The Mariinsky Theatre is continuing the greatest ever tour in its history of countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. From 24 October the Mariinsky Opera, Chorus and Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be joined by the Ballet Company, which will stage performances in China's major cities
The Mariinsky Theatre is continuing the greatest ever tour in its history of countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. From 24 October the Mariinsky Opera, Chorus and Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be joined by the Ballet Company, which will stage performances in China's major cities.
On 24 October at the Shanghai Grand Theatre there will be a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet with Diana Vishneva and Konstantin Zverev in the title roles. On the second evening (25 October) these roles will be performed by Nadezhda Batoeva and Timur Askerov. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.
On 28 and 29 October as well as on 8 and 9 November the Mariinsky Ballet and the orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre under Alexei Repnikov will be appearing at the Tianjin Grand Theatre. The lead roles in Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake will be performed by Oxana Skorik and Yevgeny Ivanchenko and Anastasia Matvienko and Timur Askerov, while in Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet there will be appearances by Nadezhda Batoeva and Timur Askerov and Anastasia Kolegova and Xander Parish. Performances at the Opera House in Guanzhou will feature Renata Shakirova and Filipp Stepin and Oxana Skorik and Yevgeny Ivanchenko (Romeo and Juliet, 1 and 2 November), Anastasia Kolegova and Xander Parish, Anastasia Matvienko and Timur Askerov and Oxana Skorik and Yevgeny Ivanchenko (Swan Lake, 4, 5 and 6 November).
It should be noted that during the tour by the Mariinsky Theatre throughout the Asia-Pacific Region which began on 8 October, in cities in Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto and Nishinomiya) and China (Shanghai) there were performances of the operas Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Giuseppe Verdi's opera Don Carlo as well as a series of symphony music concerts. Still to come for Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, Chorus and Opera are appearances in Harbin (China), where on 26 and 27 October there will be performances of Sergei Prokofiev's opera War and Peace (production by Andrei Konchalovsky), and in Beijing (China) on 29 October there will be a programme of works by Sergei Prokofiev and Gustav Mahler. On 30 October the Mariinsky will perform twice at the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan), while on 31 October there will be a concert at the Seongnam Arts Center in Seoul (South Korea).
From 20 to 28 October the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the IV International Organ Festival. Festival guests include acclaimed organists from Russia, France, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany
From 20 to 28 October the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the IV International Organ Festival. Festival guests include acclaimed organists from Russia, France, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.
The festival opens on 20 October with French organist, composer and improviser Thierry Escaich with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Christian Knapp. The concert programme includes works from the traditional organ repertoire (Introduction to Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata No 29 Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir (arrangement by Marcel Dupré)), Allegro maestoso from Edward Elgar's Sonata in G Major, Marcel Dupré's Cortège et Litanie and Prelude (Generation) for Organ and Strings by Alexandre Guilmant as well as Thierry Escaich's Organ Concerto No 2, Joseph Haydn's rarely performed Organ Concerto and improvisations.
On 21 October at the Concert Hall there will be an appearance by Gunnar Idenstam – a Swedish organist and composer the sphere of whose interests covers religious music, folk and 1970s symphony rock. The concert programme includes works for organ by Max Reger, 18th-19th century Swedish dances, tangos by Astor Piazzolla and the suite from the show Riverdance by Bill Whelan arranged by Idenstam as well as the musician's own compositions from the anthology Metal Angel.
The performance on 22 October will mark the debut of Swiss musician Benjamin Righetti at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The organist of the Église Saint-François in Lausanne and a regular guest organist at the Kultur Casino Bern will be performing Six Organ Sonatas by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
The concert by St Petersburg organist Daniil Protsyuk (26 October), marking one century since the death of Max Reger, includes works by the great German neoclassical composer in addition to the music of his predecessors (Johann Sebastian Bach) and composers of the 20th century (Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt and Paul Hindemith). Daniil Protsyuk frequently tours throughout Russia and Europe and is known not just as a concert musician but also as a researcher of organ music.
On 27 October at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a debut by Ansgar Wallenhorst – an acclaimed improviser and student of Thierry Escaich and Olivier Latry. Wallenhorst appears in the USA, Europe and Asia and is Music Director of the Sts Peter and Paul Kirche in Ratingen (Germany). The programme includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger, Robert Schumann, Siegfried Karl-Elert and improvisations.
The final concert of the festival will take place on 28 October. Thomas Ospital is one of the most dazzling young representatives of the French organ school and titular organist at the Église Saint-Eustache in Paris; he will be performing works by French and German composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nicolas de Grigny, César Franck and Maurice Duruflé as well as improvisations.
There will be a performance of the opera Aleko in honour of Sergei Leiferkus, People’s Artist of the RSFSR
Sergei Leiferkus has trodden the boards for over forty-five years, adored by the public throughout his career and a sought-after on-stage partner among the most demanding colleagues. The abundance and variety of character roles in Leiferkus’ repertoire have always led critics to speak of the universal nature of his talent. If one attempts to define Leiferkus’ image, a magnificent blend of artistic and vocal skills, one would have to use the now forgotten term of “baritone-noble”. It was just such a singer that Yuri Temirkanov required when he resolved to invite Sergei Leiferkus – then still a soloist at the Maly Opera – to perform a lead role in the Kirov Theatre’s ground-breaking production of War and Peace (1977). Following the singer’s stunning debut as Andrei Bolkonsky there came a veritable catalogue of outstanding roles, among them Don Carlo in La forza del destino and Amonasro in Aida, Yeletsky and Tomsky in The Queen of Spades, Escamillo in Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Rossini’s Figaro. One true masterpiece came with the role of Chichikov in Shchedrin’s opera Dead Souls. One image created in the consciousness of several generations of audiences at the Kirov-Mariinsky Theatre and identifiable with the character of the singer himself is Leiferkus’ Eugene Onegin. The audience awaited the appearance of this aristocrat with the same excitement as Pushkin’s Tatiana, and with the same delight followed each phrase, movement and turn of the head. For his “gold-standard” image as Onegin the singer was awarded the State Prize. One must also remember his Ruprecht in The Fiery Angel, Iago in Otello, Rangoni in Boris Godunov and Prince Igor in Borodin’s eponymous opera which he performed at the Mariinsky Theatre under the management of Valery Gergiev.
Engagements at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper and recordings with outstanding conductors have all made the singer’s name famous throughout the world. The list of roles he has mastered – numbering more than fifty – makes us bow down before the titanic power of his talent. In just the last few years alone the singer has made several debuts including bass roles such as Boris Godunov, Guglielmo Tell, Filipp Filippovich in Alexander Raskatov’s opera A Dog’s Heart and Pontius Pilate in Sergei Slonimsky’s The Master and Margarita. In November he will be taking part in the first production of Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös’ opera Senza sangue (directed by Dmitry Chernyakov).
The Mariinsky Theatre is commemorating the singer’s anniversary with a concert performance of Aleko in which Sergei Leiferkus will perform the title role.
On 12 October at the Prokofiev Hall (Mariinsky II) the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva will present the premiere of Mikael Tariverdiev's mono-opera Expectation
On 12 October at the Prokofiev Hall (Mariinsky II) the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva will present the premiere of Mikael Tariverdiev's mono-opera Expectation. The stage director is Filipp Razenkov, a finalist at the Mariinsky Theatre's Young Opera Stage Directing Competition and graduate of the Russian University of Theatre Art – GITIS, who since 2013 has been Principal Stage Director of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Udmurtia.
The premiere of Mikael Tariverdiev's mono-opera, written after Robert Rozhdestvensky's poem Expectation (Monologue of a Woman), took place in 1985 at the Pokrovsky Chamber Music Theatre with which the composer had close connections. The first and single performer – for whom indeed the opera was written – was Maria Lemesheva, daughter of the famous vocalists Sergei Lemeshev and Irina Maslennikova and step-daughter of Boris Pokrovsky. Mikael Tariverdiev wrote of his work that "Perhaps the harmonious language of this opera could have been more astringent, more intense. And yet I prefer language to be emotional." Expectation was a success from its first production and since then has frequently been performed at various music theatres.
The premiere of the mono-opera Expectation opens the subscription Six Short Operas for Adults, during which soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers will present premieres of the works Letters of Van Gogh and The Diary of Anne Frank by Grigory Frid, Diary of a Madman by Yuri Butsko, Newlyweds by Grigory Korchmar and Zinaida by Leonid Klinichev at the Prokofiev Hall.
On 8 October in Kyoto (Japan) the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev will commence the theatre's greatest ever tour of countries in the Asia-Pacific Region which is to last one month. The programmes of the forthcoming performances generously showcase Russian music, including works by two composers whose anniversaries are being celebrated this year – Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich. The tour ends on 9 November in Tianjin (China).
On 8 October the tour opens with an appearance by the Mariinsky Orchestra, Chorus and Opera soloists under Valery Gergiev at the ROHM theatre in Kyoto (Japan). The programme includes Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin staged by Alexei Stepanyuk. The lead roles will be performed by Alexei Markov, Maria Bayankina, Yevgeny Akhmedov, Yekaterina Sergeyeva and Edward Tsanga.
On 9 October the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Classical First Symphony, Dmitry Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony and music from Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du printemps at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya (Japan). Valery Gergiev will be conducting.
The Mariinsky Theatre will then give a series of performances at Japan's greatest opera venue – the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. There there will be performances of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Don Carlo (10 and 12 October) and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (15 and 16 October), as well as concerts of symphony music (11 and 15 October). The lead roles in the operas will be performed by Ferruccio Furlanetto, Yonghoon Lee, Alexei Markov, Mikhail Petrenko, Irina Churilova, Viktoria Yastrebova, Yulia Matochkina, Maria Bayankina, Yevgeny Akhmedov, Yekaterina Sergeyeva, Yekaterina Goncharova and Edward Tsanga. The programme for the first evening of symphony music (11 October) includes the Romeo and Juliet fantasy-overture and scenes from the opera Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, highlights from the opera Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin and Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution by Sergei Prokofiev. On 14 October Mariinsky Opera soloists and the Chorus and Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will present Hector Berlioz' Roméo et Juliette symphonie dramatique. The concert programme on 15 October is entirely dedicated to the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky – there will be a performance of the Roméo et Juliette symphonie dramatique, the First Piano Concerto (soloist – Alexander Malofeev) and the Fifth Symphony.
On 18 October the Mariinsky Theatre will begin its performances in China. In one of the Celestial Empire's major cities – Shanghai – from 18 to 25 October the Mariinsky in Shanghai festival will be held for the first time, during which under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Shanghai Grand Theatre there will be performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera The Queen of Spades staged by Alexei Stepanyuk (18 and 20 October), Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet (24 and 25 October) and symphony music concerts. The ballet programme opens with Diana Vishneva and Konstantin Zverev (24 October) and Nadezhda Batoeva and Timur Askerov (25 October). The lead roles in the opera performances will be performed by Mikhail Vekua, Irina Churilova, Elena Vitman, Alexei Markov, Roman Burdenko, Yekaterina Sergeyeva and Yulia Matochkina.
On 19 October the programme of the concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre includes highlights from the music for Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto (soloist – Behzod Abduraimov) and Dmitry Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony. There will be two concerts on 21 October – at the matinee there will be Sergei Prokofiev's symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf (16:00), while the evening performance will feature Dmitry Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, Sergei Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto (soloist – Kristóf Baráti) and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances (19:30). Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra.
On 22 and 23 October there will be concerts by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the Macao Cultural Centre (China). The programme for the first evening, entirely dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev, includes his First and Fifth Symphonies and highlights from music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet. The second concert will be dedicated to Dmitry Shostakovich. It is to include his Festive Overture and First and Fifth Symphonies.
On 26 and 27 October the Mariinsky Theatre will be appearing at the Harbin Grand Theatre (China), where it will present Sergei Prokofiev's grandiose opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky. The lead roles are to be performed by Alexei Markov, Yekaterina Goncharova, Yulia Matochkina, Yekaterina Sergeyeva, Alexander Trofimov, Yevgeny Akhmedov and Alexander Nikitin.
On 29 October the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will present one concert in the Chinese capital at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The programme includes highlights from music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev and Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
On 30 October the Mariinsky Theatre will be performing twice at the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan). The matinee concert includes the overture from Gioacchino Rossini's opera Guglielmo Tell, Dmitry Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto (soloist – Andrei Ionitsa) and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony (14:00). In the evening the Mariinsky Orchestra and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera under Valery Gergiev will present Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold in concert (19:00).
On 31 October at the Seongnam Arts Center in Seoul (South Korea) there will be another performance of highlights from music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet and the Classical symphony by Sergei Prokofiev as well as Dmitry Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto (soloist – Yeol Eum Son). Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra.
The Mariinsky Ballet and the Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre under Alexei Repnikov will continue the tour at the Guangzhou Opera House (China), where they will present the ballets Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev (1 and 2 November) and Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (4, 5 and 6 November). The Mariinsky Theatre's tour of countries in the Asia-Pacific Region comes to a close at the Grand Theatre in Tianjin (China) with performances of the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev on 8 and 9 November. At the same theatre, the Mariinsky Ballet will give two performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake (28 and 29 October). The tour performabces will see appearances by Nadezhda Batoeva, Anastasia Kolegova, Anastasia Matvienko, Oxana Skorik, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Konstantin Zverev, Yevgeny Ivanchenko, Xander Parish, Yuri Smekalov and Filipp Stepin.
On 14 October the Mariinsky label will be releasing a new disc in Super Audio CD format featuring recordings of works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev
On 14 October the Mariinsky label will be releasing a new disc in Super Audio CD format featuring recordings of works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and music from the ballet The Nutcracker were recorded at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in 2015 when there were celebrations to mark one hundred and seventy-five years since the composer's birth.
This release will be the fifth release of music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky produced by the Mariinsky recording label; previously the label has released the 1812 Overture, the Moscow cantata, the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the First Piano Concerto with Daniil Trifonov and the First and Second Piano Concerti with Denis Matsuev.
On 7 October the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will launch a series of concerts entitled Guest Orchestras: West-East. The first to perform will be the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstam
On 7 October the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will launch a series of concerts entitled Guest Orchestras: West-East. The first to perform will be the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstam.
The concert programme includes Jean Sibelius' Seventh Symphony and the songs The First Kiss, Autumn Evening, The Echo Nymph, Black Roses, Spring Is Flying, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture and the St Petersburg premiere of Leif Segerstam's Symphony No 288 Letting the FLOW Go on... which was composed last year. The soloist will be Marjukka Tepponen (soprano).
The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Leif Segerstam are frequent visitors to the Mariinsky Theatre. For several seasons in a row Finland's oldest ensemble has already performed to great acclaim at the Concert Hall. The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra has toured to Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Hungary and China. Many of the ensemble's recordings have gone platinum in terms of sales and have received prizes and awards.
As part of the subscription Guest Orchestras: West-East it will be possible to attend performances by the Nizhny-Novgorod Academic Symphony Orchestra (29 October), the Omsk Academic Symphony Orchestra (1 December), the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan (25 March), the Symphony Orchestra of Stavanger (27 April) and the Symphony Orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic (11 May).
On 4 October at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a performance by American pianist George Li, a prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. This concert will be the first in a subscription series presenting the prize-winners of the Tchaikovsky International Competition
On 4 October at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a performance by American pianist George Li, a prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. This concert will be the first in a subscription series presenting the prize-winners of the Tchaikovsky International Competition.
The programme of the first half includes Joseph Haydn's Keyboard Sonata in B Minor and the famous Sonata No 2 in B Flat Minor by Frédéric Chopin. In the second half George Li will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme of Corelli as well as two works by Franz Liszt – Consolation No 3 and Hungarian Rhapsody No 2.
George Li has performed at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on several occasions, taken part in projects run by Valery Gergiev in New York, Birmingham and Beijing, and in May 2016 he gave a recital at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok.
The series of performances by prize-winners of the Tchaikovsky Competition will continue at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 19 October. In a combined concert, violinist Clara-Jumi Kang from Germany (recipient of the 4th prize at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition) will be appearing with South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son (silver medallist at the preceding XIV Competition). On 19 October the duo will perform music from the German Romantic period: Three Romances for Violin and Piano by Clara Schumann, Violin and Piano Sonata No 1 in A Minor and Three Romances for Violin and Piano by Robert Schumann and Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in G Major by Johannes Brahms.
Over the course of the subscription there will be a total of six concerts with prize-winners of the Tchaikovsky Competition: George Li (4 October), Clara-Jumi Kang and Yeol Eum Son (19 October), Alexandra Konunova (26 November), Pablo Ferrández (10 January), Lukas Geniušas (11 March) and Lucas Debargue (19 April).
On 1 and 2 November lead soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be appearing at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok
On 1 and 2 November lead soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be appearing at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok.
On 1 November at 19:00 soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will present Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold (concert performance) for the first time in Vladivostok. The lead roles will be performed by Yuri Vorobiev (Wotan), Mikhail Vekua (Loge), Andrei Popov (Mime), Pavel Shmulevich (Fafner), Vadim Kravets (Fasolt), Anna Kiknadze (Fricka), Zlata Bulycheva (Erda) and Oxana Shilova (Freia).
On 2 November at 11:00 at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be the opera gala concert Through the Pages of Great French Operas. The programme includes scenes and arias from the operas Carmen by Georges Bizet, Faust by Charles Gounod, Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns and Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz. The vocal roles will be performed by Mariinsky Theatre soloists Oxana Shilova (soprano), Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano), Mikhail Vekua (tenor), Vladislav Sulimsky (baritone) and Yuri Vorobiev (bass). The concert will feature the chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre Primorsky Stage.
On 2 November at 13:00 Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva will appear at the Primorsky Stage in Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin's ballet Carmen-Suite with choreography by Alberto Alonso. Diana Vishneva's partner will be Mariinsky Theatre soloist Ivan Oskorbin. The performance will feature the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. This will be Diana Vishneva's second visit to Vladivostok. She first performed at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre together with Vladimir Malakhov – the ballet The Old Man and Me was presented during the I International Far East Festival Mariinsky, which ran from 30 July to 10 August 2016 in Vladivostok and Ussuriysk.
Both performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.
For the theatre's plans for the new 234th season see the press-release
The year of Prokofiev
The Mariinsky Theatre is widely celebrating one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev not just in St Petersburg, Vladivostok and Moscow as well as in twenty Russian regions from Sochi, Vladikavkaz and Karsnodar to Ulan Ude and Yakutsk where a stellar cast of Mariinsky Theatre soloists gave a concert performance of the opera Betrothal in a Monastery, but also throughout the world, travelling to cities in Italy, Sweden, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Finland, The Netherlands, the USA, Chile, Mexico and even Cuba. There is a forthcoming tour of cities in Japan, China and South Korea. At the Bunka Kaikan, a major concert venue in Tokyo, there will be a performancee of the Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, in Shanghai (as part of the Mariinsky in Shanghai festival), Guangzhou and Tianjin there will be a performance of the ballet Romeo and Juliet, and highlights of the music from this ballet will also be performed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing as well as at a new theatre in Harbin, where the Mariinsky Theatre will be performing for the first time with two performances of the grandiose opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky.
Today at the Mariinsky Theatre almost all of the composer's operas are performed, including the nine-year old Sergei Prokofiev's opera The Giant and his unfinished Maddalena. Last season saw additions to the ballet repertoire as well – the playbill was enhanced with the one-act ballets Russian Overture and Violin Concerto No 2 by young choreographers Maxim Petrov and Anton Pimonov.
The new season will see the continuation of a project that has been much loved by young Mariinsky Theatre audiences – performances of the symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf with guest Narrators invariably fill the auditorium to capacity. At the Concert Hall the role of the Narrator has already been performed by Konstantin Khabensky, Veniamin Smekhov, Yevgeny Mironov, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Mikhail Porechenkov and Mikhail Trukhin. Konstantin Khabensky has also appeared in Kemerovo and Vladivostok, while Valery Gergiev has appeared in Oryol and Vladivavkaz. Peter and the Wolf has also been performed to great acclaim on foreign tours by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre with stars of stage and screen of the countries where the performances took place. In the coming months the Concert Hall will see appearances by Kseniya Rappoport, Sergei Garmash and Sergei Bezrukov. The series will conclude in December with the role of the Narrator being performed by the youngest audience members, whose names will be revealed following the announcement of the results of a special selection process.
Premieres of the 2016-17 season
To mark the anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev's birth, there will be the first ballet premiere of the season – The Stone Flower, which will also commemorate the anniversary of legendary choreographer Yuri Grigorovich who has revived his own production at the historic Mariinsky Theatre.
The first opera premiere of the new season will be Sergei Banevich's The Story of Kai and Gerda, to be staged by Alexei Stepanyuk at the historic Mariinsky Theatre.
At the Mariinsky-II there will be premieres of the operas Salome by Richard Strauss staged by Marat Gatsalov and Giuseppe Verdi's I vespri siciliani staged by Arnaud Bernard. At the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a premiere of a stage version of Rodion Shchedrin's opera Not Love Alone.
As part of the XVII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky at the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre choreographer Yuri Smekalov will present the ballet Paquita, while during the XXV Stars of the White Nights music festival there will be premieres of the opera Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea (stage director to be announced) and Boris Tishchenko's ballet Yaroslavna staged by Vladimir Varnava.
The Academy of Young Opera Singers is preparing a series of premieres of rarely performed chamber operas for adults and children staged by young directors Gleb Cherepanov (Moscow), Filipp Razenkov (Izhevsk), Kapitolina Tsvetkova-Plotnikova (Chelyabinsk), Alexei Smirnov (Moscow), Mstislav Pentkovsky (Moscow), Dmitry Otyakovsky (St Petersburg) and Vasily Zarzhetsky (St Petersburg).
At the chamber venues of the Mariinsky-II there will be productions of the operas The Waiting by Mikael Tariverdiev, The Letters of Van Gogh and The Diary of Anne Frank by Grigory Frid, Diary of a Madman by Yuri Butsko, Newlyweds by Grigory Korchmar and Zinaida, which will conclude a triptych by Leonid Klinichev.
Young audiences will be presented with the operas The Brave Hare by Sergei Banevich, The Turnip by Rustam Sagdiev, Ukhti-Tukhti by Georgy Portnov, The Silly Little Mouse by Dmitry Shostakovich, Wash 'em Clean by Yuri Levitin, The Little Prince and Terem-Teremok by Leonid Klinichev, The Musicians of Bremen by Gennady Gladkov, The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten, Adalmina's Pearl by Grayr Khanedanian, The Treasures of the Magic Well by Svetlana Nesterova and The Boy Giant by Tikhon Khrennikov.
The playbill also includes rarely performed operas by Veniamin Fleishman, Umberto Giordano, Kirill Molchanov, Giacomo Puccini, Eduard Nápravník and Édouard Lalo.
The world premiere of Boris Grabovsky's opera Woe from Wit will be performed in concert.
Cultural and educational programmes
The new Mariinsky Theatre and Goethe Institut project We Are an Orchestra, targeted at young school pupils, will help reveal the structure and principles of an orchestra's work. During the interactive lesson young audiences will have the opportunity to create an example of the instruments' sounds (using the voice, stamping with their feet and clapping), then come together in an orchestra and perform a piece specially commissioned for the lesson under a conductor. Continuing their activities will be the projects Arts Schools Visiting the Mariinsky Theatre, Open Wednesday at the Mariinsky, A Lesson in Practical Theatre Studies aimed at year 5-9 pupils, A Theatre Lesson at the Mariinsky which admits more than two hundred year 10 pupils daily and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation's programme The Mariinsky Theatre - the Soul of St Petersburg during which in the first months of the 2016-17 season over six thousand pupils from Russia's remote regions will be able to visit the Mariinsky Theatre.
At the chamber venues of the Mariinsky-II there will be a continuation of series of interactive lessons for infants and young school pupils (aged three to eight) - Piccolo at the Mariinsky and Music in Tales of Sand. The Academy of Young Theatre-Goers will present new programmes.
The master-classes Valery Gergiev's Arts Centres for Russia's Young Talents will be conducted by leading musicians of the orchestra and chorus-masters of the Mariinsky Theatre as well as teachers from the faculty of arts of the St Petersburg State University.
Together with the TONALi competition there will be another incarnation of the cultural and educational project Sounds of Change during which pupils from four city schools will organise concerts with competition prize-winners on their school campuses.
Festivals in the new season
• the IX Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich (3 – 4 October, Samara)
• the IV International Organ Festival (20 – 28 October)
• the Virtuosi of the Flute festival (13 – 17 December)
• the XI International Piano Festival (18 – 28 December)
• the II Maslenitsa in Song festival (19 – 26 February)
• the XVII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky (30 March – 9 April)
• the XVI Moscow Easter Festival (16 April – 9 May, Russian regions)
• the XXV Stars of the White Nights music festival (26 May– 23 July)
• the II International Far East Festival Mariinsky (25 July – 13 August, Vladivostok)
In the 2016-17 season the Mariinsky Theatre will present eighty subscriptions: fifty-six subscriptions on the three principal stages and twenty-four subscriptions in the chamber halls of the Mariinsky-II.
The family subscriptions The Mariinsky Theatre for All the Family feature five different programmes. The educational Student subscription offers the country's higher education students the chance to see rarely performed operas and ballets. A series of programmes for those who wish to learn more about the music of a particular Russian or foreign composer is being presented in the already established cycles Tchaikovsky, Shchedrin, Mozart, Wagner. Strauss and Verdi as well as the new cycles Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Bach and Prokofiev. The subscription Der Ring des Nibelungen will be presented twice: Valery Gergiev will conduct the tetralogy on 22, 23, 25 and 26 February while Michael Güttler will be conducting on 7, 8, 10 and 11 December.
Productions based on works of literature will be combined in the subscriptions Pushkin, Great European Literature and Fairy-Tales, in addition to the new cycles Shakespeare - 400 marking four centuries since the great poet and dramatist's death and St Petersburg – Moscow, the works in which are inextricably linked with both capital cities.
The Concert Hall subscription Maestri of Bel Canto will offer operas by Vincenzo Bellini, Gioachino Rossini and Gaetano Donizetti, while the programme of the new subscription Barocco.ru will comprise works filled with the sounds of early instruments.
Guest soloists and ensembles from France, Poland, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Norway and Russia will appear as part of the subscriptions Soloists of the House of Music, Moscow Soloists – 25 Years!, Organ Evenings, Jazz at the Mariinsky and Guest Orchestras: West – East.
The Mariinsky Theatre will continue to introduce audiences to rising stars – the subscription Prize-Winners of the Tchaikovsky Competition includes concerts by George Li, Clara-Jumi Kang and Yeol Eum Son, Alexandra Konunova, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas and Lucas Debargue.
Tours by the Mariinsky Theatre
Immediately following the opening of the new season, soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, Orchestra and Valery Gergiev will depart for Samara (3 – 4 October), with more concerts while travelling from Tomsk to Khabarovsk (5 – 7 October), and from there the musicians will fly off for a major tour of towns and cities in Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea. On the journey home soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet and Orchestra with Valery Gergiev will appear twice at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre: on 1 November in Vladivostok there will be the first performance there of Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold in concert, while at a matinee on 2 November there will be a gala concert of opera and ballet featuring Diana Vishneva and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Yulia Matochkina, Mikhail Vekua, Yuri Vorobiev, Vladislav Sulimsky, Yevgeny Akhmedov, Yekaterina Sergeyeva, Zhanna Dombrovskaya and Ilya Bannik. Thereafter the Russian tour will continue with concerts in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (2 November) and towns in Siberia and the Urals (3 – 4 November).
In November the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be appearing in Germany to present symphonies by Sergei Prokofiev followed by concerts in Switzerland, where to mark the one hundred and tenth anniversary of the birth of Dmitry Shostakovich there will be a performance of his First Violin Concerto (soloist - Leonidas Kavakos); after that the Prokofiev Festival begins in the French capital, with celebrations marking one hundred and twenty-five years since his birth to continue in Belgium and Luxembourg.
On 11 December for a matinee the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will perform at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the concert marking one hundred years since the birth of Veronika Dudarova. Later comes the traditional Christmas-period tour by the Mariinsky Ballet to Baden-Baden (Germany) and a final concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow (29 December) to conclude the year of intense tours.
In late January 2017 the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev will appear in cities in Spain, Hungary and Serbia. The ballet company will have a week-long tour in the USA. Plans for March include performances by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in Munich. From 16 April to 9 May there will be the XVI Moscow Easter Festival during which an intensive Russian tour is planned. In May there will be a concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in London (Great Britain) and in June there will be a tour by the ballet company as part of the Salzburg Festival (Austria). In summer there will be appearances at Valery Gergiev's music festival in Mikkeli (Finland) and in Stockholm (Sweden) at the Baltic Sea Festival. In July – August the Mariinsky Ballet will be on tour in Great Britain. From 4 to 6 August in Taipei (Taiwan) leading Mariinsky Opera soloists and the orchestra under Valery Gergiev will present Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in a continuation of a performance of Richard Wagner's tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen (Das Rheingold will be performed there on 30 October this year). In mid August there will be a tour by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev to Edinburgh (Great Britain), followed by appearances by the opera company and orchestra in Slovenia. In September there will be concerts in Great Britain and Switzerland, where there is to be a piano marathon of Prokofiev featuring Daniil Trifonov, Behzod Abduraimov and Sergei Redkin.