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18.02.2021

The Chamber Hall repertoire has been added with an additional concert. On February 28 the audience will enjoy the bright and colorful An Evening of Operetta to be performed by soloists of the Primorky Stage

The Chamber Hall repertoire has been added with an additional concert. On February 28 the audience will enjoy the bright and colorful An Evening of Operetta to be performed by soloists of the Primorky Stage. The piano part will be played by Andrey Annenkov.

The genre of operetta is associable with joying, dancing, laughing, and other attributes of real festivals. Duets and arias from the favorable operettas will be sung by opera soloists accompanied by a Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Valery Trubin-Leonoff. The concert programme includes compositions by Imre Kalman, Johann Strauss II, Nico Dostal, Isaak Dunayevsky, and Franz Lehar. The concert will be held by Elizaveta Sushchenko and Igor Chernyshev.

15.02.2021

Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov is a guest soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bolshoi Theatre and a lead soloist of the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre. The artist has already appeared at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Thatre, continually taking part in the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok

Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov is a guest soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bolshoi Theatre and a lead soloist of the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre. The artist has already appeared at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Thatre, continually taking part in the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok.

On February 11 the soloist sung the primary arias in Don Carlo staged by Yuri Aleksandrov, Peoples’ Artist of Russia and a prizewinner at the Gold Mask Competition and the Gold Sofit Competition. His companions of the stage were lead soloists of the Primosrsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre such as Vyacheslav Vasilyev as Rodrigo, Yevgeny Plekhanov as Philipp II, Elena Razgulyaeva as Elisabeth of Valois, Tatiana Makarchuk as the Princess Eboli, and Analoly Badayev as the Grand Inquisitor. The orchestra was under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, a Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage.

On February 14 Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov performed Herman’s party in The Queen of Spades. Irina Kolodyazhnaya sung the Countess’ aria. There was a heavy round of applause including such companions as Liliya Kadnikova as Liza, Vyacheslav Vasilyev as the Prince Yeletsky, Marat Mukhamedzyanov as the Count Tomsky, and Laura Bustamante as Polina. The orchestra was  under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, a Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage.

09.02.2021

The competitive audition will be held at the Mariinsky Theater (New Stage) on April 12, 2021 at 15:00. The competitive audition will be also held in Moscow on May 3, 2021.

The ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre announces competitive auditions to fill the following vacancies:

— Ballet dancers (males and females)
— Solo dancers (males and females)
— Principal dancers (males and females)

The competitive audition will be held at the Mariinsky Theater (New Stage) on April 12, 2021 at 15:00. The competitive audition will be also held in Moscow on May 3, 2021.

The ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre announces competitive auditions to fill the following vacancies:

— Ballet dancers (males and females)
— Solo dancers (males and females)
— Principal dancers (males and females)

Any dancer who is aged 18 to 28 and has a degree in choreography may take part in one of the competitions.

Please, provide your application documents including:

— your detailed CV that specifies your height, weight, nationality, date of birth, etc.;
— your face portrait and full-length photos in rehearsal clothes;
— links to a dancing-class video up to 8 minutes in length and a variations video;
— a certificate of COVID-19 virus non-infection (this requirement is currently valid).

All dancers who are short-listed will be invited to competitive audition.

Please, e-mail your documents and other information to Ms. Marina Cherkasova at audition.ballet@mariinsky.ru. Tel.: (+7 924 005 8238).

26.01.2021

Theatre tickets are available for purchasing for new events in February

Tickets for new events in February begin to be sold on the Primorsky Stage website prim.mariinsky.ru or ticket offices. The next week the audience of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will look forward to a various ballet-and-opera programme.

In the bill there are Koniok-Gorbounok by Rodion Shchedrin and The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky in which the lead soloists of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will take part.

The opera lovers will see Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carmen by Georges Bizet and two operas with the guest soloist Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov: Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi and The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Parts will also be performed by lead soloists of the Opera Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

25.01.2021

On January 22 and 24, 2021 the world large-scale premiere of Alexander Smelkov’s The Idiot opera (concert performance) was held at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The Russian composer’s opera is based on the libretto by Yuri Dimitrin after the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky

On January 22 and 24, 2021 the world large-scale premiere of Alexander Smelkov’s The Idiot opera (concert performance) was held at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The Russian composer’s opera is based on the libretto by Yuri Dimitrin after the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The event is dedicated to 200 years since the birth of Fyodor Dostoevsky. The primary parts were sung by the lead soloists of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre such as Mergen Sandanov, Alexei Bublik, Elena Razgulyaeva, Vyacheslav Vasilyev, and Maria Suzdaltseva. The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage was under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, a Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage.

The Idiot is the seventh opera by Alexander Smelkov, a Russian composer. Graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory, he composed some symphonies, cantatas, and a lot of chamber and vocal compositions. After the celebrated premiere of his opera The Karamazov Brothers at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2008, the composer became well known among music addicts.

The Idiot became the second part of the operatic triptych conceived by the composer after Fyodor Dostoevsky’s legendary novels. The opera was created by Alexander Smelkov in a creative partnership with the brilliant librettist Yuri Dimitrin. The child chorus – the children attend the Prokofiev Art School No. 1 with Elena Petukhova as a Chorus Master – occupies a particular place in the opera. The children’s voices are a throwback to Prince Myshkin years of treatment in Switzerland and a reminder of his innocence for the Prince is as pure as a child. Moreover, the image of Prince Myshkin in his childhood is introduced into the final scene, where the Prince’s solo is sung by a child.

After the second performance of The Idiot, the media conference was held at the Primorsky Stage, which was attended by Pavel Smelkov, a Musical Director and a Conductor of the premiere, Olga Krukovich, responsible for musical preparation, and the soloists singing the primary parts: Mergen Sandanov (Prince Myshkin), Alexei Bublik (Rogozhin), and Maria Suzdaltseva (Aglaya). The composer Alexander Smelkov, by videoconference from Saint Petersburg, highly appreciated the results of work done by the Primorsky Stage company and expressed his special thanks to Olga Krukovich who was responsible for musical preparation of the opera. In his opinion, the soloists, the Chorus and the Orchestra had met all operatic challenges brilliantly. According to Alexander Smelkov, the role of Pavel Smelkov, the composer’s son who conducted the opera, was essential in creating the opera and staging its concert version.

Pavel Smelkov said that the Primorsky Stage company worked with great enthusiasm on the premiere. He also noted that the fully choreographed opera with set designed and scenic movement brought to perfection was expected to be presented to the public 2 or 3 months later. The sets would be designed by Pyotr Okunev, a Chief Designer of the Primorsky Stage who was known by his works at other Russian theatres. The opera would be staged by Oleg Khristolyubskiy, a stage director from Saint Petersburg. The Primorsky Stage’s plans envisage that The Idiot will be shown both in Russian cities and abroad.

20.01.2021

From January 15 to January 22 the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre tours in Saint Petersburg for the seventh time

From January 15 to January 22 the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre tours in Saint Petersburg for the seventh time. Although the epidemiologic situation is unstable, the theatre management decided to go on this yearly tour. The ballet dancers brought three shows to St. Petersburg and started their tour with the premiere of A Thousand and One Nights at the Mariinsky Theatre. In August 2020 this ballet was first performed after the theatre business interruption. The second part of the tour includes Le Corsaire and The Sleeping Beauty.

The visit of the Primorsky Territory Governor Oleg Nikolaevich Kozhemyako to St. Petersburg – he attended the final performance of A Thousand and One Nights on January 17 – also showed that the present tour were very important. The Governor offered his off-stage congratulations on the dancers’ success and expressed his hope that the Primorsky Stage would soon be able to represent the ballet not only in but outside Russia. “I am very grateful to the dancers for their artistry and brilliant performance. They have demonstrated the level that Petersburgers, perhaps, could not expect. This is a result of collaborative work done by the choreographer Eldar Aliev, the designer Pyotr Okunev, the orchestra, the chorus, and the ballet company. Their success may be judged by full halls, storms of applause and favorable reviews,” the Governor stressed in his interview.

During their meeting on January 17, Oleg Kozhemyako and Valery Gergiev discussed some plans to develop the Primorsky Stage, including constructing a theatrical complex of which the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre would be a part.

“We made some complicated decisions during the pandemic period; one of them was to hold the V Mariinsky Far East Festival in August 2020, in which such world stars as Elena Stikhina, Yulia Matochkina, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Yevgeny Nikitin, and Ildar Abdrazakov would take part. It was important for us to put such names beside names of new stars of the Primorsky Stage, among whom there are Alena Diyanova, Anastasia Kikot, Laura Bustamante, Tatiana Makarchuk, Mergen Sandanov, Yevgeny Plekhanov, Vyacheslav Vasiliev, and others. In the ballets staged by the Primorsky Stage, soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre (including Renata Shakirova, Yekaterina Chebykina and Roman Belyakov) danced together with those of the Primorsky Stage (including Anna Samostrelova, Irina Sapozhnikova, Lilia Berezhnova, Sergei Umanets, and Kanat Nadyrbek),” said Valery Gergiev.

The Maestro emphasized that the traditional tour, on which the Primorsky Stage had gone at such a challenging time, indicated that the team spirit grew both in terms of dynamics and in terms of harmony. “The tour of our own company yet flying from afar to Saint Petersburg is a significant phenomenon. The new staging of A Thousand and One Nights became a snap before everything. Everyone is gratified by Fikret Amirov’s music, Eldar Alev’s choreography, dancers’ mastery, and Ayyub Guliev’s conducting. We should more often invite him as a guest conductor to take part in our future projects. The long-awaited meeting with Oleg Nikolaevich Kozhemyako was important for us. We discussed some pressing matters on developing the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and constructing the theatrical complex in Vladivostok. We managed to attend the premiere and get our jollies both out of the ballet and out of the rapturous reception given to it by the St. Petersburg audience,” said Valery Gergiev.

The Art Director of the Mariinsky Theatre also told members of the media about some challenging plans for the Primorsky Stage. He said, “The ballet plans includes La Bayadère which was choreographed by Marius Petipa and later revised by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani, Raymonda and other classical and contemporary works. We also plan to expend considerably the opera repertoire with new representations or, perhaps, with operas to be shifted from the Mariinsky Theatre. Turandot and Die Fledermaus are just some of the operas to be staged in the 2020/21 season. We also consider an opportunity for shifting A Thousand and One Nights from the Primorsky Stage to the main stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. This is a most suggestive fact. The artistic links between St. Petersburg and Vladivostok get firmly established. In the immediate future we will more often see the best artists from the Primorsky Stage company on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and vice versa.

For reference:

The ballet A Thousand and One Nights created after the well-known collection of Arabian and Persian tales was first staged at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in August 2020. The ballet was choreographed by Eldar Aliev, a Ballet Master in Chief who often turned earlier to the score by Fikret Amirov, an eminent Azerbaijani composer, and staged the ballet at various theaters. However, he newly choreographed it for the Primorsky Stage. Pyotr Okunev designed picturesque scenes being combined with video projections. The manually embroidered costumes and fancy scenes for this production were made in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. At the premiere the baton was held by Ayyub Guliev, a Principal Conductor and a Music Director of the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

16.01.2021

For some years now the ballet dancers of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has brought their new shows or versions of classic ballets to Saint Petersburg at the end of Christmastime. This year their tour started with the St. Petersburg premiere of A Thousand and One Nights on January 15. The premiere of the ballet created after Arab tales was a tremendous success

For some years now the ballet dancers of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has brought their new shows or versions of classic ballets to Saint Petersburg at the end of Christmastime. This year their tour started with the St. Petersburg premiere of A Thousand and One Nights on January 15. The premiere of the ballet created after Arab tales was a tremendous success.

This is a project of Eldar Aliev, a Ballet Master in Chief of the Primorsky Stage. Once Eldar Aliev staged A Thousand and One Night in America and Europe, and in 2020 he newly choreographed the ballet in Vladivostok to put almost all the dancers on because his staging demanded performance of some large-scale scenes and 13 soloes.

All sets and costumes were designed by Pyotr Okunev, an Artistic Director of the Primorsky Stage. The ballet is based on the music by Fikret Amirov, a well-known Azerbaijan composer, and the libretto by Rustam Ibragimbekov and Magsud Ibragimbekov.

At the premieres in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok the baton was held by Ayyub Guliev, a Principal Conductor and a Music Director of the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, bearing the title of an Honored Artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In St. Petersburg the key parts were performed by soloists and leading dancers of the Primorsky Stage including Anna Samostrelova as Scheherazade, Lilia Berezhnova as Nurida, Sergei Umanets as Shahryar, and Denis Golov as the Slave.

The ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre tours regularly in St. Petersburg and other Russian and foreign cities. The ballet company will again perform A Thousand and One Nights on January 16 and January 17, Le Corsaire on January 19 and January 20 and The Sleeping Beauty on January 21 and January 22.

06.01.2021

On January 6, 2021 the 200th performance of The Nutcracker, the most fairy ballet set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, took place at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

On January 6, 2021 the 200th performance of The Nutcracker, the most fairy ballet set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, took place at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage was under the baton of Vitaly Shevelev. The primary parts were performed by principals and dancers of the Primorsky Ballet Company such as Irina Sapozhnikova, Kanat Nadyrbek, Denis Golov, and Alena Grivnina.

The Nutcracker was premiered at the Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vladivostok on December 19, 2014, and the first 40 performances of this ballet took place at the same theatre. When the theatre was reconstructed to become the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, The Nutcraker remained the greatest New Year favourite of the audience.

The ballet set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the libretto by Eldar Aliev, a Ballet Master in Chief of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, irrespective of the season, creates an atmosphere of a magic holiday and fairytale-like changes. Of all Tchaikovsky’s ballets The Nutcracker has probably had the largest number of interpretations. The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre presents it in the expressive Eldar Aliev’s choreography based on the original scenario by Marius Petipa.

24.12.2020

On December 23, 2020 the New Year Gala Concert was given for students, teachers and University workers at the Far Eastern Federal University campus

On December 23, 2020 the New Year Gala Concert was given for students, teachers and University workers at the Far Eastern Federal University campus. This year the Concert had been dedicated to the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage played his best compositions under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, a Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage. Among them there were Symphony No. 7 in A major, the Overture from The Creatures of Prometheus ballet, the Coriolan Overture, the Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2 in F major (with Aleksey Maslov as a solo violinist, who is a prize-winner at many international competitions), and “Ah! Perfido” concert aria (sung by Liliya Kadnokova, a soprano soloist of the Mariinsky Opera of the Primorsky Stage).

Such event is annually held by the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre at the Far Eastern Federal University on New Year’s Eve. The symphonic music first sounded at the new Far Eastern Federal University campus in December 2016.

16.12.2020

On December 20, 2020 at 17:00 the great Russian opera Ruslan and Lyudmila (concert performance) will be first performed in the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Pavel Smelkov will act as a Music Director and a Conductor at the premiere

On December 20, 2020 at 17:00 the great Russian opera Ruslan and Lyudmila (concert performance) will be first performed in the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Pavel Smelkov will act as a Music Director and a Conductor at the premiere. 

Ruslan and Lyudmila is the second opera by Mikhail Glinka, a founder of the Russian classical music language. The opera is based on Alexander Pushkin’s epic fairy tale of the same name. Ruslan, a brave warrior, and Lyudmila, a daughter of the Prince of Kiev, are a hero and a heroine of the opera. They celebrate their wedding when the celebration is suddenly broken by a mystic disappearance of the bride. Ruslan and two other warriors set out to rescue her.

Ruslan and Lyudmila was premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Saint Petersburg in 1842. The opera was initially little appreciated. It succeeded further, but was usually staged in an abridged form, partially because of censorial restrictions. Now Ruslan and Lyudmila is an unquestioned masterpiece of Russian opera. The overture, Chernomor's March and arias of Lyudmila, Ruslan, Farlaf, Gorislava, and Ratmir remain very popular up to now.

At the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, the full version of Ruslan and Lyudmila will be first sung in concert performance; it will allow the audience to appreciate all the riches of the opera score.

The primary parts will be performed by soloists of the Mariinsky Opera of the Primorsky Stage such as Yevgeny Plekhanov (Ruslan), Maria Suzdaltseva (Lyudmila), Tatiana Makarchuk (Ratmir), Anatoly Badayev (Farlaf), Liliya Kadnikova (Gorislava), Roman Krukovich (Finn), Alexei Smirnov (Bayan), Irina Kolodyazhnaya (Naina), and Sergei Pleshivtsev (Svetozar). The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, a Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Stage.

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