19.02.2018

On 19 February, upon the completion of a major European concert tour with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev will conduct the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala

On 19 February, upon the completion of a major European concert tour with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev will conduct the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. The legendary theatre in Milan will see the performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique) and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. The soloist for the performance is the renowned Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, for whom this will mark the first performance with the Italian orchestra.

Valery Gergiev has collaborated with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala for a long time. Since 1990 the maestro has been an honorary member and guest conductor of the orchestra. During his last visit in February 2017, Valery Gergiev presented a Russian composers programme, featuring Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged by Maurice Ravel) and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with a solo by the young pianist Alexander Malofeev, who has won several international competitions.

19.02.2018

From 8 to 12 March, the Mariinsky Theatre will host the Virtuosi of the Flute festival for the second time. The Concert Hall and chamber venues of the Mariinsky II will see the performances of flute music from various eras and styles, ranging from the Baroque to contemporary opuses

From 8 to 12 March, the Mariinsky Theatre will host the Virtuosi of the Flute festival for the second time. The Concert Hall and chamber venues of the Mariinsky II will see the performances of flute music from various eras and styles, ranging from the Baroque to contemporary opuses.

The festival will feature the participation of the Mariinsky Orchestra musicians, the Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic and orchestras from Moscow. Festival guests include soloists of Berlin Philharmonic Emmanuel Pahud and Egor Egorkin, who will perform recital programmes and conduct master-classes for the students of musical colleges and musical universities of Russia (9 March at 12.00, 11 March at 17.00 and 12 March at 11.00 at the Prokofiev Hall).

The Virtuosi of the Flute festival will open on 8 March at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (20.00) with the participation of flutists Olga Viland, Sofia Viland, Egor Egorkin, Sergei Zhuravel, Xenia Kuelyar, Denis Lupachev, Alexander Marinesku, Nikolai Mokhov, Nikolai Popov, Maxim Rubtzov, Irina Stachinskaya, Dmitry Terentiev, Olesya Tertychnaya, Diana Cherezova, Aglaya Shuplyakova; violinists Khristian Artamonov, Khristina Minosian, Svetlana Petrova, Andrei Pokatov; violists Dinara Muratova and Yevgeny Barsov; pianists Eduard Kiprsky and Maksim Pankov; as well as Viktor Kustov (cello), Elena Serova (harpsichord), Denis Kashin (double bass) and Vladimir Maslov (percussion). The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of Ivan Stolbov. The performance will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s, Vladimir Tsybin’s, Marina Manafova’s, Zhanna Metallidi’s, Pablo de Sarasate’s, Alberto Ginastera’s and Claude Bolling’s works. On 10 March, Sofia Viland, Alexander Marinesku and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Christian Knapp will present their Mozart mono programme (Concert Hall, 20.00). On 11 March (12.00), the Mariinsky Theatre Flute Ensemble will perform at the Concert Hall. They are set to perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Isaac Albéniz, Gary Schocker and Leonard Bernstein.

The festival’s chamber programmes will be presented at the Prokofiev Hall (Mariinsky II). The 9 March concert (19.00) will be dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons’ music, the 10 March concert (16.00) will be dedicated to the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Doppler, Joachim Andersen, Gary Schocker and Astor Piazzolla (for flute duet).

The gala closing of the Virtuosi of the Flute festival will take place on 12 March with the participation of flutists Emmanuel Pahud, Egor Egorkin, Nikolai Mokhov, Denis Lupachev, Maria Fedorova, Sofia Viland, as well as Elena Serova (harpsichord). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Ivan Stolbov (Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, 19.00).

05.02.2018

From 8 April to 9 May 2018 there will be an eagerly anticipated event in Russia's cultural calendar – the XVII Moscow Easter Festival. It is being held with the support of the Moscow City Government, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and with the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All the Russias. The seventeenth festival will be one of the greatest and lengthiest in the festival's history – this record music marathon will run for 32 days!

From 8 April to 9 May 2018 there will be an eagerly anticipated event in Russia's cultural calendar – the XVII Moscow Easter Festival. It is being held with the support of the Moscow City Government, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and with the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All the Russias. The seventeenth festival will be one of the greatest and lengthiest in the festival's history – this record music marathon will run for 32 days!
In accordance with tradition the festival presents four programmes: symphony music, choral music, chamber music and bell-ringing. The concerts by world-acclaimed soloists and acclaimed music ensembles will be held at major concert venues in Moscow and Russia's regions, and are sure to be unforgettable events in the cultural life of the cities that host the festival.

2018 is rich in commemorative dates for composers, among them the Russian classics Alexander Dargomyzhsky and Alexander Borodin, the Soviet composers Aram Khachaturian and Tikhon Khrennikov and other outstanding representatives of world classical music such as Antonio Vivaldi, Charles Gounod, Max Bruch, Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini and George Gershwin. It will be two centuries since the birth of the brilliant Russian choreographer Marius Petipa, whose creative life was closely associated with the Mariinsky Theatre. The Mariinsky also will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy, the most influential and beloved of all French composers. The XVII Moscow Easter Festival will pay tribute to the memory of these great maestri.

Symphony music programme
On 8 April, Easter Day, the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will appear in Moscow. The first concert starts at 12.00 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. Together with the Moscow Philharmonic there will be a live broadcast of the performance for the Far East and other Russian regions participating in the project The All-Russian Virtual Concert Hall. In the evening, at 19:00, the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatoire will host the grand opening of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival. The ensemble will subsequently set out on one of the greatest tours in the festival's history. The Mariinsky Orchestra musicians and Valer Gergiev plan to cover 20 000 kilometres and perform in almost thirty Russian towns and cities: Moscow, Voronezh, Vladikavkaz, Volgograd, Saratov, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Omsk, Surgut, Tyumen, Naberezhnye Chelny, Almetyevsk, Kirov (for the first time), Yaroslavl, Cherepovets, Vologda, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, St Petersburg, Smolensk, Bryansk, Belgorod and Oryol. The musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be able to undertake such a major journey thanks to a specially chartered train of the Moscow Easter Festival, which takes the ensemble to Russia's remotest regions each year.

Participants of the festival will be the best soloists, chorus and the Mariinsky orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theater, as well as The Mariinsky Brass Ensemble, and the pianists Seong-Jin Cho, Denis Matsuev, Behzod Abduraimov, Ivan Bessonov, Ilya Rashkovsky, violinist Kristóf Baráti, Eric Silberger, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, Pavel Milyukov, cellists Narek Akhnazaryan, Alexander Ramm, Alexander Buzlov, vocalists Julia Lezhneva and participants of the Atkins Programme – Aigul Khismatullina, soprano (Vladivostok), Angelina Akhmedova, soprano (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), Aigul Khismatullina, soprano (Vladivostok, Russia), Vladislav Kupriianov, baritone (Samara, Russia), Anna Muradyan, soprano (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Ekaterina Sannikova, soprano (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Anastasia Schegoleva, soprano (Moscow) and many others.


In Russian regions will be performed the fragments from operas Tannhauser by Richard Wagner and Falstaffby Giuseppe Verdi.

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok will join the Symphonic program: April 11 will perform soloists, choir and Symphonic Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage by conductor Anton Torbeev and The Primorsky Metropolis choir (Regent – Ludmila Makarenko); 21 April will perform Symphony orchestra and choir The Primorsky stage, by conductor – Pavel Smelkov.


Choral programme
The finest choral ensembles of various countries throughout the world will again acquaint audiences with the vivid culture of choral performance, through its incredibly rich traditions and amazing diversity. The opening of the choral programme will take place 9 April at the Hall of Church Councils in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, where the Mariinsky Chorus will appear under Andrei Petrenko, the State Academic Sveshnikov Russian Chorus under Yevgeny Volkov and the Boys' Chorus of the Sveshnikov Choral School. The choral programme's concerts will take place in Moscow, Khimki, Reutov, Ramenskoe, Zaraisk, Yegorovsk, Istra, Balashikha, Serpukhov, Tula, Tver, Veliky Novgorod, Rostov Veliky, Murom, Alexandrov, Vladivostok and for the first time in Ussuriisk.

This year the choral programme will include appearances by ensembles from Russia (Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Simferopol, Kislovodsk, Vladivostok Ussuriisk), as well as from the Republic of Abkhazia, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Slovakia, Sweden, Greece and Finland.

Participants of the choral programme include the State Academic Sveshnikov Russian Chorus (Moscow, conductor – Yevgeny Volkov), the Patriarchichal Chorus of the Church of Christ the Saviour (Moscow, precentor – Ilya Tolkachev), the Chorus of the Popov Academy of Choral Art (Moscow, conductor – Nikolai Azarov), the Boys' and Youth Chorus of the Sveshnikov Choral School (Moscow, conductor – Denis Khramov), the State Academic Kozhevnikov Moscow Regional Chorus (conductor – Nikolai Azarov), the Academic Chorus of Russian Song (Moscow), the Chorus of the Sretensky Religious Seminary (Moscow, precentor – Alexander Amerkhanov), the Russian Rhapsody ensemble of soloists (Moscow, Artistic Director – Yevgeny Volchkov), the Mariinsky Chorus (St Petersburg, Artistic Director and Conductor – Andrei Petrenko), the Boys' Chorus of the Glinka Choral School (St Petersburg, Artistic Director and Conductor – Vladimir Begletsov), the male choir Optina Pustyn, precentor – Alexander Semyonov), the Safonov Philharmonic Chorus (Kislovodsk, Artistic Director and Conductor – Alina Mukhamedzhanova), the Novosibirsk Choral Cappella (Novosibirsk, Artistic Director and Conductor – Igor Yudin), the chamber chorus Terra Tavrika (Simferopol, Artistic and General Director – Elena Prokopets), the Pontifical Chorus of the Minsk Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (Minsk, Belarus), the State Choral Cappella of Abkhazia (Sukhum, Republic of Abkhazia, Artistic and General Director – Nora Adzhindzhal), the women's vocal ensemble Le (Artistic Director – Sona Hovhannisyan), the Sts Cyril and Methodius Children's Chorus (Thessaloniki, Greece, Artistic and General Director – Maria Emma Meligopoulou), the Fomades Chorus of St Athos (Greece, precentor – Senior Monk Filipp), the Dragostin Folk National (Sofia, Bulgaria, Artistic and General Director – Stefan Dragostinov), the Mdzlevari youth chorus (Tbilisi, Georgia, Artistic and General Director – Kahaber Onashvili), the vocal ensemble St Jacobs Vokalensemble (Stockholm, Sweden, Artistic and General Director – Mikael Wedar), the Swedish male chorus Zero8 (Stockholm, Sweden, Artistic Director and Conductor – Rasmus Krigström), the Tapiola children's chorus (Espoo, Finland, Artistic and General Director – Pasi Hyökki), the Bratislava Boys' Choir (Bratislava, Slovakia, Artistic and General Director Magdaléna Rovňáková).

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok will join the Symphonic program: April 11 will perform soloists, choir and Symphonic Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage by conductor Anton Torbeev and The Primorsky Metropolis choir (Regent – Ludmila Makarenko); 21 April Symphony orchestra and choir The Primorsky stage will perform Cantata No. 2 "On the reading of a Psalm" (S. Taneev) as well as will sound the Symphony No. 2 (F. Mendelssohn). The conductor – Pavel Smelkov.

For many years, as part of the Moscow Easter Festival, the Theatre and Concert Hall of the Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in Kolomenskoe has hosted the Children's Easter Choral Festival of Orthodox Music Russia in Song, which features the participation of youth choral ensembles – pupils from children's music schools. The tradition will continue this year – the Russia in Song festival is being held for the ninth time.


Chamber music programme
As part of the festival's chamber music programme, leading soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and the Academy's director Larisa Gergieva will present a programme of Russian romances and world opera masterpieces as well as a series of open-to-all rehearsals and vocal master-classes. The performers will be appearing in Moscow, Sevastopol, Yalta, Plyos, Suzdal, Vladimir, Tikhvin, Gatchina and Smolensk. The touring map will encompass more towns: for the first time, concerts by the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers will take place in Kingisepp, Perm, Ulan-Ude, Ufa, Chelyabinsk and Pereslavl-Zalessky.


Bell-ringing programme
The bell-ringing concerts in 2018 will take place at fifty churches. The bell-ringing programme opens on 8 April in Moscow with with Easter bell-ringing at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Nikitniki, located in the very centre of the Russian capital on Varvarka St. In line with tradition, the Moscow bell-ringing will be done on the finest historic and contemporary bells and at the finest bell-towers – Zaryadye, Zamoskvorechie, Taganka, including Red Square, the Danilov Monastery, the Monastery of the Holy Mandylion and the Vysokopetrovsky Monastery, as well as in the park areas of Kolomenskoe and Sokolniki. The Moscow programme will be added to by belfries in Zvenigorod, Sergiev Posad, Istra, St Petersburg, Noginsk, Veliky Novgorod and Ramenskoe. This year more than ten new churches are taking part in the bell-ringing programme, including Moscow, St Petersburg, the old cities of the "Golden Ring" – Yaroslavl and Kostroma – as well as the unique Kizhi open-air museum. For the first time, the Finnish Orthodox Church will join in the Russian Easter bell-ringing. On 8 April for Orthodox Easter there will be Easter bell-ringing in three Orthodox churches in Finland – in Kouvola, Hamina and Kotka by the best Finnish and Russian bell-ringers. The geography of the festival's participants is also expanding. More than forty bell-ringers from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Finland, France and Kazakhstan will come to Moscow and take part in the bell-ringing concerts.


Charitable concerts
In line with tradition, the XVII festival will be held at children's homes, residential schools, homes for invalids and residential care homes for veterans. The culmination of the festival will come with the traditional concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at Poklonnaya Hill on 9 May, Victory Day.

03.02.2018

From 12 to 18 February the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the III International Festival Maslenitsa in Song. During Shrovetide Week the Mariinsky Theatre’s venues will host performances by choral ensembles from Europe and from St Petersburg, there will be vivid opera productions and an a cappella marathon

From 12 to 18 February the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the III International Festival Maslenitsa in Song. During Shrovetide Week the Mariinsky Theatre’s venues will host performances by choral ensembles from Europe and from St Petersburg, there will be vivid opera productions and an a cappella marathon.

The III International Festival Maslenitsa in Song opens on 12 February with a performance by a renowned European ensemble – the Prague Philharmonic Chorus (Principal Chorus Master – Lukáš Vasilek). The programme includes Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů’s Cantatas of Vysočina (Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, 19.00). The Prague Philharmonic Chorus collaborates with such orchestras as the Berliner, Czech and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Berlin and Saxony State Cappellas, as well as with the conductors Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle. The chorus’ discography includes releases on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Sony Classical and Supraphon.

On 14 February the Mariinsky Chorus under Andrei Petrenko will present Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, 19.00), while on 16 February at the Musorgsky Hall (Mariinsky-II) there will be an a cappella marathon. Its participants will include six youthful choral ensembles of St Petersburg. The concert begins at 18.00.

The festival also includes operatic works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia directed by Dmitry Chernyakov (13 February, 18.30, Mariinsky II) and the merry spring-time tale The Snow Maiden staged by Alexander Galibin (15 and 16 February, 19.00, Mariinsky II).

The festival Maslenitsa in Song will conclude with two concerts on 18 February. At 15:00 the Children’s Chorus of St Petersburg TV and Radio (Principal Chorus Master – Igor Gribkov) and the Moscow Grand Popov Children’s Chorus (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor – Anatoly Kislyakov) will be performing songs from cartoons and films. Taking part in the concert will be the composers Viktor Pleshak and Marina Landa, whose music will also be performed that day.

At 20.00 the festival programme will conclude with a performance by I Vocalisti, a unique chamber chorus from northern Germany. Performing with the ensemble will be the outstanding German vocalist who specialises in polyphonic overtone (“throat”) singing – Anna-Maria Hefele. The chorus’ founder and director Hans-Joachim Lustig will be conducting (Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre).

02.02.2018

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are undertaking a major European tour. From 5 to 17 February the musicians will present twelve concerts in Austria, Germany, Spain and Italy

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are undertaking a major European tour. From 5 to 17 February the musicians will present twelve concerts in Austria, Germany, Spain and Italy.

On 4 February, the day before the tour commences, the Mariinsky Orchestra, Chorus and soloists of the Opera Company as well as guest artistes will present Giuseppe Verdi's opera Simon Boccanegra at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (concert performance). The lead roles will be performed by Tatiana Serjan (Maria Boccanegra, also known as Amelia Grimaldi), Otar Jorjikia (Gabriele Adorno), Roman Burdenko (Paolo Albiani), Vladislav Sulimsky (Simon Boccanegra), Gleb Peryazev (Pietro) and Stanislav Trofimov (Jacopo Fiesco). Valery Gergiev will be conducting.

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra well then depart for Austria, whene on 5 February a concert at the Brucknerhaus in Linz will open the ensemble's tour of Europe. The programme opens with Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. Olivier Messiaen's Four Symphonic Meditations and Dmitry Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony will also be performed.

From 6 to 11 February Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will be on tour in Germany. The programmes of the concerts at the Liederhalle (Stuttgart, 6 February) and the Meistersingerhalle (Nürnberg, 7 February) feature Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony (Pathétique) and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 3. On 8 February at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg the works by Debussy and Rachmaninoff, performed the day before, will be supplemented with Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. On all three evenings the piano solo in the concerto will be performed by Denis Matsuev.

On 10 February at the Großer Saal of the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg) there will be a concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta with soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and Chorus. The lead roles will be performed by Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Count Vaudémont), Alexei Markov (Robert), Stanislav Trofimov (René, King of Provence) and Roman Burdanko (Ibn-Hakia). Valery Gergiev will be conducting.

The German leg of the tour concludes on 11 February at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the programme again including Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Dmitry Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony and Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3. The soloist is Alexei Volodin.

From 12 to 16 February the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will appear in five towns in Spain. On 12 February at the Grand Concert Hall of the Baluarte Palacio de Congresos (Pamplona) there will be a performance of Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony and Sergei Prokofiev's cantata Alexander Cantata with the Orfeón Pamplonés chorus.

On 13 and 14 February at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid and the L'Auditori concert hall in Barcelona there will be performances of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony with Mariinsky Opera soloists Anastasia Kalagina (soprano) and Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano) and the Ibercamera chorus (Artistic Director – Mireia Barrera).

On 15 February at the Palau de la Música de València there will be a performance of Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2 (soloist – Nelson Freire) and Dmitry Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony (Leningrad), which will be performed by both the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Orquesta de Valencia under Valery Gergiev.

The series of performances in Spain will conclude with an evening at the Concert Hall in Alicante (16 February). The programme includes Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, Modest Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3. The soloist will be Sergei Redkin, prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition.

The final concert of the tour will take place on 17 February in Turin in Italy. The Gianni Agnelli Concert Hall will host a performance of the suite from the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Anatoly Lyadov's The Enchanted Lake and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Piano Concerto No 2. The soloist is Varvara Nepomnyashchaya.

30.01.2018

In February the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva will present two premieres

In February the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva will present two premieres.

On 9 February at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a premiere of Joseph Haydn's rarely-performed opera L'isola disabitata directed by Alexei Smirnov (at the Mariinsky Theatre he has staged Grigory Frid's mono-opera Letters of Van Gogh). The production conductor will be Javad Tagi-zade, Artistic Director of the Baku Sinfonietta Orchestra.

The libretto of this "theatre performance" about Europeans on a small island known only to pirates was written by the Italian Pietro Metastasio in 1752. It was roughly at that time that the poet met Joseph Haydn, who, however, was only the nineteenth composer to write an opera based on this plot. L'isola disabitata is an opera that is simultaneously aristocratic and experimentalist. Haydn utterly rejected secco recitatives in favour of the unbroken sound of the orchestra, there is no chorus in the opera and there is just one ensemble (a quartet). However, the composer compensated for this "poverty" by writing solos for the orchestra's musicians. Thus the violin precedes Costanza's song, the cello that of Gernando, the young Silvia is "brought into" the flute ensemble and Enrico is left with the bassoon.

Production Director Alexei Smirnov says that "I really liked Metastasio's libretto. His themes are not anchored to any one specific age. Love, fidelity, treachery and duty – all of these are themes that touch everyone at all times. The powerful and universal emotions laid out in the libretto are expressed in the brilliant music. Whether the hero abandons his beloved on a desert islant or in a supermarket aisle is not so very important, the experience of suffering treachery has been the same throughout the ages. So, for me, L'isola disabitata is not about a tropical island in the ocean, but about the human psyche, not about a sea voyage but about a voyage into the subconscious."

On 18 February (12.00 and 15.00) the Prokofiev Hall (Mariinsky II) will host the premiere of the opera for young audiences The Adventures of Kintaro. The composer is a young writer and soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers - Rustam Sagdiev. Sagdiev's first work in the genre of opera was The Turnip, presented at the Prokofiev Hall in 2016. In his new opus, the composer has turned to a Japanese epic, basing the opera on motifs taken from an ancient tale.

27.01.2018

On 29 January, Gegam Grigorian's birthday, Yerevan will host the grand unveiling of a monument to the famed opera singer, stage director, Artistic Director of the Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, People's Artist of the Republic of Armenia and Honoured Artist of Lithuania

On 29 January, Gegam Grigorian's birthday, Yerevan will host the grand unveiling of a monument to the famed opera singer, stage director, Artistic Director of the Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, People's Artist of the Republic of Armenia and Honoured Artist of Lithuania.

On that day the Mariinsky Theatre will pay tribute to the outstanding Armenian tenor with an evening of song at the Concert Hall featuring Tatiana Pavlovskaya (soprano), Irina Bogacheva (mezzo-soprano), Migran Agadzhanian (tenor), Akhmed Agadi (tenor), Mikhail Vekua (tenor), Roman Burdenko (baritone), Sergei Aleksashkin (bass) and Vladimir Feliauer (bass). The programme includes arias and scenes from the operas Adrienne Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea, The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, La forza del destino, Attila and Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi and Turandot and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.

The performance by Yuri Bashmet (viola) and the Mariinsky Orchestra, previously scheduled for 29 January at the Concert Hall, is moved on 22 May 2018.
On 29 January instead of the concert will be the concert in memory of Gegham Grigoryan. Tickets remain valid.

A native of Yerevan and a graduate of the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatoire, Gegam Grigorian performed lead tenor roles at the world's great opera houses – in New York, London, Rome, Milan, Amsterdan, Genoa and Wiesbaden. The singer's stage career began at the Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he appeared while still a student of the conservatoire. From 1978-1979 Gegam Grigorian trained at La Scala in Milan, subsequently concluding a contract with the theatre to perform roles in the operas Boris Godunov and Tosca. On the invitation of Virgilijus Noreika, in 1980 he moved to Vilnius, where he worked at the Lithuanian Opera until 1988, and one year later Grigorian joined the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre. His repertoire was truly universal and featured almost every tenor role in the international opera repertoire as well as operas by Armenian composers. At the Mariinsky Theatre the singer appeared as Cavaradossi, Pinkerton, José, Don Ottavio, Don Alvaro, Faust, Almaviva, Lensky, the Pretender, Vladimir Igorevich, Pierre Bezukhov, Radamès, Otello, Alfred, Manrico, Rodolfo and Canio. Gegam Grigorian made a significant contribution to the development of the Mariinsky Opera. His beautiful and dramatic voice and his magnificent performance as Herman in the opera The Queen of Spades is remembered in St Petersburg to this day.

The singer appeared in recordings of the operas The Queen of Spades, Sadko, Iolanta and Prince Igor, released by Philips, featuring soloists and the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.

In 2000 Gegam Grigorian was appointed Artistic Director of the Armenian National Spendiarian Opera and Ballet Theatre, a post he occupied until his death.

Gegam Grigorian died on 23 March 2016 at the age of sixty-five.

25.01.2018

Dear Friends,
We are pleased to invite you to a press conference dedicated to the XVII Moscow Easter Festival. Artistic Director of the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev will present the touring schedule and reveal the details of the forthcoming music forum

Dear Friends,
We are pleased to invite you to a press conference dedicated to the XVII Moscow Easter Festival. Artistic Director of the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev will present the touring schedule and reveal the details of the forthcoming music forum.

The press conference will take place on 5 February 2018 in the White Hall of the Moscow Mayor's Office (13 Tverskaya St), starting at 10.30.

Press conference participants include Artistic Director of the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev and representatives of general sponsors and information partners of the XVII Festival. Invitations to attend have also been sent to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu and His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All the Russias.

For accreditation we would ask you to send the following: name and surname, passport details (number and, where applicable, series) and the title of the media you represent. For photographers and representatives of filming groups a list of equipment must also be submitted. Applications for accreditation close on 1 February.
For accreditation via the press service of the Moscow Easter Festival please contact: +7-968-6569936, vsvet@easterfestival.ru – Svetlana Volodina.
Entry for journalists with accreditation will be via Entrance No 2 of the Moscow Mayor's Office from 9.00 and no later than 10.15 in strict accordance with approved lists and only on presentation of a passport.

The XVII Moscow Easter Festival will run from 8 April to 9 May 2018 and will be one of the largest and lengthiest in the festival's history. In line with tradition, the festival will present four programmes: symphony, choral, chamber and bell-ringing music. Its concerts by internationally acclaimed soloists and famous music ensembles will take place at major concert venues in Moscow and in Russia's regions.

24.01.2018

On 26 January at 15:30 the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day will host the opening of the historical documentary exhibition Forgotten Victims.
Entry for the press to the opening of the exhibition will be via the main entrance of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (37 Dekabristov St) from 14.30.
Accreditation is mandatory

On 26 January at 15:30 the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day will host the opening of the historical documentary exhibition Forgotten Victims. The focus of this Russian-German-British project are the events that took place at the Zmievskaya Balka site in Rostov-on-Don, where in August 1942 the Nazis massacred over twenty thousand people, as well as the destinies of those citizens deported to Germany from the city - prisoners of war and patients from a local psychiatric hospital during the years of occupation. The exhibition, curated by Russia's Holocaust Centre, was presented in August 2017 in Berlin (the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst), Rostov-on-Don (as part of events marking seventy-five years since the tragedy) and Moscow (the Central House of Writers). In 2018 the exhibition will travel to Glasgow and other cities in Great Britain.

The opening ceremony will feature welcome speeches by Consul General of Germany in St Petersburg Dr Eltje Aderhold and Consul General of Israel in St Petersburg Olga Slov. The project is being presented by Roman Zhugin, a research worker of Russia's Holocaust Centre.

At 14.00 the opening ceremony will be preceded by an excursion for school-pupils, students and teachers from the city's academic institutions that will be conducted by young excursion leaders from St Petersburg's School No 700, where the exhibition was held for one month. At 15.00 Deputy Head of Mission of the Consulate General of The Netherlands in St Petersburg Hugo Brouwer will present a preview of the documentary Frid. Frank, detailing the story of Grigory Frid's opera The Diary of Anne Frank.
At 15.30 the foyer of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the grand opening ceremony of the exhibition Forgotten Victims.
At 16.00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a performance of Grigory Frid's mono-opera The Diary of Anne Frank staged by Mstislav Pentkovsky.
For the literary basis of his libretto Grigory Frid used the actual text of Anne Frank's diary translated from Dutch into Russian by Rita Rait-Kovaleva. Not changing a single word in the document, the composer merely reduced it to twenty-one episodes compacted into four scenes. Since its premiere in 1972 the mono-opera The Diary of Anne Frank has been performed several times in Russia, as well as in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Thailand and has attained incredible popularity in the USA and The Netherlands.

Entry for the press to the opening of the exhibition will be via the main entrance of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre (37 Dekabristov St) from 14.30.
Accreditation is mandatory.
Please confirm your accreditation by phoning +7 (812) 7144164 or e-mail press@mariinsky.ru

19.01.2018

From 20 to 27 January Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker will be appearing at concert halls in Munich, Paris, Cologne, Amsterdam and Hamburg

From 20 to 27 January Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker will be appearing at concert halls in Munich, Paris, Cologne, Amsterdam and Hamburg. The musicians will perform works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss.

The concert series opens with two evenings at the Gasteig Philharmonie (20 and 21 January). On 20 January the Münchner Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev will perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky's fantasia Francesca da Rimini, Richard Wagner's Fünf Lieder nach Gedichten von Mathilde Wesendonck and Johannes Brahms' Third Symphony. The next day, Richard Wagner's Fünf Lieder nach Gedichten von Mathilde Wesendonck and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's fantasia Francesca da Rimini will feature together with Richard Strauss' symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben. A similar programme will be presented at the Philharmonie de Paris (22 January) and Cologne's Philharmonie (23 January). On all four evenings the solo will be performed by German opera singer and Kammersängerin of the Bayerische Staatsoper Anja Harteros (soprano).

From 24 to 27 January the Münchner Philharmoniker will continue to perform under the baton of maestro Gergiev at concert halls in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Munich (Gasteig Philharmonie) and Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie). The concert programmes include Johannes Brahms' Third Symphony and Richard Strauss' symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben.

The next performances by Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker are due to take place in February, when Munich will host Valery Gergiev's festival MPHIL 360° for the third time. This year, the music forum is to be dedicated to Igor Stravinsky (22 – 25 February).

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