On 2 December at 22.00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will present the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral piece Funeral Song. This concert opens the Year of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, the one hundred and thirty-fifth anniversary of whose birth will be celebrated next year. The concert will be broadcast live on the TV stations Mezzo and Mezzo live HD (available through Tricolor TV), as well as on the sites medici.tv and mariinsky.tv.
On 2 December at 22.00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will present the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral piece Funeral Song. This concert opens the Year of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, the one hundred and thirty-fifth anniversary of whose birth will be celebrated next year.
Igor Stravinsky's Funeral Song is being presented on a major stage for the first time more than one hundred years since its first and only performance on 17 (30) January 1909 at the Great Hall of the St Petersburg Conservatoire as part of the programme of the first Russian Symphony Concert which was dedicated to the memory of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (conducted by Felix Blumenfeld). It had been considered that the manuscript of the score, written by the composer on the death of his teacher Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, vanished in Russia during the Revolution. Since then in all Russian and international catalogues the title Funeral Song was accompanied by the remark "unpublished, lost".
In the spring of 2015, when moving from the historic building which closed for repairs, in the Sheet Music Library of the St Petersburg State Conservatoire a previously inaccessible store of old sheet music was discovered, officially due to be destroyed. Among other manuscript materials a set of the orchestral voices for Igor Stravinsky's symphonic piece Funeral Song was found. Based on the surviving set for fifty-eight orchestral parts, a group of experts from the St Petersburg Conservatoire under Pro-Rector for Research Work Natalia Alexandrovna Braginskaya, the score of the symphonic piece was reconstructed.
Funeral Song was composed by Igor Stravinsky for full symphony orchestra with so-called triple cast. It is one hundred and six bars of music in a slow tempo (Largo assai) lasting approximately eleven minuted.
The programme of the concert on 2 December also includes music from the ballet The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky and the Symphonic Suite from the opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert is being held as part of the V St Petersburg International Culture Forum.
The concert will be broadcast live on the TV stations Mezzo and Mezzo live HD (available through Tricolor TV), as well as on the sites medici.tv and mariinsky.tv.
On 1 December at 22.00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will bring the Year of Prokofiev to a close. That evening the TV channel RT will produce the theatre's first ever live broadcast of a concert in panorama format. The broadcast will be available on all RT channels on YouTube and via the RT360 App.
In 2016 the Mariinsky Theatre has been marking one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev. The composer's anniversary has been celebrated with theatre premieres and new projects, festivals, tours, children's and charitable events, releases on the Mariinsky label, special printed editions and exhibitions.
Tours by the Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev has dedicated every 2016 tour project to the music of Prokofiev, covering over thirty-five cities in Russia from Sochi to Murmansk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, as well as nineteen countries in Europe, the Asia-Pacific Region and North and South America from Chile and Cuba to the USA and Japan. Sergei Prokofiev's music has been performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in Italy, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Finland, the USA, Chile, Mexico, Cuba, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The series of events saw the participation of soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet, Chorus and Stradivarius Ensemble as well as internationally renowned pianists Denis Matsuev, Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan, Alexander Toradze, Alexei Volodin, Boris Berezovsky, Vadym Kholodenko, Sergei Redkin, George Li and Alexander Malofeev, violinists Leonidas Kavakos, Kristóf Baráti, Daniel Lozakovich and Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellists Alexander Ramm, Jonathan Roseman and Ivan Karizna.
Culminatory events of the Year of Prokofiev include performances of the opera Betrothal in a Monastery staged by Vladislav Pazi as part of the I International Festival Mariinsky in Vladivostok, the opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky at the new Grand Theatre in Harbin (China), the ballet Romeo and Juliet featuring Diana Vishneva as part of the Mariinsky in Shanghai festival at the Grand Theatre of Shanghai (China), performances of the symphonic tale for children Peter and the Wolf with acclaimed actors as the Narrator in Russia's regions from Vladikavkaz to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk as well as in Chile, China, Japan, Great Britain, Italy, France, Luxembourg and Germany, Prokofiev piano marathons in New York, Munich Rotterdam and Paris and performances of every symphony by Prokofiev in London at the Cadogan Hall and in Munich as part of Valery Gergiev's new festival 360 Degrees.
One key event beyond the stage space of the Mariinsky Theatre was an appearance by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on Palace Square in St Petersburg on 17 June, where to the accompaniment of scenes from films directed by Sergei Eisenstein there was a performance of the cantata Alexander Nevsky and the oratorio Ivan the Terrible. The concert featured performers of the Mariinsky Opera Yekaterina Sergeyeva (mezzo-soprano), Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano) and Mikhail Petrenko (bass). The role of the Narrator was performed by Alexei Petrenko, People's Artist of Russia.
Sergei Prokofiev's birthday
The culmination of the Year of Prokofiev came with events around the composer's birthday. On 23 April the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev appeared in Russia's two capitals: in the morning at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and in the evening at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. On 23 April Sergei Prokofiev's music was performed at all Mariinsky Theatre stage venues: the Prokofiev Marathon of miano music at the Concert Hall, a music hour in the Stravinsky Foyer, a screening of Anna Matison's documentary film Prokofiev: On the Way at the Shchedrin Hall, the ballet Cinderella at the Mariinsky Theatre and broadcasts of films by Sergei Eisenstein, the music for which was composed by Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible at the Mariinsky II. The series of celebratory concerts then continued at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. Between 23 and 25 April events at the Mariinsky Theatre saw the participation of the outstanding contemporary musicians Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano), Denis Matsuev (piano), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Sergei Babayan (piano), Sergei Redkin (piano), Kristóf Baráti (violin), Alexander Ramm (cello), Alexei Melnikov (piano), Andrei Korobeinikov (piano), Olga Borodina (mezzo-soprano), Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano) and Mikhail Petrenko (bass).
Mariinsky Theatre premieres in St Petersburg and Vladivostok
Today the Mariinsky Theatre's repertoire includes almost all of the composer's operas, among them the opera The Giant, composed by Sergei Prokofiev when he was aged nine, and the unfinished Maddalena. Last season the ballet repertoire saw the addition of new works – 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 first ballet premiere of the current season will also mark the anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev's birth – on 6 December The Stone Flower by legendary choreographer Yuri Grigorovich will return to the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
The one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev's birth saw projects at the Primorsky Stage of the mariinsky Theatre. In February there came the Far East premiere of the opera The Love for Three Oranges staged by French director Alain Maratrat. The First International Festival Mariinsky in Vladivostok, which ran at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre from 30 July to 10 August, opened with a premiere of the opera Betrothal in a Monastery and also marked one hundred and twenty-five years since the composer's birth. The children's playbill of the Primorsky Stage was adorned with the children's symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf performed by Konstantin Khabensky as the Narrator and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.
Prokofiev for children: The Giant and the symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf with guest stars!
The Mariinsky Theatre devotes particular attention to the development of children's programmes and developing young audiences. The Mariinsky for Children project saw the premiere last season at the Prokofiev Hall of the opera The Giant – the first opera by Sergei Prokofiev. Since early 2016 the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre has hosted a special project initiated by Valery Gergiev – Sergei Prokofiev's symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf, in which the role of the Narrator has been performed by famous performers of stage and screen including Yevgeny Mironov, Konstantin Khabensky, Veniamin Smekhov, Mikhail Porechenkov, Mikhail Trukhin, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Xenia Rappoport, Anton Shagin, Sergei Garmash and Sergei Bezrukov. Konstantin Khabensky has also appeared in Kemerovo and Vladivostok, while Valery Gergiev himself has appeared in Oryol, Vladikavkaz and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Peter and the Wolf has been performed to great acclaim abroad during tours by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre, featuring film and theatre stars of the country where theperformances have taken place. This series, much loved by young Mariinsky Theatre audiences, will conclude in December – the role of the Narrator will be performed by children chosen in line with the results of a special selection process.
The Mariinsky label
To mark the Sergei Prokofiev anniversary in 2016 the Mariinsky label produced two releases: the opera Semyon Kotko in DVD and Blu-ray formats and a new symphony album with recordings of the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies as well as the Fourth and Fifth Piano Concerti performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev with the soloists Alexei Volodin and Sergei Babayan. Previously the Mariinsky label has released the opera The Gambler and the ballets Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella on DVD, as well as the Fifth Symphony and Third Piano Concerto (soloist – Denis Matsuev) in SACD format.
On 27 November for the first time at the Concert Hall soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva will present Mikhail Kollontai's opera The Captain's Daughter after the tale by Alexander Pushkin (concert performance)
On 27 November for the first time at the Concert Hall soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva will present Mikhail Kollontai's opera The Captain's Daughter after the tale by Alexander Pushkin (concert performance). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Zaurbek Gugkaev.
The Captain's Daughter is the one and only operatic work by Mikhail Kollontai; it was commissioned by the Bolshoi Theatre to mark two centuries since the birth of Alexander Pushkin, but a Moscow production never took place. The composer, who also took on the role of the librettist, describes the genre of his work as a "mystically realistic comedy, or even a satire", and stresses that the tale was signifigantly rethought, and the "relationships between the characters are very altered and not at all so synonymous as with the classic author." In the libretto Pushkin's original text is interspersed with the poet's verse in Russian and French, folk songs, and in the epilogue there is the anthem Let the Thunder of Victory Sound! , while the "subversive paper" and Pugachov's aria are based on actual edicts of the pretender.
Mikhail Kollontain came in person to St Petersburg to attend rehearsals and the premiere of his work at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.
The opera The Captain's Daughter forms part of the subscription Pushkin. At the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II there will also be performances of the operas Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka (11 February) and Boris Godunov by Modest Musorgsky (14 March) and the ballets The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Boris Asafiev (29 January) and The Bronze Horseman by Reinhold Glière (15 May).
From 30 November to 4 December the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting a series of significant events under the aegis of the V St Petersburg International Cultural Forum – the closing concert of the Year of Prokofiev, the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral opus Funeral Song and the opening concert of the Year of Stravinsky, premieres of past seasons as well as the current one and recitals by renowned pianists
From 30 November to 4 December the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting a series of significant events under the aegis of the V St Petersburg International Cultural Forum – the closing concert of the Year of Prokofiev, the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral opus Funeral Song and the opening concert of the Year of Stravinsky, premieres of past seasons as well as the current one and recitals by renowned pianists.
On 30 November at the historic Mariinsky Theatre at 19.00, on the eve of the opening of the Cultural Forum, there will be a premiere of Sergei Banevich's opera The Story of Kai and Gerda staged by Alexei Stepanyuk. The roles are being rehearsed by soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers under the direction of Larisa Gergieva. Zaurbek Gugkaev will be conducting.
On 1 December at the Mariinsky II at 19.00 there will be a recital by Denis Matsuev. The pianist will perform the twelve character tableaux The Seasons and Méditation from eighteen pieces by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sonata No. 31 in A flat major by Ludwig van Beethoven and Sonata No. 7 in B flat major by Sergei Prokofiev.
That same evening, Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will sum up the results of the Year of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of whose birth has been commemorated through projects of the Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev in the Russian regions from Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Yakutsk to Vladikavkaz and Murmansk as well as throughout the world, from Chile and Cuba to the USA and Japan (Concert Hall, 22.00).
On 2 December there will be a concert marking the start of the Year of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky – the one hundred and thirty-fifth anniversary of the composer's birth will be broadly celebrated next year. The Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev will present the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral piece Funeral Song, which was written by the composer in 1908 following the death of his teacher Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov. The programme for the evening combines works by Igor Stravinsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – including music from the ballet The Firebird and the Symphonic Suite from the opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (Concert Hall, 22.00).
On 3 December, the final day of the V St Petersburg International Cultural Forum, there will be a performance of one of last season's premieres – the opera The Idiot by Mieczysław Weinberg (Concert Hall, 18.00). The lead roles will be performed by soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers Ilya Selivanov (Prince Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin), Maria Bayankina (Nastasia Filippovna), Yuri Vlasov (Parfyon Rogozhin), Dmitry Koleushko (Lebedev), Yaroslav Petryanik (Afanasy Ivanovich Totsky), Oleg Sychov (Ivan Fyodorovich Yepanchin) and Elena Vitman (Yelizaveta Prokofievna Yepanchina). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Christian Knapp.
On 4 December the series of events under the aegis of the V St Petersburg International Cultural Forum will come to a close with a recital by the outstanding American pianist Daniel Pollack, who will perform works by Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Gian Carlo Menotti and Sergei Prokofiev (Concert Hall, 19.00), as well as Rodion Shchedrin's opera-féerie A Christmas Tale, which was premiered last season, under the baton of Valery Gergiev (Mariinsky II, 19.30).
The V St Petersburg International Cultural Forum runs from 1 to 3 December. The Forum is being organised by the Government of the Russian Federation and the St Petersburg City Government with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
On 30 November at the historic Mariinsky Theatre soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergiev will present a premiere of Sergei Banevich's opera The Story of Kai and Gerda
On 30 November at the historic Mariinsky Theatre soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergiev will present a premiere of Sergei Banevich's opera The Story of Kai and Gerda. Zaurbek Gugkaev will be conducting. Working on the production are Stage Director Alexei Stepanyuk, Production and Costume Designer Elena Orlova, Lighting Designer Yevgeny Ganzburg, Video Designer Viktoria Zlotnikova and Production Choreographer Ilya Ustyantsev.
The Story of Kai and Gerda based on motifs of a tale by Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most famous and visually successful operas by Sergei Banevich. The world premiere of the work took place at the Kirov Theatre (now the Mariinsky) on 24 December 1980. At the time, Yuri Alexandrov's production suited the tastes of St Petersburg audiences, and for more than two decades The Story of Kai and Gerda proved to be a great success at the theatre. The opera has also been staged in Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Minsk, Kiev, Vladikavkaz and Pskov, and since 2009 it has been performed at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre and, since 2014, at the Bolshoi Theatre.
The musical material of the opera The Story of Kai and Gerda has been subjected to several amendments and today it returns to the Mariinsky Theatre in a revived version. Sergei Banevich considers that the development of society as a whole and theatre audiences in particular should be reflected in the music and production decisions. "Today parents place the accent differently on the tale about the monstrous mirror which shatters into thousands of pieces and threatens the children. When thinking about Kai, I also think about those teenagers today, with shards of 'the mirror of evil' in their hearts, whodo not know what love is, who do not know the value of life, who are ruthless and merciless. What a chasm between the parents and such a child! And the selfsacrificing love of such a loving person as Gerda is required in order for the teenager to find himself," the composer has said.
Production Director Alexei Stepanyuk recalls how, when first starting rehearsals of the opera, "First of all, I said to the performers before the first rehearsal, you have to read Andersen's story very carefully. And to be able, like he, having become an adult to see – as if for the first time – the things that children see, to see the magical in the everyday."
On 24 November at the Musorgsky Hall (Mariinsky II) there will be an appearance by TONALi competition prize-winner Mayumi Kanagawa (vioin). The programme includes works by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Alfred Schnittke, Sergei Prokofiev, Johann Sebastian Bach and Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst. This concert opens the subscription Sounds of Change – TONALi Music Hour
On 24 November at the Musorgsky Hall (Mariinsky II) there will be an appearance by TONALi competition prize-winner Mayumi Kanagawa (vioin). The programme includes works by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Alfred Schnittke, Sergei Prokofiev, Johann Sebastian Bach and Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst. This concert opens the subscription Sounds of Change – TONALi Music Hour.
Recipient of the 1st prizes at the Jascha Heifetz International Violin Competition in Vilnius and at the Irving Klein International Youth Competition in San Francisco, Mayumi Kanagawa is a student at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin (class of Kolja Blacher). Performs a violin crafted by Pietro Guarnieri (Mantua, late 17th century), presented by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
The series of concerts by prize-winners of the TONALi competition over the 2016-17 season at the Musorgsky Hall also features cellist Christoph Heesch (15 December) and pianist Elisabeth Brauss and cellist Friedrich Thiele (26 January) as well as, at the Prokofiev Hall, pianist Hanni Liang (23 February).
Collaboration between the Mariinsky Theatre and the German cultural and educational project TONALi began several years ago. In the 2015-16 season in addition to a series of concerts in the chamber halls of the Mariinsky-II there came the project Sounds of Change, which combined performances by musicians of the next generation with work to attract younger audiences to concert halls. As part of the subscription Sounds of Change – TONALi Music Hour performers not only demonstrate their brilliant understanding of their instruments but also engage with the audience. In addition to concerts at the Mariinsky Theatre, the musicians will appear at schools in St Petersburg where their performances are being organised and run by Year 6 – 10 pupils (one group for each soloist). In advance, young "arts managers" will receive the necessary basic skills at a seminar at the Mariinsky Theatre.
From 13 to 17 December in the chamber halls of the Mariinsky-II and at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the Virtuosi of the Flute festival will be held for the first time. The programme includes flute music from different eras and styles, ranging from the baroque to contemporary works, master-classes and a Gala Concert.
On 13 December the festival opens with a Bach Marathon (Prokofiev Hall, 19:00). Following one after another, six flautists – Nikolai Mokhov, Tatiana Khvatova, Sofia Viland, Alexander Ozeritsky, Anastasia Kaneyeva and Maria Fedotova – will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Sonatas for Flute and Keyboard. The programme also includes the Partita for Solo Flute in A minor.
At the matinee concert on 14 December as part of the project Open Wednesday at the Mariinsky the Mariinsky Flute Ensemble will perform works by Anatoly Lyadov, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gary Schocker and Alexei Pozin (Stravinsky Foyer, 14:00).
The same day, in the Prokofiev Hall there will be a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Four Quartets for Flute and String Trio (14 December, 19:00). Together with flautists Tatiana Khvatova, Sofia Viland, Alexander Marinesku and Anastasia Kaneyeva there will be appearances by musicians from the Mariinsky Orchestra's violin, viola and cello sections.
On 15 December the Prokofiev Hall will host the concert Flautist Composers – Soloists of the Imperial Mariinsky Orchestra, which is to include works by Heinrich Soussmann, Ernesto Köhler and Vladimir Tsybin (19:00). On 15 and 16 December during the Virtuosi of the Flute festival there will be open master-classes with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra soloist Denis Bouriakov for students, pupils and teachers from music education institutions (Prokofiev Hall, from 12:00 to 17:00).
One of the concerts, unique in terms of repertoire and instrumental structure, will be dedicated to compositions for piccolo flute (16 December, Prokofiev Hall, 19:00). The programme includes works by Paul Agricole Génin, Giulio Briccialdi, Henri Kling, Alexei Pozin, Charles Dancla, Sergei Vasilenko, Antonio Vivaldi and Pierre Max Dubois. The concert will be accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra featuring musicians of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Honoured Ensemble of Russia.
On 17 December the festival concludes with a Gala Concert at the Concert Hall featuring Mariinsky Theatre flautists Tatiana Khvatova, Sofia Viland, Alexander Marinesku, Maria Fedotova, Denis Lupachev, Nikolai Mokhov and guest soloist Denis Bouriakov (20:00). There will be performances of flute concerti by Ernesto Köhler, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and arrangements for flute of works by Antonio Vivaldi and Jean Sibelius. The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Ivan Stolbov.
On 23 November at the Concert Hall soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers will present Eduard Nápravník’s opera Dubrovsky (concert performance), marking one century since the death of the outstanding conductor and composer. Conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra will be Vladislav Karklin.
Eduard Nápravník, who was Principal Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre for almost half a century (from 1869 to 1916) staged not only world premieres of works by other composers there but his own as well. He composed over two hundred works in major and small forms including four operas, the most successful of which was the opera Dubrovsky. The premiere took place at the Mariinsky Theatre on 3 January 1895 and featured the company’s leading soloists Nikolai and Medea Figner and Fyodor Stravinsky. The libretto after the eponymous tale by Alexander Pushkin, which differs from the literary source significantly only in the finale, was written by Modest Tchaikovsky. The opera, immensely popular with the public, entered the repertoires of many Russian theatres in addition to being staged in Bohemia and Germany. With time, however, Eduard Nápravník’s works – performed frequently during the composer’s lifetime – all but vanished from the stage.
For several seasons now the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva has been working on restoring rarely performed and even forgotten scores to the repertoire. Dubrovsky opens the vocal series School Classics, as part of which there will be performances of the operas The Stone Guest by Alexander Dargomyzhsky (19 December) and The Captain’s Daughter by Mikhail Kollontai (22 January), as well as the world premiere of Boris Grabovsky’s work Woe from Wit (21 March).
On 19 November at the historic Mariinsky Theatre there will be a gala concert of the IV international festival of modern choreography Context. Diana Vishneva
On 19 November at the historic Mariinsky Theatre there will be a gala concert of the IV international festival of modern choreography Context. Diana Vishneva. This year, for the first time, the festival will take place in two cities: the main programme will take place in Moscow, and the final evening will take place in St Petersburg. At the gala concert the festival'sguest companies will present the Russian premieres of works by leading international choreographers.
The Dutch company Introdans, performing in St Petersburg for the first time, will present productions by headliners of contemporary European ballet – In Memoriam by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Cantata by Mauro Bigonzetti. The National Ballet School of Canada's youth division will present Aszure Barton's Come in, created in 2006 for Mikhail Baryshnikov. The American company Alonzo King LINES Ballet has selected Double Violin Concerto to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. One key event of the evening will be the miniature AXE by Swedish choreographer Mats Ek. This will be performed by the choreographer's wife and muse Ana Laguna together with Ivan Autseli. The event is even more notable for the fact that the choreographer recently announced his retirement. The final piece in the gala concert will be a performance by Diana Vishneva in a premiere for her of Ohad Naharin's ballet B/olero, which she will dance with Aurélie Dupont, a former étoile and current Artistic Director of the Ballet of the Opéra de Paris.
The programme of the IV Context. Diana Vishneva festival, which runs in Moscow and St Petersburg from 14 to 19 November, includes performances by dance companies from The Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada and the USA, a young choreographers' competition, artistic meetings, master-classes and film screenings.
19 – 30 December
– the Mariinsky II, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and Chamber Halls of the Mariinsky II
– 25 concert programmes
– over thirty participants
19 – 30 December
– the Mariinsky II, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and Chamber Halls of the Mariinsky II
– 25 concert programmes
– over thirty participants
On the eve of the XI International Piano Festival, at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a recital by Sergei Babayan (18 December, 19.00). The programme includes works by Franz Liszt, Vladimir Ryabov, Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin and Jean-Philippe Rameau.
The opening of the XI International Piano Festival will take place at the Mariinsky II (19 December, 20.00). Accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev there will be performances by Serbian co-founder of the festival pianist Mira Jevtić, French pianist Jean-Baptiste Fonlupt, recipient of the gold medal at the International Piano Competition in Cincinnati Anastasia Volchok and young pianist Abisal Gergiev.
On the first evening of the new festival series The Composer and the Pianist Jean-Baptiste Fonlupt will be appearing again in recital at the Prokofiev Hall (20 December, 18.00). During the project it will also be possible to hear the young Uzbek pianist Nuron Mukumi with a programme of works by Frédéric Chopin (22 December, 18.00), as well as one of the most outstanding Serbian pianists of his generation – Vladimir Milošević, who will be performing two rondos and sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (28 December, 18.00).
The project Children for Children has also been developed – for the second season, during the festival at the Prokofiev Hall young pianists will be performing for their contemporaries. This year prize-winners and diploma-recipients of the Grand Piano Competition and participants and prize-winners of the Nutcracker international TV competition will be showing their talents: Tuna Bilgin, Ivan Bessonov, Arseny Gusev, Ilya Papoyan, Yekaterina Grabova and Angel Van (20, 21, 22, 23 and 27 December, 16.00). The concerts at the chamber venues of the Mariinsky II also include appearances by the young pianist Anna Denisova with a programme of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin (Stravinsky Foyer, 23 December, 18.00).
In line with tradition, the festival will include the class of an outstanding piano professor. On this occasion residents of St Petersburg will hear students of Professor Tatiana Zelikman of the Russian Gnessins Academy of Music – at the Concert Hall Konstantin Shamrai, Roman Martynov, Frédéric D'Oria-Nicolas and Alexander Kudryavtsev will be performing all of Alexander Scriabin's piano sonatas (24 December, 18.00).
Performing recitals at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be prize-winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Lucas Debargue (20 December, 20.00), Boris Petrushansky (21 December, 18.00), Pavel Raikerus (27 December, 18.00) and Vladimir Tropp (27 December, 21.00).
At the festival there will be two appearances by virtuoso Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho. A prize-winner at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation, he will be appearing in recital (Concert Hall, 25 December, 20.00) and together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev (Concert Hall, 26 December, 19.00).
At the festival there will be three performances by Daniil Trifonov, winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. At the Concert Hall with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev the musician will perform all of Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano concerti: the First and Fourth (22 December, 20.00), Second Concerto and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (23 December, 20.00) and the Third Concerto and Symphonic Dances (25 December, 13.00).
Another vivid festival event will be an appearance by prize-winners of the Sydney International Piano Competition with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev (Concert Hall, 25 December, 16.00). It will also be possible to hear the winners of the competition's first three prizes Andrei Gugnin, Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev and Moye Chen in a programme of piano concerti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Concert Hall, 21 December, 21.00).
Returning to St Petersburg will be virtuoso pianists from The Netherlands, the brothers Arthus and Lucas Jussen, who made their presence felt at the XXIV Stars of the White Nights music festival. In addition to works by Francis Poulenc, Frédéric Chopin and Nikolai Kapustin, the musicians will perform the ballade El amor y la muerte from the second book of pieces entitled Goyescas by Enrique Granados and music from the ballet Le Sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky arranged for piano for four hands (Concert Hall, 28 December, 18.00).
On 30 December the festival comes to a close with an appearance at the Concert Hall by renowned pianists Nicholas Angelich and Sergei Babayan together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev (20.00).
The International Piano Festival was founded by Valery Gergiev and Mira Jevtić in 2011.