Premiere of The Little Humpbacked Horse ballet by Rodion Shchedrin, solo concert by Ivan Bessonov, performances by the soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre Sergei Skorokhodov in The Tsars Bride and La Traviata, The Magic Flute and Eugene Onegin operas with the participation of guest conductors, favorite holiday plays and special chamber programs are awaiting the audience in December and January at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.
The long-awaited ballet premiere of The Little Humpbacked Horse ballet by Rodion Shchedrin (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) will become the centerpiece of December. This bright ballet staged on the basis of a fairy tale familiar to everybody has already managed to catch the fancy of the Primorsky spectators. Three shows of The Little Humpbacked Horse with the participation of artists of the Mariinsky Theatre opened the 2nd International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok. This time, the play loved both by adults and children returns to the repertoire of the Primorsky troupe. Anton Torbeev will take the conductor’s stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage on December 15, 16 and 20.
On December 19, a solo concert will be presented by the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, young pianist Ivan Bessonov. The concert program will include works by German composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann and Polish romanticist Frederic Chopin. On December 7, Sergei Skorokhodov, diploma holder of the Elena Obraztsova International Competition and one of the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, will perform the part of Ivan Lykov in The Tsar’s Bride opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (directed by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev). On December 9, he will perform the part of Alfred Germont in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (production by Charles Rubo).
Guest conductor Anton Shaburov will perform at the conductor’s stand in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute (directed by Alain Maratra) on December 13. On December 21, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in a grand production by Alexei Stepanyuk will be performed by the winner of the Georg Solti International Competition, Japanese conductor Shizuo Kuwahara. The performance will take place within the framework of the Year of Japan in Russia. On the New Year’s Eve and during the winter holidays, the already traditional performances will be presented on the Primorsky Stage: The Nutcracker ballet-spectacle by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (choreography by Eldar Aliyev) and The Eve before Christmas opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (directed by Olga Malikova). The most beloved New Year’s ballet will be shown on December 1, 22, 26, 27, 28, 30 and 31, and on January 2, 3, 4 and 5. The second absolute holiday hit, the opera to the well-known plot of Gogol’s The Eve before Christmas will be presented on December 29 and on January 6, 7 and 8.
Special chamber programs were prepared by the artists of the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage. On December 22, the Small Hall of the Theater will host the Evening of French music, whose program will include works by Claude Debussy, César Franck, Marcel Tournier, Camille Saint-Saens, Jules Massne and Ernest Chausson. On December 29, both classical and jazz compositions will be presented at the New Year’s concert.