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29.11.2021

Please send your CV, photo and most recent video materials to Marina Cherkasova at cherkasova@mariinsky.ru
Pre-selected dancers will be invited to the audition, which will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia in January of 2022.
Each candidate will be informed about the date and time of the audition individually.
Application deadline is by January 5, 2022

Please send your CV, photo and most recent video materials to Marina Cherkasova at cherkasova@mariinsky.ru

Pre-selected dancers will be invited to the audition, which will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia in January of 2022.

Each candidate will be informed about the date and time of the audition individually.

Application deadline is by January 5, 2022.

24.11.2021

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre offers an eventful December program for spectators of various ages with different preferences

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre offers an eventful December program for spectators of various ages with different preferences.

Modest Musorgsky’s Khovanshchina with the magnificent original stage direction by Leonid Baratov will be continued to be premiered on December 3, 5 and 7, 2021. The orchestra will be under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage.

On December 12, 2021 the audience will see an updated version of The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Stage Director of the opera: Ekaterina Malaya, Video Designer: Vadim Dulenko.

The famous opera Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo will be premiered on December 24 and 25, 2021. Stage Director and Set Designer: Marat Gatsalov, a recipient of the Golden Mask theatre prize. The opera will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov.

The long-awaited return of the Principal Guest Conductor Shizuo Z Kuwahara, Japan, to the Primorsky Stage will occur in the middle of December. On December 16, 2021 the maestro will conduct a symphony concert comprising works by Soviet composers: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and Rodion Shchedrin’s compositions. Shizuo Z Kuwahara will also hold baton during performances of the one-act ballet Daphnis et Chloé on December 17 and 18, 2021.

On December 10, 2021 the Primorsky Stage program puts on a symphony concert to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of the poets Apollon Maykov and Nikolay Nekrasov. Some masterpieces by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Georgy Sviridov will be performed conducted by Pavel Smelkov. On December 23, 2021 the audience is expected to enjoy a New Year Gala given by soloists of the Primosrky Stage Opera Company.

Ballet lovers will be able to see their favorite fairy performances: The Sleeping Beauty on December 8, 2021; A Thousand and One Nights on December 11, 2021; The Nutcracker on December 26, 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2021; and the bright adventure ballet Le Corsaire on December 4, 2021.

In December the youngest audiences will enjoy children’s operas in the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage, such as Murych the Cat on December 4 and 18, 2021, Scenes from the Life of Nikolenka Irtenev on December 26, 2021 and The Little Prince on December 11 and 30, 2021.

23.11.2021

On November 26 and 27, 2021, the Saint Petersburg State Academic Yacobson Ballet Theatre will perform at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The Leonid Yacobson troupe will represent the Don Quixote ballet, set to music by Ludwig Minkus and staged by Danish choreographer Johan Kobborg

On November 26 and 27, 2021, the Saint Petersburg State Academic Yacobson Ballet Theatre will perform at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The Leonid Yacobson troupe will represent the Don Quixote ballet, set to music by Ludwig Minkus and staged by Danish choreographer Johan Kobborg.

The new production of the Don Quixote ballet was staged at the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Marius Petipa. The ballet, as revised by the heir to the Danish ballet school Johan Kobborg, won the audience’s affection at once. The professional community also appreciated it, and the ballet was nominated for the Golden Mask prize. The choreographer demonstrated a refreshing approach to timeless classics, but retained the ancient treasures as well. A roller-coaster of a plot and a cast of spitfire characters are finely emphasized by expressive choreography and luxurious scenery by the master of world stagecraft, Jérôme Kaplan.

The parts will be performed by the soloists of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre: Elena Chernova, Andrey Sorokin, Tasman Davids, Stepan Demin, Anna Skvortcova, Marcel Kazykhanov, Nuria Kartamysova, Anastasia Milyachenko, Valerie Gomez, Alla Bocharova, Kirill Vychuzhanin, Denis Klimuk, Svetlana Svinko, Victoria Vinchenko, Maria Repetieva, Galina Mikhireva, Sofia Matyushenskaya, Vyacheslav Spilchevsky.

Andrei Danilov, conductor of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, has been invited especially for the ballet performances at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The tours were organized by ROSCONCERT Federal Budget-Funded Educational Institution for Culture in accordance with the All-Russian Tour and Concert Schedule established by the Ministry for Culture of the Russian Federation.

21.11.2021

On November 20, 2021, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre hosted a press conference of the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, Artistic and General Director and Principal Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev. Maestro told the journalists about his repertoire plans for the next season, and also spoke about the preparations for the first Vladivostok performance of one of the most grandiose Russian operas, Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky

On November 20, 2021, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre hosted a press conference of the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, Artistic and General Director and Principal Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev. Maestro told the journalists about his repertoire plans for the next season, and also spoke about the preparations for the first Vladivostok performance of one of the most grandiose Russian operas, Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky.

“The huge team of the Theatre continues to work non-stop to implement the most important task: dynamic entry of the outstanding opera and ballet repertoire into the lives of the Primorye audience. In particular, new productions will be staged, such as Ruslan and Lyudmila, Boris Godunov, Mazepa, and, perhaps a little later, The Maid of Orleans”, Valery Gergiev pointed out.

The Artistic Director said that the Theatre would commensurate the number of new operas with its capabilities. So far, four or five titles per year are planned, three of which will be presented in Vladivostok in the near future. “In a very short time, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has become one of the best opera houses in the world. The strongest evidence is the Khovanshchina production that you are going to watch today. Only a few theatres in the whole world can afford to perform such a gigantic opera canvas”, the maestro emphasized.

Let us remind you that the initial performances of Khovanshchina in Vladivostok took place on November 19 and 20, 2021 and came off with great success. The performances were jointly prepared by the companies of the Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg) and the Primorsky Stage. “Performance of the soloists of both Theatres on the same stage is a normal, healthy process. As we go forward, this process of theatrical cooperation will be enriching both Theatres more and more, thus allowing us to tackle the super popular opera and ballet titles”, added Valery Gergiev.

The next three premiere performances of Khovanshchina with the participation of the leading soloists of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre are scheduled for December of the current theatrical season. “I would like this opera to take root on the Primorsky Stage”, Maestro admitted, adding that Khovanshchina has been adorning the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre for many years.

Among the important tasks Valery Gergiev also named the formation of children’s repertoire and noted the recent Primorsky premieres of operas for the very youngest. The maestro introduced the new Artistic Director of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage, Honoured Artist of Russia, leading Concertmaster of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Irina Soboleva.

When asked about the restrictions imposed on the Theatre by the pandemic, Maestro Gergiev replied: “There are always difficulties, and we have to overcome them without many words. The Mariinsky administration, despite any hardships, will do their best to ensure that the Theatre remains strong, healthy and attractive for the audience”.

During his visit to Vladivostok, Valery Gergiev also visited the construction site of the cultural and educational center which is being erected at the request of the National Cultural Heritage Foundation for Social and Cultural Projects. This Center, in addition to branches of the country’s largest museums, is going to house another new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The grand opening is scheduled for late 2023. “We are at the beginning of a journey that will make Vladivostok a major center for opera and ballet traditions. Everything that we are doing for Primorye now, we are doing EXACTLY for Primorye”, summed up Maestro Gergiev.

11.11.2021

Please send your CV, photo and most recent video materials to Marina Cherkasova at cherkasova@mariinsky.ru
Pre-selected dancers will be invited to the audition, which will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia in January of 2022.
Each candidate will be informed about the date and time of the audition individually.
Application deadline is by January 5, 2022

Please send your CV, photo and most recent video materials to Marina Cherkasova at cherkasova@mariinsky.ru

Pre-selected dancers will be invited to the audition, which will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia in January of 2022.

Each candidate will be informed about the date and time of the audition individually.

Application deadline is by January 5, 2022.

06.11.2021

On November 19 and November 20, 2021 the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will first represent the long-awaited grandiose opera Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky

On November 19 and November 20, 2021 the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will first represent the long-awaited grandiose opera Khovanshchina by Modest Musorgsky. 

The first performances are jointly prepared by the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg and the Primorsky Stage, Vladivostok. The Mariinsky Orchestra, Chorus and soloists will be under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev, General Director and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The monumental opera with its massive crowd scenes is based on real historic events of the 17th century, namely: the Time of Troubles, the short rule of Tsarevna Sophia, the Streltsy uprising of 1682, animosities among Prince Ivan Khovansky, Dosifei whose secular name was Prince Myshetsky, and Prince Golitzin, etc. The opera identity lies in the closest unity of its music material and its text.

The historic veracity, the monumentality, the attention to realistic details, and the scale of the crowd scenes – these were all reflected in the outstanding staging of Khovanshchina by Leonid Baratov, which was premiered at the Kirov (presently the Mariinsky) Theatre on July 13, 1952.

In 1989, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Modest Musorgsky’s birth, Valery Gergiev conducted a full revival of the opera. The famous sets by Fyodor Fedorovsky were restored, continuing the traditions of the great theatre designers Konstantin Korovin and Alexander Golovin. The historic costumes were repaired, and the opera company rehearsed the parts. That was the first major artistic production by Valery Gergiev as a Principal Conductor of the Kirov Theatre. So the Mariinsky Theatre’s repertoire retained the production dating back to the premiere of Khovanshchina at the Mariinsky Theatre in November 1911 (Stage Director and performer of the role of Dosifei – Feodor Chaliapin; Designer – Konstantin Korovin; Conductor – Albert Coates).

A true “character” in the opera is the orchestra. “For me, the sound of the orchestra in the final scene is much more important than all the props on stage. Is it so very important if the schismatic monastery is on fire or not? I believe that here it is the orchestra that has to be on fire,” Valery Gergiev stressed.

Khovanshchina at the Primorsky Stage features soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre such as Yulia Matochkina, Yekaterina Sergeyeva, Vladimir Vaneyev, Mikhail Petrenko, Yevgeny Akimov, Oleg Videman, Vladislav Sulimsky, and Andrei Zorin.

04.11.2021

The Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre expects you to attend the Evening of modern European choreography that comprises two one-act ballets by outstanding choreographers of the 20th century, namely: Le Jeune homme et la mort by Roland Petit set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Phaedra by the Danish choreographer Flemming Flindt set to music by Philip Glass, a famous American composer. The ballets will be premiered on November 12 and November 13, 2021

The Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre expects you to attend the Evening of modern European choreography that comprises two one-act ballets by outstanding choreographers of the 20th century, namely: Le Jeune homme et la mort by Roland Petit set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Phaedra by the Danish choreographer Flemming Flindt set to music by Philip Glass, a famous American composer. The ballets will be premiered on November 12 and November 13, 2021.

Le Jeune homme et la mort with the libretto written by Jean Cocteau is well known to Russian spectators. Staged in 1946 in Paris, the ballet became one of the most well-known works of Roland Petit, an established classic choreographer of the 20th century, and one of the most sought-after ballets by dancers of different generations. The choreographer initially created the dancing routines to a popular jazz song, but just before the premiere Jean Cocteau suggested changing the music to Passacaglia by Johann Sebastian Bach. Thanks to the Passacaglia, the theme of an artist’s conversation with death, which is raised in the ballet, has acquired dimension and scope. Almost everyone in post-war Europe could subscribe to Jean Cocteau’s words: “I have experienced such painful periods that death seemed a temptation. I’m used to not being afraid of her and looking straight into her face”.

The production is choreographed by Maxim Khrebtov, a Repetiteur of the Mariinsky Theatre, with Luigi Bonino who was an assistant to Roland Petit for many years. The American designer Barbara Karinska acted as a Costume Designer.

Another premiere is to be Phaedra one-act ballet that will first be represented in Russia. The ballet music was written by Philip Glass, one of the most famous American composers and one of the most influential musicians of the later 20th century. He has created soundtracks for fifty popular movies. In Dallas, Texas in 1986 the ballet was choreographed by Flemming Flindt, a legendary Danish dancer and choreographer who was at that time inspired by characters of Euripides’ Greek drama, and tailored the ballet for his wife Vivi Flindt, a Danish ballet dancer.

From the ancient times the one-way love tragedy has always been attractive for a lot of authors. Euripides was one of the poets who originally described the palette of conflicting emotions felt by a married woman towards a young man and the following tragic ending. The plot focuses on Phaedra’s longing for her stepson. Phaedra reveals her love for Hippolytus to be rejected by him. This leads to a tragic ending.

The Far East audience will first be able to see Phaedra at the Primorsky Stage. The ballet is staged by Jacob Sparso who was an assistant to Flemming Flindt in his production of Phaedra with the Indianapolis Ballet in the 1990s. The Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Ballet at that time was Eldar Aliev. It was at the initiative of Eldar Aliev, Ballet Artistic Director of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, Honored Artistic Creator of Russia, that the rarely performed ballet Phaedra is included in the Primorsky Stage repertoire. The Chief Designer of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre Pyotr Okunev embodies at the Primorsky Stage the conception of Benny Montresor, an Italian artist, director and set designer.

Vladislav Karklin will conduct the premiere performances.

01.11.2021

At the end of October, as part of the program “Mariinsky – for children” three operas staged by Alexei Stepanyuk, Honored Artist of Russia, were premiered for the very youngest in the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage. The children’s operas were adapted for the Primorsky Stage under the guidance of Irina Soboleva, a leading concertmaster of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg and an Artistic Director of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage

At the end of October, as part of the program “Mariinsky – for children” three operas staged by Alexei Stepanyuk, Honored Artist of Russia, were premiered for the very youngest in the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage. The children’s operas were adapted for the Primorsky Stage under the guidance of Irina Soboleva, a leading concertmaster of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg and an Artistic Director of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage.

Sergei Banevich’s opera Murych the Cat is a story about a resourceful cat who celebrates his birthday among his friends. Both children and their parents were highly elated about it. Such soloists of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre as Alexei Smirnov, Svetlana Rozhok, Elizaveta Senatorova, Irina Kolodyazhnaya, Ilya Astafurov, Yevgeny Mizin, Alexei Kostyuk, Elena Glushenko, Alina Mikhailik, Laura Bustamante, and Vsevolod Marilov performed in the premieres. The piano part was performed by Alexey Tikhomirov, a concertmaster of the Primorsky Stage.

“This opera teaches every child to be attentive to himself or herself, to the world around and to his or her people and friends and to respect and cherish his or her mentors, not differentiating between them. It contains stories of the happiness of friendship and love being the first, most important emotion that gives every child an opportunity to grow and bring the most valuable and touching feelings from his or her childhood. Jointly with the Opera Company and the Artistic Director, we carefully work at these performances so that to initiate children in the future into a really great opera. The whole team of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is fully responsible for this serious mission,” said Ilya Ustyantsev,  Director and Сhoreographer for the adaptation of performances on the Primorsky Stage.

Scenes from the Life of Nikolenka Irtenev opera by Sergei Banevich has been created after motifs of Leo Tolstoy’s autobiographic trilogy Childhood, Boyhood and Youth. The opera has turned out chamber and intimate; it tells us about the most precious, exciting and delicate stage of life. The roles were performed by such soloists of the Primorsky Stage as Roman Krukovich, Yevgeny Mizin, Ilya Astafurov, Dmitry Nelasov, Alexei Kostyuk, Anastasia Kikot, Maria Suzdaltseva, Alina Mikhailik, Vladimir Volkov, Dmitry Migulyov, Gennady Akhmedov, Vsevolod Marilov, Svetlana Rozhok, as well as by Alena Denisenko, a student of the Vocal Department of the Far Eastern State Institute of Arts. The piano part was performed by Alexey Tikhomirov, a concertmaster of the Primorsky Stage.

“Besides the most simple school function of acquaintance with the Leo Tolstoy’s novel, the opera succeeded in its prime task – this was seen by the audience’s reaction – to revive children’s mercy and empathy. And to quote the author, we can borrow the words of Nikolenka Irtenev’s mother who said that “sensitivity is the best ability of a heart,” Irina Soboleva stressed.

The third premiere was Leonid Klinichev’s The Little Prince based on the famous novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The opera contains several hidden semantic levels; their perception demands a certain life experience. Yet the main ideas find a response, even with the very youngest. Such soloists of the Primorsky Stage as Dmitry Nelasov, Dmitry Migulyov, Elizaveta Senatorova, Olga Zharikova, Alina Mikhailik, Anastasia Kikot, Ilya Astafurov, Roman Krukovich, Yevgeny Mizin, Gennady Akhmedov, Vsevolod Marilov, Alexei Smirnov, Vladimir Volkov, and Tatiana Makarchuk performed their roles, accompanied by Yevgenia Akishina, a concertmaster of the Primorsky Stage.

The after-theatre photo session took place to children’s and their parents’ joy; they could take pictures with the soloists who performed the primary roles in the operas, and get the autographs.

28.10.2021

Irina Yurievna Soboleva, a leading concertmaster of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Honored Artist of Russia and recipient of the Medal of the Order For Services to the Fatherland, 1st class (2020), has been appointed to be an Artistic Director of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

Irina Yurievna Soboleva, a leading concertmaster of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Honored Artist of Russia and recipient of the Medal of the Order For Services to the Fatherland, 1st class (2020), has been appointed to be an Artistic Director of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Having met with opera singers of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, Irina Soboleva told them about the Theatre plans approved by Valery Gergiev, General Director and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre. Far East spectators expect to enjoy an extensive opera program and such ambitious additions to the Primorsky Stage repertoire as Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky, Mazepa by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka, The Idiot by Alexander Smelkov, and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

Irina Soboleva believes that to realize the plans of maestro Valery Gergiev is the most important task for successful development and prosperity of the Primorsky Stage.

28.10.2021

AUDITION TERMS
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.

You should submit your application on or before December 12, 2021. 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

AUDITION TERMS
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.

You should submit your application on or before December 12, 2021. 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 CVs and records some applicants will be invited to auditions in Saint Petersburg or Vladivostok. All audition expenses (including travel, accommodation, etc.) should be paid by applicants.

Any applicant should have a negative COVID-19 test done by the PCR method at least 72 hours before the audition or a QR code confirming undergoing a full vaccination course for the coronavirus infection.

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

AUDITION PROCEDURE
The auditions are expected to be held at the end of December 2021 or at the beginning of January 2022 in Saint Petersburg and Vladivostok. The exact place and time will be announced additionally. 

Any applicant should perform one compulsory aria and may choose another one from the following list:

Soprano:
Aria of Lady Macbeth from Macbeth (Act I) by Giuseppe Verdi (compulsory)
Aria of Élisabeth from Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
Aria of Liza from The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Coloratura soprano:
Aria of the Queen of Night from Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (compulsory)
Aria of Marfa from The Tsar’s Bride (Act IV) by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Cavatina of Lyudmila from Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka

Mezzo-soprano:
Aria of Ratmir from Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka (compulsory)
Arioso of Lyubasha from The Tsar’s Bride (Act I) by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Aria of Eboli from Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi

Tenor:
Thunder scene from The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (compulsory)
Aria of Radamès from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Aria of Calaf from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini

Baritone:
Aria of Rigoletto from Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi (compulsory)
Aria of Gryaznoi from The Tsar’s Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Arioso of Mazepa from Mazepa by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Bass:
Aria of Ruslan from Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka (compulsory)
Aria of Filippo from Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
Dungeon scene (“Three treasures”) from Mazepa by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

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

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