09.11.2017

In November, the Primorsky Stage audiences will be presented with an opportunity to see masterpieces of Italian and Russian repertoire.

In November, the Primorsky Stage audiences will be presented with an opportunity to see masterpieces of Italian and Russian repertoire.

On 9 November, one of the most famous Giuseppe Verdi’s operas Rigoletto will feature coloratura soprano Aigul Khismatullina, a singer with a rare voice, multiple awards winner and a fellow of the Atkins Young Artists Program. She will sing the part of Gilda, the interpretation of which has become one of the most successful in her career. Another Giuseppe Verdi’s opera - Macbeth, staged by internationally renowned theatre director Ian Judge, will be presented on November 11, when the Primorsky Stage artists will be joined by the Mariinsky soloist, bass Vitaly Yankovsky. In both performances the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov.

Vitaly Yankovsky will continue his Vladivostok performances in one of the most character roles in Sergei Prokofiev’s comic opera — The Love for Three Oranges (November 16) — the part of the King.

On 18 November, opera lovers will hear a powerful production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. This time, the conductor’s podium will be for the first time occupied by Anton Shaburov. Since August 2017, the young musician, a winner of grand-prix and 1st prize at international competitions, who has already earned recognition both in Russia and abroad, has been artistic director and principal conductor of the Far East Academic Symphony Orchestra (Khabarovsk).

The November operatic playbill will close with Christmas Eve by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (November 23, 24). The production has taken advantage of almost all theatrical opportunities: a snowstorm, stars playing blind man’s buff, a fantastic fight create a feeling of presence and make the audience a participant in the events happening on stage. This is a performance for all the family — one of those that inspire a real love for opera.

08.11.2017

In November, the Primorsky Stage audiences will have a chance to hear works by Sergei Rachmaninoff performed by Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev (November 29, 30). Compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven (November 12) and Johannes Brahms (November 10) will be presented by the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Pavel Smelkov, with Peter Laul (piano) acting as a soloist in one of the concerts.

In November, the Primorsky Stage audiences will have a chance to hear works by Sergei Rachmaninoff performed by Denis Matsuev and the the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev (November 29, 30). Compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven (November 12) and Johannes Brahms (November 10) will be presented by the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Pavel Smelkov, with Peter Laul (piano) acting as a soloist in one of the concerts.

The performance by this prominent representative of the St Petersburg piano school together with the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be the first out of a series of large-scale symphonic programmes to be presented this month (November 10). The works performed will include Symphony No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 1 by Johannes Brahms.

On the next day (November 11), at the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage, Peter Laul will give a piano recital, which will open with Sonata No. 11 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The musician’s repertoire includes all the composer’s 32 sonatas - a challenge that only a real master can meet. The evening programme also features works by Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel.

On 12 November, the Chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be playing Symphony No.9 by Ludwig van Beethoven. That was the first time that the composer had welcomed the sound of the human voice into a Symphony to express its philosophic concept. This move pushed the boundaries of art and left the first audiences and the composer’s contemporaries dumbfounded. For the composer, creation of the Finale of Symphony No. 9 was the crowning work, the result of many years of his attempts to write music for for Schiller’s An die Freude (Ode to joy).

The centrepiece of the November musical playbill will be the Rachmaninoff Cycle on November 29 and 30 when the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev will be joined by Denis Matsuev to perform all works for piano and orchestra by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

01.11.2017

In November the Chinese State Peking Opera Company will be on tour at two Mariinsky Theatre venues – on 4 and 5 November for the first time at the Primorsky Stage (Vladivostok) and on 8 and 9 November at the historic Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg).

In November the Chinese State Peking Opera Company will be on tour at two Mariinsky Theatre venues – on 4 and 5 November for the first time at the Primorsky Stage (Vladivostok) and on 8 and 9 November at the historic Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg).

On 4 and 5 November at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre the legendary Chinese ensemble will present one of its most famous productions in the genre of Peking opera The Legend of the White Snake, based on ancient Chinese myths. The authenticity of the production is highlighted by the vivid make-up of the performers, the beautifully embellished costumes, the dances and the inventive acrobatics.

Following the appearances in Vladivostok, the Chinese State Peking Opera Company will depart for St Petersburg. At the historic Mariinsky Theatre the performers will appear twice in The Warrior Women of Yang, which is a reference to the martial genre of "wuxi", in which the principal action involves acrobatics and elements of the martial arts (8 and 9 November).

Peking Opera (Jinan) is a unique genre of traditional Chinese art, included by UNESCO in its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It has a rich two-hundred-year history (the official "date of birth" of Peking Opera is considered to be 1790) and over that time it has transformed into a complex mixture of different music and theatre techniques, blending national music and unique vocal techniques, a carefully thought-out language of gestures, dance, acrobatics and elements of martial arts. The performers wear bright costumes on the stage with massive head decorations weighing up to ten kilograms, and it involves the use of complex make-up which takes several hours to put on. Initially it was just male actors who were allowed to perform Peking Opera, and it was only in the 1870s that women began to appear on the stage, though even after that men were widely employed in the female roles of "dans".

The Chinese State Peking Opera was founded in 1955. The theatre's first director was the acclaimed actor and theatre reformer Mei Lanfang. In its sixty-year existence the theatre has staged over five hundred Perking Opera productions – classical and innovative, revived and restaged. More than fifty of them, just like their many performers and designers, have won national and international awards.

Today the Chinese State Peking Opera is home to three companies – the Peking Opera, the Theatre Centre and the Mei Lanfang Grand Theatre. The theatre appears throughout the world and has toured to more than fifty countries, winning internatinal renown. The ensemble's first visit to St Petersburg took place in 2014 to mark one hundred and twenty years since the birth of Mei Lanfang. Atthat time, the Mariinsky Theatre hosted performances of the productions The Legend of the White Snake and Mu Guiying Takes Command.

30.10.2017

In November, the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will for the first time perform in South Korean capital. The performances will take place at the Opera Theatre located in the Seoul Art Center.

In November, the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will for the first time perform in South Korean capital. The performances will take place at the Opera Theatre located in the Seoul Art Center.

From November 9 to 12, Seoul audiences will see four performances of Konstantin Sergeyev’s classic production of P. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

The tour performances will feature the Company’s principal dancers and soloists: Sergei Umanets, Irina Sapozhnikova, Anna Samostrelova, Kanat Nadirbek, as well as the Mariinsky Theatre principal dancers Kimin Kim and Viktoria Tereshkina. The performances of the Primorsky Stage Ballet Company will be accompanied by the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Anton Torbeev.

This is the first tour of the Primorsky Stage Ballet in South Korea. This season, the artists have already appeared on stage of the Harbin Grand Theatre (China) with Eldar Aliev’s production of Le Corsaire presented as part of the 2nd China-Russian Festival of Culture and Art. The leading soloists Irina Sapozhnikova and Sergei Umanets also took part in the opening ceremony of the Festival with Pas de deux from Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Another important event in the Company’s touring programme was performances at the Historic Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre last August. The tour programme included ballets from classical heritage - Giselle by Adolphe Adam and neo-classical productions, marking the 135th anniversary since the birth of Igor Stravinsky: Eldar Aliev’s staging of the Firebird and George Balanchine’s Apollo. The Primorsky Stage Ballet performed to full houses and its tour received rapturous reception from audiences and generous praise from leading ballet critics and experts.

27.10.2017

Yesterday the Liaoning Ballet of China opened a series of its performances at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre with the ballet Eight Heroines, which is the centrepiece of its first ever Far East tour.

Yesterday the Liaoning Ballet of China opened a series of its performances at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre with the ballet Eight Heroines, which is the centrepiece of its first ever Far East tour.

On 26, 27, 28 October, the Far East for the first time hosts the performances by the artists of one of the major ballet companies of China. For their first tour in this region, the Company has chosen the ballet, the plot of which is based on the real events that took place in China back in the 1930th. The impressive production, performed by the best artists of the troupe, recreates the atmosphere of those dramatic events through design and technical mastery of the dancers. A minimalist style of the costumes and sets, and elaborate lighting solution accentuate the storyline and vividly illustrate the plot.

On 29 October, the series of performances by the Liaoning Ballet in Vladivostok will be closed with a Gala by Chinese Ballet Stars. The Liaoning Ballet adheres to the classical traditions, while being committed to creating a solid Chinese ballet repertoire and preserving traditions of the national performing art. The Company regularly invites renowned ballet teachers and choreographers from Russia, Europe, Asia and America to share their experience and further develop the dancing prowess of the troupe. The programme of the Gala Concert includes excerpts from classical ballets by European and Russian choreographers, as well as pieces of contemporary choreography.

23.10.2017

The extensive regional performance programme of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre continues. On 27 October, opera soloists, the Chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will give a concert of symphonic and vocal music at the House of the Russian Army Officers in Ussuriysk, dedicated to the 200th anniversary since the birth of A.K. Tolstoy.

The extensive regional performance programme of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre continues. On 27 October, opera soloists, the Chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will give a concert of symphonic and vocal music at the House of the Russian Army Officers in Ussuriysk, dedicated to the 200th anniversary since the birth of A.K. Tolstoy.

The concert programme features romances by A.K. Tolstoy to music by P.I. Tchaikovsky, N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, M.P. Mussorgsky, A.P. Borodin. In addition to well-known compositions, the concert includes little-known pieces, such as the orchestral song The Wolves by A.S. Arensky.
The vocal part of the programme will be supplemented by the rarely performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s early symphonic poem Prince Igor based on the eponymous ballad by A. Tolstoy.

The evening will be concluded with one of the jewels of the world choral music — S.I. Taneyev’s cantata John of Damascus. The text of the Cantata, based on an excerpt from A. Tolstoy’s poem of the same name, describes contemplations of a 18th century Byzantine monk about death and is often rightfully referred to as the “Russian Requiem”. The Cantata, conducted by Taneyev, premiered in Moscow in 1884 and caused a sensation. After its St Petersburg premiere the celebrated critic and composer César Cui wrote: “Our art has been enriched with a composition original in colouring and outstanding in merit”. Today, the Cantata John of Damascus is in the repertoire of all leading choral ensembles and invariably receives a rapturous reception from the audience.

The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage and the Primorsky Stage Opera soloists already visited Ussuriysk last December. Year by year, the theatre expands the map of its regional performance programme. The artists successfully performed in the Khabarovsk Region as part of the 16th Moscow Easter Festival and this season, in August and September, together with the Mariinsky Opera soloists, they presented a concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in Khabarovsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

19.10.2017

On November 4 and 5 at 17:00 the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting performances by artists of the China National Peking Opera Company. During their first tour to Vladivostok, the legendary Company will appear at the Primorsky Stage twice with the masterpiece of national art - the famous Legend of the White Snake.

In November, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre presents an intense, festival-scale playbill: the key events will include performances by outstanding Russian pianist Denis Matsuev together with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev (November 29,30), the Mariinsky Ballet Star Kimin Kim (November 15) and soloists of the China National Peking Opera Company (November 4, 5).

The Vladivostok audience will for the first time have an opportunity to be introduced to the unique genre of Peking Opera included into the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. On November 4 and 5, the troupe of the China National Peking Opera Company will be presenting one of the most celebrated performances - The Legend of the White Snake, themed on the Chinese national folklore. The Chinese artists will demonstrate their vocal virtuosity and will let the audience get the feel of the national flavour with captivating mass scenes, lavish decorations, colourful costumes, inimitable bright makeup, elaborate dances and acrobatics.

The November opera repertoire includes Alain Maratrat’s productions for all the family The Magic Flute (November 2) and The Love for Three Oranges (November 16), the interactive performance Christmas Eve based on the eponymous novel by Nikolai Gogol (November 23 and 24) and the grandiose staging of Puccini’s most renowned opera Tosca (Novembre 18).

The centerpiece of the November ballet playbill is the long-awaited appearance of the Mariinsky principal dancer Kimin Kim as Count Albrecht in Giselle (November 15).

In November, the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre sets off on its first tour in the South Korean capital Seoul, where it will give two performances of Swan Lake in its Mariinsky Theatre’s classical version. In Vladivostok, the Company will perform ballets of the current repertoire: Le Corsaire (November 1), The Sleeping Beauty (November 6), one-act ballets by George Balanchine (November 17), An evening of ballet The Firebird (November 19), The Nutcracker (November 25, 26).

The indisputable culmination of the November events will be the Rachmaninoff Cycle (November 29 at 20:00 and November 30 at 11:00). Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev will perform all Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works for piano and orchestra.

13.10.2017

On November 4 and 5 at 17:00 the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting performances by artists of the China National Peking Opera Company. During their first tour to Vladivostok, the legendary Company will appear at the Primorsky Stage twice with the masterpiece of national art - the famous Legend of the White Snake.

On November 4 and 5 at 17:00 the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting performances by artists of the China National Peking Opera Company. During their first tour to Vladivostok, the legendary Company will appear at the Primorsky Stage twice with the masterpiece of national art - the famous Legend of the White Snake.

Peking opera (Jīngjù) is a unique genre of traditional Chinese art, which has been included into the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Having emerged several centuries ago, by the end of the 19th century, Peking opera had become the most popular theatrical form in China. Over the years, this genre has developed into a complex amalgam of various musical and theatrical techniques. Peking opera combines a special manner of singing to national music with declamation and mime. Accompaniment is provided by a small ensemble of Chinese stringed and percussion (cymbals, gongs, drums) folk instruments.

The genre was brought to international acclaim by Mai Lanfang — grand master of Peking opera, who introduced it to the outside world by taking the troupe on its first tour to Japan and the USA in the 1920-30th. After its resounding success, Peking opera began to be performed around the world and became one of the symbols of cultural collaboration between West and East.

In January 1955, Mai Lanfang founded the China National Peking Opera Company which later became one of the principal centres for preservation and development of this national genre. The Theatre’s troupe has received international recognition and has toured in more than 50 countries on five continents. In 2914, the Company’s performances dedicated to the 120th anniversary since Mai Lanfang’s birth were a grandiose success at the Historic Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

At the Primorsky Stage in Vladivostok the Company will present one of the most famed performances in the genre of Peking opera — The Legend of the White Snake based on ancient Chinese folk tales. It is a story about love that transcends the boundaries between the world of people and the world of gods, filled with melodic singing and refined dances. The authenticity of the performance is intensified by elaborate bright makeup, dances, extraordinary acrobatic movements and colourfully embroidered consumes.

After the performances in Vladivostok, the China National Theatre of Peking Opera will set off to St Petersburg where it’ll appear twice at the Historic Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre with the Women Generals of the Yang Family.

09.10.2017

Der fliegende Hollander by Richard Wagner closes at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre with two performances on on October 12 and 14.

Der fliegende Hollander by Richard Wagner closes at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre with two performances on on October 12 and 14.

Ian Judge’s production will be presented by soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg), leading singers, Chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Pavel Smelkov.

In the October performances wonderful Wagnerian performers Vadim Kravets (the Dutchman) and Leonid Zakhozhev (Eric) will appear alongside the Primorsky Stage soloists. The part of Senta will be for the first time performed by the Company’s leading soprano Alena Diyanova. Her Primorsky Stage repertoire includes lyrical characters in Eugene Onegin (Tatiana) and The Tale of the Tsar Saltan (Militrisa), parts of Oxana in Christmas Eve and Violette in La traviata, as well as dramatic heroines in operas Tosca, Macbeth, The Queen of Spades. Alena Diyanova’s debut in Der fliegende Hollander, which she has prepared by her together with the Mariinsky leading concert masters and coaches, will be her first contact with Richard Wagner’s music.

The part of Daland will be sung for the first time by Vladivostok’s audience favourite, award-winning bass Sergei Pleshivtsev. The performance will also feature Evgeny Mizin (the Steersman) and Tatiana Makarchuk (Mary).

04.10.2017

From 26 to 29 October, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the Liaoning Ballet of China, for whom it will be its first tour to Vladivostok. The Company’s Vladivostok debut will include three showings of their original ballet Eight Heroines (October 26, 27, 28) and a gala-concert (October 29).

From 26 to 29 October, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the Liaoning Ballet of China, for whom it will be its first tour to Vladivostok. The Company’s Vladivostok debut will include three showings of their original ballet Eight Heroines (October 26, 27, 28) and a gala-concert (October 29).

The plot of the original performance is based on a poignant real life story about eight young female soldiers from a secret garrison of the Northwest Anti-Japanese Amalgamated Army of China, fighting against the invaders during the tragic events of the Japanese occupation of China in the 1930th. While being on an important military mission, the heroines made a difficult choice to sacrifice their lives for their Motherland. 77 years later, a story about their heroic deed inspired the Liaoning Ballet Company to create a captivating ballet performance, which in 2016 was awarded the Wenhua Prize, a national top-level award in the field of art.

The Liaoning Ballet was founded in 1980 in one of the northern provinces of China and now is regarded as one of the best ballet companies in the country. The Company’s repertoire include both classical ballets (Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, Raymonda) and its own productions based on Chinese themes (Liang and Zhu, The last Emperor, Moonlight over the Erquan Pond). The Company’s artists collaborate on regular basis with coaches from Russia, the USA, France, Italy, Canada and other countries and on numerous occasions have become winners of prestigious awards. Recent achievements of the Liaoning Ballet leading soloists include Silver and Bronze prizes at the 13th International Ballet Competition held in Moscow in 2017.

The Company’s leading soloists, multiple prestigious international award winners Zhang Haidong and Yu Chuanya already performed in Vladivostok during the II International Mariinsky Far East Festival, where their performance of leading parts in Adolphe Adam’s ballet Giselle received a rapturous reception from the audience.

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