RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – 175

17 March – 12 April 2019

18 March 2019 marks 175 years since the birth of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Mariinsky Theatre has prepared a diverse festival programme to mark the important date: all of the composer’s operas with no exception, most of his romances, as well as symphony and chamber works will be performed from 17 March to 12 April.

The Mariinsky Theatre can justly be called “the home of Rimsky-Korsakov”: It hosted world premieres of seven out of the composer’s fifteen operas and over the span of 146 years since the production of the first one of them – The Maid of Pskov (1873) – more than 50 different productions have been staged. Today the audiences can enjoy the works of Dmitri Tcherniakov (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh) and Alexander Galibin (The Snow Maiden), Anna Matison (The Golden Cockerel) and Alexander Kuzin (The Tsar’s Bride), Olga Malikova (Christmas Eve) and Alexander Petrov (The Tale of Tsar Saltan), Alexei Stepanuyk (Sadko), and Alexander Maskalin (May Night). This collection will be replenished with new productions of one-act operas Mozart and Salieri and Kashchey the Immortal staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev. Repertoire rarities such as Mlada, Servilia, and  Pan Voyevoda (which has never been staged at the Mariinsky Theatre) will be performed in concert versions. One more premiere, The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga, written by Rimsky-Korsakov as a prologue to The Maid of Pskov (in the third revision), will be performed the same night as The Maid of Pskov. Vera Sheloga is staged by Yuri Laptev, who led the revival of The Maid of Pskov of 1952, a great costume production with decorations by Fyodor Fedorovsky. The chamber venues will host soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, who will present a collection of romances by the Russian classical composer. Another concert would allow the audiences to see for themselves the technical brilliance of the recent prize-winners of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition. The musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra have prepared chamber programmes out of rarely performed ensembles of the composer. The ballet programme will be graced by the legendary ballet of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes – Schéhérazade – choreographed by Michel Fokine and designed by Léon Bakst. The productions of The Maid of Pskov, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Servilia, and The Golden Cockerel, as well as the opening gala will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

17
March
Sunday
Mariinsky II
15:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in concert

Conductor: Valery Gergiev

Mariinsky II
20:00
18
March
Monday
Mariinsky II
18:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in three acts (1952 Production) with a prologue The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga (premiere)
19
March
Tuesday
Concert Hall
19:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in three acts

Featuring Yulia Matochkina

20
March
Wednesday
Mariinsky II
19:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
springtime tale in a prologue and four acts
22
March
Friday
The Prokofiev Hall
19:30
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175

Performers by soloists of the Mariinsky Orchestra

23
March
Saturday
Mariinsky Theatre
15:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in four acts
Concert Hall
20:00
24
March
Sunday
Mariinsky II
14:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in four acts
Mariinsky II
19:30
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in four acts
26
March
Tuesday
Concert Hall
19:00
PREMIERE
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
one act operas
27
March
Wednesday
Mariinsky Theatre
19:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera-bylina in seven scenes

Featuring Oleg Videman

28
March
Thursday
Concert Hall
19:00
PREMIERE
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
one act operas
29
March
Friday
The Musorgsky Hall
19:30
30
March
Saturday
Concert Hall
19:00
31
March
Sunday
Mariinsky Theatre
12:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in a prologue and four acts
The Musorgsky Hall
19:30
2
April
Tuesday
Mariinsky II
19:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in four acts

Conductor: Valery Gergiev

3
April
Wednesday
Concert Hall
19:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in five acts (concert performance)

Conductor: Valery Gergiev

4
April
Thursday
Mariinsky Theatre
19:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in four acts
5
April
Friday
The Musorgsky Hall
19:30
6
April
Saturday
Concert Hall
19:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in concert

Conductor: Valery Gergiev

7
April
Sunday
Mariinsky Theatre
12:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
opera in a prologue and four acts
Concert Hall
20:00
9
April
Tuesday
Mariinsky Theatre
19:30
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175
Michel Fokine's ballets
11
April
Thursday
The Prokofiev Hall
19:00
Rimsky-Korsakov – 175

Performers by soloists of the Mariinsky Orchestra

12
April
Friday
Mariinsky II
19:00


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