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27.03.2019

On 11, 13 and 19 April, the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s most exotic opera, Aida, will take place on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The performance will be presented in its original version by the Honored Art Worker of Russia, stage director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Alexey Stepanyuk. The music director is Pavel Smelkov, the chief conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

On 11, 13 and 19 April, the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s most exotic opera, Aida, will take place on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The performance will be presented in its original version by the Honored Art Worker of Russia, stage director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Alexey Stepanyuk. The music director is Pavel Smelkov, the chief conductorof the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The audience will enjoy the famous masterpiece in its classic interpretation and large-scale scenery. The bright stagecraft of Alexey Stepanyuk and the costumes by Varvara Evchuk designed to resemble the epoch will complement the modern video projection tools operated by one of the leading Russian specialists Vadim Dulenko. The dance scenes have been staged by choreographer Ilya Ustyantsev. Pavel Smelkov (April 11 and 13) and Anton Torbeev (April 19) will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

The main parts will be sung by the leading soloists of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre opera company: Aida - Alena Diyanova, Liliya Kadnikova; Radames - Alexander Diyanov, Mergen Sandanov, Alexei Smirnov; Amneris - Laura Bustamante, Tatiana Makarchuk, Irina Kolodyazhnaya; Amonasro - Vyacheslav Vasilyev, Dmitry Nelasov, Gennady Akhmedov. The famous coach, La Scala concertmaster Massimiliano Bullo was specially invited to assist the vocalists in practicing of the difficult musical passages.

Aida will be the fourth opera by Giuseppe Verdi in the repertoire of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, as well as the second original production of the 2018/19 season staged specially for the Primorsky audience.

The composer wrote Aida in 1870 by order of the Khedive of Egypt, for the Cairo Opera Theatre. This was the determining factor in the choice of the plot. The libretto is based on a story from an ancient papyrus found by an Egyptologist. The story is set during the reign of the Pharaohs. However, Verdi brought the personal drama of the heroes to the fore: the forbidden love of the Egyptian commander Radames and the Ethiopian slave Aida. Dramatic action, unexpected plot twists, surprisingly beautiful arias and exotic flavor have made Aida the favorite name in the repertoire of musical theatres all around the world.

01.03.2019

Press conference dedicated to the first performance of the cult Japanese opera Yuzuru in Vladivostok will be held on March 4 at 14:00 on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Consul-General of Japan in Vladivostok, Koitiro Nakamura, conductor Ken Takaseki, director and production designer Sigachaka Matsumoto, performers of the main parts of the soprano Mivako Handa, tenor Kayro Ohara, director of Japan Arts Company Junichi Niehey will answer journalists’ questions.

Press conference dedicated to the first performance of the cult Japanese opera Yuzuru in Vladivostok will be held on March 4 at 14:00 on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Consul-General of Japan in Vladivostok, Koitiro Nakamura, conductor Ken Takaseki, director and production designer Sigachaka Matsumoto, performers of the main parts of the soprano Mivako Handa, tenor Kayro Ohara, director of Japan Arts Company Junichi Niehey will answer journalists’ questions.

For accreditation, please send a request stating your full name, the name of your newspaper/magazine, list of equipment (for photographers and camera team members) to press-prim@mariinsky.ru. The accredited journalists can access the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater through the staff entrance starting from 13:30, strictly according to the lists and only upon presentation of the document.

The premiere of Ikuma Dana’s opera Yuzuru on the Primorsky Stage will take place on March 5. On March 8 and 9 it will be presented in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The tour is dedicated to the Year of Japan in Russia.

01.03.2019

On March 18, 2019 marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. For this anniversary, the Mariinsky Theatre has prepared an extensive festival program “Rimsky-Korsakov – 175” , and so the Primorsky Stage as well will devote a number of performances and special concert programs to this outstanding Russian classical composer.

On March 18, 2019 marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. For this anniversary, the Mariinsky Theatre has prepared an extensive festival program “Rimsky-Korsakov – 175” which will embrace St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Vladikavkaz and Moscow. A number of performances and special concert programs of the Primorsky Stage will be devoted to the Russian classical composer.

On March 22, at 19:00, a big gala concert dedicated to the composer’s heritage will be held in the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The soloists of the opera company, instrumentalists, the choir and the symphony orchestra of the theater will present a unique program from both popular and lesser-known works by Rimsky-Korsakov. Among them, there are The Spanish Capriccio and The Fairy Tale for orchestra, Svitezyanka cantata, and a concert for trombone. Pavel Smelkov will take the conductor’s podium.

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will also be holding its own productions of famous Rimsky-Korsakov’s operas. For March 17, The Tsar’s Bride is scheduled, historical opera drama directed by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev. On March 31, the audience will enjoy The Tale of Tsar Saltan, an opera to Pushkinian plot directed by Daria Panteleeva.

The composer’s chamber music will be presented on March 31 in The Epoch of Rimsky-Korsakov concert in the Small Hall. The artists of the theater will perform several rarely performed instrumental ensembles of Rimsky-Korsakov (string sextet and quintet for piano and wind) and two vocal cycles, By the Sea and To the Poet (soloists Alexander Gontsa, Liliya Kadnikova).

Host of the concert: Elizaveta Sushchenko.

27.02.2019

The casting will take place:
28 April 2019 in Mariinsky Theatre of Saint Petersburg (Teatralnaya Pl., 1)
15.00 – 15.45 – registration of participants
16.00 –18.00  – casting

12 May 2019 in the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (2-nd Frunzenskaya Street, 5)
14:00 – 14:45 – registration of participants
15:00 – 17:00 – casting

The casting will take place:
28 April 2019 in Mariinsky Theatre of Saint Petersburg (Teatralnaya Pl., 1)
15.00 – 15.45 – registration of participants
16.00 –18.00  – casting

12 May 2019 in the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (2-nd Frunzenskaya Street, 5)
14:00 – 14:45 – registration of participants
15:00 – 17:00 – casting

Artists, ballet dancers and principal ballet dancers, men and women aged 18 to 30 years old who have a diploma of special choreographic education are invited for the castings.

To participate in the casting, you will have to submit a CV and a photo of yourself (a portrait and a full length photo of yourself wearing classical dance clothes), together with links to video clips of your lessons / performances by email: audition.ballet@mariinsky.ru, to the attention of Marina Cherkasova.

In your letter, please name the city where you wish to undergo the casting.

05.02.2019

On 5 March 2019, at 19:00, Ikuma Dan’s Yūzuru (“Crane’s Return of a Favor”) will be performed for the first time in Vladivostok at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The semi-staged performance of the opera will be presented by artists from Japan: opera soloists, the Suginami Children’s Choir and the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ken Takaseki

On 5 March 2019, at 19:00, Ikuma Dan’s Yūzuru (“Crane’s Return of a Favor”) will be performed for the first time in Vladivostok at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The semi-staged performance of the opera will be presented by artists from Japan: opera soloists, the Suginami Children’s Choir and the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ken Takaseki.

The plot of Yūzuru is based on an ancient folklore story of the girl crane Tsū. The simple-minded peasant Yohyō saves the life and nurses a wounded crane. Fascinated by his kindness, the crane assumes human form to become his wife. The couple lives happily and in prosperity, as the beautiful Tsū has a magical talent: she can weave a gorgeous cloth from her own feathers. But no one should see her at work. The young people manage to meet this condition, until Yohyō lets himself to be tempted by the greedy Sōdo and Unzu.

Yūzuru opera was written in 1952 by Ikuma Dan, top Japanese composer of the second half of the twentieth century (1924-2001). In his work, he used to turn to Japanese national legends more than once, having created several operas. Yūzuru became not only the composer’s “calling card”, but also the most famous and popular national Japanese opera which received international recognition.

At the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, the main parts in Yūzuru will be performed by Miwako Handa (Tsū), Keiro Ohara (Yohyō), Tomohiro Tani (Unzu), Shigeki Mine (Sōdo). The Stage Director and Production Designer of the semi-staged performance is Shigetaka Matsumoto. After the premiere on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Yūzuru opera will be performed at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (on 8 and 9 March 2019). The tour is dedicated to the Year of Japan in Russia.

29.01.2019

On February 14, the long-awaited The Swan Lake ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky will take place on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. On February 23, in celebration of the Fatherland Defender’s Day, Le Corsaire ballet by Adolphe Adan will be shown twice, with the participation of leading soloists of the theatre company.

On February 14, the long-awaited The Swan Lake ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky will take place on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. On February 23, in celebration of the Fatherland Defender’s Day, Le Corsaire ballet by Adolphe Adan will be shown twice, with the participation of leading soloists of the theatre company.

In February, a number of performances of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be conducted by the guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre Vladislav Karklin: operas The Love for Three Oranges (February 6), La Traviata (February 8), Carmen (February 10), and the evening of one-act ballets of the twentieth century, including the stage productions of Serenade by George Balanchine and Carmen Suite by Alberto Alonso (February 7).

Among the titles recommended for family viewing, the February billboard offers famous fairy tales: Die Zauberflöte (February 3) and The Tale of Tsar Saltan operas (February 17), Bambi and In the Jungle ballets (February 2), The Firebird (February 9) and The Sleeping Beauty ballets (February 28). Young people and students will certainly enjoy the fantasy ballet Giselle (February 21) and the lyrical opera Eugene Onegin (February 27). Also in February “winter” performances loved by viewers of all ages will be shown, namely The Nutcracker ballet (February 16) and Christmas Eve opera (February 22 and 24).

In February, tragic operas on historical subjects The Tsar's Bride (February 15) and Macbeth (February 20) will be preceded by educational lectures within the scope of The Theatrical Preface project. The lectures will last for one hour and will take place before the start of performances in the atrium of the 5th floor; the entrance will be free to all viewers. The February repertoire also includes the cult dramatic operas Rigoletto (February 1) and Tosca (February 13).

The series of chamber concerts taking place in the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on February 16 will continue the Salut d'amoure. Music about Love program with the participation of opera soloists and the symphony orchestra of the theatre. The program will include vocal and instrumental works by romantic composers, as well as songs by contemporary authors in original arrangements for various compositions.

28.01.2019

Aigul Khismatullina, soloist of the opera company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, won the First Prize at the prestigious Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition held annually at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Aigul Khismatullina, soloist of the opera company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, won the First Prize at the prestigious Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition held annually at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Aigul Khismatullina holds a degree from the Kazan State Conservatory. Since April 2016 she has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Opera of the Primorsky Stage. The audience appreciated the singer’s rarely beautiful timbre and technically impeccable coloratura soprano in the roles of Gilda (Rigoletto, Guiseppe Verdi) and Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), as well as in concert and chamber programs.

Since September 2017 Aigul Khismatullina has been a participant of the international educational project The Atkins Young Artists Program (based at the Mariinsky Theatre). Throughout 2018 the artist made her successful debut on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in the lead roles of the Igor Stravinsky’s Le rossignol, Guiseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Guiseppe Verdi’s Falstaff, Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

09.01.2019

The first tour of the Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo in Vladivostok will take place on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and will begin with the premiere of the Tale About God Of Dragon (Asuka) ballet on January 15, 16 and 17, 2019.

The first tour of the Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo in Vladivostok will take place on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and will begin with the premiere of the Tale About God Of Dragon (Asuka) ballet on January 15, 16 and 17, 2019. The leading dancers of the troupe will present a dramatic love story about a hunter’s son Iwatari and the girl adopted by his parents, Sugaru-otome. The plot of the ballet takes place in the historical period of Asuka and includes elements of folklore and national themes which are reflected not only in choreography and the libretto by Asami Maki, but also in expressive costumes and stage design.

On January 19, 2019, the Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo will give a gala concert. The evening will open with the Grand pas de Fiancées. The passage excluded by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov from their version of The Swan Lake ballet will be presented in the choreography by Jack Carter. The program also includes the Grand pas concert from the Don Quixote ballet (originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, staged by Alexander Gorsky), the neoclassical ballet Constantia (in the choreography by William Dollar), The Variation for Four in the choreography by the Artistic director of the Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo Kyozo Mitani. At the end of the evening, the troupe will present Bolero in the choreography by Peter Breuer.

All performances of the troupe will be accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage, with Anton Torbeev at the conductor’s stand. The tour is dedicated to the Year of Japan in Russia.

28.12.2018

The Theatre marathon will continue until the end of 2019, will cover all of the 85 regions of Russia and become a major cultural relay going from theatre to theatre, from city to city. A specially designed symbol of the Year of the Theatre is given by senior-most officials of the country to the director of the theatre that starts the marathon and is then handed over by each visiting theatre to the hosting region. The symbol of the Year of the Theatre will travel around the country accompanying theatre visits to each region.

The Theatre marathon will continue until the end of 2019, will cover all of the 85 regions of Russia and become a major cultural relay going from theatre to theatre, from city to city. A specially designed symbol of the Year of the Theatre is given by senior-most officials of the country to the director of the theatre that starts the marathon and is then handed over by each visiting theatre to the hosting region. The symbol of the Year of the Theatre will travel around the country accompanying theatre visits to each region.

The All-Russia Theatre Marathon will start at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok. The Sleeping Beauty – a spectacular three-act ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa (as edited by Konstantin Sergeev, Eldar Aliev), the jewel of the Russian ballet has been chosen as the opening event of this grand project. Soloists: Kimin Kim, the winner of the Bolshoy Ballet TV contest and the lead of the ballet company of the Mariinsky Theatre as Prince Desire and Ekaterina Osmolkina, the premier dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Honored Artist of Russia as Princess Aurora. Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov, principal conductor.

The Sleeping Beauty ballet will be preceded by the All-Russia Theatre Marathon grand opening ceremony with the participation of members of the organizing committee of the Year of the Theatre including Olga Golodets, Deputy Chairman of the Government, Aleksandr Kalyagin, chairman of the Russian Union of Theatre Professionals, Vladimir Medinsky, the Russian Minister of Culture, Grigory Zaslavsky, Principal of the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS), Kirill Krok, Director of the Vakhtangov Theatre, etc. The renown cultural workers, theatre directors, artists, the ministers of culture of the regions of the Far East Federal District (FEFD), actors and stage directors that were born in the FEFD have also been invited.

The ceremony is a unique 30-minute show on the timeline of the Russian theatre. Participating in the ceremony: the Olonho Theatre, students of the Vladivostok branch of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, artists from the theatres located in the FEFD. The host of the ceremony - Igor Vernik, director - Aleksey Vysotsky.

The exhibitions The History of the Russian Theatre and The Modern Life of the Theatres of the Far East will be held in the lobby of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, 11 virtual doors with displays will be showing movies of the 11 participating theatres from the FEFD, and those who like selfies may enjoy an innovative photomosaic station which in addition to printing out pictures gives an opportunity to fix them on the picture wall making them part of a larger picture called The Year of the Theatre.

After the start in Vladivostok the marathon will continue with the plays of M. Gorky Primorsky Drama Theatre at the Khabarovsk Music Theatre, visit of the Khabarovsk Drama Theatre to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and of A.P. Chekhov Sakhalin International Theatre Center to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The tour relay will continue by all regional Russian theatres participating in it one by one so as to reach Kaliningrad - the westernmost part of the country at the end of the year.

The forums of the Russian Union of Theatre Professionals “The Russian Theatre in the XXI Century. New Look.” will be held in each of the federal districts. Eight forums have been scheduled in total with the participation of the professionals in the sphere from all of the regions. The most current issues of the theatre business in Russia will be discussed and the ways of their solving will be proposed. Also, the renown professionals in the performing art theory and practice will give seminars, masterclasses, laboratories covering all theatrical professions. The closing forum will take place in Moscow at which all the decisions taken will be summarized and the draft Strategy for Development of Theatre Business in the Russian Federation for the Period until 2030 will be adopted.

07.12.2018

The audience of the Primorsky Stage is going to enjoy the long-awaited ballet premiere. On December 15, 16 and 20, Rodion Shchedrin’s ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse will be shown. The main parts will be performed by the leading artists of the theater’s ballet troupe: ballet dancers Irina Sapozhnikova and Anna Samostrelova, premieres Sergey Umanets and Kanat Nadyrbek, soloists Katerina Floria, Liliya Berezhnova, Victor Mulagin, Oleksiy Skalyun, Sergey Amanbaev, Alexander Bykov and Sergey Zolotarev. Anton Torbeev will take the conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

The audience of the Primorsky Stage is going to enjoy the long-awaited ballet premiere. On December 15, 16 and 20, Rodion Shchedrin’s ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse will be shown. The main parts will be performed by the leading artists of the theater’s ballet troupe: ballet dancers Irina Sapozhnikova and Anna Samostrelova, premieres Sergey Umanets and Kanat Nadyrbek, soloists Katerina Floria, Liliya Berezhnova, Victor Mulagin, Oleksiy Skalyun, Sergey Amanbaev, Alexander Bykov and Sergey Zolotarev. Anton Torbeev will take the conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

On the Primorsky stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, the ballet will be presented in the choreography of Alexei Ratmansky. For this performance he was awarded the prestigious National Theatre Award Golden Mask in 2010. The original production of the Mariinsky Theatre will be completely recreated on the Primorsky Stage. Alexei Ratmansky’s assistant, tutor choreographer Vyacheslav Khomyakov and coaches Elena Vorontsova and Maxim Khrebtov came to Vladivostok to transfer the ballet to the new stage.

Bright costumes and eccentric scenery for the Mariinsky Little Humpbacked Horse was created by one of the founders of the AXE Engineering Theatre, the winner of the Golden Mask Award Maxim Isaev. He also worked on the libretto, taking as a basis the well-known fairy tale poem by Pyotr Yershov. A cheerful and ironic plot in combination with the inventive choreography of Alexei Ratmansky opens up a wide scope for the performers’ creative work: acting, improvisation, and the embodiment of a technically difficult choreographic text.

The ballet score was written by Rodion Shchedrin when he was a student at the Moscow Conservatory. Later, the composer himself would describe this work as a landmark important for his creative self-assertion. Colorful and cheerful music inspired many prominent choreographers of the 20th century. Alexander Radunsky, Igor Belsky and Dmitry Bryantsev staged the ballet in different years, and in the 21st century, the advent of a new brilliant interpretation by Alexei Ratmansky came as another confirmation of Rodion Shchedrin’s status as a modern classic.

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