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09.10.2019

October 10 and 12 will be the last nights for the audience to see Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor staged by Andrea de Rosa, on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

October 10 and 12 will be the last nights for the audience to see Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor staged by Andrea de Rosa, on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The opera, one of the most challenging ones in the bel canto style, will be presented by the theatre’s company soloists. Anton Torbeev will be at the conductor’s desk.

Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic masterpiece of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Its plot based on Walter Scott’s novel is the story of a girl faced with a choice between love and her family’s well-being. A romantic melodrama where emotions occupy the characters entirely, striking personalities, a relentlessly thickening suspense with sudden turns of action, and to top it all, delightful tunes of Donizetti — this is the formula of the unbelievable popularity of Lucia di Lammermoor with the public.

On October 10 at 19:00, the main parts in the performance will be sung by Maria Suzdaltseva as Lucia, Alexei Kostyuk as Edgardo, Alexei Bublik as Enrico, and Sergey Pleshivtsev as Raimondo. On October 12 at 17:00, the opera will be presented by Olga Zharikova as Lucia, Vyacheslav Vasiliev as Enrico, Evgeny Plekhanov as Raimondo, and Mergen Sandanov will make his debut as Edgardo.

08.10.2019

On October 18 at 19:00 St Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will perform on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

On October 18 at 19:00 St Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will perform on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The company will appear in Vladivostok for the first time. The tour is a part of the Petersburg Theatres’ Tours program of the International Theatre Olympics 2019.

The company from St Petersburg will present to the Far East audience a night of Russian Ballet Masterpieces. Its program includes a collection of choreographic miniatures of Leonid Yakobson, the prominent master of choreography and founder of the theatre. The Miniatures were renewed by the efforts of excellent artists Tatiana Noginova (costumes), and Alyona Pikalova and Tatiana Vyushinskaya (scenery). Engaged in the production are the theatre’s soloists: Alla Bocharova, Sofia Matyushenskaya, Olga Mikhailova, Anna Sergeeva, Svetlana Svinko, Anna Skvortsova, Yelena Chernova, Denis Klimuk, Andrei Sorokin, Andrei Gudyma, Sergey Davydov, and Sergey Krylov.

30.09.2019

In October, the audience of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will enjoy premieres of foreign composers’ operas, and the first guest appearance of the Yakobson Ballet Theater

In October, the audience of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will enjoy premieres of foreign composers’ operas, and the first guest appearance of the Yakobson Ballet Theater.

On October 4 and 6, Parsifal, Richard Wagner’s grandiose mystery opera staged by Tony Palmer, will be presented. This production is the only staging of the opera in Russia, and it will be presented in Vladivostok only twice. The main parts will be sung by soloists of the Mariinsky Theater from St Petersburg who have proved to be good at performing the Wagner repertoire: Mikhail Vekua (Parsifal), Vadim Kravets (Amfortas, Klingsor), Yuri Vorobiov (Gurnemanz), and Anna Markarova (Kundry). Christoph Stöcker, a German musician, participant of the Wagner festival in Bayreuth, will be at the conductor’s desk.

October 10 and 12 will see the last performances on the Primorsky Stage of Lucia di Lammermoor, an opera by Gaetano Donizetti staged by Italian director Andrea de Rosa. This most complicated opera, with its status of Romantic bel canto masterpiece, will be presented by soloists of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater, with Maria Suzdaltseva, Olga Zharikova as Lucia; Alexei Kostyuk, Mergen Sandanov as Edgardo; Alexei Bublik, Vyacheslav Vasiliev as Enrico; and Sergey Pleshivtsev, Evgeny Plekhanov as Raimondo. Conductor: Anton Torbeev.

On October 18, as part of the Theater Olympics 2019, the first guest appearance of the Leonid Yakobson St Petersburg Academic Ballet Theater will take place on the Primorsky Stage. The company’s dancers will present a night of Russian Ballet Masterpieces. Its program includes choreographic miniatures of the legendary ballet master. Vladislav Karklin will be at the conductor’s desk.

24.09.2019

On October 4 and 6, Parsifal, the most grandiose opera mystery by Richard Wagner, will be premiered on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

On October 4 and 6, Parsifal, the most grandiose opera mystery by Richard Wagner, will be premiered on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The performance will be presented in the production staged by the British director Tony Palmer, and the main parts will be performed by the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera. Christoph Stöcker (Germany) will be at the conductor’s desk.

Parsifal is a grandiose opera mystery by Richard Wagner, the result of his creative religious and philosophical search. When this work appears in the playbill of any theatre in the world, it is always an extraordinary event. In Russia, it could only be seen and heard at the Mariinsky Theatre. Parsifal was first staged in St Petersburg in 1997 by Tony Palmer. In the 2018/19 season, the performance not only returned to the theatre’s repertoire after an eight-year break, but also became the climax of the Mariinsky Festival in Vladivostok, where the opera has never been heard and has not been shown before.

On October 4 and 6, the audience of the Primorsky Stage will get the last unique chance to see the production. The leading Mariinsky Opera singers will act in the performance: Mikhail Vekua (Parsifal), Vadim Kravets (Amfortas, Klingsor), Anna Markarova (Kundry), Yuri Vorobiev (Gurnemanz). Opera soloists of the Primorsky Stage and the combined choir of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky Stage will sing in the performance. For the first time in Vladivostok, Christoph Stöcker, a musician who regularly takes part in the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, and the conductor of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein theatre in Düsseldorf, will stand at the conductor’s desk.

13.09.2019

Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan) has been declared the main guest conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in the new season. The maestro has performed more than once in Vladivostok, receiving rave reviews from colleagues and the public. Now the musician will collaborate with the theatre’s orchestra on a regular basis

Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan - USA) has been appointed the principal guest conductor of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in the new season. The maestro has performed several times in Vladivostok, receiving rave reviews from colleagues and the public. Now the conductor will collaborate with the theatre’s orchestra on a regular basis.

In October, Giuseppe Verdi’s operas Macbeth (October 16) and La traviata (October 19) will be performed twice under the baton of Shizuo Z Kuwahara. On October 25, the maestro will present a symphony program with the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

Born in Tokyo, he studied conducting at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music. Shizuo Z Kuwahara's conducting career ascended rapidly after winning the Georg Solti International Competition, leading to conducting invitations with symphony orchestras. The musician is also a winner of the Malko International Conducting Competition, the Tokyo International Conducting Competition, the Prokofiev International Conducting Competition in St Petersburg, and the Fitelberg International Conducting Competition in Katowice (Poland).

Shizuo Z Kuwahara has led performances throughout North & South America, Europe, and Asia, including performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Symphony Orchestra and many other orchestras.

In 2006, he worked as an assistant conductor with Valery Gergiev in Sapporo (Japan) at the International Music Festival of the Asia-Pacific Region, after which his collaboration with the Mariinsky Theatre began. In January 2018, the conductor made his debut on the Primorsky Stage, and in November the first performance with the Mariinsky Orchestra took place in the concert hall in St Petersburg.

03.09.2019

The main event of the cultural program of the V Eastern Economic Forum will take place on September 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The main event of the cultural program of the V Eastern Economic Forum will take place on September 5 at 7:00 p.m. The Gala concert of prize-winners of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition from the Asia-Pacific region will be held in the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

For the first time in Vladivostok, eleven soloists, rising stars of the world musical Olympus, who have won prizes at prestigious competitions, will perform during one evening. The artists’ latest achievements include awards of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition held in June 2019 in Moscow and St Petersburg.

The 1st Prize and Golden Medal winners Sergei Dogadin (violin), Maria Barakova (mezzo-soprano), Zlatomir Fung (cello, USA) and Yun Zeng (horn, China), Gihoon Kim (baritone) and Fedor Shagov (tuba), and the 3rd Prize and Bronze Medal winner Donghyun Kim (violin, Republic of Korea) will take part in the gala concert. Prize and award winners An Tianxu (piano, China), Mayumi Kanagawa (violin, USA), Ankhbayar Enkhbold (baritone, Mongolia), Hae-Ree Yoo (horn, Republic of Korea) and Sofia Viland (flute) will also perform in the concert.

Together with the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Pavel Smelkov, the soloists will present a varied program of vocal and instrumental works. Compositions by Russian and foreign composers – Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, Saint-Saëns, Rossini and Leoncavallo – will be performed.

The concert will also include the rite of passage of the first enrolment children of the Central Music School’s Primorsky Branch to students, which will be a landmark event for the young talents who entered the country's leading music school this year.

21.08.2019

On September 4 at 19:00, the Primorsky Stage will present the premiere of the ballet Don Quixote to the music of Ludwig Minkus, in the choreography by Alexander Gorsky, based on Marius Petipa’s production

On September 4 at 19:00, the Primorsky Stage will present the premiere of the ballet Don Quixote to the music of Ludwig Minkus, in the choreography by Alexander Gorsky, based on Marius Petipa’s production. The show will be a part of the cultural program of the V Eastern Economic Forum, to be presented by the Primorsky Stage ballet company. Pavel Smelkov will be at the conductor’s desk of The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

For the first time, the ballet Don Quixote was shown in Vladivostok in 2018, at the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival. The classical colorful performance in a picturesque artistic design by Alexander Golovin and Konstantin Korovin, a signature piece of the Mariinsky’s ballet company, was a great success with the audience. In the new season, this production will become part of the repertoire of the Primorsky Stage ballet company.

Don Quixote is a vivid specimen of the ballet Spain with its vibrant ensemble dances, castanets, fans, polka-dot skirts, roses, and combs in women’s hairdos. The festive performance captivating with its temperament and virtuosity was staged by Alexander Gorsky in 1900, based on the ballet of Marius Petipa of the same name. For soloists, Don Quixote is not only a standard of virtuosity, but also an ability to plunge into the element of play where even a minor role can blossom into a whole bouquet of humorous colors. As to the audience, the performance with everyday genre scenes, characteristic choreography, and pure classics neighboring as equals, always charms them with its bountiful dancing spirit and an atmosphere of carefree festivity.

As a reminder: the premiere shows of the performance will be on September 4 at 19:00 and September 8 at 17:00.

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.

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