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20.08.2018

On September 11, 14 and 15, 2018 the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will see the premiere show of The Tsar’s Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. It was composed on the basis of the same-name historical verse drama by Lev Mei, which narrates a historic episode of Ivan the Terrible’s third marriage

On September 11, 14 and 15, 2018 the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will see the premiere show of The Tsar’s Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. It was composed on the basis of the same-name historical verse drama by Lev Mei, which narrates a historic episode of Ivan the Terrible’s third marriage.

The Mariinsky Orchestra and the chorus of the Primorsky Stage will take part in the play; the main parties are prepared by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera. The musical director of the production is Pavel Smelkov, the chief conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. He will also stand at the conductor’s console during all the premiere shows of the opera.

The Primorsky Stage will feature a completely original play staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev, Ph.D. in Art History, the Theatre Director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (NOVAT), the Stage Director of the Moscow Helikon Opera Theatre, the Artistic Director of the Moscow DO Theatre. The author of scenography and costumes is Petr Okunev, already well known to the audience for his works in such performances as Carmen, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Tosca, Bastien und Bastienne and Mavra. The premiere of last season, Mavra comic opera composed by Igor Stravinsky, was the first joint work of Vyacheslav Starodubtsev and Petr Okunev on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The lighting designer of the show is Sergey Skornetsky, the laureate of The Golden Mask, the prestigious National Theatre Award. Vadim Dulenko is the video artist.

“It will be a classical production based on the historical verse drama by Lev Mei and the musical drama by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The main thing for us is to plunge into its depth and to decipher the melodic and dramatic planes that the composer encrypted in this grandiose Russian opera, to create a deep psychological and musical drama”, said Vyacheslav Starodubtsev, the Stage Director.

The Tsar’s Bride will be the third opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov staged on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The earlier repertoire of the theatre includes The Tale of Tsar Saltan (nearest shows will take place on August 26, 2018 and September 23, 2018) staged by Darya Panteleeva, and Christmas Eve which has been “transferred” from the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg (directed by Olga Malikova).

09.08.2018

On August 8, 2018 III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, finished. The Festival was held on the performance venues of the Primorsky Stage from July 24, 2018. The final performance of the festival was The Queen of Spades opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky staged by Yuri Temirkanov (August 8, 2018)

On August 8, 2018 III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, finished. The Festival was held on the performance venues of the Primorsky Stage from July 24, 2018. The final performance of the festival was The Queen of Spades opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky staged by Yuri Temirkanov (August 8, 2018). The main parts were performed by: Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov (Herman), Elena Stikhina (Liza), Larisa Dyadkova (Countess), Yulia Matochkina (Polina), Aleksey Markov (Prince Yeletsky), Roman Burdenko (Count Tomsky). Pavel Smelkov was the conductor.

Results of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok

  • 26 events took place on 6 performance venues of Vladivostok and Ussuriysk;
  • Participants from 6 countries took part in the Festival: Germany, South Korea, China, Russia, USA and Japan;
  • Top soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet and Mariinsky Opera took part in the Festival;
  • Outstanding conductors and eminent instrumentalists took part in the Festival;
  • New names have been discovered: scholarship holders of the Atkins Young Artists Program, soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre, and prizewinner at the International Grand Piano Competition Alexandra Dovgan;
  • Seven Far Eastern premieres took place: Don Quichotte opera by Jules Massenet staged by Yannis Kokkos, Tristan und Isolde opera by Richard Wagner directed by Dmitry Chernyakov, Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti opera buffa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Salome opera by Richard Strauss (concert version); Don Quixote ballet by Ludwig Minkus staged by Alexander Gorsky based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa, The Four Seasons ballet staged by Ilia Jivoy to the music of Max Richter (based on Antonio Vivaldi), Cinderella ballet composed by Sergei Prokofiev, choreographed by Aleksey Ratmansky;
  • A new educational project of the Primorsky Stage, Scenic Introduction, was held. On July 24, 2018 the Festival opened with a Far Eastern premiere, a show of Don Quixote ballet by Ludwig Minkus staged by Alexander Gorsky based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa. The main parts were performed by the stars of the Mariinsky Ballet. The Festival was continued by the premiere of The Four Seasons ballet by Ilia Jivoy, before which a new enlightening project of the Primorsky Stage, Scenic Introduction, was presented. The ballet program of the Festival was finished with Cinderella ballet composed by Sergei Prokofiev, choreographed by Aleksey Ratmansky. Ekaterina Kondaurova, Nadezhda Batoeva, Kristina Shapran, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov, Konstantin Zverev took part in the performances of the Festival.

The concert program of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, was opened by Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (Germany) and the Mariinsky Chamber Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage. The audience enjoyed the performance of violinists Miura Fumiaki (Japan) and Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, the Mariinsky Orchestra under the direction of Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan), and concerts with the participation of young pianist Alexandra Dovgan. The symphonic program of the Festival was completed by the Mozart monographic concert: a pianist from South Korea Yeol Eum Son soloed in the Piano Concerto No. 20, the Requiem was performed by the scholarship holders of the Atkins Young Artists Program, soloist of the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre Evelina Agabalaeva and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the baton of Pavel Smelkov.

The brightest event of the Festival was the premiere of the Tristan und Isolde opera by Richard Wagner conducted by Valery Gergiev (directed by Dmitry Chernyakov). Also Valery Gergiev conducted the concert performances of Iolanta opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Salome opera by Richard Strauss. Leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and invited performers have sung the main parts at the Festival: Elena Stikhina, Irina Churilova, Yulia Matochkina, Mikhail Vekua, Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov, Roman Burdenko, Aleksey Markov, Evgeny Nikitin, Yuri Vorobiev, Mikhail Petrenko. Before their performances at the Primorsky Stage, Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera toured to Guangzhou (China), where War and Peace opera by Sergei Prokofiev staged by Andrei Konchalovsky was presented.

Far Eastern premiere of Don Quichotte opera staged by Yannis Kokkos also took place at the Festival. Primorsky Stage also saw the 1st act of the concert performance of Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti opera buffa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart featuring the scholarship holders of the Atkins Young Artists Program. Among the Primorsky Stage performances presented at the Festival by the top soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, there’s Carmen opera by Georges Bizet staged by Daria Panteleeva and The Queen of Spades opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky staged by Yuri Temirkanov.

The season at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will continue with the tour of the National Ballet of China and the vivid performances of its own repertoire: Die Zauberflöte opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rigoletto opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Tosca opera by Giacomo Puccini, The Tale of Tsar Saltan opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Giselle, ou les Wilis, a romantic ballet by Adolphe Adan, L’Oiseau de feu ballet by Igor Stravinsky, Swan Lake ballet composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and many others. As early as on September 11, 2018 the audience of the Primorsky Stage will enjoy premiere of The Tsar's Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev.

Let us remind you that the ballet troupe of the Primorsky Stage is now successfully touring in Saint Petersburg on the historical stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The final performance of the tour, which will also finish the 2017/18 season of the Saint Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre, will be The Sleeping Beauty féerie ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (August 12, 2018).

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03.08.2018

On August 4, 2018 at 04:00 p.m., the already familiar to the audience of the Primorsky Stage Iolanta opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky will be performed in its concert version, under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The main parts will be sung by opera stars Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Mikhail Petrenko (René, King of Provence), Aleksey Markov (Robert), Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov (Count Vaudémont), Roman Burdenko (Ibn-Hakia). Also, the Ensemble of the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre will take part in the concert

On August 4, 2018 at 04:00 p.m., the already familiar to the audience of the Primorsky Stage Iolanta opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky will be performed in its concert version, under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The main parts will be sung by opera stars Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Mikhail Petrenko (René, King of Provence), Aleksey Markov (Robert), Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov (Count Vaudémont), Roman Burdenko (Ibn-Hakia). Also, the Ensemble of the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre will take part in the concert.

Later that day, Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Far Eastern premiere of Salome opera by Richard Strauss (concert performance). The title role will be performed by Elena Stikhina. The part of Jochanaan will be sung by Evgeny Nikitin, the part of Herodes, by Andrei Popov, and the part of Herodias, by Olga Savova. The show will start at 08:00 p.m.

On August 5, 2018 the Primorsky Stage will see the premiere of Tristan und Isolde opera by Richard Wagner, staged by Dmitry Chernyakov. The main parts will be performed by Mikhail Vekua (Tristan), Mikhail Petrenko (Marke, King of Cornwall), Elena Popovskaya (Isolde), Evgeny Nikitin (Kurwenal) and Yulia Matochkina (Brangäne). Valery Gergiev will be at the console of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

01.08.2018

The premiere of Tristan und Isolde opera (August 5, 2018, 05:00 p.m.) will continue to introduce the audience of the Primorsky Stage to Richard Wagner’s heritage. In November 2016, the first concert performance in Vladivostok of his Das Rheingold opera was a great success. At the II International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Ian Judge staged a premiere of Der fliegende Holländer opera

The premiere of Tristan und Isolde opera (August 5, 2018, 05:00 p.m.) will continue to introduce the audience of the Primorsky Stage to Richard Wagner’s heritage. In November 2016, the first concert performance in Vladivostok of his Das Rheingold opera was a great success. At the II International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Ian Judge staged a premiere of Der fliegende Holländer opera.

This year, the audience will enjoy a performance based on the Celtic legend of the adulterous love between Tristan and Iseult (Isolde). In his production, Dmitry Chernyakov, striving for cinematic authenticity and humanizing opera characters, moved the time of action to our days, bringing the suffering of mythical heroes closer to real human passions.

Recognized performers of Wagner’s works will take part in the performance: Mikhail Vekua (Tristan), Elena Popovskaya (Isolde), Mikhail Petrenko (Marke, King of Cornwall), Evgeny Nikitin (Kurwenal), Yulia Matochkina (Brangäne). Valery Gergiev will take place at the conductor’s console of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

01.08.2018

Within the framework of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, Alexandra Dovgan will perform twice on the Primorsky Stage

Within the framework of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, Alexandra Dovgan will perform twice on the Primorsky Stage.

On August 3, 2018 at 07.00 p.m. the pianist, accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the direction of Anton Shaburov, will perform the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn. Alexandra Dovgan performed this Concerto at the trial hearing of the International Grand Piano Competition. Also Felix Mendelssohn’s concert overture Die Hebriden oder Die Fingalshöhle will be performed. The evening will be continued by Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz. An hour before the start of the concert, the guests will be able to visit the Scenic Introduction lecture where musicologist Natalia Rogudeeva will tell about the masterpieces and their authors.

On August 5, 2018 at 01:00 p.m. a solo concert of Alexandra Dovgan will take place at the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage. The young pianist will perform compositions of classical and contemporary authors. The program includes the works of François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Sergei Prokofiev, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marc-André Hamelin, Frédéric Chopin, Moritz Moszkowski and Sergei Bortkiewicz.

Alexandra Dovgan was born in 2007. Despite her young age, she has already become a winner of the Villahermosa Internet Contest (Mexico, 2014), the International Ural Prokofiev Competition (Yekaterinburg, 2015), the International Safonov Young Pianists Competition (Pyatigorsk, 2015), the All-Russian Music Talents Internet Contest (2015), the International Nutcracker Television Contest (Moscow, 2017), the Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition (Moscow, 2017) and the International Astana Piano Passion Competition (2017). She received the Grand Prix at the 2018 International Grand Piano Competition. Today, Alexandra Dovgan receives scholarships from the New Names Foundation, the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, and the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation. In June 2018, Alexandra Dovgan performed twice at the XXVI Stars of the White Nights Festival.

31.07.2018

On August 4, 2018 (16:00) the all-star cast of the soloists of the Mariinsky Opera in the concert performance of the last opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Primary arias: Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Mikhail Petrenko (René, King of Provence), Aleksey Markov (Robert), Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov (Count Vaudémont), Roman Burdenko (Ibn-Hakia) and the Ensemble of the Soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre. The Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev

On August 4, 2018 (16:00) the all-star cast of the soloists of the Mariinsky Opera in the concert performance of the last opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Primary arias: Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Mikhail Petrenko (René, King of Provence), Aleksey Markov (Robert), Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov (Count Vaudémont), Roman Burdenko (Ibn-Hakia) and the Ensemble of the Soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre. The Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The audience of the Primorsky Stage has already been acquainted with Iolanta opera performed by the star soloists. On April 8, 2017, the opening day of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival the opera was performed accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. At the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre as well as in many largest regions of Russia participating in the All-Russia Virtual Concert Hall project the event was broadcast live and was a great success.

As a reminder, on the same day – August 4, 2018 (20:00) the leading soloists of the opera company, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are performing again at the Primorsky Stage – Salome, one-act opera by Richard Strauss (concert performance).

31.07.2018

On July 31 and August 6, 2018 (19:00) the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage will see two performances of Don Quichotte opera by Jules Massenet, staged by Yannis Kokkos, the recognized opera production classic

On July 31 and August 6, 2018 (19:00) the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage will see two performances of Don Quichotte opera by Jules Massenet, staged by Yannis Kokkos, the recognized opera production classic. The performance filled with Spanish flavor and carnival atmosphere, the decorations in the shadow play style to emphasize the author’s idea of the simultaneous existence of the real world and dream world.

The primary arias will be performed by the soloists of the Mariinsky Opera: Yulia Matochkina (The beautiful Dulcinea), Yuri Vorobiev (Don Quichotte), Andrey Serov (Sancho Panza), Lyudmila Dudinova (Pedro (travesti)), Andrey Ilyushnikov (Rodriguez); and the soloists of the Academy of Young Opera Singers Evelina Agabalaeva (Garcias (travesti)) and Dmitry Koleushko (Juan). The Ensemble of the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre also appears in the performance. Conducted by Christian Knapp (USA).

30.07.2018

On July 29, 2018, on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre the final performances of the ballet program of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, were given

On July 29, 2018, on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre the final performances of the ballet program of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, were given.

Guests of the Festival will further enjoy eventful symphonic and opera programs encompassing performances of world instrumentalists and rising stars and opera premieres of leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Company and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Please, be reminded that the ballet program of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, was opened with Don Quixote ballet by Ludwig Minkus staged by Alexander Gorsky after the ballet originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, on July 24, 2018. The audience of the Primorsky Stage could see this ballet twice with different stars. The first night stared Kimin Kim (South Korea), Renata Shakirova, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Tatiana Tkachenko, and Konstantin Zverev. On July 25, 2018 the second night featured Timur Askerov, Nadezhda Batoeva, Kristina Shapran, Tatiana Tkachenko, and Boris Zhurilov.

Then The Four Seasons ballet staged by Ilia Jivoy, recomposed by Max Richter after Antonio Vivaldi was performed twice. Before the first performance on July 26, 2018 the Primorsky Stage’s new project Scenic Introduction was shown, where the lecture about the history of the ballet was read by Natalia Rogudeeva, a musicologist, and Ilia Jivoy gave a talk on creation of the performance.

At the Festival Cinderella ballet composed by Sergei Prokofiev, choreographed by Aleksey Ratmansky was also performed. The performances were shown on the Primorsky Stage once on July 28, 2018 and twice on July 29, 2018.

The ballet stared Kimin Kim (South Korea), Renata Shakirova, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Kristina Shapran, Tatiana Tkachenko, Konstantin Zverev, Vladimir Shklyarov, and Nadezhda Batoeva. On the threshold of the first performance the meet-the-artist event with Vladimir Shklyarov and Nadezhda Batoeva was held on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the principal dancer’s creative work with Mariinsky Ballet.

30.07.2018

On July 31 and August 6, 2018 (19:00) the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage will see two performances of Don Quichotte opera by Jules Massenet, staged by Yannis Kokkos, the recognized opera production classic

On August 3, 2018 at 07:00 p.m., within the framework of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, a solo concert of bass-baritone Shenyang will take place. The extensive repertoire of the singer encompasses both operatic roles and vocal, symphonic and chamber works. The soloist performs at the world’s leading theatres and collaborates with renowned conductors.

Upon completion of the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, the Primorsky Stage will welcome the National Ballet of China. On August 11, 2018 at 07:00 p.m. and on August 12, 2018 at 05:00 p.m. the troupe will present Natalia Makarova’s production of La Bayadère ballet to the music of Ludwig Minkus, based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa, and later choreography by Vakhtang Chabukiani. Liu Ju will take the conductor’s panel.

This will be the second visit of the troupe to Vladivostok. The II International Mariinsky Far East Festival saw two gala shows of the National Ballet of China under the baton of conductor Zhang Yi.

The National Ballet of China was founded in 1959. The repertoire of the troupe includes both classical and original ballets. Dancers, choreographers, musicians and artists of the theatre have won numerous awards of the top international dance contests.

29.07.2018

On August 4, 2018 at 20:00 on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre Salome opera will be performed as a concert. The opera stars Elena Stikhina, a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage

On August 4, 2018 at 20:00 on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre Salome opera will be performed as a concert. The opera stars Elena Stikhina, a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage. It was the part of Salome which she brightly sang in the premiere in Saint Petersburg in 2017. The famous bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin will sing Jochanaan; Andrey Popov will appear as Herodes and Olga Savova as Herodias. The Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra will be under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

You will also be able to see Elena Stikhina in The Queen of Spades opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on August 8, 2018. She will sing the part of Liza. On August 5, 2018 Evgeny Nikitin will appear as Kurwenal in Tristan and Isolde opera by Richard Wagner, staged by Dmitry Chernyakov. The orchestra will be under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

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