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Soprano Olga Maslova and baritone Vyacheslav Vasilyev, soloists of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, became First Prize Winners at the I International Hibla Gerzmava Competition for Opera Singers and Accompanists in Moscow in January 2023

Soprano Olga Maslova and baritone Vyacheslav Vasilyev, soloists of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, became First Prize Winners at the I International Hibla Gerzmava Competition for Opera Singers and Accompanists in Moscow in January 2023.

Olga Maslova graduated with honors from the Voronezh State Academy of Arts in 2015 to become a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. In February 2022 she joined the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage. Olga Maslova’s recent debuts include Princess Turandot at the Primorsky Stage in Vladivostok and at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Micaëla in Carmen.

Vyacheslav Vasilyev, a graduate from the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, joined the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage in 2016. He performs leading baritone parts in operas by Russian and foreign composers, such as Grigory Gryaznoy in The Tsar’s Bride, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Macbeth in Macbeth, Mazepa in Mazepa, Eugene Onegin in Eugene Onegin, Tomsky in The Queen of Spades, Giorgio Germont in La traviata, and Amonasro in Aida.

We are proud of our artists and eagerly anticipate their appearances at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre!

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On January 19, 2023, The Enchanted Wanderer opera by Rodion Shchedrin will be performed on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, staged by Alexei Stepanyuk. The opera will be performed in Vladivostok for the first time

On January 19, 2023, The Enchanted Wanderer opera by Rodion Shchedrin will be performed on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, staged by Alexei Stepanyuk. The opera will be performed in Vladivostok for the first time.

The composer has defined the genre of The Enchanted Wanderer as a “concert opera”, making it similar to an oratorio. Three soloists play parts, at the same time telling the story of their own lives. The music is very multifaceted: it features the “plain Russian chant”, or “Znamenny Chant”, in the prologue and epilogue; the bell chimes in the culminations; the shepherd’s melodies and the stylization of village laments that Shchedrin could have heard in folklore expeditions; the gypsy romance.

Artistic Director of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, Irina Soboleva, has been working with Rodion Shchedrin for many years and is Principal Concert Mistress of several of his major operas. She notes that despite the shortness of this opera piece, the characters are extremely vivid and their destinies are disclosed with an utmost expression.

“Rodion Shchedrin has mentioned more than once that for opera, the temperature of sensations should be much higher than normal, not 36.6, but 39.5 or even 40.0! Perhaps, The Enchanted Wanderer is written in a language unfamiliar to the audience, that is, there are no love duets or completed arias in this opera. This is music with a very high burning temperature. In December, Rodion Konstantinovich celebrated his 90th birthday. The anniversary was widely covered by the Mariinsky Theatre, where all the music created by the composer is performed. My cherished desire had been to connect this anniversary year with the Vladivostok Theatre, the Primorsky Stage. I hope that now the audience in Vladivostok will enjoy this premiere performance and appreciate it with pleasure”, said Irina Soboleva.

Yekaterina Sergeyeva and Oleg Sychov, the soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre who have for many years performed the main parts in The Enchanted Wanderer in St Petersburg, will take the stage in Vladivostok for the premiere performance, accompanied by the soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers Artem Melikhov. The parts are also rehearsed by soloists of the Primorsky Stage Opera Company: Tatiana Makarchuk, Natalia Yakimova, Sergei Pleshivtsev, Yevgeny Plekhanov, Ilya Astafurov and Mingiyan Odzhaev. Pavel Smelkov, Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage, will take the conductor’s console on the premiere night.

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On January 21, 2023, the Primorsky Stage will host the first concert dedicated to the anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff, an outstanding Russian composer

On January 21, 2023, the Primorsky Stage will host the first concert dedicated to the anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff, an outstanding Russian composer.

Celebrations on the occasion of the composer’s 150th anniversary will be held throughout the country in 2023. In January, the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Pavel Smelkov will launch a set of concerts in Vladivostok with a concert performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s first opera, Aleko.

Aleko is a picturesque one-act opera based on the plot of Pushkin’s poem The Gypsies. The action takes place in a gypsy camp. The conflict is based on a love triangle between the beautiful gypsy Zemfira, a former city dweller Aleko who has abandoned civilization and his family driven by his love for her, and a younger gypsy who Zemfira is fond of.

The young Rachmaninoff’s opera is distinguished by expressive characters, rapidly developing action and colorful symphonic paintings. Aleko’s Cavatina The Entire Camp is Sleeping has become a favorite piece in the bass repertoire and has a rich history of performances starting from Feodor Chaliapin himself.

The parts will be performed by the Theatre’s opera company soloists Elena Razgulyaeva, Marat Mukhametzyanov, Mergen Sandanov, Yevgeny Plekhanov and Laura Bustamante.

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Due to an increase in the membership of the Ballet Company, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre announces a contest to fill vacancies of ballet dancers (males and females), soloists (males and females), principals (males and females).

CONTEST TERMS
Please, send to cherkasova@mariinsky.ru:
– your CV that specifies your education, scenic experience, repertoire, and indicates your height and nationality;
– your photo;
– links to video records of your performances.

You may contact us for details by +7 924 005 8238

Due to an increase in the membership of the Ballet Company, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre announces a contest to fill vacancies of ballet dancers (males and females), soloists (males and females), principals (males and females).

CONTEST TERMS
Please, send to cherkasova@mariinsky.ru:
– your CV that specifies your education, scenic experience, repertoire, and indicates your height and nationality;
– your photo;
– links to video records of your performances.

You may contact us for details by +7 924 005 8238. 

The applicants having succeeded in the contest will be called for dance trials. Employment terms will be discussed with every applicant personally and confidentially.

CONTEST PROCEDURE
The exact date and time of the dance trials will be announced additionally.

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Due to an increase in the membership of the Opera Company, the Primorsky Stage announces a contest to fill vacancies of soloists including lyric-coloratura sopranos, sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones, basses, as well as the position of vocal accompanist.

CONTEST TERMS FOR SOLOISTS
Please, send to glushenko@mariinsky.ru:
– your CV that specifies your education, scenic experience (if any) and repertoire;
– your photo; and
– links to audio/video records of your concerts or performances.

CONTEST TERMS FOR VOCAL ACCOMPANIST
Please, send to glushenko@mariinsky.ru:
– your CV that specifies your education, work experience (if any) and repertoire;
– links to audio/video records of your performance of a scene from the opera (without a vocalist-illustrator, the illustration of the vocal part by the accompanist himself is welcome), the accompaniment of an aria from the opera with a vocalist-illustrator.

You should submit your application on or before February 1, 2023. No application submitted after the above date will be accepted. Please, contact Elena Aleksandrovna GLUSHENKO, Director of the Opera Company, for details by +7 914 730 7941 with Vladivostok time taken into account

Due to an increase in the membership of the Opera Company, the Primorsky Stage announces a contest to fill vacancies of soloists including lyric-coloratura sopranos, sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones, basses, as well as the position of vocal accompanist.

CONTEST TERMS FOR SOLOISTS
Please, send to glushenko@mariinsky.ru:
– your CV that specifies your education, scenic experience (if any) and repertoire;
– your photo; and
– links to audio/video records of your concerts or performances.

CONTEST TERMS FOR VOCAL ACCOMPANIST
Please, send to glushenko@mariinsky.ru:
– your CV that specifies your education, work experience (if any) and repertoire;
– links to audio/video records of your performance of a scene from the opera (without a vocalist-illustrator, the illustration of the vocal part by the accompanist himself is welcome), the accompaniment of an aria from the opera with a vocalist-illustrator.

You should submit your application on or before February 1, 2023. No application submitted after the above date will be accepted. Please, contact Elena Aleksandrovna GLUSHENKO, Director of the Opera Company, for details by +7 914 730 7941 with Vladivostok time taken into account.

According to results of consideration of your CVs and records some applicants will be called for a voice trial in Saint Petersburg. All trial expenses (including travel, accommodation, etc.) should be paid by applicants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Primorsky Stage does not comment a decision taken upon consideration of any application. 

CONTEST PROCEDURE FOR SOLOISTS
The voice trials are expected to be held in St Petersburg on February 6 and February 7, 2023. The exact place and time will be announced additionally. 

Any applicant should choose two arias from the following list:

Lyric-coloratura soprano:
2nd Aria of the Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflöte by W.-A. Mozart 
Aria of Gilda from Rigoletto by G. Verdi
Adele's aria from Die Fledermaus by I. Strauss (Act III) in Russian
Cavatina of Lyudmila from Ruslan and Lyudmila by M. Glinka

Soprano:                    
Aria of Lady Macbeth from Macbeth by G. Verdi (Act I)
Aria of Élisabeth de Valois from Don Carlo by G. Verdi
Aria of Liza from The Queen of Spades by P. Tchaikovsky
Cavatina of Gorislava from Ruslan and Lyudmila by M. Glinka 

Mezzo-soprano:        
Aria of Ratmir from Ruslan and Lyudmila by M. Glinka
Arioso of Lyubasha from The Tsar’s Bride by N. Rimsky-Korsakov (Act I)
Aria of Eboli from Don Carlo by G. Verdi
Romance of Polina from The Queen of Spades by P. Tchaikovsky

Tenor:                        
Thunder scene from The Queen of Spades by P. Tchaikovsky
Romance of Radamès from Aida by G. Verdi
Aria of Calaf from Turandot by G. Puccini
Song of the Duke from Rigoletto by G. Verdi

Baritone:                   
Aria of Rigoletto from Rigoletto by G. Verdi
Aria of Gryaznoy from The Tsar’s Bride by N. Rimsky-Korsakov
Arioso of Mazepa from Mazepa by P. Tchaikovsky
Couplets of Escamillo from Carmen by G. Bizet 

Bass:                          
Aria of Ruslan from Ruslan and Lyudmila by M. Glinka
Aria of Filippo from Don Carlo by G. Verdi
Dungeon scene (“Three treasures”) from Mazepa by P. Tchaikovsky
Aria of Prince Gremin from Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky 

The Theatre will render an accompanist’s services free of charge.

CONTEST PROCEDURE FOR VOCAL ACCOMPANIST
The trials are expected to be held in St Petersburg on February 6 and February 7, 2023. The exact place and time will be announced additionally.

Any applicant should choose two fragments from the following list:
1. Aida by G. Verdi. Act I, Scene 2 ("Scene in the Temple").
2. Turandot by G. Puccini. Act II, Scene 2 (Riddle scene. “Straniero, ascolta!.. until the Prince’s remark “Il mio fuoco ti sgela: Turandot!”).
3. Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky. Closing scene ("Enough, stand up").
4. Mazepa by P. Tchaikovsky. Act I, Scene 1. (Scene of Maria with the girls “I will curl, curl my fragrant wreath).
5. The Tsar's Bride by N. Rimsky-Korsakov. Duet of Lyubasha and Gryaznoy.
6. War and Peace by S. Prokofiev. Scene 1. Scene in Otradnoe.

Reading of the fragment from the sheet proposed by the commission.

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The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is preparing the premiere of The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, based on the same-name fairytale by Alexander Ostrovsky. On December 23 and 26, 2022, its premiere performances will be held in Vladivostok, directed by Alexander Galibin and designed by Georgy Tsypin. The vocal parts will be performed by the soloists of the Primorsky Stage opera company. On both nights, the conductor’s console will be occupied by the Theatre’s Principal Conductor Pavel Smelkov

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is preparing the premiere of The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, based on the same-name fairytale by Alexander Ostrovsky. On December 23 and 26, 2022, its premiere performances will be held in Vladivostok, directed by Alexander Galibin and designed by Georgy Tsypin. The vocal parts will be performed by the soloists of the Primorsky Stage opera company. On both nights, the conductor’s console will be occupied by the Theatre’s Principal Conductor Pavel Smelkov.

The world premiere of The Snow Maiden opera, which the composer himself considered to be his foremost masterpiece, took place in the winter of 1882 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. The marvelous melodies of Lel’s songs, the Snow Maiden’s crystalline and tender voice, the hot speeches of Mizgir the visiting merchant, and the passionate declarations of Kupava sounded there for the first time. After 140 years, The Snow Maiden reached the opera stage in Vladivostok.

“It has taken a mere 140 years for Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Snow Maiden after the play by Ostrovsky to see the light again at the Mariinsky Theatre, albeit on the Primorsky Stage. Unlike his other operas, this one was composed in a flash. The unique set design of The Snow Maiden has been created by Georgy Tsypin, and therefore the audience will have the opportunity to see an unusually vivid performance!”, says Irina Soboleva, Artistic Director of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage.

“When I was working on the images for the performance, I proceeded from the music by Rimsky-Korsakov. My perception is based on the ideas and thoughts that arose at the very start of my work, when we discussed the composer’s heritage with the leading experts from St Petersburg; it is based on my understanding of this music. The first thing that struck me in The Snow Maiden was the transparency of the music, its cosmic nature, and that became very important for me when I was working on the set design. Just like the perception of the world as a dream, the world is seen through the Snow Maiden’s eyes, through the eyes of a very young teenager and an alien, and therefore everything that happens is so grotesquely innocent, as if the world is seen for the first time”, notes Set Designer Georgy Tsypin.

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On December 23 and 26, 2022, the premiere performances of The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov will be held, staged by Alexander Galibin, People’s Artist of Russia

On December 23 and 26, 2022, the premiere performances of The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov will be held, staged by Alexander Galibin, People’s Artist of Russia.

The Snow Maiden is one of the composer’s most beautiful operas, profusely performed by the Mariinsky Theatre. It is worth noting that the Mariinsky Theatre became the first stage where the marvelous melodies of Lel’s songs, the crystal and gentle voice of the Snow Maiden, the heated speeches of the merchant guest Mizgir, as well as the passionate confessions of Kupava sounded for the first time.

The Vladivostok audience will enjoy The Snow Maiden staged by Alexander Galibin and designed by Georgy Tsypin. This interpretation possesses its own, completely original aesthetics, and is perceived as dazzlingly bright fairy-tale reality.

The Stage Director described the staging process as follows: “On the stage, we create the world as seen through the eyes of a child. The phantasmagoric things that are present in the stage design and characters are the Snow Maiden’s perception of the world where she has found herself. However, it was not our intent to amaze the audience. We do not destroy traditions, we are not innovators. The most important thing is music, and one should not interfere with it. The Snow Maiden is a surprisingly frank masterpiece; it is very subtle, and it carries a sacred meaning <…>. Ultimately, when people leave the Theatre after the performance, I’d like them to feel that they have come into contact with something amazingly beautiful and pure. I’d like to give them a feeling of inner purification, as if they’d drunk icy-cold spring water from a pure source on a hot day”.

The main parts in the premiere performances in December will be performed by soloists of the Primorsky Stage opera company. On both nights, the conductor’s console will be occupied by the Theatre’s Principal Conductor Pavel Smelkov.

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On December 16, 2022, marking 90 years since the birth of the living Russian classic, prominent composer Rodion Shchedrin, his opera The Enchanted Wanderer staged by Alexei Stepanyuk will be performed on the Primorsky Stage for the first time. This stage version of the opera has won the Golden Mask award

On December 16, 2022, marking 90 years since the birth of the living Russian classic, prominent composer Rodion Shchedrin, his opera The Enchanted Wanderer staged by Alexei Stepanyuk will be performed on the Primorsky Stage for the first time. This stage version of the opera has won the Golden Mask award.

The composer has defined the genre of The Enchanted Wanderer as a “concert opera”, making it similar to an oratorio. Three soloists play roles, at the same time telling the story of their own lives. The music is very multifaceted: it features the “plain Russian chant”, or “Znamenny Chant”, in the prologue and epilogue; the bell chimes in the culminations; the shepherd’s melodies familiar to the composer since childhood; the stylization of village laments that Shchedrin could have heard in folklore expeditions; the gypsy romance. The composer’s music also offers countless shades of silence; it can be lulling, terrifying, thoughtful. Shchedrin belongs to those few composers who are able to construct music not only from notes, but also from pauses.

The music by Rodion Shchedrin, no matter what subjects he chooses, no matter what he writes about, will never lose its relevance, because the main principle of the composer operates over and over again: “The music composed today should, as before, touch the listener, capture him, captivate, sink into his soul and heart”.

The main parts in The Enchanted Wanderer will be performed by soloists of the St Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre Oleg Sychov and Yekaterina Sergeyeva, as well as soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers Artem Melikhov. The conductor’s stand will be taken by Pavel Smelkov, Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage.

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On December 1, 2022, Adolphe Adam’s Le Corsaire will be performed at the Primorsky Stage for the hundredth time. The ballet is a story of noble pirates and beautiful slave girls with gorgeous scenery worthy of great praise

On December 1, 2022, Adolphe Adam’s Le Corsaire will be performed at the Primorsky Stage for the hundredth time. The ballet is a story of noble pirates and beautiful slave girls with gorgeous scenery worthy of great praise.

The primary parts will be performed by soloists of the Primorsky Stage Ballet such as Arina Nagase, Shizuru Kato, Lilia Berezhnova and Georgy Stelmakh. The baton will be held by Vitaly Shevelev.

The tumultuous, vivid, full of dancers, Le Corsaire will hit the taste of those who like a modest charm of classical ballets and those who prefer dynamic adventure stories. The ballet is an actually romantic story of noble corsairs and their adventures on the shore near Adrianople. It brings a spirit of freedom; sometimes the scene is a waste of waters with a sea rover sailed by pirates, and among them, there are female corsairs who do fencing with sabers while dancing perky, keeping up with the men. The corsairs’ leader, Conrad, rescues Medora, a slave girl bought by Seyd Pasha, and the lovers strike out boldly for new adventures.

The Primorsky Stage presents Le Corsaire choreographed by Eldar Aliev, Ballet Artistic Director, who has carefully handed down some traditional interpolations from Marius Petipa’s legendary productions. The music was written by the French composer Adolphe Adam, a founder of romantic ballet, whose music score was later supplemented with pieces by other composers.

Traditionally, the December playbill of the Primorsky Stage includes Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker choreographed by Eldar Aliev (December 15, 24-25, 27, 29-31, 2022), the colorful ballets A Thousand and One Nights (December 3, 2022) and The Sleeping Beauty (December 10, 2022), and the romantic ballets Giselle (December 8, 2022) and Swan Lake (December 17, 2022).

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In 2022, the Russian musical community is celebrating the anniversary of an exceptional composer, Alexander Scriabin. The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has dedicated a series of concerts under the common title “Scriabin – 150” to this event. All the orchestral works by the composer have been performed in these concerts

In 2022, the Russian musical community is celebrating the anniversary of an exceptional composer, Alexander Scriabin. The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has dedicated a series of concerts under the common title “Scriabin – 150” to this event. All the orchestral works by the composer have been performed in these concerts.

Alexander Scriabin is an outstanding composer and pianist, philosopher and courageous innovator. He was the first to include light in his music scores and introduced the concept of “colour music”. Scriabin has created a wealth of compositions for piano and orchestra. The Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage, Pavel Smelkov, characterized his works in the following way:

“Being the most vivid representative of his era, Scriabin got his start relying on the achievements of European musical romanticism. By the end of his life, unfortunately cut short so absurdly, he was able to embody previously unknown images of a cosmic scale in his music, having achieved extremely laconic forms and an absolutely original style of melody and harmony. I am sure that Scriabin’s truly brilliant music will find a lively response in the Primorsky audience and will evoke emotions never experienced before, combining surprise, immersion and delight!”

On December 18, 2022, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will hold the final concert of the Scriabin – 150 symphonic cycle. The concert will include the composer’s later works: Symphony No. 3 and Le Poème de l’extase (The Poem of Ecstasy). The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov, Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage.

The Symphony No. 3 was premiered in Paris on May 29, 1905. Entitled Le divin poème (The Divine Poem), it marks the zenith of the composer’s work. It features various shades of Scriabin’s worldview, his path from “despair” to “optimism” and from frustration to radiant ecstasy. This is the first work by Scriabin that requires a really huge orchestra; later, Le Poème de l’extase and Prométhée will require an equally large cast of musicians.

Le Poème de l’extase, like no other masterpiece by Alexander Scriabin, has displayed the philosophical concept of the composer’s effort with extraordinary relief and strength. The musical development of the poem goes as if in circles; waves of uplift interchange with moments of meditation and contemplation. The dazzling epilogue of Le Poème de l’extase amazes the listener with its incredible scope and titanic power. The orchestra rings, sparkles and shimmers with all the colours of the sound spectrum.

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