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16.08.2019

The 2019/20 season of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater continues, presenting masterpieces of the world’s musical theater

The 2019/20 season of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater continues, presenting masterpieces of the world’s musical theater. In the last weeks of summer, the Primorsky Stage audience will see drama operas of European composers and performances from the “gold portfolio” of classical ballet.

August 22 at 19:00 — Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi’s iconic opera about the tragic fate of a court jester and his daughter. Roman Krukovich (Duke of Mantua) and Maria Suzdaltseva (Gilda) will sing the major parts. The company’s new soloist Marat Mukhmetzianov will appear as Rigoletto for the first time on the Primorsky Stage. Conductor: Valery Trubin-Leonov.

On August 25 at 17:00, another operatic masterpiece will be presented, Carmen by Georges Bizet featuring Laura Bustamante (Carmen) and Alexei Smirnov (Don Jose). On August 29 at 19:00, Giuseppe Verdi’s seldom performed opera Macbeth after Shakespeare’s tragedy of the same name will be presented on the Primorsky Stage. Vyacheslav Vasiliev (Macbeth) and Alyona Diyanova (Lady Macbeth) will appear in the lead roles. Anton Torbeev will be at the conductor’s desk.

Back from traditional summer tours, the Primorsky Stage’s ballet company will show its excellence again in such classical performances as Adam’s Giselle (August 28, 19:00) and Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty (August 23, 19:00; August 24, 14:00). The theater’s lead soloists Irina Sapozhnikova, Anna Samostrelova, Sergey Umanets, and Kanat Nadyrbek will appear in the key roles. Anton Torbeev will conduct the performances.

09.08.2019

The Fourth International Mariinsky Far East Festival, which opened on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater on July 24 to last 17 days, is finishing in Vladivostok on August 9

The Fourth International Mariinsky Far East Festival, which opened on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater on July 24 to last 17 days, is finishing in Vladivostok on August 9. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, the last opera premiere of the Primorsky Stage, will be the final performance on the festival program. The major parts will be performed by leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theater (St Petersburg) and the Primorsky Stage, and by guest performers: Alyona Diyanova (Aida), Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov (Radamès), Yulia Matochkina (Amneris), Vladislav Sulimsky (Amonasro), Yevgeny Nikitin (Ramphis). Pavel Smelkov will be at the conductor’s podium.

Results of the Fourth International Mariinsky Far East Festival

  • Parade of opera and ballet stars: Maria Bayankina, Yulia Matochkina, Mikhail Vekua, Yuri Vorobyov, Alexei Markov, Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Sergey Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Stanislav Trofimov, Alexander Mikhailov, Angelina Akhmedova, Aigul Khismatullina, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Victoria Teryoshkina, Nadezhda Batoyeva, Renata Shakirova, Ekaterina Osmolkina, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov, Konstantin Zverev, Alexander Sergeev;
  • Famous conductors and prominent instrumentalists: Valery Gergiev, Shizuo Kuwahara, Pavel Smelkov, Xia Xiaotang, Justus Frantz; Tianxu An, Lucas Debargue, Kanon Matsuda (piano); Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici; Miura Fumiaki (violin);
  • New names: Prize-winners of the XVI Tchaikovsky International Competition and Atkins Program scholars;
  • For the first time on the Primorsky Stage: the operas Parsifal of Richard Wagner staged by Tony Palmer, Lucia di Lammermoor of Gaetano Donizetti staged by Andrea De Rosa, and concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera The Enchantress; ballets The Bronze Horseman of Reinhold Gliere staged by Yuri Smekalov, Sylvia of Léo Delibes, choreography by Frederick Ashton, Push Comes to Shove by Twyla Tharp, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort of Roland Petit, The Young Lady and the Hooligan of Dmitry Shostakovich, choreography by Konstantin Boyarsky;
  • Expansion of the festival’s borders: the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra appeared in Ussuriysk, and the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble, in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for the first time.

At the festival’s opening on July 24, the Far East premiere of the ballet The Bronze Horseman of Reinhold Gliere, a production of Yuri Smekalov, was presented. Also included on the forum’s program were the premiere of the ballet Sylvia of Léo Delibes, choreography by Frederick Ashton, and two evenings with the premiers of the Mariinsky Theater’s ballet company loved by audiences worldwide — Kimin Kim and Vladimir Shklyarov. The major parts in the ballet performances were performed by stars of the Mariinsky Theater’s ballet company.

ЯA striking accent on the opera showbill were the Far East premieres of the Mariinsky Theater's productions: Richard Wagner’s Parsifal (production by Tony Palmer) under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor staged by Andrea De Rosa, with Aigul Khismatullina, prize-winner of the XVI Tchaikovsky International Competition and an up-and-coming star of the Primorsky Stage and Mariinsky Theater, in the title role. Also successful was the concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera The Enchantress, which was performed in Vladivostok for the first time under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Among the productions of the Primorsky Stage included in the festival program are The Tsar’s Bride of Rimsky-Korsakov produced by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev, Tosca of Puccini produced by Hans-Joachim Frey, and the premiere of the current season, Verdi’s Aida staged by Alexei Stepanyuk. Along with leading soloists of the Mariinsky’s opera company Maria Bayankina, Yulia Matochkina, Anna Kiknadze, Mikhail Vekua, Yuri Vorobyov, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Sergey Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, and Stanislav Trofimov, engaged in the performances were soloists of the Primorsky Stage and talented young singers, Atkins Program scholars.

The concert program of the Mariinsky Far East Festival was graced by performances of the The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, with talented young musicians Tianxu An (piano, China), Miura Fumiaki (violin, Japan) and Kim Gihoon (baritone, Republic of Korea) appearing as soloists, The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage and Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble with Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici as conductor; the concert for the 175th anniversary of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and 180th anniversary of Modest Mussorgsky featuring Kanon Matsuda (piano, Japan) and conductor Shizuo Kuwahara (Japan); and the tour of the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Xia Xiaotang in Vladivostok and Ussuriysk. The string of concerts was completed by the The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage and prominent conductor Justus Frantz (Germany) who appeared in a double role, as conductor and as soloist.

The season of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater will be continued with the best productions of its repertoire: ballets Giselle of Adolphe Adam, choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa (August 10); Carmen Suite of Georges Bizet — Rodion Schedrin, choreography by Alberto Alonzo and The Prodigal Son, of Sergey Prokofiev, choreography by George Balanchine (August 16), and operas Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (August 11), Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (August 15), La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (August 17) etc.

07.08.2019

On August 8, as part of the fourth Mariinsky International Far East Festival, a concert of the The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will take place under the baton of Justus Frantz (Germany)

On August 8, as part of the fourth Mariinsky International Far East Festival, a concert of the The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will take place under the baton of Justus Frantz (Germany).

The world-known musician will appear in a double role, both as conductor and soloist, in Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 21 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The night’s program also features the overture to William Tell by Gioachino Rossini and Symphony No. 7 of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Please be reminded that the Mariinsky International Far East Festival will be held from July 24 till August 9.

03.08.2019

On August 6, 2019 the China Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of its principal conductor, Xia Xiaotang, at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre with An Tianxu, a Chinese pianist and a prize-winner of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition

On August 6, 2019 the China Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of its principal conductor, Xia Xiaotang, at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre with An Tianxu, a Chinese pianist and a prize-winner of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition.

An Tianxu is a laureate of one of the prestigious music contests — the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition — which was resonant across the world in June 2019. Now the 20-year pianist is a student of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, USA. He took part in master classes with Robert Macdonald, Sergey Babayan, Klaus Bessler, Andrea Bonatta, and Maxim Mogilevsky.

The China Philharmonic Orchestra wasиfounded in Beijing in May 2000 as part of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Chinese Radio and Television. Over the past years the Orchestra has given a lot of concerts in China and abroad (including Latin American countries, Europe and the USA) and presented some premieres of contemporary composers. The Orchestra diligently performs Chinese composers’ music.

01.08.2019

On August 3 and 4, 2019 at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Mariinsky opera company soloists under the conduct of Valery Gergiev will present the Far Eastern premieres of the solemn stage mystery of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal directed by Briton Tony Palmer (August 3 , 2019 at 18:00) and The Enchantress by Pyotr Tchaikovsky in its concert variant (August 4, 2019 at 16:00)

On August 3 and 4, 2019 at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Mariinsky opera company soloists under the conduct of Valery Gergiev will present the Far Eastern premieres of the solemn stage mystery of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal directed by Briton Tony Palmer (August 3 , 2019 at 18:00) and The Enchantress by Pyotr Tchaikovsky in its concert variant (August 4, 2019 at 16:00).

On August 4, 2019 (at 12:00), there will also be a concert of the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev with the participation of young talented musicians An Tianxu (China), Miura Fumiaki (Japan) and Kim Gihoon (Republic of Korea).

The premiere of the production of Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal directed by Tony Palmer at the Mariinsky Theatre took place in 1997, and in October 2018, this performance returned to the repertoire of the theater after having been discontinued for eight years (director Marina Mishuk).

The appearance of Parsifal in the poster of any theater in the world is always an extraordinary event. In Russia, it could be seen and heard only at the Mariinsky Theatre.

The show on the Primorsky stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be held on August 3, 2019 with the participation of the brightest soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Company: Mikhail Vekua (Parsifal), Yulia Matochkina (Kundri), Alexei Markov (Amfortas), Yuri Vorobyov (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor) and Gleb Peryazev (Titurel).

Pyotr Tchaikovsky began work on The Enchantress, his beloved brainchild, in 1885. The world premiere of the composition took place at the Mariinsky Theatre on October 20, 1887. The author conducted the first four performances himself. The opera did not have much success and endured only 12 performances, after which it was excluded from the repertoire. The further scenic fate of the opera was no less complicated: it was truly appreciated only in the middle of the 20th century, gaining a new interpretation in the productions of Kirovsky (now Mariinsky) Theatre and the Bolshoi Theatre.

Within the framework of the International Far East Festival, on August 4, 2019, the opera will be presented in its concert variant. The main parties will be sung by: Maria Bayankina (Nastasya (the Godmother), Vladislav Sulimsky (Prince Nikita Kurlyatev), Anna Kiknadze (Princess Yevpraksiya Romanova), Alexander Mikhailov (Prince Yuri), Stanislav Trofimov (Mamyrov).

The International Mariinsky Far East Festival is taking place on July 24, 2019 to August 9, 2019.

01.08.2019

On August 4, 2019 (12:00), as part of the Fourth International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, a concert of the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev with the participation of young talented musicians An Tianxu (China), Miura Fumiaki (Japan) and Kim Gihoon (Republic of Korea) will take place on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

On August 4, 2019 (12:00), as part of the Fourth International Mariinsky Far East Festival, Vladivostok, a concert of the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev with the participation of young talented musicians An Tianxu (China), Miura Fumiaki (Japan) and Kim Gihoon (Republic of Korea) will take place on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The concert program will include: Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergey Rakhmaninov (soloist An Tianxu), Violin Concerto by Jan Sibelius (soloist Miura Fumiaki), aria of Yeletsky from The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, aria of Renato from Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi (soloist Kim Gihoon), and Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Musorgsky.

An Tianxu and Kim Gihoon are prizewinners at the recently completed XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition. This Competition is one of the most important and highly anticipated events. It is held every four years and is of particular importance to the world music community. Tchaikovsky Competition is traditionally a launching pad for young gifted musicians, giving them the opportunity to gain the love and recognition of the global professional community, and to start a brilliant international career.

Miura Fumiaki won the first prize, the Critics Prize and the Audience Award at the Josef Joachim International Violin Competition, becoming the youngest contest winner in its history. Currently he is actively touring. He performed with the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras of the North German Radio (Hannover), the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Let us remind you that the Fourth International Mariinsky Far East Festival is taking place from July 24 to August 9, 2019 at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

31.07.2019

Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to draw your attention to the changes in the festival billboard: due to Albina Shagimuratova’s disease, on July 31, 2019 the title role in Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor will be performed by the winner of international competitions — and the winner of one of the world’s most important musical competitions, the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition — Aigul Khismatullina. The favorite of the Primorsky public, this vocalist has earned well-deserved success and continues to conquer the top opera scenes of the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to draw your attention to the changes in the festival billboard: due to Albina Shagimuratova’s disease, on July 31, 2019 the title role in Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor will be performed by the winner of international competitions — and the winner of one of the world’s most important musical competitions, the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition — Aigul Khismatullina. The favorite of the Primorsky public, this vocalist has earned well-deserved success and continues to conquer the top opera scenes of the world.

31.07.2019

On July 31, 2019 and August 5, 2019 the famous opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti will be presented for the first time on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

On July 31, 2019 and August 5, 2019 the famous opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti will be presented for the first time on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The stage solution of the play has been invented by the Italian team who have also staged several performances on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg). The head of the team is director Andrea De Rosa.

The main parts will be performed by world-famous performers, leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera company: Vladislav Sulimsky (Lord Henry Ashton), Yevgeny Akimov (Sir Edgar Ravenswood) and Stanislav Trofimov (Raymond Beidbent) on July 31, 2019 and Sergei Skorokhodov (Sir Edgar Ravenswood), Alexey Markov (Sir Henry Ashton), Stanislav Trofimov (Raymond Baydbent) on August 5, 2019. On July 31 and August 5 the title party will be performed by the winner of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition (2019) Aigul Khismatullina. On both days, the Orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre will be conducted by the main conductor of the Primorsky Stage Pavel Smelkov.

An hour before the start of the performances in the lobby of the 5th floor the guests will be able to visit the “Theatre Foreword” lecture where musicologist, historian and head of the Publishing Office of the Mariinsky Theatre Anna Petrova. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti is one of the highest achievements of the romantic bel canto. Without any periods of oblivion, this opera regularly appears in posters around the world. Romantic melodrama where emotions completely absorb heroes, vivid characters, mercilessly unwinding intrigue with sudden turns of action and, finally, Donizetti’s delightful tunes where each score is turned into a masterpiece, this is the recipe of Lucia di Lammermoor’s scenic longevity.

24.07.2019

On July 24, 2019, on the opening day of the Forth International Mariinsky Far East Festival, the Asian versions of the official web-site of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre have been launched

On July 24, 2019, on the opening day of the Forth International Mariinsky Far East Festival, the Asian versions of the official web-site of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre have been launched. Now news and announcements on prim.mariinsky.ru are available not only in Russian and English but also in Japanese, Korean and Chinese. The extension of the language platform is caused by a brisk growth of tourists in Asia Pacific.

Let us remind you that the IV International Mariinsky Far East Festival is running from July 24 to August 9, 2019 at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok.

On the opening day of the Festival the Mariinsky Ballet performed Reinhold Glière’s The Bronze Horseman choreographed by Yuri Smekalov; the audience reacted enthusiastically to the performance premiered in Vladivostok. The ballet program also include Leo Delibes’ Sylvia choreographed by Frederick Ashton, which will be premiered in the Russian Far East, and the two evenings with principal dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet who are favorites with the public all over the world: Kimin Kim and Vladimir Shklyarov. The day before their appearances on the stage Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov and Ekaterina Kandaurova will take part in their meet-the-artist events.

The concert program will be adorned with the performances of: Miura Fumiaki (viola), with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev; Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (viola), a leader of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage; the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble that will appear in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok; Kanon Matsuda (piano) with the Combined Mariinsky Orchestra and the Mariinskiy Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Shizuo Kuwahara; Mariinskiy Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Justus Frantz, Germany; and the China Philharmonic Orchestra that will once play with An Tianxu (piano), a prize-winner of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition.

The opera program includes the Far East premieres of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor that was staged by Andrea De Rosa and will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov, Richard Wagner’s Parsifal staged by Tony Palmer and the concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress with Valery Gergiev as a conductor. The premieres will feature such Mariinsky leading soloists as Albina Shagimuratova, Maria Bayankina, Yulia Matochkina, Anna Kiknadze, Mikhail Vekua, Yuri Vorobiev, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Stanislav Trofimov, and some young gifted vocalists who are Atkins Program fellows.

24.07.2019

On July 24, 2019, the International Mariinsky Far East Festival is to be opened at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok

On July 24, 2019 the International Mariinsky Far East Festival is to be opened at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok. It will run until August 9, 2019 and include Far East premieres of some Mariinsky Theatre performances, events dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s birth and the 180th anniversary of Modest Musorgsky’s birth and appearances of leading instrumentalists, famous conductors and opera and ballet stars.

On July 23, 2019 on the threshold of the musical forum, the recital will be played by Lucas Debargue, a well-known French pianist and a prize-winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition.

On July 24 and 25, 2019 the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok will start with the premiere of Reinhold Glière’s The Bronze Horseman choreographed by Yuri Smekalov. The Bronze Horseman was first choreographed by Rostislav Zakharov in 1949 and re-choreographed for the International Mariinsky Ballet Festival in 2016. Rostislav Zakharov’s choreography was devolved to dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet by elderly teachers who danced the ballet at Soviet times, and Yuri Smekalov acted as a creator of new parts of the ballet. The performance will star Renata Shakirova, a winner of the Russia-K TV Big Ballet project in 2016, and Vladimir Shklyarov, a principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bavarian State Ballet, on July 24 or Yekaterina Osmolkina and Alexander Sergeev, leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, on July 25.

On July 27 and 28, 2019 Leo Delibes’ Sylvia choreographed by Frederick Ashton will be premiered in the Russian Far East. This neoclassical performance will feature the Mariinsky best dancers, both well and newly known. On July 27 Timur Askerov as Aminta and Viktoria Tereshkina as Sylvia will appear on the stage; on July 28 Kimin Kim as Aminta and Nadezhda Batoeva as Sylvia will do. As for première danseuse of the Mariinsky Theatre Viktoria Tereshkina, a People’s Artist of Russia, it will be her first appearance in Vladivostok.

At the Festival there will be also held two evenings with principal dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet who are favorites with the public all over the world: Kimin Kim (July 26) and Vladimir Shklyarov (July 29). The dancers will perform one-act ballets and choreographic miniatures that become their signature pieces. Kimin Kim’s program includes such brilliant premiere of the 2018-2019 season as the ballet Push Comes to Shove choreographed by Twyla Tharp, USA. The both evenings will involve Viktoria Tereshkina and Nadezhda Batoeva; Ekaterina Kondaurova, première danseuse of the Mariinsky Theatre, will take part in the evening with Kimin Kim.

The concert program of the International Mariinsky Far East Festival will start on July 28 with an appearance of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, a famous violinist conductor and a leader of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage. The appearances of the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble under Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici’s baton have become a good tradition by now. The musicians play unique-sounding string instruments created by Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadanini and Gofriller. The ensemble will perform in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on July 30 and in Vladivostok on August 2.

On July 30 the Festival will be splendidly continued by Kanon Matsuda, a Japanese pianist and an international prize-winner. She will solo with the Combined Mariinsky Orchestra and Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Shizuo Kuwahara. Her performance will become another festive event among the concerts dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s birth and the 180th anniversary of Modest Musorgsky’s birth.

On August 4 Miura Fumiaki, a famous Japanese violinist who was given the Grand Prix, the Critics’ Award and the Audience Choice Award at the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover will appear in the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage. He will play with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Among the worldwide renowned international orchestras arriving at the Festival there is the China Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor, Xia Xiaotang. On August 6 the Orchestra will perform with An Tianxu, a young Chinese pianist and a prize-winner of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition.

On August 8 Justus Frantz, Germany will act a double part in the performance: as a conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage and as a soloist in Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The opera program of the Festival includes Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor that was staged by Andrea De Rosa and will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov on July 31 and August 5, Richard Wagner’s Parsifal staged by Tony Palmer on August 3 and the concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev on August 4. The performances will feature such Mariinsky leading soloists as Albina Shagimuratova, Maria Bayankina, Yulia Matochkina, Anna Kiknadze, Mikhail Vekua, Yuri Vorobiev, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Stanislav Trofimov, and some young gifted vocalists who are Atkins Program fellows.

The performances with leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage include Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev (August 1), Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca staged by Hans-Joachim Frey (August 7) and Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida that will be premiered with Alexei Stepanyuk as a director (August 9).

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