Performances by Maria Guleghina, a premiere of performances to music by Grieg, conductors from Serbia and Japan — in the playbill of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre

In January, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will present performances led by conductors from Serbia and Japan, large-scale chamber and symphonic events, as well as the best productions from the Russian and European heritage. The February playbill will open with a recital by the outstanding opera singer Maria Guleghina (February 4) and her appearance in her signature role in Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca (February 1).

A series of festive performances will continue in January with Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie The Nutcracker (January 2, 3, 4, 8, 12 and 13) and Christmas Eve by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (January 5, 6, 7). On January 11, a Christmas Concert featuring The Primorsky Metropolitanate Choir will take place at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage. 13 January will see a premiere of Daria Panteleeva’s production for all the family — the performances Songs by the Sea and From Holberg’s Time to music by Edvard Grieg. The chamber playbill of the month will also feature a solo recital by the Mariinsky Opera soloist Vitaly Yankovsky (January 20). The programme includes arias from operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Modest Mussorgsky, Dmitry Shostakovich, Charles Gounod, Alexander Borodin, Sergei Prokofiev.

A series of events at the Primorsky Stage based fairy-tale plots will be continued with a brilliant performance inspired by the eponymous poem by Alexander Pushkin The Tale of Tsar Saltan (January 14).

In January, invited musicians will include conductors Mikica Jevtić from Serbia and Shizuo Z Kuwahara from Japan. Mikica Jevtić will conduct The Nutcracker on January 12 and 13, Shizuo Kuwahara will also appear on the conductor's podium with the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage twice: in Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata (January 19) and in the first big concert of the year (January 20). The programme of the symphonic concert will comprise compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Witold Lutosławski, Maurice Ravel.

Also, in January, the Vladivostok audiences can see their favourite ballet and opera performances: Rigoletto (January 21), The Love for Three Oranges (January 25), Christmas Eve (January 27), an evening of ballets The Firebird (January 28), Swan Lake (February 2, 3).

The central event of the winter season at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be performances by the world acclaimed opera diva Maria Guleghina (February 1 ). She will return to Vladivostok in one of her signature parts - Tosca in Giacomo Puccini’s opera of the same name and will give a solo recital.

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