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26.11.2018

Premiere of The Little Humpbacked Horse ballet by Rodion Shchedrin, solo concert by Ivan Bessonov, performances by the soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre Sergei Skorokhodov in The Tsars Bride and La Traviata, The Magic Flute and Eugene Onegin operas with the participation of guest conductors, favorite holiday plays and special chamber programs are awaiting the audience in December and January at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Premiere of The Little Humpbacked Horse ballet by Rodion Shchedrin, solo concert by Ivan Bessonov, performances by the soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre Sergei Skorokhodov in The Tsars Bride and La Traviata, The Magic Flute and Eugene Onegin operas with the participation of guest conductors, favorite holiday plays and special chamber programs are awaiting the audience in December and January at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The long-awaited ballet premiere of The Little Humpbacked Horse ballet by Rodion Shchedrin (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) will become the centerpiece of December. This bright ballet staged on the basis of a fairy tale familiar to everybody has already managed to catch the fancy of the Primorsky spectators. Three shows of The Little Humpbacked Horse with the participation of artists of the Mariinsky Theatre opened the 2nd International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok. This time, the play loved both by adults and children returns to the repertoire of the Primorsky troupe. Anton Torbeev will take the conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage on December 15, 16 and 20.

On December 19, a solo concert will be presented by the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, young pianist Ivan Bessonov. The concert program will include works by German composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann and Polish romanticist Frederic Chopin. On December 7, Sergei Skorokhodov, diploma holder of the Elena Obraztsova International Competition and one of the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, will perform the part of Ivan Lykov in The Tsar’s Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (directed by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev). On December 9, he will perform the part of Alfred Germont in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (production by Charles Rubo).

Guest conductor Anton Shaburov will perform at the conductor’s stand in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute (directed by Alain Maratra) on December 13. On December 21, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in a grand production by Alexei Stepanyuk will be performed by the winner of the Georg Solti International Competition, Japanese conductor Shizuo Kuwahara. The performance will take place within the framework of the Year of Japan in Russia. On the New Year’s Eve and during the winter holidays, the already traditional performances will be presented on the Primorsky Stage: The Nutcracker ballet-spectacle by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (choreography by Eldar Aliyev) and The Eve before Christmas opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (directed by Olga Malikova). The most beloved New Year’s ballet will be shown on December 1, 22, 26, 27, 28, 30 and 31, and on January 2, 3, 4 and 5. The second absolute holiday hit, the opera to the well-known plot of Gogol’s The Eve before Christmas will be presented on December 29 and on January 6, 7 and 8.

Special chamber programs were prepared by the artists of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage. On December 22, the Small Hall of the Theater will host the Evening of French music, whose program will include works by Claude Debussy, César Franck, Marcel Tournier, Camille Saint-Saens, Jules Massne and Ernest Chausson. On December 29, both classical and jazz compositions will be presented at the New Year’s concert.

09.11.2018

The November repertoire of the Primorsky Stage will be adorned by the performances of the Mariinsky Theatre stars. On November 18, 2018, Olga Pudova will be singing in Die Zauberflöte opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and on November 22, 2018, Yekaterina Osmolkina and Kimin Kim will perform the main parts in The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

The November repertoire of the Primorsky Stage will be adorned by the performances of the Mariinsky Theatre stars. On November 18, 2018, Olga Pudova will be singing in Die Zauberflöte opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and on November 22, 2018, Yekaterina Osmolkina and Kimin Kim will perform the main parts in The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

On November 18, 2018, the soloist of the Mariinsky Opera Olga Pudova will perform on the Primorsky Stage for the first time. The renowned singer will present to the public of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre one of the most difficult parts in the history of opera music, the part of Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte opera in the form of a Singspiel by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The artist has performed this part in the most famous theatres of the world: in 2013 she made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper, and subsequently she sang the role of Königin der Nacht at the Opéra de Paris, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin’s Komische Oper, Turin’s Teatro Regio, La Fenice, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Flemish Opera, Opera Philadelphia and Opéra-Comique. Olga Pudova is the prize-winner at the Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, at the Competizione dell’Opera, and at the International Elena Obraztsova Competition. The singer was also awarded the Golden Sofit, St. Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize.

On November 22, 2018, the long-awaited return of Kimin Kim, the principal dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet, will take place on the Primorsky Stage. The outstanding dancer, the prize-winner at numerous international competitions, the winner of Rossiya-Kultura TV’s project Grand Ballet will perform the role of Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (staging by Konstantin Sergeev and Eldar Aliev with major set pieces of Marius Petipa’s choreography retained). The part of Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty, will be performed by the first soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet, Honoured Artist of Russia Yekaterina Osmolkina. The performance will be held in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the outstanding XIX century choreographer Marius Petipa.

14.10.2018

The principal dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet Kimin Kim, renowned cellist Alexander Kniazev and virtuoso pianist Peter Laul will perform on the Primorsky Stage in November

The ballet playbill of the last autumn month will feature three performances of The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This year, the show is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Marius Petipa (on November 17, 2018 at 14:00 and 19:00). On November 22, 2018 Kimin Kim, the principal dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet, the winner of Rossiya-Kultura TV’s project Grand Ballet, will appear in the party of Prince Désiré. In November, the public will enjoy such popular performances as The Nutcracker (November 10, 2018), Le Corsaire (November 3, 2018) and Giselle, ou les Wilis (November 15, 2018). On November 24, 2018 at 14:00 and 17:00, Bambi and In the Jungle ballets for children will take place. The masterpieces of the twentieth century ballet art will also be presented to the audience: George Balanchine’s one-act ballets (November 1 and 8, 2018), Carmen Suite ballet created by choreographer Alberto Alonso (November 1, 2018) and L’Oiseau de feu ballet as interpreted by the head ballet master of the Primorsky Stage Eldar Aliev (November 29, 2018).

In November, instrumental music fans will enjoy two symphonic evenings with eminent soloists. On November 7, 2018, one of the most sought-after cellists of the modern era, prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow Alexander Kniazev will perform together with the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage for the first time. The concert program includes works by Russian authors of the 20th century (Georgy Sviridov, Alfred Schnittke, Rodion Shchedrin, Alexander Smelkov). On November 16, 2018, the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will continue the series of concerts dedicated to the creative genius of the great 19th century German romantic composer Johannes Brahms. This time, the public will hear the famous Symphony No. 3 and the Piano Concerto No. 2, where Peter Laul, a laureate of international competitions and a bright member of the St. Petersburg school, will perform as soloist. Pavel Smelkov will act as the conductor of the symphony concerts. On November 11 and 14, 2018, the public will again have the chance to see the premiere show of the new Primorsky Stage season, The Tsar’s Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev. During the school holidays, The Mariinsky Vacation Project will take place. Within the framework of the project, the young audience will enjoy Eugene Onegin (“lyrical scenes”) (November 2, 2018) and The Tale of Tsar Saltan (November 4, 2018) operas. Die Zauberflöte (November 18, 2018) and The Love for Three Oranges (November 21, 2018) operas (semi-staged performances) performed in Russian, staged as interactive shows by Alain Maratrat will also be perfect for family viewing. The November poster will be supplemented with the shows of the cult names of the world opera: Rigoletto (November 9, 2018), Carmen (November 25, 2018) and La traviata (November 28, 2018).

05.10.2018

From October 6 to 14, 2018, as part of the Mariinsky for Children project, the best ballet and opera performances for the whole family will be presented on the Primorsky Stage

From October 6 to 14, 2018, as part of the Mariinsky for Children project, the best ballet and opera performances for the whole family will be presented on the Primorsky Stage.

On October 6, 2018 the program will be opened by the colorful Le Corsaire ballet to the music of Adolphe Adan staged by the chief choreographer of the theatre Eldar Aliyev (with traditional interpolations handed down from Marius Petipa’s productions). The love story of the corsair Conrad and charming Medora will be told by artists of the Mariinsky Ballet of the Primorsky Stage. The performance will be accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Anton Torbeev.

The Tale of Tsar Saltan, the most cheerful opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, will be presented to the public on October 7, 2018. The producers of the Primorsky Stage performance have managed to preserve the cheerful, carnival spirit of the opera. Director Daria Panteleeva and art director Petr Okunev have shown deep knowledge and respect for Russian fairy-tale traditions. The vivid images will be performed by the soloists of the Mariinsky Opera of the Primorsky Stage, with Valery Trubin-Leonov at the conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

On October 10 and 11, 2018 for the first time in the new season, the unquestionable hit of the theatre’s repertoire, The Nutcracker ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky will be presented. Regardless of the season, it always gives a feeling of a magical holiday and of wonderful events still to come. Eldar Aliyev’s expressive choreography, familiar music, magnificent costumes and scenery make this Primorsky Stage production a continued success. Anton Torbeev will perform at the conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

On October 13, 2018 the public will see Bambi and In the Jungle one-act ballets with choreography by Anton Pimonov. The ballet dilogy will be shown during a single night, and is intended for family viewing. The productions are based on Felix Salten’s novel telling about Bambi the young deer, and on its subsequent Bambi’s Children. The artists of the Mariinsky Ballet of the Primorsky Stage will personify the images of favorite fairy-tale heroes on the stage. The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be conducted by Valery Trubin-Leonov.

The Mariinsky to Children program will be closing on October 14, 2018 with Die Zauberflöte opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart staged by Alain Maratrat. Written in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that includes both singing and spoken dialogue, this beautiful fairy tale is equally loved by both children and adults. The conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be occupied by guest conductor of the Theater Anton Shaburov who has been recently awarded the First prize of the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition.

Picking a repertoire for children and teenagers is one of the priorities of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. In addition to Mariinsky for Children, the Theater is implementing such projects as Vacations at the Mariinsky, Valery Gergiev for Children, Student Environment and Theatre Classes.

12.09.2018

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, 2018 the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre saw the first premiere of the season: The Tsar’s Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was presented to the public. The premiere was created especially for the Primorsky Stage and took place on the opening day of the Eastern Economic Forum, becoming the central event of his cultural program. The show was visited by Olga Golodets, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation for Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The main parts in the performance were sung by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera of the Primorsky Stage: Anastasia Kikot, Laura Bustamante, Alex Bublik, Sergei Pleshivtsev, Roman Krukovic, Alexei Kostyuk, Alena Diyanova, Eugene Plekhanov. The musical director of the production Pavel Smelkov noted that The Tsar’s Bride opera was ideally suited to the troupe of the Primorsky Stage and that it enabled the soloists to show their talents to best advantage. The musical consultant of the production, leading accompanist of the Mariinsky Opera Irina Soboleva highlighted the advantages of the troupe of the Primorsky Stage: youth, energy and robust ambition.

In the premiere performance, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Chorus of the Primorsky Stage were involved; leader conductor Pavel Smelkov took the panel. During their work on the show, the directors tried to avoid clichés, those musical and semantic changes that have taken place in the opera over the long years of its stage life. "The Tsar’s Bride opera was tremendously popular both in the USSR and in contemporary Russia, but the musical material has taken a turn for the worse during this period. Our primary task was to return to the composer’s pace, that is, to make the opera the way he wanted to hear it, for the first time in the recent sixty performances of this opera”, Irina Soboleva noted.

The scenery and costumes produced in the workshops of the Mariinsky Theatre attracted the attention of the public even at the stage of rehearsals: the audience compared the production with the films in the style of fantasy. The producers noted that such parallels were not scaring them; on the contrary, they meant potential attraction of new audiences. “As for the scenic design and costumes, I wanted to convey the spirit of the era and to get rid of the unnecessary details that mean nothing both for our story and for the characters’ images. Our performance is not historically accurate, there’s place for stylization, fantasy. Therefore, I believe that the association with The Game of Thrones is very good”, said Pyotr Okunev, the author of the scenography and costumes.

The creation of a performance capable of capturing a modern spectator and of making them fall in love with opera became one of the goals of the directors working on the project. “In The Tsar’s Bride opera, there is everything: Russian lyricism, almost Wagnerian drama, the emerging symbolism. We have managed to brush away age-old dust from the images: there’s a passion in opera, a very bright human drama. We tried to make the history modern, congenial and understandable to us in terms of emotional, sensual content. It’s important that every spectator coming to see the play would find something of their own in it”.

Pavel Smelkov has emphasized the special significance of this particular opera by Rimsky-Korsakov taking its place in the repertoire of the Primorsky Stage: "The Tsar’s Bride opera, though cleared of any extrinsic features, still remains a Russian historical opera, and Vladivostok hasn’t seen such an opera before. There was a lot of Tchaikovsky, a lot of fabulous Rimsky-Korsakov, but this is a serious, terrible era. This opera will show the public new facets of the Russian opera repertoire”.

The premiere shows of The Tsar’s Bride opera will take place on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on September 14 and 15, 2018.

12.09.2018

Deputy Head of the Government of the Russian Federation for Culture, Sports and Tourism Olga Golodets visited the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in the days of the Eastern Economic Forum

Deputy Head of the Government of the Russian Federation for Culture, Sports and Tourism Olga Golodets visited the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in the days of the Eastern Economic Forum. Olga Golodets looked at the exhibitions of the Theatre, saw the rehearsal of the ballet troupe, visited the premiere of The Tsar’s Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and held the next board of trustees of the branch of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok.

03.09.2018

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

The events of the cultural program of the Eastern Economic Forum will be presented at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. One of the biggest events in the economic and political life of the Asia-Pacific region will be held in Vladivostok from 11 to 13 September. Residents and guests of the city are looking forward to the premiere of The Tsar’s Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the performance of the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet, The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and gala concerts featuring Asian soloists.

On September 10, the day before the opening of the forum, the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre under the guidance of renowned violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet. The orchestra was formed on the basis of a large-scale all-Russian competition of classical music performers; qualifying rounds were held in all federal constituents of the Russian Federation, including the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok. Young violinists from the Primorsky Region, Angelina Lobko and Maria Merenyuk, will take part in the concert on September 10. They will perform solo parts in the Concerto for Two Violins by Antonio Vivaldi.

The central event of the forum’s cultural program will be the premiere of The Tsar’s Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, which will be held on the opening day of the Eastern Economic Forum on September 11. This will be the first large-scale show prepared especially for the Primorsky Stage. The opera was directed Vyacheslav Starodubtsev. The grandiose stagecraft and costumes of the head designer of the Primorsky Stage Peter Okunev will be complemented by the use of modern video content created by one of the leading Russian specialists, Vadim Dulenko. The custom-made choreography will be also there; Sergey Zakharin is working on it.

On September 12 (07:00 p.m.) the cultural program of the forum will be continued in the Great Hall of the theatre The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (choreography by Marius Petipa as revised by Konstantin Sergeyev and Eldar Aliyev). The performance will be part of a large-scale celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding choreographer Marius Petipa. The Chamber Hall will host a concert named “The Melodies of Autumn 2018” featuring Japanese soloists (08:00 p.m.). Violinist Matsumoto Ran, vocalist Miyamoto Miki and pianist Moriya Junko will present a rich and varied program that will include both classical and modern music. The event will be held as part of the Year of Japan in Russia.

The cultural program of the forum will end on the Primorsky Stage on September 13 with a gala concert featuring famous instrumentalists. The program will be opened by the performance of the laureate of the Eurovision contest for young musicians, Ziyu He (China). He will be performing a solo part in the Concerto No.1 for Violin and Orchestra by Max Bruch. Kim Tae Hyung (South Korea) will perform Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Robert Schumann, and Canon Matsuda (Japan) will perform Concerto No.1 for Piano and Orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich. Ivan Bessonov who has recently won a triumphant victory in Eurovision contest for young musicians will be closing the night, performing Concerto No.1 (Parts 2 and 3) for Piano and Orchestra by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. It was Part 3 of the masterpiece that brought Bessonov victory in the contest. All performances will be accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Pavel Smelkov.

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.

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