The Fourth International Mariinsky Far East Festival, which opened on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater on July 24 to last 17 days, is finishing in Vladivostok on August 9. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, the last opera premiere of the Primorsky Stage, will be the final performance on the festival program. The major parts will be performed by leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theater (St Petersburg) and the Primorsky Stage, and by guest performers: Alyona Diyanova (Aida), Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov (Radamès), Yulia Matochkina (Amneris), Vladislav Sulimsky (Amonasro), Yevgeny Nikitin (Ramphis). Pavel Smelkov will be at the conductor’s podium.
Results of the Fourth International Mariinsky Far East Festival
- Parade of opera and ballet stars: Maria Bayankina, Yulia Matochkina, Mikhail Vekua, Yuri Vorobyov, Alexei Markov, Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Sergey Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Stanislav Trofimov, Alexander Mikhailov, Angelina Akhmedova, Aigul Khismatullina, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Victoria Teryoshkina, Nadezhda Batoyeva, Renata Shakirova, Ekaterina Osmolkina, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov, Konstantin Zverev, Alexander Sergeev;
- Famous conductors and prominent instrumentalists: Valery Gergiev, Shizuo Kuwahara, Pavel Smelkov, Xia Xiaotang, Justus Frantz; Tianxu An, Lucas Debargue, Kanon Matsuda (piano); Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici; Miura Fumiaki (violin);
- New names: Prize-winners of the XVI Tchaikovsky International Competition and Atkins Program scholars;
- For the first time on the Primorsky Stage: the operas Parsifal of Richard Wagner staged by Tony Palmer, Lucia di Lammermoor of Gaetano Donizetti staged by Andrea De Rosa, and concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera The Enchantress; ballets The Bronze Horseman of Reinhold Gliere staged by Yuri Smekalov, Sylvia of Léo Delibes, choreography by Frederick Ashton, Push Comes to Shove by Twyla Tharp, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort of Roland Petit, The Young Lady and the Hooligan of Dmitry Shostakovich, choreography by Konstantin Boyarsky;
- Expansion of the festival’s borders: the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra appeared in Ussuriysk, and the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble, in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for the first time.
At the festival’s opening on July 24, the Far East premiere of the ballet The Bronze Horseman of Reinhold Gliere, a production of Yuri Smekalov, was presented. Also included on the forum’s program were the premiere of the ballet Sylvia of Léo Delibes, choreography by Frederick Ashton, and two evenings with the premiers of the Mariinsky Theater’s ballet company loved by audiences worldwide — Kimin Kim and Vladimir Shklyarov. The major parts in the ballet performances were performed by stars of the Mariinsky Theater’s ballet company.
ЯA striking accent on the opera showbill were the Far East premieres of the Mariinsky Theater's productions: Richard Wagner’s Parsifal (production by Tony Palmer) under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor staged by Andrea De Rosa, with Aigul Khismatullina, prize-winner of the XVI Tchaikovsky International Competition and an up-and-coming star of the Primorsky Stage and Mariinsky Theater, in the title role. Also successful was the concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera The Enchantress, which was performed in Vladivostok for the first time under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Among the productions of the Primorsky Stage included in the festival program are The Tsar’s Bride of Rimsky-Korsakov produced by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev, Tosca of Puccini produced by Hans-Joachim Frey, and the premiere of the current season, Verdi’s Aida staged by Alexei Stepanyuk. Along with leading soloists of the Mariinsky’s opera company Maria Bayankina, Yulia Matochkina, Anna Kiknadze, Mikhail Vekua, Yuri Vorobyov, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Sergey Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, and Stanislav Trofimov, engaged in the performances were soloists of the Primorsky Stage and talented young singers, Atkins Program scholars.
The concert program of the Mariinsky Far East Festival was graced by performances of the The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, with talented young musicians Tianxu An (piano, China), Miura Fumiaki (violin, Japan) and Kim Gihoon (baritone, Republic of Korea) appearing as soloists, The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage and Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble with Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici as conductor; the concert for the 175th anniversary of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and 180th anniversary of Modest Mussorgsky featuring Kanon Matsuda (piano, Japan) and conductor Shizuo Kuwahara (Japan); and the tour of the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Xia Xiaotang in Vladivostok and Ussuriysk. The string of concerts was completed by the The Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage and prominent conductor Justus Frantz (Germany) who appeared in a double role, as conductor and as soloist.
The season of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater will be continued with the best productions of its repertoire: ballets Giselle of Adolphe Adam, choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa (August 10); Carmen Suite of Georges Bizet — Rodion Schedrin, choreography by Alberto Alonzo and The Prodigal Son, of Sergey Prokofiev, choreography by George Balanchine (August 16), and operas Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (August 11), Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (August 15), La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (August 17) etc.