St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the State Primorsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

Yevgeny Plekhanov (bass)
Yelizaveta Sushchenko (cello)
Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (soprano)
Dmitry Nelasov (baritone)
Irina Kolodyazhnaya (mezzo-soprano)
Sergei Pleshivtsev (bass)

The Academic Chorus of the Moscow State Lomonosov University
Artistic Director: Mirza Askerov

Orchestra and Chorus of the State Primorsk Opera and Ballet Theatre
Principal Chorus Mistress: Larisa Shveikovskaya
Conductor: Anton Lubchenko

Dmitry Shostakovich
The Execution of Stepan Razin, vocal-symphonic poem to verse by Yevgeny Yevtushenko for bass, chorus and orchestra, Op. 119

Sergei Prokofiev
Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra in E Minor, Op. 125

Jules Massenet
Act III of the opera Thaïs (concert performance)

The Primorsky State Opera and Ballet Theatre opened on 18 October 2013. Its opening marked seventy-five years since the formation of the Primorsky Region. The company, created for the start of the first theatre season, is one of the newest in Russia. The opera and ballet companies, chorus and orchestra of the Primorsky Theatre feature performers from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria, Romania, the USA, Brazil, South Korea and Japan.
The theatre’s opera company was formed following competitive auditions and consists of prize-winners at All-Russian and international competitions who have significant experience of performing at the most prestigious concert venues in Russia, the CIS and abroad. The theatre’s repertoire includes productions of Eugene Onegin, Aleko, I pagliacci, Carmen, Boris Godunov, The Tale of Tsar Saltan and Thaïs as well as varied vocal, symphony and chamber music.
The theatre’s chorus are graduates of the Far Eastern State Academy of the Arts. In addition to appearing in productions of operas, the chorus also regularly gives concerts, presenting works by Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Sviridov among other composers. In May 2014 a performance by the Primorsky Theatre Chorus was broadcast on Red Square in Moscow and formed part of Russian-wide celebrations marking the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture.
The theatre’s symphony orchestra features graduates from academic institutions of Moscow, St Petersburg, Rostov, Saratov, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk, Ulan Ude, Vladivostok, Odessa, Lvov, Minsk and numerous other cities in Russia and abroad.
In addition to appearing in performances of operas and ballets, the orchestra gives independent concert performances. The supreme performing skills of its musicians has meant that in very short spaces of time the orchestra has been able to amass a broad repertoire that includes classical Russian and international works In its first theatre season alone the Primorsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra gave some thirty concerts.
The theatre’s companies perform at various music festivals. These include the  Bridges of Culture festival which opened the regional programme A Year of Culture in Russia. Together with the theatre’s chorus, symphony orchestra and soloists, this festival will see the participation of Denis Matsuev, soloists of the St Petersburg House of Music, artistes of the Brucknerhaus in Linz and the Academic Chorus of the Moscow State Lomonosov University.
The Primorsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra has also taken part in the  Primorsky Key annual festival. The programme of the project A Tchaikovsky Marathon included, in one evening, all of the Russian composer’s piano concerti, performed by such acclaimed pianists as Ekaterina Mechetina, Alexei Volodin, Boris Berezovsky and Philipp Kopachevsky.
One important event came with a joint performance by the Primorsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in October 2014. November 2014 saw the festival Dmitry Shostakovich’s Fifteen Symphonies, a project unprecedented in Russia’s Far East; the Primorsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra performed all of the composer’s symphonies over the course of a month.
During its tours the theatre has performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Great Hall of the Moscow State University, while plans for the near future will take the orchestra and chorus to the Brucknerhaus in Linz.
Performances and concerts by the Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre have featured such acclaimed Russian and international music stars as Valery Gergiev, Elena Obraztsova, Denis Matsuev, Sergei Roldugin, Sergei Leiferkus, Svyatoslav Belza, Ekaterina Mechetina, Alexei Volodin, Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Galuzin and Kurt Rydl among others.
The activities of the Primorsky State Opera and Ballet Theatre are supported by its Advisory Council, headed by Olga Golodets, Vice-Chairwoman of the Government of the Russian Federation. The theatre’s collaboration with countries in the Asian-Pacific Ocean region (in particular with South Korea, China and Japan) means that the theatre may be considered a unique kind of “cultural window on Asia”, an outpost of Russian performance art in one of the most remote and strategically important territories in the Russian Federation.

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