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02.03.2020

Opera and ballet stars of the Saint Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre will appear on the Primorsky Stage in March. Vladivostok spectators anticipate pleasure from the great cast of The Queen of Spades opera, Swan Lake ballet, and the celebrated premiere of War and Peace opera. Besides, bright voices of some debutantes will be heard in operas by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Giuseppe Verdi

Opera and ballet stars of the Saint Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre will appear on the Primorsky Stage in March. Vladivostok spectators anticipate pleasure from the great cast of The Queen of Spades opera, Swan Lake ballet, and the celebrated premiere of War and Peace opera. Besides, bright voices of some debutantes will be heard in operas by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Giuseppe Verdi.

Avgust Amonov, a Mariinsky soloist and one of the best performers of the part of Herman, is arriving at Vladivostok to appear on the stage in The Queen of Spades on March 6. The role of the Countess will be performed by Larisa Diadkova, a distinguished mezzo-soprano awarded the title of People’s Artist of Russia. Elena Razgulyaeva, Vyacheslav Vasilyev and Dmitry Nelasov will become their companions on the stage that night. The orchestra will be under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok.

On March 7 Maria Iliushkina and Nikita Korneyev, two young brightest soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg, will dance the leading parts of Odetta-Odile and Siegfried in Swan Lake with the orchestra conducted by Anton Torbeev.

The main event on the Primorsky Stage in March is to be the Far East premiere of Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace after the novel of the same name by Lev Tolstoy on March 20-22. The opera is staged by Kristina Larina; the scenes are designed by Pyotr Okunev; the costumes are designed by Tatiana Noginova after the 2000 production by Andrei Konchalovsky. The leading roles will be sung by soloists of the Saint Petersburg Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Opera of the Primorsky Stage. Irina Soboleva, Honored Artist of Russia, is a Concert Mistress. The baton will be held by Pavel Smelkov, Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok.

Besides, some bright debuts will be made in The Tsar’s Bride and Aida operas on the Primorsky Stage in March. On March 4 Olga Zharikova, a soloist of the Mariinsky Opera of the Primorsky Stage, will first sing the part of Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride. On March 11 Marat Mukhametzyanov will first appear as Amonasro in Aida.

Among the significant events on the Primorsky Stage there are the fourth premiere of the one-act ballets Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel and Visions fugitives by Sergei Prokofiev in the Great Hall on March 12. The ballets are choreographed by Dmitry Pimonov; all sets and costumes are designed by Stas Lopatkin. Daphnis et Chloé will be accompanied by the orchestra under Anton Torbeev’s baton.

19.02.2020

On March 20-22, 2020 Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace after the novel of the same name by Lev Tolstoy is to be performed on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The principal parts will be played by leading Mariinsky soloists from Saint Petersburg

On March 20-22, 2020 Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace after the novel of the same name by Lev Tolstoy is to be performed on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The principal parts will be played by leading Mariinsky soloists from Saint Petersburg.

The performance is staged by Kristina Larina who has already staged it at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in 2016. “This performance was conceived as one for a concert hall so it lasts 3 hours instead of 5 ones. It is an easy human story to tell and – though it is called War and Peace – it is an inner human war”, – said Kristina Larina.

The sets are designed by Pyort Okunev, Chief Stage Designer of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre; the costumes are designed by Tatiana Noginova, Costume Designer for the 2000 performance staged by Andrei Konchalovsky. The parts are jointly prepared by soloists of the Primorsky Stage and the Mariinsky Theatre under the guidance of Irina Soboleva, Concert Mistress, Honoured Artist of Russia. The first performances will run under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, Principal Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

06.02.2020

Any opera singer wishing to take part in the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition will be given an audition at the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on March 4, 2020 at 15:00

Any opera singer wishing to take part in the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition will be given an audition at the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on March 4, 2020 at 15:00.

Larisa Diadkova, Artistic Director of the Primorsky Stage Opera Company and Mariinsky Theatre soloist awarded the title of People’s Artist of Russia, Pavel Smelkov, Principal Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage, and Elena Glushenko, Associate Professor of Solo and Opera Singing at the Far Eastern State Institute of Art, are to be jurors at the audition.

The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is one of the world’s best known competitions for opera singers. The Competition was created by Hans Gabor in 1982. The qualifying rounds are held in 70 cities all over the world. As currently estimated by international experts, the Belvedere Competition is the largest one in number of countries involved. The jury consists of directors or art directors of the world’s largest opera houses and leading opera managers. All competitors treasure their opportunities to be noticed by the community of professionals. The qualifying rounds take place at such internationally renowned theatres as La Scala in Milan, the Covent Garden Royal Opera House in London and others. Only about 100 participants make it into the final round which is annually held in Vienna. The main prizes are awarded in the form of engagements.

Competition application forms are available at https://belvedere-competition.com

05.02.2020

In February the primary arias in some operatic performances are to be sung by guest actors from Russia, Mongolia and South Korea

In February the primary arias in some operatic performances are to be sung by guest actors from Russia, Mongolia and South Korea.

On February 9, 2020 Avgust Amonov, a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre and a prize-winner at the XIX International Glinka Vocalists’ Competition, will make his debut as Herman in Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. The Countess’s aria will be sung by distinguished mezzo-soprano Larisa Diadkova awarded the title of People’s Artist of Russia. Liliya Kadnikova as Liza, Marat Mukhametzyanov as Count Tomsky, Tatiana Makarchuk as Polina, and Alexei Bublik as Prince Yeletsky will be their companions on the stage. The baton will be held by Pavel Smelkov, a principal conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

On February 12, 2020 La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi will be performed with Olga Zharikova as Violetta Valéry and Roman Krukovich as Alfredo Germont. The part of Giorgio Germont will be sung by baritone Gihoon Kim from South Korea. In 2019 the singer got the 2nd prize and the audience prize at Operalia World Opera Competition, and the 2nd prize at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition. The orchestra will play under the baton of Pavel Smelkov.

On February 20 , 2020 Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar (Mongolia), a Grand Prix winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and a guest soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre, will perform the part of Baron Scarpia in Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. Elena Razgulyaeva, an Honoured Artist of Russia, will make her debut as Floria Tosca. Mergen Sandanov, an Honoured Artist of the Republic of Buryatia, will act the part of Mario Cavaradossi. The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage in Tosca will be first conducted by the Japanese maestro Shizuo Z Kuwahara.

The opera repertoire in February also includes the exotic and picturesque masterpiece Aida by Giuseppe Verdi on February 7 , 2020, the carol opera Christmas Eve by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov based on Nikolai Gogol’s immortal plot on February 27, 2020 and Carmen as the most Spanish opera written by French composer Georges Bizet – on February 29 , 2020.

03.02.2020

Two original ballet shows are to be premiered on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. They are specially created for Vladivostok by stage directors from St. Petersburg. The openings of Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and Sergei Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives will take place on February 14 and February 15. The two ballets are choreographed by Dmitry Pimonov; all sets and costumes are designed by Stas Lopatkin. The piano part in Visions fugitives will be performed by Nikolai Mazhara, a famous Russian pianist. In Daphnis et Chloé the orchestra will play under the baton of Shizuo Z Kuwahara, Principal Guest Conductor of the Primorsky Stage (Japan)

Two original ballet shows are to be premiered on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. They are specially created for Vladivostok by stage directors from St. Petersburg. The openings of Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and Sergei Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives will take place on February 14 and February 15. The two ballets are choreographed by Dmitry Pimonov; all sets and costumes are designed by Stas Lopatkin. The piano part in Visions fugitives will be performed by Nikolai Mazhara, a famous Russian pianist. In Daphnis et Chloé the orchestra will play under the baton of Shizuo Z Kuwahara, Principal Guest Conductor of the Primorsky Stage (Japan).

Daphnis et Chloé is one of the most renowned 20th century ballets, based on Longus’ romance of the same name. Maurice Ravel, a French impressionist composer, was commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev to write the score. The world premiere was performed by the non-repertory company Ballets Russes with Michel Fokine as a choreographer in Paris in 1912. Many well-known choreographers have statedly turned their attention to the ballet score ever since, and Ravel’s music is often played as an original opus in concert halls.

Dmitry Pimenov has choreographed Daphnis et Chloé as a neoclassical ballet tinctured with jazz dance. “It is a love story about a young shepherd and a beautiful shepherdess. We see how they surmount obstacles in the way to their love and how their feelings grow. I have slightly changed Fokine’s libretto to which Ravel set music. In our performance on the Primorsky Stage there is a characterful conflict between two principles: aggressive sexuality that destroys everything and sexuality that originates in carnal infatuation ensuring the continuity of life on the Earth”, said the choreographer.

Designed by Stas Lopatkin, an artist from St Petersburg, the sets and costumes for Daphnis et Chloé should form living pictures illustrating Longus’ romance. “Spectators may rely on it that there will be really painterly backcloths, several backgrounds, animated projections, saturated colors, confections and light cloths that echo dancers’ movements”, said the designer.

The performance lasts an hour. Over 40 members of the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage act in Daphnis et Chloé. Ravel’s music is performed by the Primorsky Stage orchestra directed by Japanese maestro Shizuo Z Kuwahara.

Daphnis et Chloé will be preceded by the one-act ballet Visions fugitives which is based on Sergei Prokofiev’s set of 20 piano pieces. “Visions fugitives is a story about human feelings, emotions, situations, wishes, and passions, about things of ephemeral nature, which have a significant impact on our life. The ballet choreography reflects my perception of Prokofiev’s piano cycle”, said Dmitry Pimonov.

Stas Lopatkin’s solution to the stage design is made in terms of minimal art. “I would like Visions fugitives to be devoid of everything but music and minimal plastique. So I chose to go without setting. I offer “a black parlor” in which dancers enrobed in clinging overalls should tell 20 short stories to the audience”, said Stas Lopatkin.

Four soloist couples and corps de ballet take part in the performance; each number from the ballet has a separate choreographic plot. During the premiere slated to take place on February 14 and February 15, the piano part will be played by Nikolai Mazhara, a prizewinner at international piano competitions and a celebrated performer of Prokofiev’s works.

20.01.2020

Ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia is looking for professional dancers (maximum age: 28) for the positions of the Corp de ballet, Soloists and Principal dancers for the season 2020/2021 starting in July 2020

Ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia is looking for professional dancers (maximum age: 28) for the positions of the Corp de ballet, Soloists and Principal dancers for the season 2020/2021 starting in July 2020.

Strong classical technique is required.

Audition dates:
April 18th 2020 at the Mariinsky Theatre, 1 Theatre Square, St.Petersburg, Russia 190000
May 10th 2020 at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy), 5 Second Frunzenskaya Street, Moscow, Russia 119146

Auditions by invitation only!

Please send applications with video of ballet class (8-10 min.long) and classical variations to: Marina Cherkasova at audition.ballet@mariinsky.ru

27.11.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

20.11.2019

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

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

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

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

08.11.2019

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

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

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

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

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

29.10.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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