- A tour by the Mariinsky Ballet to Taiwan and South Korea, 31 October – 13 November
- Concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev at the St Petersburg Conservatoire on 3 November
- Concerts by the Mariinsky Orchestra in Seoul, 4 – 7 November
- Final performances of the musical My fair lady, 9 – 11 November
- A tour by the Mariinsky Orchestra to Japan, 8 – 18 November
- The Borodin Quartet. First concert series performance, 11 November
A tour by the Mariinsky Ballet to Taiwan and South Korea, 31 October – 13 November
The Mariinsky Ballet is setting out on a tour of Taiwan and Korea. The Mercedes-Benz Classical Arts Festival 2012 is being held at the National Theatre in Taipei. During the first part of the festival, on 31 October and 1 and 2 November there will be performances of Swan Lake featuring Yekaterina Kondaurova, Oxana Skorik, Danila Korsuntsev, Vladimir Shklyarov and Timur Askerov in the lead roles. On 3 and 4 November the theatre will play host to three performances of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Vasily Vainonen and designed by Simon Virsaladze. The lead roles will be performed by Yekaterina Osmolkina and Alexander Sergeyev (3 and 4 November, matinees) and Olesya Novikova and Vladimir Shklyarov (4 November, evening).
The Mariinsky Ballet then leaves for Tainan, where at the Municipal Cultural Center and Performing Arts Hall on 6 and 7 November there will be two performances of the ballet Swan Lake with Yekaterina Kondaurova and Danila Korsuntsev and Oxana Skorik and Timur Askerov in the lead roles.
Subsequently the Ballet Company will give several performances of Swan Lake in the South Korean capital of Seoul at the Sejong Center starring Oxana Skorik and Vladimir Shklyarov, Ulyana Lopatkina and Danila Korsuntsev and Olesya Novikova and Kim Kimin, a Mariinsky Ballet trainee who will be making his debut as Prince Siegfried. In an interview with the newspaper The Korea Times the dancer admitted that he was “worried about dancing one of my favourite roles with this legendary Russian company in my native country. It is a tremendous responsibility and I will do everything possible to dance as well as I can.” The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Pavel Bubelnikov.
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
The organ concert series continues at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Thomas Trotter, a leading British organist who has already appeared at the Concert Hall, will now be performing a programme featuring, in addition to organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach, works by 16th-21st century British composers including John Bull, Charles Stanford, Herbert Howells, Michael Nyman and William Watson as well as Paul Hindemith’s Organ Sonata. The Mariinsky Theatre will be broadcasting this concert online; the broadcast begins at 19:00 on mariinsky.tv and mariinsky.fm.
2 and 3 November
Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet with choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky. On 2 November Igor Kolb will be Yevgenia Obraztsova’s partner, the roles of Tybalt and Mercutio to be danced by Ilya Kuznetsov and Alexei Nedviga respectively. On 3 November the title roles will be performed by Anastasia Kolegova and Yevgeny Ivanchenko with Yuri Smekalov as Tybalt and Maxim Zyuzin as Mercutio.
Glazunov Small Hall of the St Petersburg Conservatoire
XII Festival International Conservatoire Week
Marking one hundred and fifty years since the foundation of the St Petersburg Conservatoire
Presentation of a diploma and the cloak of Honorary Professor of the St Petersburg Conservatoire to maestro Valery Gergiev and dedication concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera Mazepa. Yekaterina Goncharova, a highly promising young singer who is gradually taking on lead roles in the Mariinsky Theatre repertoire, will be making her debut as Maria.
Recital by Mariinsky Opera soloist Vasily Gerello together with the renowned St Petersburg Terem Quartet ensemble, longstanding friends and colleagues of the singer. One of the ensemble’s unique qualities is its element of improvisation at each and every concert, its ability to live through music and to incite experimentation, giving the musicians a sense of spontaneous composition at each concert.
The Eternal Spring concert programme includes Russian, Ukrainian and Italian songs, popular classical music and film music arranged by the ensemble’s musicians.
A tour by the Mariinsky Orchestra to Seoul, South Korea, 6 – 7 November
Following its tour to the USA, the Mariinsky Orchestra is embarking on a major tour of the Far East. At the Seoul Arts Center on 6 November there will be a performance of Anatoly Lyadov’s symphonic tableau Baba Yaga, Dmitry Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto and First Symphony and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony. The programme for the next day includes Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony and Piano Concerto No 1. The solos will be performed by the South Korean pianists Yeol Yum Son, recipient of the 2nd prize at the XIV Tchaikovsky Competition, and Cho Seong Jin, an eighteen-year-old pianist who won the International Piano Competition in Hamamatsu in 2009, the youngest ever winner of the competition and the first Asian performer to take the top prize as well as 1st prize at the International Chopin Competition in Moscow.
Tour by the Mariinsky Orchestra to Japan, 8 – 18 November
The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will give ten concerts in major cities in Japan. The concert programmes largely focus on works by the Russian composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Dmitry Shostakovich.
The first concert will take place at the Kenritsu Sogo Bunka Center in Oita, where there will be a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with Denis Matsuev, Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony and Lyadov’s Kikimora.
Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto will also be performed at a concert at the Kumomoti Prefectural Theatre on 9 November together with Shchedrin’s Mischievous Folk Ditties and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.
A similar programme will be performed in a concert on 10 November at the Asahi Symphony Hall in Osaka, with Messiaen’s L’Ascension being performed alongside the music of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.
At Harmony Hall in Fukui, where the Mariinsky Orchestra will be appearing on 11 November, there will be performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique.
On 12 November at Suntory Hall in Tokyo the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Japanese Chorus and soprano Natalie Dessay will present a concert performance of Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor. The role of Lucia is one of the singer’s greatest; in 2011, together with the Mariinsky Orchestra and maestro Valery Gergiev, Dessay made a recording of Lucia di Lammermoor on the Mariinsky label. The recording was almost immediately acclaimed as “Disc of the Week” by Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
On 13 November in Nagoya at the Aichi Prefectural Arts Theatre there will be a performance of Lyadov’s Kikimora, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. The solo will be performed by Leonidas Kavakos.
On 14 and 15 November the Mariinsky Orchestra will return to Tokyo once more where it will give two concerts at NHK Hall and Suntory Hall. The performances will include works by Lyadov, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Messiaen and Sibelius.
Brahms’ Second Symphony, Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique and Grieg’s Holberg Suite will be performed on 16 November at the Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo.
These works also comprise the programme of the final concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev on 18 November in Tokorozawa.
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
On 10 November at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall there will be a performance by ensembles of the Kazakh National Kurmangazy Conservatory – the conservatoire’s Symphony Orchestra and the folklore ethnographic ensemble Turan. The Kazakh Conservatory Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1947, three years after the conservatoire itself opened. During World War II, the greatest Russian artists were evacuated to Almaty, which defined the education of many future musicians through the prism of Russian and European culture while retaining their national distinctions. The programme for the performance at the Concert Hall includes classical works such as Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 1 and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony as well as the symphonic poem Dala Syry by contemporary Kazakh composer Aktoty Raimkulova. The solo in Johannes Brahms’ First Concerto will be performed by Zhaniya Aubakirova, rector of the Kazakh National Conservatory since 1997 and concert pianist, graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire (class of Professor Lev Vlasenko) and prize-winner at international competitions.
Final performances of the musical My fair lady
9, 10 and 11 November
The last run of performances of Robert Carsen’s production of My Fair Lady, the only musical to be performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in conjunction with Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet; adored by many generations, the film version starring Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle has left its mark on the libretto of this version. Robert Carsen’s production embedded itself in the theatre’s playbill, immediately winning over audiences and creating sell-out performances. Together with Mariinsky Theatre and Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers soloists, the production engaged actors from St Petersburg’s theatre’s including Valery Kukhareshin, Viktor Krivonos, Irina Voznesenskaya, Alexander Byron and Valentina Panina. Gavriel Heine will be conducting.
The Borodin Quartet. First concert series performance
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Concert by the Borodin Quartet, a legendary quartet established in 1945 and which has retained its reputation as one of the finest such ensembles regardless of the fact that several generations of soloists have come and gone. This performance by the ensemble opens its own concert series. The programme includes quartets by Tchaikovsky and Brahms. The broadcasting department of the Mariinsky Theatre will transmit this concert live. The broadcast starts at 19:00: mariinsky.tv and mariinsky.fm.
Mikhail Glinka’s opera A Life for the Tsar. In the lead roles: Sergei Aleksashkin, Olga Trifonova and Zlata Bulycheva.
Programmes are subject to change.