Mariinsky for Children: The Primorsky Stage Offers Performances for Family Viewing

From October 6 to 14, 2018, as part of the Mariinsky for Children project, the best ballet and opera performances for the whole family will be presented on the Primorsky Stage.

On October 6, 2018 the program will be opened by the colorful Le Corsaire ballet to the music of Adolphe Adan staged by the chief choreographer of the theatre Eldar Aliyev (with traditional interpolations handed down from Marius Petipa’s productions). The love story of the corsair Conrad and charming Medora will be told by artists of the Mariinsky Ballet of the Primorsky Stage. The performance will be accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage conducted by Anton Torbeev.

The Tale of Tsar Saltan, the most cheerful opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, will be presented to the public on October 7, 2018. The producers of the Primorsky Stage performance have managed to preserve the cheerful, carnival spirit of the opera. Director Daria Panteleeva and art director Petr Okunev have shown deep knowledge and respect for Russian fairy-tale traditions. The vivid images will be performed by the soloists of the Mariinsky Opera of the Primorsky Stage, with Valery Trubin-Leonov at the conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

On October 10 and 11, 2018 for the first time in the new season, the unquestionable hit of the theatre’s repertoire, The Nutcracker ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky will be presented. Regardless of the season, it always gives a feeling of a magical holiday and of wonderful events still to come. Eldar Aliyev’s expressive choreography, familiar music, magnificent costumes and scenery make this Primorsky Stage production a continued success. Anton Torbeev will perform at the conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage.

On October 13, 2018 the public will see Bambi and In the Jungle one-act ballets with choreography by Anton Pimonov. The ballet dilogy will be shown during a single night, and is intended for family viewing. The productions are based on Felix Salten’s novel telling about Bambi the young deer, and on its subsequent Bambi’s Children. The artists of the Mariinsky Ballet of the Primorsky Stage will personify the images of favorite fairy-tale heroes on the stage. The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be conducted by Valery Trubin-Leonov.

The Mariinsky to Children program will be closing on October 14, 2018 with Die Zauberflöte opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart staged by Alain Maratrat. Written in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that includes both singing and spoken dialogue, this beautiful fairy tale is equally loved by both children and adults. The conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage will be occupied by guest conductor of the Theater Anton Shaburov who has been recently awarded the First prize of the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition.

Picking a repertoire for children and teenagers is one of the priorities of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. In addition to Mariinsky for Children, the Theater is implementing such projects as Vacations at the Mariinsky, Valery Gergiev for Children, Student Environment and Theatre Classes.

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