Summary of the Second International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok

  • 28 days — 40 performances and concerts;
  • Over 500 artists and musicians from 12 countries of the world;
  • Concert venues in Vladivostok, Ussuriysk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Harbin (China), Pyeongchang (South Korea) and Tongyeong (South Korea);
  • About 50 000 audience members from Russia, Asia, Europe;
  • A large-scale international programme;
  • First tour of the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Harbin (China)

13 August saw the large-scale closing of the Second International Mariinsky Far East Festival.

Carl Orff’s scenic cantata Carmina Burana was presented at the Primorsky Stage for the first time by the Mariinsky Theatre soloists Anastasia Kalagina, Vladimir Moroz, Stanislav Leontiev, as well as the Chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the baton of the Justus Frantz (Germany).

Also, as part of Vladivostok Festival, the Mariinsky Ballet Company presented Alexei Ratmansky’s production of The Little Humpbacked Horse. The central event of the ballet playbill was the performance by principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bayerisches Staatsballett Vladimir Shklyarov and the London Royal Ballet prima ballerina Natalia Osipova, who appeared in the Far East premiere of Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand. Among other notable programme events were Gala concerts by the National Ballet of China, which included Act 2 from La Sylphide, the finale of the Yellow River, the choreographic miniature Prelude and the ballet The Song of Life. The Primorsky Stage repertoire performances also featured invited Festival participants - brilliant South Korean ballerina Soo Bin Lee and soloists of the Liaoning Ballet Company (China) Zhang Haidong and Yu Chuanya.

On 9 and 10 August, the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage embarked on its first tour in Harbin with Adolphe Adam’s ballet Le Corsaire staged by Eldar Aliev.

The operatic programme of the Second International Mariinsky Far East Festival contained a number of opera premieres - Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi, Der Fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner, the Enchanted Wanderer by Rodion Shchedrin, the Tsar’s Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They were presented by the best soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Company: Tatiana Serjan, Vladislav Sulimsky, Sergei Skorokhodov, Mikhail Petrenko, Yevgeny Nikitin, Yevgeny Akimov, Elena Stikhina, Mlada Khudoley, Roman Burdenko, Yulia Matochkina, Vladimir Moroz, Vladimir Feliauer, Otar Jorjikia, Oleg Sychev, Yekaterina Sergeyeva, Anastasia Kalagina, Violetta Lukyanenko,Yevgeny Akhmedov, as well as invited soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Irina Churilova, Dmitry Grigoriev, Kirill Zharovin. At the same time, Vladivostok appearances of one of the world’s leading singers Albina Shagimuratova and the winner of the legendary BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Shenyang (China) became momentous events of the Festival.

The instrumental programme of the Festival for the first time included compositions by Igor Stravinsky (Petrushka, Le Sacre du printemps), Rodion Shchedrin (Piano Concerto No. 1), Max Bruch (Violin Concerto No. 1), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Violin Concerto No. 5). The solo parts in the Festival symphonic concerts were performed by outstanding young musicians: the prize-winner at the 17th International Yehudi Menuhin Competition He Ziyu (violin, China), the international awards winner Kanon Matsuda (piano, Japan), the prize-winner at the 16th International Y. Menuhin Competition Daniel Lozakovitj (violin, Sweden) and the winner at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition Clara-Jumi Kang (violin, Germany). In the Rachmaninov Cycle, which encompassed all the composer’s piano concertos, the solo was performed by Sergei Babayan (USA), Ivan Bessonov (Russia), George Harliono (Great Britain), Ming Xie (China) and Dmitri Levkovich (Canada). Besides, Dmitri Levkovich also gave a solo recital and was highly acclaimed by both audience and critics. The symphonic programme culminated in the first Vladivostok performance by talented Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii.

During the Festival, the audience was for the first time presented with the Chamber Ensemble of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Under the baton of the concertmaster of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the leader of the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre, violinist and conductor Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, the Ensemble performed works by Bach, Respighi, Piazzola and Vivaldi. Additionally, the Festival programme was supplemented with an open master class by Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici.

The new season of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be continued with the best performances from its operatic repertoire: The Love for Three Oranges by Sergei Prokofiev (18 August), Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (19 August), The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (20 August), Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (26 August).

At the moment, the Ballet Company of the Primorsky Stage is on their first tour in St Petersburg, where they will be performing at the Historic Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre from 15 to 20 August. On their return to Vladivostok, the Company’s next performance will be Giselle, scheduled for 25 August, on 27 August the Company will give two performances of the legendary Carmen-Suite (choreography by Alberto Alonso).

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