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27.11.2019

The last month of the outgoing year on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be rich in concert programs featuring guest artists from the United States, Russia, and Japan

The last month of the outgoing year on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be rich in concert programs featuring guest artists from the United States, Russia, and Japan.

On December 4 at 19:00, the Russia-Japan Cultural Bridge concert will be given in the Great Hall. The soloists will be young musicians from the Land of the Rising Sun, international competition prize winners Mayuko Katsumura (violin), Kazuhiro Miyamura (oboe), and Yosuke Niino (piano). The audience will hear works of Russian composers (Tchaikovsky, Arensky, and Shostakovich), and, for the first time in the Far East, a composition by the Japanese composer Hiroshi Hoshina. Shizuo Kuwahara (Japan), principal guest conductor of the Primorsky Stage, will be at the orchestra’s podium.

On December 5 at 19:00, there will be a long-waited-for appearance of Sergey Babayan, US pianist of Armenian background, with the theatre’s orchestra. The musician will present seldom-preformed piano concertos No. 2 and No. 3 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The composer's symphonic overture Francesca da Rimini will also be performed. Conductor: Shizuo Kuwahara.

On December 15 at 18:00, under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, chief conductor of the Primorsky Stage, a program of compositions by foreign composers: Elgar, Bloch, Bruch, and Strauss will be performed. The night’s soloists are Olga Volkova (violin), winner at several international competitions, Alexei Maslov, premier violin of the Primorsky Stage orchestra, and Yuri Afonkin (viola) and Oleg Sendetsky (cello), Hon Artists of Russia, concert masters of the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The series of symphonic nights will be crowned by a concert featuring famous violinist Nikita Borisoglebsky, Hon. Artist of Russia, prize winner of the XIII Tchaikovsky international competition (December 18, 19:00). For the first time in Vladivostok, the musician will present his interpretation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The theatre’s symphony orchestra will also play the Second Symphony of Sergey Rachmaninoff and Valse-Fantaisie of Mikhail Glinka. Pavel Smelkov will be at the conductor’s desk.

20.11.2019

The greatest symphonic events of the season will take place in the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage on December 11. Maestro Valery Gergiev and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre will present two programs for the Far East audiences

The greatest symphonic events of the season will take place in the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage on December 11. Maestro Valery Gergiev and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre will present two programs for the Far East audiences.

On December 11 at 18:30, the famous symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf for narrator and orchestra by Sergey Prokofiev will be performed. This unique opus is a kind of “guide” to musical instruments. The plot of the tale written by Prokofiev himself is presented by a narrator. Each character in it is assigned a certain instrumental timbre and theme tune. The composition became very popular as an easy, game-like way of getting even the youngest listeners to know the orchestral intonations.

On December 11, the long-waited-for concert of the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre will begin at 20:00. This symphony ensemble, one of Russia’s oldest, has a history of over two centuries behind it, including working with the most prominent names in the art of classical music. In 2008, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, according to the poll by leading critics of the largest periodicals of America, Asia, and Europe, was entered on the list of the world’s 20 best orchestras, ahead of two other Russian ensembles. To hear it in Vladivostok is a real high day for music lovers, especially when under the baton of its principal conductor and artistic director Valery Gergiev.

08.11.2019

The winter’s bill of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is filled with performances and concerts featuring prominent musicians of our times

The winter’s bill of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is filled with performances and concerts featuring prominent musicians of our times.

In December, the listening public will be offered an ample symphonic program. Its central event is the performance of Valery Gergiev and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre (December 11, 18:30 и 20:00). On December 5, the famous American pianist of Armenian origin Sergey Babayan with the orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the baton of principal guest conductor Shizuo Kuwahara will present piano concertos of Pyotr Tchaikovsky. On December 18, Nikita Borisoglebsky, one of the most demanded violinists of his generation, will perform in Vladivostok for the first time. Also in December, symphonic concerts will be held featuring young soloists from Japan (December 4) and Russia (December 15).

From the early December, the theatre’s bill will be crowded with New Year and Christmas spirited performances. Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker to the plot of Ernst Hoffmann’s tale will be presented in the production by Eldar Aliyev, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Christmas Eve after Nikolai Gogol’s story of the same name, as directed by Olga Malikova. On December 22, the Primorsky Stage will show a grand New Year gala concert under the baton of the theatre’s chief conductor Pavel Smelkov.

Also in winter months, premieres of the current theatre season and the season of 2018/19 will be shown: operas Aida of Giuseppe Verdi and The Tsar’s Bride of Rimsky-Korsakov, and ballet Don Quixote of Ludwig Minkus. Among the classics loved by audiences are operas Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Rigoletto and Macbeth of Giuseppe Verdi, and Tosca of Giacomo Puccini; ballets Giselle of Adolphe Adam, Carmen Suite of Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin; and George Balanchine’s ballet productions (Apollo, Prodigal Son, Serenade, Scottish Symphony).

29.10.2019

From November 18 through 22, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will tour the capital of Buryatia for the first time. Presented at the Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ulan-Ude will be opera productions, concert performance of bel canto masterpieces, and a gala show. The performances will be a part of the federal Great Tour program

From November 18 through 22, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will tour the capital of Buryatia for the first time. Presented at the Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ulan-Ude will be opera productions, concert performance of bel canto masterpieces, and a gala show. The performances will be a part of the federal Great Tour program.

On November 18 and 19, the Primorsky Stage company will present on the Buryat Theater stage its first original opera production, The Tsar’s Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev. The production’s premiere was held in September 2018, to become a major event of the cultural program of the III Eastern Economic Forum. The production was highly acclaimed by theatrical critics. In May 2019, The Tsar’s Bride was shown in Moscow, in the Zaryadye Concert Hall under the baton of Valery Gergiev in the program of the 18th Easter Festival, and on the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

On November 20, a concert performance of the Primorsky Stage’s recent premiere, Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor, will be presented. Created in 1835 on a plot after Walter Scott’s novel, this opera is always on the theatrical bill. Features of Lucia’s music are an elegant melodic language and virtuoso vocal parts, and the scene of madness in Act III written for coloratura soprano in an extremely complicated manner became iconic. In the summer of 2019, Lucia di Lammermoor was on the program of the IV International Far East Mariinsky Festival in Vladivostok, and in autumn it was presented by the Primorsky Theatre’s soloists.

On November 21, the audience will see a grand gala show of opera soloists of the Primorsky Stage. They will perform opera arias, lieder, and songs by Russian and international composers.

The tour’s program will be topped on November 22 by Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca staged by German director Hans-Joachim Frey. This performance was among the first produced for Vladivostok. The production of Tosca arranged in a grand and solemn Empire style is always popular with both audiences and performers. Prominent opera singers have appeared in it, such as Maria Gulegina, Vladimir Galuzin, and Evgeny Nikitin. In December 2018, the performance was presented at the Nanjing Center of Performing Arts in the province of Jiangsu, China, during the Mariinsky Theatre Festival.

The primary arias in the performances will be sung by soloists of the Primorsky Stage opera company: sopranos Alyona Diyanova, Olga Zharikova, Liliya Kadnikova, Anastasia Kikot’, and Maria Suzdaltseva; mezzo sopranos Laura Bustamante and Irina Kolodyazhnaya; tenors Ilya Astafurov, Alexei Kostyuk, Roman Krukovich, Evgeny Mizin, and Mergen Sandanov; baritones Alexei Bublik and Vyacheslav Vasiliev; and basses Sergey Pleshivtsev and Evgeny Plekhanov. Participating in the tour are the Primorsky Stage chorus and Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the theatre’s chief conductor Pavel Smelkov.

18.10.2019

On October 25 at 19:00, there will be a long-awaited symphony concert in the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. At the conductor’s desk will be Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan), Principal Guest Conductor of the Primorsky Stage, prize-winner of international competitions. It will be the first symphony night under the baton of maestro in his new status

On October 25 at 19:00, there will be a long-awaited symphony concert in the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. At the conductor’s desk will be Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan), Principal Guest Conductor of the Primorsky Stage, prize-winner of international competitions. It will be the first symphony night under the baton of maestro in his new status.

On the concert’s program are two famous symphonies written in the last decade of the 19th century. In the first act, you will hear the Ninth Symphony of Czech composer Antonin Dvořák. The symphony has the author’s subtitle From the New World, as it was created during the composer’s work in North America. Dvořák aimed to reproduce features of Black and Indian tunes in it, which made the opus unique in its genre. The Ninth Symphony is considered as the acme of the composer’s orchestral music, and is frequently performed on the world stage.

The second part of the concert will present the First Symphony of Sergey Rachmaninoff. The opus played a fatal role in the composer’s life. The flop of the symphony’s premiere in 1897 sent Rachmaninoff into a long creativity crisis, and he did not write new music for three years. The symphony has remained unpublished, and its score was believed to be destroyed by the author. It was not until the 1940s that the opus could be restored using orchestral parts found. Today, the First Symphony holds an honorable place in the heritage of Russian orchestral music.

09.10.2019

October 10 and 12 will be the last nights for the audience to see Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor staged by Andrea de Rosa, on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

October 10 and 12 will be the last nights for the audience to see Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor staged by Andrea de Rosa, on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The opera, one of the most challenging ones in the bel canto style, will be presented by the theatre’s company soloists. Anton Torbeev will be at the conductor’s desk.

Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic masterpiece of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Its plot based on Walter Scott’s novel is the story of a girl faced with a choice between love and her family’s well-being. A romantic melodrama where emotions occupy the characters entirely, striking personalities, a relentlessly thickening suspense with sudden turns of action, and to top it all, delightful tunes of Donizetti — this is the formula of the unbelievable popularity of Lucia di Lammermoor with the public.

On October 10 at 19:00, the main parts in the performance will be sung by Maria Suzdaltseva as Lucia, Alexei Kostyuk as Edgardo, Alexei Bublik as Enrico, and Sergey Pleshivtsev as Raimondo. On October 12 at 17:00, the opera will be presented by Olga Zharikova as Lucia, Vyacheslav Vasiliev as Enrico, Evgeny Plekhanov as Raimondo, and Mergen Sandanov will make his debut as Edgardo.

08.10.2019

On October 18 at 19:00 St Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will perform on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

On October 18 at 19:00 St Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will perform on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The company will appear in Vladivostok for the first time. The tour is a part of the Petersburg Theatres’ Tours program of the International Theatre Olympics 2019.

The company from St Petersburg will present to the Far East audience a night of Russian Ballet Masterpieces. Its program includes a collection of choreographic miniatures of Leonid Yakobson, the prominent master of choreography and founder of the theatre. The Miniatures were renewed by the efforts of excellent artists Tatiana Noginova (costumes), and Alyona Pikalova and Tatiana Vyushinskaya (scenery). Engaged in the production are the theatre’s soloists: Alla Bocharova, Sofia Matyushenskaya, Olga Mikhailova, Anna Sergeeva, Svetlana Svinko, Anna Skvortsova, Yelena Chernova, Denis Klimuk, Andrei Sorokin, Andrei Gudyma, Sergey Davydov, and Sergey Krylov.

30.09.2019

In October, the audience of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will enjoy premieres of foreign composers’ operas, and the first guest appearance of the Yakobson Ballet Theater

In October, the audience of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will enjoy premieres of foreign composers’ operas, and the first guest appearance of the Yakobson Ballet Theater.

On October 4 and 6, Parsifal, Richard Wagner’s grandiose mystery opera staged by Tony Palmer, will be presented. This production is the only staging of the opera in Russia, and it will be presented in Vladivostok only twice. The main parts will be sung by soloists of the Mariinsky Theater from St Petersburg who have proved to be good at performing the Wagner repertoire: Mikhail Vekua (Parsifal), Vadim Kravets (Amfortas, Klingsor), Yuri Vorobiov (Gurnemanz), and Anna Markarova (Kundry). Christoph Stöcker, a German musician, participant of the Wagner festival in Bayreuth, will be at the conductor’s desk.

October 10 and 12 will see the last performances on the Primorsky Stage of Lucia di Lammermoor, an opera by Gaetano Donizetti staged by Italian director Andrea de Rosa. This most complicated opera, with its status of Romantic bel canto masterpiece, will be presented by soloists of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater, with Maria Suzdaltseva, Olga Zharikova as Lucia; Alexei Kostyuk, Mergen Sandanov as Edgardo; Alexei Bublik, Vyacheslav Vasiliev as Enrico; and Sergey Pleshivtsev, Evgeny Plekhanov as Raimondo. Conductor: Anton Torbeev.

On October 18, as part of the Theater Olympics 2019, the first guest appearance of the Leonid Yakobson St Petersburg Academic Ballet Theater will take place on the Primorsky Stage. The company’s dancers will present a night of Russian Ballet Masterpieces. Its program includes choreographic miniatures of the legendary ballet master. Vladislav Karklin will be at the conductor’s desk.

24.09.2019

On October 4 and 6, Parsifal, the most grandiose opera mystery by Richard Wagner, will be premiered on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

On October 4 and 6, Parsifal, the most grandiose opera mystery by Richard Wagner, will be premiered on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The performance will be presented in the production staged by the British director Tony Palmer, and the main parts will be performed by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera. Christoph Stöcker (Germany) will be at the conductor’s desk.

Parsifal is a grandiose opera mystery by Richard Wagner, the result of his creative religious and philosophical search. When this work appears in the playbill of any theatre in the world, it is always an extraordinary event. In Russia, it could only be seen and heard at the Mariinsky Theatre. Parsifal was first staged in St Petersburg in 1997 by Tony Palmer. In the 2018/19 season, the performance not only returned to the theatre’s repertoire after an eight-year break, but also became the climax of the Mariinsky Festival in Vladivostok, where the opera has never been heard and has not been shown before.

On October 4 and 6, the audience of the Primorsky Stage will get the last unique chance to see the production. The leading Mariinsky Opera singers will act in the performance: Mikhail Vekua (Parsifal), Vadim Kravets (Amfortas, Klingsor), Anna Markarova (Kundry), Yuri Vorobiev (Gurnemanz). Opera soloists of the Primorsky Stage and the combined choir of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage will sing in the performance. For the first time in Vladivostok, Christoph Stöcker, a musician who regularly takes part in the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, and the conductor of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein theatre in Düsseldorf, will stand at the conductor’s desk.

13.09.2019

Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan) has been declared the main guest conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in the new season. The maestro has performed more than once in Vladivostok, receiving rave reviews from colleagues and the public. Now the musician will collaborate with the theatre’s orchestra on a regular basis

Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan - USA) has been appointed the principal guest conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in the new season. The maestro has performed several times in Vladivostok, receiving rave reviews from colleagues and the public. Now the conductor will collaborate with the theatre’s orchestra on a regular basis.

In October, Giuseppe Verdi’s operas Macbeth (October 16) and La traviata (October 19) will be performed twice under the baton of Shizuo Z Kuwahara. On October 25, the maestro will present a symphony program with the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

Born in Tokyo, he studied conducting at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music. Shizuo Z Kuwahara's conducting career ascended rapidly after winning the Georg Solti International Competition, leading to conducting invitations with symphony orchestras. The musician is also a winner of the Malko International Conducting Competition, the Tokyo International Conducting Competition, the Prokofiev International Conducting Competition in St Petersburg, and the Fitelberg International Conducting Competition in Katowice (Poland).

Shizuo Z Kuwahara has led performances throughout North & South America, Europe, and Asia, including performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Symphony Orchestra and many other orchestras.

In 2006, he worked as an assistant conductor with Valery Gergiev in Sapporo (Japan) at the International Music Festival of the Asia-Pacific Region, after which his collaboration with the Mariinsky Theatre began. In January 2018, the conductor made his debut on the Primorsky Stage, and in November the first performance with the Mariinsky Orchestra took place in the concert hall in St Petersburg.

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