Festival Mariinsky. The festival playbill features the names not only of such acclaimed maestri of the piano as Denis Matsuev, Boris Berezovsky and Nikolai Lugansky but also concerts by young pianists, among them prize-winners of the Tchaikovsky and Chopin Competitions.

The festival playbill is incredibly intense: over the course of twelve days, its two main venues – the Concert Hall and the chamber-music Rachmaninoff Hall – will host twenty-one concerts. These include recitals and appearances with the orchestra under the baton of maestro Gergiev.

At the festival’s closing concert on 31 December, the public will have the opportunity to hear recent victors of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw – Bruce Liu and Alexander Gadjiev, as well as seventeen-year-old Eva Gevorgyan from Moscow, a finalist in the competition. Other festival participants include Tchaikovsky Competition prize-winners Sergei Redkin, Dmitry Shishkin and Alexandre Kantorow.

There will also be a chance to discover young and up-and-coming pianists at class concerts led by respected St Petersburg teachers from the Conservatory’s Ten-Year School: Zora Zucker, Anna Rychkova, Zoya Sapiton and Vladimir Suslov, as well as a class to be led by Grigory Gruzman who teaches in Weimar.

For each festival, the organisers – Mira Yevtich and Valery Gergiev – strive to invite musicians who have not yet appeared in St Petersburg. In addition to the victors of the Warsaw competition, the Mariinsky Theatre is to host performances by Croatian pianist Lovre Marušić, who won the Silver Medal this summer at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

The concert programmes will essentially present a complete anthology of piano music: from preludes and fugues by Bach, sonatas by Mozart and van Beethoven and works by Romantics and Impressionists to concerti by Shchedrin and pieces by Stravinsky.

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The Mariinsky Theatre website has published the eagerly-awaited playbill to the end of the month. The December evenings have been split into several themed blocks

The Mariinsky Theatre website has published the eagerly-awaited playbill to the end of the month. The December evenings have been split into several themed blocks.

TCHAIKOVSKY
The music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be performed at the theatre’s venues almost every day in December. In addition to the traditional pre-New Year Nutcrackers (classical version by Vasily Vainonen and Mihail Chemiakin’s version), the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting Tchaikovsky’s great operas The Queen of Spades and The Maid of Orleans. At the Concert Hall there will be performances of the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies as well as the opera Iolanta. At the piano music concerts on 26 and 29 December there will be solo performances by winners of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition Dmitry Shishkin and Alexandre Kantorow.

SHCHEDRIN
The composer Rodion Shchedrin, a great and long-standing friend of the Mariinsky Theatre, marks his 89th birthday on 16 December. On the maestro’s birthday at the Mariinsky-II there will be a performance of his ballet Anna Karenina, and at the Concert Hall there will be his opera Boyarina Morozova, performed in concert. Also not to be missed are the operas The Lefthander and A Christmas Tale as well as symphony and choral music opuses by Shchedrin including The Adventures of a Monkey, The Sealed Angel and Poetoria.

VERDI
The Mariinsky Theatre is dedicating several evenings of opera to Giuseppe Verdi, the king of Italian opera. The playbill includes productions of Verdi’s Il trovatore, La forza del destino, Aida, Macbeth and Don Carlo (the latter two to be conducted by Valery Gergiev). The performances are to feature the opera company’s finest soloists, among them Tatiana Serjan, Irina Churilova, Yulia Matochkina, Hovhannes Ayvazyan, Migran Agadzhanyan, Roman Burdenko and Vladislav Sulimsky.

THE PIANO FESTIVAL
In the outgoing days of the year, the Concert Hall and the recently-opened Rachmaninoff Hall will be hosting both acclaimed pianists and young soloists. The XVI International Piano Festival Mariinsky opens on 20 December: accompanied by the orchestra, Seong-Jin Cho under the baton of Valery Gergiev will be performing a series of variations by Sergei Rachmaninoff — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini — while the opera company soloists will be performing the lead roles in a concert performance of Iolanta by Tchaikovsky. Festival participants also include Denis Matsuev, Nikolai Lugansky, Boris Berezovsky, Alexandre Kantorow, Dmitry Shishkin, Sergei Redkin, Eva Gevorgyan, Bruce Liu and Alexander Gadjiev among others.

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This coming Sunday, 12 December, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the St Petersburg premiere of the cantata God Saves All to verse by Anna Akhmatova. The opus was written by the composer and conductor Felix Kruglikov, who trained at the Leningrad Conservatory under Ilya Musin and Arvīds Jansons and who in the late 1970s emigrated to the USA. The composer has spent the last few weeks in St Petersburg, refining the opus and rehearsing the premiere along with Mariinsky Theatre performers

This coming Sunday, 12 December, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the St Petersburg premiere of the cantata God Saves All to verse by Anna Akhmatova. The opus was written by the composer and conductor Felix Kruglikov, who trained at the Leningrad Conservatory under Ilya Musin and Arvīds Jansons and who in the late 1970s emigrated to the USA. The composer has spent the last few weeks in St Petersburg, refining the opus and rehearsing the premiere along with Mariinsky Theatre performers.

The cantata God Saves All for mixed chorus, symphony orchestra and soloists was written in 2019. The premiere was held in Tbilisi. The opus is based on late texts by Anna Akhmatova: extracts from Poem without a Hero, Requiem and verse from the 1940s. The title includes words from the Sheremetev family coat of arms, which adorns the archway of the grand courtyard of the Fountain House, the place where the poetess spent most of her life. The motto – “Deus conservat omnia”, taken as an epigraph to Poem without a Hero – leads one to reflect just how important it was for Akhmatova to understand remembrance of the past.

Thoughts of her own destiny and the destiny of her contemporaries in the tragic years of Russian history as well as the Christian motifs of Akhmatova’s lyricism served as a starting point for the music. It has something of a memorial character, with many of the episodes having been written with a nod to the tradition of Russian Orthodox Church singing. The composer has stated that he encrypted the initials of Anna Andreyevna Akhmatova – AAA – in three beats of the bell in A key.

The cast features two solo female voices – soprano and mezzo-soprano; at the premiere, these roles are to be performed by Mariinsky Theatre soloists Anastasia Kalagina and Anna Kiknadze. The choral part of the opus will be performed by an ensemble of soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. To complement the cantata, the conductor Christian Knapp has selected van Beethoven’s Sixth Pastoral symphony.

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