22.07.2017

The Mariinsky Ballet returns to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden (London, the United Kingdom) with the Mariinsky Orchestra from July 24 to August 12. The company will present another three-week season of many spectacular ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Anna Karenina, as well as the programme of one-act pieces Contrasts

The Mariinsky Ballet returns to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden (London, the United Kingdom) with the Mariinsky Orchestra from July 24 to August 12. The company will present another three-week season of many spectacular ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Anna Karenina, as well as the programme of one-act pieces Contrasts.

The Mariinsky Ballet opens its London season with Alexander Gorsky’s production (1902) of Ludwig Minkus’ Don Quixote after Marius Petipa’s classic. The Mariinsky Ballet’s leading soloists are set to perform in the production (July 24 – July 26). One more performance will

also take place on August 5. The Mariinsky Theatre’s signature production – Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake – with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (1895), adapted by Konstantin Sergeev (1950), is leading in the number of performances this year (eight performances, all of which are already sold out). Different sets of Mariinsky artistes are going to take part in the performances, which will run from July 27 to August 2, and on August 7.

This London season’s contemporary highlights include Rodion Shchedrin’s Anna Karenina, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and starring Diana Vishneva (August 3) and Viktoria Tereshkina (August 4) in the title role, as well as Contrasts programme (August 8 and August 9). The programme features Carmen Suite, choreographed by Alberto Alonso; Infra, staged by Wayne MacGregor, who first custom-created the production for the London Royal Ballet company and then adapted it for the St. Petersburg dancers in 2014; Grand pas from the ballet Paquita, revived by Yuri Burlaka for the recent premiere of Yuri Smekalov’s production at the Mariinsky Theatre.

The season concludes with the performances of Ludwig Minkus’ La Bayadère with choreography by Marius Petipa (1877), adapted by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani (1941), and featuring dances by Konstantin Sergeev and Nikolai Zubkovsky. The performances will take place from August 10 to August 12.

This London season British theatre-goers will be able to enjoy not only the performing skills of the company’s leading soloists, who are well-known all over the globe, but also young artistes. The London playbill will be graced by the names of Diana Vishneva, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Nadezhda Batoeva, Elena Yevseyeva, Anastasia Matvienko, Yekaterina Osmolkina, Yekaterina Chebykina, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Evgeny Ivanchenko, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov, Andrei Yermakov, Konstantin Zverev, Xander Parish, Alexander Sergeev, Philipp Stepin, Ernest Latypov, and Roman Belyakov.

The Mariinsky Orchestra will perform under the baton of conductors Boris Gruzin and Alexei Repnikov.

19.07.2017

The Mariinsky Opera, Choir and Orchestra are set to perform at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Summer Festival (Germany) from July 20 to July 23. The festival itself runs from July 6 to July 23. The traditional music forum held at one of the largest opera and concert houses in Europe will close with a programme of symphony and opera productions under the direction of Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Opera, Choir and Orchestra are set to perform at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Summer Festival (Germany) from July 20 to July 23. The festival itself runs from July 6 to July 23. The traditional music forum held at one of the largest opera and concert houses in Europe will close with a programme of symphony and opera productions under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

The highlight of the Mariinsky Theatre’s tour is Alexei Stepanyuk’s production of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin. The parts of Eugene Onegin and Tatiana will be performed by Alexei Markov and Maria Bayankina (July 20), Roman Burdenko and Yekaterina Goncharova (July 23). The role of Lensky will be performed by Yevgeny Akhmedov, the role of Olga – by Yekaterina Sergeyeva, and the role of Prince Gremin – by Mikhail Petrenko, on both occasions. Valery Gergiev is to conduct the performances.

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre are to present symphonic programmes on July 21 and July 22. The first night will be dedicated to the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff and will see the performances of the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and his poem The Bells for soloists, choir, and orchestra. The performers for the night are Maria Bayankina (soprano), Yevgeny Akhmedov (tenor), and Alexei Markov (baritone). Behzod Abduraimov, an Uzbek virtuoso pianist, will perform the piano concerto. The winner of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and Korean phenomenon Seong-Jin Cho will perform Chopin’s two piano concertos together with Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev on July 22. Frédéric Chopin holds a special place in the pianist’s repertoire. The programme for the night also includes Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7.

17.07.2017

In July, at the XXV Stars of the White Nights Festival, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a series of symphonic concerts featuring young talented pianists

In July, at the XXV Stars of the White Nights Festival, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a series of symphonic concerts featuring young talented pianists.

On July 17, at 20.00, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will welcome George Li who was awarded the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition. He will perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. The programme also includes Rodion Shchedrin's Concerto dolce for viola, strings and harp and Concerto parlando for violin, trumpet and strings featuring Olga Volkova (violin), Yuri Afonkin (viola), Sofia Kiprskaya (harp), Timur Martynov (trumpet).

On July 18, the Concert Hall will host two concerts featuring brilliant pianists and the orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. At 18.00 Seong Jin Cho, a Korean prodigy, will perform Chopin's two piano concerti, the gem of his repertoire. In 2015 Seong Jin Cho was awarded the First Prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, becoming the first Korean to win the competition. The record of his competition performance went platinum in Korea and gold in Poland, Chopin's homeland. The program also includes Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. At 21.00 the Concert Hall will host Behzod Abduraimov, another virtuoso pianist of the new generation. He will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and the choral symphony The Bells featuring Maria Bayankina (soprano), Yevgeny Akhmedov (tenor), and Alexei Markov (baritone).

The Festival's symphonic programme will conclude with Yeol Eum Son, one of South Korea's leading pianists, performing the works of Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rodion Shchedrin, and Maurice Ravel, with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang.

15.07.2017

Valery Gergiev is scheduled to give several performances with the Munich Philharmonic and the Orchestre national de France from July 13 to July 16

Valery Gergiev is scheduled to give several performances with the Munich Philharmonic and the Orchestre national de France from July 13 to July 16.

On July 13, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic are set to perform at the Rheingau Musik Festival, the 30th annual international music forum. The Friedrich von Thiersch Hall in Wiesbaden will see the performance of Сarl Maria Von Weber’s opera Oberon overture, Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. The solo part will be performed by a young Canadian pianist of Polish descent Jan Lisiecki. July 16 will see an open-air concert at the Odeonsplatz, which would mark the last performance of the Munich Philharmonic in the 2016/2017 season. The German musicians are to perform Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring a solo performance by the famous Chinese pianist Yuja Wang.

On July 14, the Bastille Day, Valery Gergiev is set to conduct the Orchestre national de France at an annual concert which marks the end of the season for the ensemble. The free concert will take place at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and will be broadcast live by France Inter and TV channel France 2. The diverse performance programme includes the works of Hector Berlioz, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Sergei Prokofiev, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Charles Gounod, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Modest Mussorgsky, Georges Bizet, and Léo Delibes. Diana Damrau (soprano), Nadine Sierra (soprano), Anita Rachvelishvili (mezzo-soprano), Bryan Hymel (tenor), Ludovic Tézier (baritone), Renaud Capuçon (violin), and Gautier Capuçon (cello), as well as the Maîtrise de Radio France and Chœur de Radio France, will take part in the performance.

15.07.2017

The II International Mariinsky Far East Festival at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre opens in Vladivostok on July 15. The Festival will run till August 13 and will include more than 40 performances and concerts at 7 venues in the Far East, including Vladivostok, Ussuriysk, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

The II International Mariinsky Far East Festival at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre opens in Vladivostok on July 15. The Festival will run till August 13 and will include more than 40 performances and concerts at 7 venues in the Far East, including Vladivostok, Ussuriysk, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The Mariinsky Theatre will perform in Pyeongchang, the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Ballet and Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will go on its first tour to Harbin (China), while the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will give a concert performance in Tongyeong (South Korea).

The Festival will open with the premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. The Mariinsky Ballet will perform the production in Vladivostok three times, on July 15 and July 16. The series of ballet events will continue with a meet-the-artist evening event with Vladimir Shklyarov, Principal Dancer with the Mariinsky Theatre, who will visit the Primorsky Stage for the first time. The programme for the night includes the Far East premiere of the ballet Marguerite and Armand, featuring a starring female lead performance by the prima ballerina of the Royal Ballet (London) Natalia Osipova; miniatures, such as Éric Gautier’s Ballet 101, Hopak choreographed by Rostislav Zakharov, and Yuri Smekalov’s version of Ne me quitte pas with the soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet Anastasia Kolegova, Valeria Martynyuk, and Alexei Timofeyev (July 18). Vladimir Shklyarov autograph signing will take place at the end of the night.

The Festival will present the Far East opera premieres: July 26 and August 5 will see the premiere of Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, staged by British director Ian Judge and featuring one of the best performers of the part of the Flying Dutchman – Yevgeny Nikitin. The role of Senta will be performed by the soloists of the Mariinsky Opera – Elena Stikhina (July 26) and Mlada Khudoley (August 5). One of the most significant premieres of the Mariinsky Theatre in recent years – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Simon Boccanegra, staged by Andrea de Rosa – will premiere in Vladivostok on August 8 and August 11. The leading Mariinsky Opera soloists and guest singers will take part in the performances, namely Tatiana Serjan, Irina Churilova, Otar Jorjikia, Sergei Skorokhodov, Roman Burdenko, Vladislav Sulimsky, and Mikhail Petrenko. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The great Russian opera – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride – will be presented as a semi-staged performance by the young generation of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage soloists under the baton of Pavel Smelkov (August 7). The performance of The Enchanted Wandered by Rodion Shchedrin, whose anniversary is celebrated this year, will be conducted by Valery Gergiev (August 9). The 2016/2017 season opera premieres at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be performed under the baton of Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang (Rigoletto, July 29) and Pavel Smelkov (Macbeth, August 10). Tatiana Serjan, Vladislav Sulimsky, and Mikhail Petrenko are scheduled to take part in the performances. One of the most sought after sopranos on the world opera stage – Albina Shagimuratova – will once again come to the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre for the Festival. The singer will perform as Donna Anna in the semi-staged performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni (August 3), present her solo programme (July 31), and take part in the gala concert marking the Navy Day (July 30). The Mozart cycle will continue with a semi-staged performance of the opera Le nozze di Figaro with the participation of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage soloists and the Primorsky Stage Orchestra under the baton of Nikolaj Znaider (August 6).

The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will open a series of performances at the Festival with the Stravinsky in Vladivostok concert (July 25). The Symphony Programme of the Festival includes the names of the leading European and Asian musicians: Daniel Lozakovitj, a 16-year-old Swedish virtuoso violinist (Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, August 6); Nobuyuki Tsujii, one of the leading Japanese pianists (Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, August 9); virtuoso pianists Sergei Babayan and Dmitri Levkovich; such talented young performers as Ming Xie (China), Ivan Bessonov (Russia), George Harliono (UK) (Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos Cycle, August 4 and August 5); Ziyu He (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, July 25), an 18-year-old virtuoso violinist, a rising star in China and a prize-winner at many European music competitions. The Primorsky Regional Philharmonic will see the performances of the violinists who have won prizes at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition – Clara Jumi Kang (Germany) with the Primorsky Stage Orchestra (July 27), while the Small Hall of the Primorsky Stage will see the performance of Yu-Chien Tseng (Taiwan) with a solo programme (August 2).

The performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps by the musicians of both the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Primorsky Stage Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will be the highlight of the Festival (August 6). The Chamber Ensemble of the Primorsky Stage under the direction of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, Concertmaster of the Munich Philharmonic, will perform at the Festival twice (July 20 and July 23). The concert venues for the II International Mariinsky Far East Festival also include the Primorsky Regional Philharmonic, Officers of the Pacific Fleet of Russia Club, the Ocean All-Russian Children Centre (August 3), the Small Hall and the Summer Stage of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, as well as Ussuriysk (August 4) and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (August 6).

The ballet playbill of the Festival features a major premiere of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre for the 2016/2017 season – Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty with choreography by Marius Petipa and the participation of guest soloists from Japan and the soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre (July 21 and July 22). The programme also includes Adolphe Adam’s ballet Giselle with the rising South Korean star Soo-Bin Lee (July 19) and guest soloists from China (August 12), Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (July 27 and July 28). The guest star of the Festival is The National Ballet of China. The Company is to give gala concert with the participation of their best performers (August 1 and August 2) at the Festival.

The II International Mariinsky Far East Festival will be distinguished by its colourful international programme. The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is scheduled to perform in Harbin (China) on August 7. The Primorsky Stage Ballet and Orchestra are set to present the ballet Le Corsaire staged by Eldar Aliev at the Harbin Grand Theatre (August 9 and August 10). The performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges by the soloists and the choir of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as a gala concert of the Mariinsky Theatre soloists, will take place in Pyeongchang (South Korea), the capital city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, on July 29 and July 30. The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will give a performance in Tongyeong (South Korea). Moreover, Valery Gergiev will also conduct the performances of the Pacific Music Festival Youth Orchestra (July 27 – August 1).

The Festival will conclude with Carl Orff’s scenic cantata Carmina Burana performed by the Primorsky Stage soloists, choir and orchestra under the direction of famous German conductor Justus Frantz (August 13).

Right after the end of the Festival, the Primorsky Stage Ballet will visit Saint Petersburg for the very first time. The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will see the artistes from Vladivostok present a ballet soirée to mark 135 years since the birth of Igor Stravinsky (George Balanchine’s Apollo and The Firebird choreographed by Eldar Aliev), as well as Adolphe Adam’s ballet Giselle with the choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa. The tour is scheduled to take place from August 15 to August 20.

A more detailed programme can be found at the following link: www.prim.mariinsky.ru

15.07.2017

The Mariinsky Orchestra is to perform under the baton of guest conductors from Germany, Spain, and Poland on July 13, July 16, and July 18

The Mariinsky Orchestra is to perform under the baton of guest conductors from Germany, Spain, and Poland on July 13, July 16, and July 18.

On July 13, at 19.00, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host a performance of one of the leading violinists of her generation – Alena Baeva and the Mariinsky Orchestra are to perform under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk, Polish conductor, Music and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic. The programme includes Antonín Dvořák’s symphonic poem The Water Goblin, Witold Lutosławski's Concerto for Orchestra, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major.

On July 16, at 20:00, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will welcome the first performance of the Latvian violinist Baiba Skride, who plays Ex Baron Feilitzsch Stradivarius violin (1734), and the Valencia-born conductor Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Under the baton of Gimeno, the Mariinsky Orchestra is to perform Suite No. 2 from Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Claude Debussy’s three symphonic sketches La mer, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major.

The July 13 and July 16 concerts will be broadcast live on the websites mariinsky.tv and mariinsky.fm

The July 18 performance of Carl Orff’s scenic cantata Carmina Burana at the Mariinsky II will be conducted by the famous Justus Frantz, a Grammy and Bambi award-winning German conductor. The vocal parts will be performed by Anna Denisova (soprano), Stanislav Leontiev (tenor), and Vladislav Sulimsky (baritone).

12.07.2017

The expert panel for the Atkins Young Artists Program (an international Mariinsky Theatre-based educational project) has announced the names of the six artists selected for its 2017-2018 Fellowship Program. The fellows were chosen from 114 applicants representing 13 countries on a competitive basis

The expert panel for the Atkins Young Artists Program (an international Mariinsky Theatre-based educational project) has announced the names of the six artists selected for its 2017-2018 Fellowship Program. The fellows were chosen from 114 applicants representing 13 countries on a competitive basis.

The Program's new fellows are as follows:
Angelina Akhmedova, soprano (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), is a graduate of the State Conservatory of the Republic of Uzbekistan and a soloist with the Alisher Navoi State Academic Grand Theatre;

Vladislav Kupriyanov, baritone (Samara, Russia), is a graduate of the Perm State University of Arts and Culture and a soloist with the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre;

Anna Muradyan, soprano (Saint Petersburg, Russia), is a graduate of the Gnessin State Musical School (College) and a student of the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory;

Ekaterina Sannikova, soprano (Saint Petersburg, Russia), is a graduate of the M. P. Mussorgsky Tver Musical College and a student of the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory;

Aigul Khismatullina, soprano (Vladivostok, Russia), is a graduate of the N. G. Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatory and a soloist of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre;

Anastasia Shchegoleva, soprano (Moscow, Russia), is a graduate of the Maimonides State Classical Academy.

Live auditions for the Atkins Young Artists Program fellowship candidates took place at the Mariinsky Theatre from June 24 to June 26. The expert panel included Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Veronica Atkins, Founder of the Atkins Young Artists Program, and Sarah Billinghurst Solomon, opera house administrator, artist manager and former Assistant General Manager for Artistic Affairs at the Metropolitan Opera. The final auditions were attended by the members of the Atkins Young Artists Program Artistic Advisory Board (Eva Wagner-Pasquier, opera manager and consultant of the Bayreuth Festival; Diane Zola, Director of Artistic Administration at Houston Grand Opera), as well as by the leading vocal trainers and coaches (Olga Kondina, People's Artist of Russia, a soloist with the Mariinsky Opera; Peter McClintock, opera director at the Metropolitan Opera; Craig Rutenberg, pianist, concertmaster, trainer, and répétiteur, former Director of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera).

The Atkins Young Artists Program is an international educational project, established in 2015 under the patronage of Valery Gergiev. The program's goal is to support young opera singers at the start of their professional career. The program fellows will have a unique opportunity to perfect their vocal and performing skills under the direction of eminent teachers and concertmasters, to study abroad, to give solo concerts in Russia and beyond, to work with theatre administrators, managers, PR agencies, to collaborate with the leading opera companies, and to take part in the Mariinsky Theatre productions.

Detailed information about the project and the Fellowship Program winners, as well as audition archives can be found as the following link: http://www.atkinsyoungartists.org/home.html

The project is graciously sponsored by Veronica Atkins (the United States).

12.07.2017

On July 8, Mr. Toshihiko Takahashi, a long-time sponsor of the Mariinsky Ballet premieres, awarded the 6th round of scholarships to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet graduates who have joined the Mariinsky Theatre’s company

On July 8, Mr. Toshihiko Takahashi, a long-time sponsor of the Mariinsky Ballet premieres, awarded the 6th round of scholarships to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet graduates who have joined the Mariinsky Theatre’s company.

Scholarship Recipients list:
Korshunova Alexandra,
Borodulina Vlada,
Mazzi Camilla,
Stenyushkin Ruslan,
Lagunenko Alexei,
Osminkin Sergei,
Zenin Maxim.

06.07.2017

The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is scheduled to perform at the XXVI International Mikkeli Music Festival (Finland) from July 6 to July 9. Valery Gergiev is the festival’s artistic director. This year the festival’s programme is dedicated to three composers – Jean Sibelius, Rodion Shchedrin, and Igor Stravinsky. Igor Stravinsky’s composition for orchestra Funeral Song is to be performed in Finland for the first time at the festival

The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is scheduled to perform at the XXVI International Mikkeli Music Festival (Finland) from July 6 to July 9. Valery Gergiev is the festival’s artistic director. This year the festival’s programme is dedicated to three composers – Jean Sibelius, Rodion Shchedrin, and Igor Stravinsky. Igor Stravinsky’s composition for orchestra Funeral Song is to be performed in Finland for the first time at the festival.

The first evening will see the Mariinsky Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev perform Jean Sibelius’ symphonic poem Finlandia, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring a solo from Philipp Kopachevsky at the Martti Talvela Hall.

On July 7, the Mikkeli Cathedral, with a capacity of 1200 seats, will see the performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s Tanya-Katya romance in the folk style for female singer and orchestra, Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The soloists: Pelageya Kurennaya (soprano) and Olga Volkova (violin).

On July 8, the concert at the Martti Talvela Hall will be dedicated to the memory of Seppo Heikinheimo, a Finnish musicologist, writer, and music journalist. The programme includes Johann Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, Jean Sibelius’ Valse triste, The Firebird ballet music, and the Finnish premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Funeral Song. The soloist – Alexei Lubimov (piano).

The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is to present its programme dedicated to Jean Sibelius and Rodion Shchedrin at the closing concert of the festival on July 9. Denis Matsuev is set to take part in the performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, while the Mariinsky Orchestra soloists Yuri Afonkin (viola) and Sofia Kiprskaya (harp) will perform the solo parts in Rodion Shchedrin’s Concerto Dolce for viola, string orchestra, and harp. The programme also includes Jean Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen Suite (Four Legends from the Kalevala).

The festival’s chamber programme features lectures and chamber concerts. On July 5, the Mariinsky Theatre Grand Brass Ensemble is to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Gran Partita Serenade No. 10 for winds at the Hirvensalmi Church. The performance will be conducted by Ivan Stolbov. The musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra are to perform at the Mikkeli Chamber Hall the next day, namely Olga Volkova (violin), Anton Kozmin (violin), Sofia Kiprskaya (harp), Yuri Afonkin (viola), Vladimir Yunovich (cello), Demian Gorodnichin (double bass), Nikolai Mokhov (flute), and Ivan Stolbov (clarinet). The same venue will host a lecture by Eero Tarasti, professor at the University of Helsinki. The festival’s lecture programme also include a workshop dedicated to the works of Seppo Heikinheimo (July 8, 12:00, Mikkeli City Library). All the lectures are free of charge.

Apart from the main programme at the concert halls, this year the festival is going to broaden its horizons. Public concerts featuring performances by Finnish musician Iiro Rantala will take place at several shopping malls of Mikkeli, while Martti Rousi and the Sibelius Academy Cello Ensemble are set to perform at the South Savo Vocational College Esedu.

The festival’s chamber programme will conclude with a solo concert of Pelageya Kurennaya (soprano). The piano part will be performed by Martina Viitasalo.

The festival also includes a sporting event, which has become the festival’s tradition – a football game between the teams of Mikkeli and the Mariinsky Theatre is scheduled for July 7 at 12:00 at the Urheilupuisto Stadium which holds 4000 people. Entry to the football game is free of charge.

04.07.2017

Nikolai Okhotnikov, People's Artist of the USSR, is celebrating his 80th anniversary on July 5. The performance of Prince Igor on July 7 will be given in honour of the eminent teacher and singer

Nikolai Okhotnikov, People's Artist of the USSR, is celebrating his 80th anniversary on July 5. The performance of Prince Igor on July 7 will be given in honour of the eminent teacher and singer.

Nikolai Okhotnikov does not need an introduction. For modern theatre-goes and vocalists alike, he is both a role model and a symbol of an epoch. Okhotnikov devoted the greater part of his singing career, more than thirty years, to the Kirov Theatre, whose company he was invited to join in 1971. It was at the Kirov Theatre where he performed his best roles, gained recognition and conquered the hearts of theatre-goers. Today his students – Alexander Morozov, Vladimir Feliauer, Yuri Vlasov, Vitaly Yankovsky – sing on the very same stage.
Okhotnikov’s flexible and nuanced basso cantante can be heard on the recording of the Temirkanov era legendary productions – War and Peace and Eugene Onegin. However, his repertoire does not boil down to the exemplary performances as Kutuzov and Gremin (Okhotnikov along with his fellow-performers received a State Prize for the latter role). Okhotnikov’s noble and restrained manner of singing, whose soulful character is manifested through intoning, can be explained by his chamber singing training, which he had undergone before becoming an operatic singer. He was first a soloist with Lenkonsert, then he joined the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre. At the Maly Theatre, he sang as Old Convict in Katerina Izmailova, Miller in Rusalka, King René in Iolanta, and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. At the Kirov Theatre, the singer made his debut as Sobakin in The Tsar’s Bride. Okhotnikov’s signature parts include King Heinrich der Vogler in Lohengrin and Philip II in Don Carlo. However, the singer’s artistic and vocal talent was best showcased through his roles in Russian operas. Susanin, Dosifey, Pimen and Boris Godunov, Konchak, Tokmakov, Kochubey, Prince Yuri Vsevolodovich, Svetozar. A remarkable performer of chamber music pieces, Okhotnikov took part in the recording of a Russian art songs anthology, for which he sang all of Rimsky-Korsakov’s art songs for low voice. He has also chaired the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition. The singer’s voice can also be heard on the recordings of Russian operas made in the 1990s with Valery Gergiev: Khovanshchina, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and War and Peace. Nikolai Okhotnikov, now retired from the stage, is still teaching. As of now, he is a Professor of the Saint Petersburg Conservatoire, where he shares his vast experience with young generations of vocalists.

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