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29.04.2021

From 6 to 26 May the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the second stage of the Mariinsky International Piano Festival. Audiences may look forward to performances by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nikolai Lugansky, Seong-Jin Cho, Alexandre Kantorow, Varvara Nepomnyashchaya, Behzod Abduraimov, Dmitry Shishkin, Daniil Sayamov and Miroslav Kultyshev among other pianists

From 6 to 26 May the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the second stage of the Mariinsky International Piano Festival. Audiences may look forward to performances by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nikolai Lugansky, Seong-Jin Cho, Alexandre Kantorow, Varvara Nepomnyashchaya, Behzod Abduraimov, Dmitry Shishkin, Daniil Sayamov and Miroslav Kultyshev among other pianists.

The festival opens with an evening recital by South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the Chopin Competition and a prize-winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition. The musician has prepared a programme of works by Janáček, Szymanowski and Chopin.

There will be recitals by Varvara Nepomnyashchaya (presenting Bach's Goldberg Variations), Nikolai Lugansky (sonatas by van Beethoven and études-tableaux by Rachmaninoff) and Behzod Abduraimov (Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme of Corelli).

The festival has invited prize-winners of the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition to take part. The competition's silver medallist Dmitry Shishkin will be performing Kurt Leimer's Concerto for the Left Hand, while Grand Prix recipient Alexandre Kantorow will present Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto.

Also appearing with the orchestra will be St Petersburg musician Miroslav Kultyshev: he is to perform Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Audiences will have the opportunity to hear Abisal Gergiev perform Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto. The young musician will be performing the same evening as Dmitry Shishkin and the festival's founder Mira Yevtich.

The final concert of the piano festival is dedicated to the composer Alexander Tchaikovsky: this programme is to include his Third Piano Concerto (with soloist Daniil Sayamov) and the oratorio To the Sun.

An additional programme of the festival will feature the matinée concerts Le Carnaval des animaux, Children's Scenes and A Children's Album featuring the pianists Pavel Raikerus, Peter Laul, Zarina Shimanskaya and Eduard Kiprsky, soprano Anastasia Kalagina and pupils from specialised music schools in St Petersburg.

28.04.2021

Tickets are now on sale for Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca on 21 May, the title role to be performed by soprano Anna Netrebko. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov will be appearing on-stage as her beloved, Mario Cavaradossi

Tickets are now on sale for Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca on 21 May, the title role to be performed by soprano Anna Netrebko. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov will be appearing on-stage as her beloved, Mario Cavaradossi.

Anna Netrebko made her debut in the role of Floria Tosca in 2018 at the Metropolitan Opera, subsequently singing it at La Scala, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and the Wiener Staatsoper. Mariinsky Theatre audiences first heard Netrebko's Tosca in February this year.

The production by Paul Curran and Paul Edwards has been performed at the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre since 2007. The plot of the opera unfolds in Rome in the grip of a despotic power, albeit no longer in the times of Napoleon's victorious campaigns in Europe but rather in the 1930s.

The complete cast list remains to be announced. Tickets for this performance are to be name-specific and may be purchased exclusively at the Mariinsky Theatre's box-offices and on the theatre's website.

21.04.2021

Dear Guests,
We are delighted to announce the events of the coming month. Now available on the website is the schedule leading up to the opening of the Stars of the White Nights festival on 27 May

Dear Guests,
We are delighted to announce the events of the coming month. Now available on the website is the schedule leading up to the opening of the Stars of the White Nights festival on 27 May.

Russian opera
The playbill for May includes a selection of classical Russian operatic titles. The historic theatre will host performances of Borodin's Prince Igor and Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Sadko and Christmas Eve while the new theatre will present the latter's The Snow Maiden and The Golden Cockerel in addition to Tchaikovsky's Mazepa. Among the productions being performed, two of Tchaikovsky's operas staged by contemporary directors are particularly noteworthy: that of Iolanta by Mariusz Treliński and that of The Enchantress by David Pountney. The Polish director has imbued the symbolist parable about blindness and insight with the sharpness of a noir thriller. The Enchantress is related as an everyday drama, the events of which unfold during the composer's own lifetime and make reference to the history of the House of Romanov.

Roulette and demons
An opera after Dostoevsky "without Dostoevskian analysis" – such is The Gambler by the young Prokofiev: derisive, energetic and sportively rhythmical. The production of this opera was to prove a performance triumph for Valery Gergiev and the theatre's opera company in the early 1990s, and its inclusion in the repertoire today is a matter of particular pride. In the performance on 25 May, the role of Polina will be sung for the first time by Asmik Grigorian (the singer will also be appearing as Cio-Cio-san on 23 April). Demons and Mephistopheles will once again be appearing on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on 12 May as part of a performance of The Fiery Angel. Its operatic "relative", Gounod's Faust, which Prokofiev had undoubtedly scrutinised, will be presented at the historic theatre on 1 May. Yet another opera after Dostoevsky – The Idiot by Mieczysław Weinberg – is to be performed at the Concert Hall on 13 May.

Coloratura and missiles
At the Concert Hall there will be another opportunity to hear Donizetti's sparking La Fille du régiment – an opera written in French for the French capital. It is animated couplets, virtuoso vocal cascades, buffoonery and sentimentality "all in one bottle". For several seasons, soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers have been keeping it in reserve. Added to this, there will be Petipa's cure-all for melancholy – Don Quixote, a triumphant festival of dance against the backdrop of which we see the adventures of the two resourceful lovers Kitri and Basilio unfold and develop.

Old and new ballet
Alongside its classical dance legacy, in May the Mariinsky Theatre is inviting audiences to see opuses by 20th century choreographers: George Balanchine's Symphony in C, Angelin Preljocaj's Le Parc, Frederick Ashton's Marguerite and Armand with Diana Vishneva and Alberto Alonso's Carmen-Suite. This historical sequence will continue with works by young Mariinsky Theatre choreographers: Vladimir Varnava's Daphnis and Chloé and Ilya Zhivoi's The Seasons.

For Victory Day
In line with tradition, the Mariinsky Theatre's playbill for May will allocate a special place to events connected with victory in World War II: the ballets The Young Lady and the Hooligan and Leningrad Symphony, the children's opera Brundibár and a grand celebratory concert.

For children
The list of special events targeted at young audiences includes the theatrical concerts Italian Fairy-Tales with Sergey Migitsko, Russian Fairy-Tales and The Tales of Tsar Berendey with Sergey Barkovsky, the opera Brundibár by Hans Krása and Sergei Prokofiev's symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf (with actor and TV presenter Evgeniy Kulakov as the Narrator).

15.04.2021

For composer Rodion Shchedrin's visit to St Petersburg, at the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev has prepared a celebration of his music: the playbill features an entire block dedicated to the maestro's theatrical opuses. The series of events opens on 18 April. Together with the audience, the composer will hear his symphonic tale The Adventures of a Monkey after Zoshchenko, the premiere of which was presented by Valery Gergiev at the theatre's Concert Hall last autumn. As before, the role of the Narrator is to be performed by Polina Malikova-Tolstun, an actress of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre. Performed the same evening as this recent opus, the concert programme also includes highlights from the ballet Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse)

For composer Rodion Shchedrin's visit to St Petersburg, at the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev has prepared a celebration of his music: the playbill features an entire block dedicated to the maestro's theatrical opuses. The series of events opens on 18 April. Together with the audience, the composer will hear his symphonic tale The Adventures of a Monkey after Zoshchenko, the premiere of which was presented by Valery Gergiev at the theatre's Concert Hall last autumn. As before, the role of the Narrator is to be performed by Polina Malikova-Tolstun, an actress of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre. Performed the same evening as this recent opus, the concert programme also includes highlights from the ballet Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse) .

Over the subsequent five evenings, from 19 to 23 April, in the composer's presence the Mariinsky Theatre will be performing the operas The Enchanted Wanderer, The Lefthander and Boyarina Morozova and the ballets Konyok-Gorbunok and Carmen-Suite (the latter with Diana Vishneva in the title role). Honouring Shchedrin, the playbill for this week of music will also include two performances of the ballet Anna Karenina – on 28 and 29 April.

The Mariinsky is the only theatre in the world where the music of Shchedrin is so extensively represented in the repertoire. At the present time, a monograph subscription could be comprised of all seven of the composer's operas (in addition to those already mentioned, these are Dead Souls, Not Love Alone, Lolita and A Christmas Tale), three ballets and symphony, choral and chamber opuses. The Lefthander was composed for the opening of the new stage in 2013 and for Valery Gergiev's birthday. The ballets Konyok-Gorbunok and Anna Karenina have been given fresh readings at the Mariinsky Theatre, both being staged by Alexei Ratmansky. In February 2020 the stage director Sláva Daubnerová brought her production of Lolita from the Prague National Theatre to St Petersburg. In this opera, the lead roles are to be performed by soprano Pelageya Kurennaya, tenor Alexander Mikhailov and baritone Pyotr Sokolov, who were nominated for Russia's Golden Mask theatre prize. The theatre's own label has released recordings of the operas The Enchanted Wanderer and The Lefthander and Shchedrin's Second and Fifth Piano Concerti performed by Denis Matsuev.

09.04.2021

Dear Guests,
It is hereby announced that due to an injury suffered by the performer, the recital by Albina Shagimuratova scheduled to take place on 30 April has been postponed. The new concert date will be announced later. Tickets already purchased remain valid

Dear Guests,
It is hereby announced that due to an injury suffered by the performer, the recital by Albina Shagimuratova scheduled to take place on 30 April has been postponed. The new concert date will be announced later. Tickets already purchased remain valid

06.04.2021

Tomorrow evening, 7 April, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the opening of the combined flute and harp music festival Virtuosi of the Flute & Northern Lyre. The initiative for holding this festival belongs to Mariinsky Theatre musicians Denis Lupachev and Sofia Kiprskaya; both these spotlight festivals first appeared five years ago and have been held each spring independently of one another. This year, the festival will feature the participation of solo performers and representatives of Russia's leading orchestras

Tomorrow evening, 7 April, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the opening of the combined flute and harp music festival Virtuosi of the Flute & Northern Lyre. The initiative for holding this festival belongs to Mariinsky Theatre musicians Denis Lupachev and Sofia Kiprskaya; both these spotlight festivals first appeared five years ago and have been held each spring independently of one another. This year, the festival will feature the participation of solo performers and representatives of Russia's leading orchestras.

At the opening and the close of the festival, flautists and harpists will be performing to symphony orchestra accompaniment. Between these two gala concerts there are to be three thematic programmes: Musica da Camera (8 April), A Virtuoso Duo (9 April) and Jazz Suite (11 April). The concerts are to include performances of fantasias on operatic themes and jazz transcriptions as well as rarely-heard works from the Imperial Sheet Music Collections housed in the library of the Russian Institute of the History of the Arts. The works Fields of Golden Cloth by Andrei Rubtsov and Jurate and Castitis by Antonina Rostovskaya have been composed specially for the festival. Audiences can also look forward to premieres of works by St Petersburg composers Georgy Fyodorov, Eduard Kiprsky and Vyacheslav Kruglik.

The festival concerts will see the participation of musicians from the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, the Yevgeny Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra of the St. Petersburg Chamber Opera Company. The conductors of the gala concerts are to be Christian Knapp and Ivan Stolbov.

The concert on 7 April will be broadcast on the theatre's official networks and on the website mariinsky.tv. All of the musicians' performances may also be listened to live on air on mariinsky.fm radio.

02.04.2021

Dear Guests,
Recently there has been an increase in cases where on entry to the theatre tickets have been presented with the date altered or the price missing. Please note that in accordance with Federal Law No 193 dated 18 July 2019 and Point 3.16 of the Rules for ticket sales by the Federal State Budgetary Cultural Institution "The State Academic Mariinsky Theatre", any ticket to which any alterations have been made (including the concealment of any information upon the ticket) will be considered invalid. The theatre management reserves the right to refuse admission to those presenting such tickets without refunding their cost. This regulation also affects e-tickets.

Dear Guests,
Recently there has been an increase in cases where on entry to the theatre tickets have been presented with the date altered or the price missing. Please note that in accordance with Federal Law No 193 dated 18 July 2019 and Point 3.16 of the Rules for ticket sales by the Federal State Budgetary Cultural Institution "The State Academic Mariinsky Theatre", any ticket to which any alterations have been made (including the concealment of any information upon the ticket) will be considered invalid. The theatre management reserves the right to refuse admission to those presenting such tickets without refunding their cost. This regulation also affects e-tickets.

27.03.2021

Valery Gergiev is to host a series of Days of Stravinsky in St Petersburg and Moscow. The concerts and performances are to take place on and around a special date — 6 April marks fifty years since the composer's death

Valery Gergiev is to host a series of Days of Stravinsky in St Petersburg and Moscow. The concerts and performances are to take place on and around a special date — 6 April marks fifty years since the composer's death.

Throughout the day on Sunday 4 April, each and every Mariinsky Theatre venue will only be performing music by Igor Stravinsky. Maestro Gergiev will be conducting a performance of the opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex featuring Ekaterina Semenchuk and Alexander Mikhailov as well as Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (with soloist Denis Matsuev). The role of the Narrator in Oedipus Rex is to be performed by Sergey Migitsko, People's Artist of Russia. 

The playbill for these "Days" includes the entire anthology of Stravinsky's music currently in the Mariinsky Theatre's repertoire. Audiences will have the opportunity to see ballets from the Diaghilev period: Pétrouchka and The Firebird by Michel Fokine, Le Sacre du printemps by Vaslav Nijinsky, Les Noces by Bronislava Nijinska and Apollo by George Balanchine. At the New Stage there will be performances of one-act ballets by contemporary choreographers: Jeu de cartes and Pulcinella by Ilya Zhivoi and Symphony in Three Movements by Radu Poklitaru. At the Concert Hall there will be a staged version of L'Histoire du soldat in which ballet soloist and choreographer Alexander Sergeyev will be making his debut as the Narrator. 

For one day, 5 April, the festival will move to Moscow: at the Zaryadye hall there are to be two evening concerts. The culmination of these events in memory of Stravinsky will come on 6 April with a concert at the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre featuring Symphony of Psalms

In the Stravinsky Foyer of the new Mariinsky Theatre there is to be an exhibition which recreates the study of Fyodor Ignatievich Stravinsky, the composer's father and a soloist of the Imperial Opera (the foyer's windows actually afford a view of the house where the Stravinsky family once lived). Before the start of the ballet performances and the evening concerts, piano music by the composer will be performed there by young pianists — pupils, students and postgraduate students of Peter Laul. 

The complete festival programme together with cast lists is available on the theatre's website.

26.03.2021

Dear Guests,
The playbill up to 3 May is available on the Mariinsky Theatre website. To avoid any possible confusion due to the large number of works being performed, we are publishing a brief guide to the main events

Dear Guests,
The playbill up to 3 May is available on the Mariinsky Theatre website. To avoid any possible confusion due to the large number of works being performed, we are publishing a brief guide to the main events.

Five evenings of the harp and the flute
The dual instrumental festival Virtuosi of the Flute and The Northern Lyre will run from 7 to 12 April at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The festival's founders, flautist Denis Lupachev and harpist Sofia Kiprskaya, have invited their colleagues to participate in this event – among them the finest Russian performers and soloists from leading orchestras. The flute and the harp are frequently allotted the role of being particularly orchestral instruments. The musicians, however, are promising to dispel this view: the programmes for the five evenings have provided room for both classical refinement and jazz (a special programme on 11 April) in addition to new music. The harp and flute will be appearing in all manner of combinations, some of them highly unusual.

New operas in the repertoire
The period of quarantine and the forced abandonment of normal theatre life afforded opera singers of the Mariinsky Theatre the opportunity to discover new works and roles. The April playbill will again see both new and revived operas: Lakmé by Léo Delibes (3 April), Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach (14 April), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner (17 April) and Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss (11 April). There will be a concert performance of Catterino Cavos' Ivan Susanin, postponed from September.

A week of Shchedrin
Yet another festival event on the April playbill comes with a series of works by Rodion Shchedrin in the latter half of the month: the symphonic tale The Adventures of a Monkey, the premiere of which was presented by the orchestra and Polina Malikova (Tolstun) as the Narrator in the autumn, the operas The Enchanted Wanderer, Boyarina Morozova and The Lefthander and the ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse.

Stars in concerts and performances at the Mariinsky
Soprano Albina Shagimuratova will be presenting a chamber music programme at the Concert Hall on 30 April. Ekaterina Semenchuk and Hibla Gerzmava will feature in an opera gala at the historic Mariinsky Theatre on 21 April, and on 18 April Mongolian baritone Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar will be giving a recital. Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto will be coming to St Petersburg to sing one of his favourite roles – that of Don Quichotte in the eponymous opera by Massenet. Audiences may also look forward to the long-awaited Carmen-Suite with Diana Vishneva.

Balanchine and Britten
At the historic theatre, in April there will be performances of ballets by the great American choreographer George Balanchine. Audiences will see the virtuoso Symphony in C and Jewels. The stage will also host the return of another work by Balanchine, this time featuring a plot, with a series of performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream based on the comedy by William Shakespeare to run from 16 to 18 April. The English theme will continue with a performance of Benjamin Britten's famous chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, in which the ghosts of Henry James' novella acquire voices. The role of Myles is to be sung by Andrei Dalyoky, a pupil at the Glinka Choral School.

Valery Gergiev conducts
In April, the maestro will be conducting performances of The Queen of Spades, Tristan und Isolde, Semyon Kotko, Boris Godunov and The Tsar's Bride. For the first time in a long time, on 12 April at the New Stage there will be a performance of Salome staged by Marat Gatsalov.

19.03.2021

23 March commemorates sixty years since the world premiere of The Legend of Love, one of the key choreographic texts of the Soviet era and the greatest ballet produced by Yuri Grigorovich. The Mariinsky Theatre, where this production was created, will be marking the anniversary with three performances – on 23, 24 and 25 March

23 March commemorates sixty years since the world premiere of The Legend of Love, one of the key choreographic texts of the Soviet era and the greatest ballet produced by Yuri Grigorovich. The Mariinsky Theatre, where this production was created, will be marking the anniversary with three performances – on 23, 24 and 25 March.

The Legend of Love (1961) was a child of "the thaw" under Khrushchev and denoted an aesthetic breakthrough in Leningrad ballet. The young choreographer Grigorovich, like his other Soviet colleagues living in isolation, experienced the most powerful artistic shock when the ballet company of the Opéra de Paris toured to the USSR. Balanchine's Le Palais de cristal was seen here for the first time – a ballet without a plot, without pantomime and without sets. In The Legend of Love Grigorovich was not about to reject the principles of Soviet drama-ballets, costumes and sets, though he did afford his opus laconism and dynamic sharpness. The choreographer's co-creator, the designer Simon Virsaladze, dressed the dancers in leotards, focussing the audience's attention on the dancers' bodies and lines.

The initiative to create a ballet about Ferkhad and Shyrin came from the Azerbaijani composer Arif Melikov. The composer brought his completed score to Leningrad, but Yuri Grigorovich criticised it: he believed that the ballet required a different scenario and a radical reworking of the music. Melikov was willing to perfect his opus, and at his behest the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet transformed his own work into a ballet script.

Queen Mekhmeneh Bahnu is disfigured as a hag in order to save the life of her sister to whom she is devoted; the artist Ferkhad will never love her, and she autocratically separates the lovers. The story of the fated impossibility of love, with the male protagonist sacrificing his personal happiness for the sake of the people, seems to be determined ideologically. If anything, in fact, the plot is actually anti-Soviet: the human misery in The Legend of Love is dissipated within State-wide delight.

The anniversary performances are to be danced by Viktoria Tereshkina, Anastasia Matvienko and Yekaterina Kondaurova (Mekhmeneh Bahnu), Alina Somova, Elena Yevseyeva and Nadezhda Batoeva (Shyrin) and Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov and Andrei Yermakov (Ferkhad). Arseny Shuplyakov will be conducting.

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