On June 15, a unique and complete collection of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies and instrumental concertos went on sale. It is a joint release of Arthaus Musik, Telmondis Distribution, and the Mariinsky Theatre
On June 15, a unique and complete collection of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies and instrumental concertos went on sale. It is a joint release of Arthaus Musik, Telmondis Distribution, and the Mariinsky Theatre.
In April of 2016, an unprecedented marathon of Sergei Prokofiev’s works bound Moscow and St Petersburg together via a chronologically arranged sequence of concerts timed to coincide with 125 years since the birth of the composer. The marathon was organized at the initiative of Valery Gergiev. On 23 April and 24 April, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosted the performances of more than 30 works by Prokofiev. These concerts resulted in a collector’s edition of almost 700 minutes of music (7 DVDs/4 Blu-rays), recorded with the participation of the world’s leading musicians, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Chorus under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
Apart from all of the composer’s symphonies, the collection includes a recording of The Scythian Suite (Ala i Lolli) and all of Prokofiev’s instrumental concertos. Featured soloists for the piano concertos are as follows: Denis Kozhukhin (Piano Concerto No. 1), Denis Matsuev (Piano Concerto No. 2), Daniil Trifonov (Piano Concerto No. 3), Sergei Redkin (Piano Concerto No. 4), Vadym Kholodenko (Piano Concerto No. 5). Featured soloists for the violin concertos are Leonidas Kavakos (Violin Concerto No. 1) and Kristóf Baráti (Violin Concerto No. 2), while Alexander Ramm is the soloist for the Symphony-Concerto for cello.
The vocal-instrumental works in the collection include the cantata Alexander Nevsky featuring Olga Borodina (mezzo-soprano), the oratorio Ivan the Terrible featuring Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano), Mikhail Petrenko (bass), and theatre and film actor Alexei Petrenko (as the Reader), the cantata Seven, They Are Seven featuring the Helikon-Opera soloist Igor Morozov (tenor) and the State Academic Kozhevnikov Moscow Regional Chorus.
There is also an extra addition to the musical content as the collection also includes Anna Matison’s Prokofiev: On the Way documentary, which is a chronicle of both Sergei Prokofiev’s life (based on the composer’s diary entries) and the XI Moscow Easter Festival dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev.
The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is to be the first Russian orchestra to appear in concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The concerts are set to take place on 16 June and 17 June at the most modern venue in the country, the Great Hall of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran
The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev is to be the first Russian orchestra to appear in concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The concerts are set to take place on 16 June and 17 June at the most modern venue in the country, the Great Hall of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran. The first performance of the Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. The 17 June performance will be conducted by Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, who will also perform as soloist.
The vast programme includes Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane, arias from Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, excerpts from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, Camille Saint-Saëns’ suite Le Carnaval des animaux, Antonio Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni, and Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Soloists: Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (violin), Oleg Sendetsky (cello), Timur Martynov (trumpet), Aigul Khismatullina (soprano), and Yevgeny Akhmedov (tenor).
The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the world premiere of Eclipse by the modern composer Alexander Raskatov on 28 June. The opera is dedicated to the Muraviev-Apostol family and Valery Gergiev, who will also conduct the premiere performance
The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the world premiere of Eclipse by the modern composer Alexander Raskatov on 28 June. The opera is dedicated to the Muraviev-Apostol family and Valery Gergiev, who will also conduct the premiere performance.
Alexander Raskatov explains: ‘In 2011, on the recommendation of Valery Gergiev, Christopher Muraviev-Apostol asked me to write an opera. He is a remote descendant of one of the five executed Decembrists and wanted me to write an opera about the events of those days. The opera was created to be performed by the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The characters often sing in extreme high registers. It helps to create high dramatic tension.’
According to the composer, the opera’s libretto took almost a year to write. The story starts in Paris and ends at the place of the Decembrists’ exile. The composer did not use just one source and had a variety of historical records at his disposal: letters, diaries, contemporaries’ accounts, Russian and French literary sources, such as Velimir Khlebnikov’s texts, excerpts from The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov and The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky, poems by Alexander Pushkin and Yevgeny Baratynsky, fragments from Alexandre Dumas’ and other French writers’ works in the original language.
Composer Alexander Raskatov is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire (class of Albert Lehman). He is a member of the Russian Union of Composers and the Russian Association of Contemporary Music. He is also Staff Composer of Stetson University (USA). In 1998, Raskatov received the Main Composition Prize at the Salzburg Easter Festival. In 2002, the CD After Mozart, which included a piece by Raskatov played by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, won a Grammy award. The composer's discography includes recordings for companies such as Nonesuch (USA), EMI (the UK), BIS (Sweden), Wergo and ESM (Germany), Megadisc (Belgium), Chant du monde (France), and Claves (Switzerland).
Dear colleagues, We invite you to the press conference of Valery Gergiev, Artistic & General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and Martin Engstroem, Founder & Executive Director of the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), which is scheduled for 12:00 am on 13 June. The press conference is dedicated to 25-year anniversary of the Verbier Festival
We invite you to the press conference of Valery Gergiev, Artistic & General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and Martin Engstroem, Founder & Executive Director of the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), which is scheduled for 12:00 am on 13 June. The press conference is dedicated to 25-year anniversary of the Verbier Festival.
Valery Gergiev and Martin Engstroem will unveil the programme for this year’s Verbier Festival in Switzerland, which will run from 19 July to 5 August. Valery Gergiev is the Festival’s Orchestra Music Director this year. Over 18 days, the Festival will host 59 concerts featuring performances of 88 famed musicians of today from all around the world and more than 270 young talents.
The Verbier Festival is one of the most famous classical music festivals in the world. Its programme includes concerts, meet-and-greets, workshops, and exchanges between renowned musicians and young rising stars from different parts of the world. The Festival has been held since 1994. It invariably demonstrates the supreme level of performance mastery and the quality of educational programmes for musicians.
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The tour of the Mariinsky Ballet will open the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which will run from 24 July to 8 August 2018
The tour of the Mariinsky Ballet will open the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which will run from 24 July to 8 August 2018. This year’s festival participants include world-famous dancers and young talented performers, such as Ekaterina Kondaurova, Nadezhda Batoeva, Kristina Shapran, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov, Konstantin Zverev and many others. The playbill features ballets of different epochs, such as Don Quixote, The Four Seasons, and Cinderella, which will be performed in the Far East of Russia for the first time.
The festival will open with the performances of Ludwig Minkus’s Don Quixote, choreographed by Alexander Gorsky and based on Marius Petipa’s original production (24 July and 25 July). The classic production will gather a stellar cast at the Primorsky Stage. On 24 July, the lead roles will be performed by Kimin Kim, the Mariinsky Theatre’s principal dancer and a virtuoso Basilio, soloist Renata Shakirova (Kitri), prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova (Street Dancer), and soloist Konstantin Zverev (Espada). The cast for the next day’s performance includes principal dancer Timur Askerov (Basilio), soloists Nadezhda Batoeva (Kitri), Kristina Shapran (Street Dancer), and Roman Belyakov (Espada). The performances will mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa.
On 26 July and 27 July, Vladivostok will see the premiere of The Four Seasons ballet set to the music of Max Richter (based on the music by Antonio Vivaldi) and staged by Ilya Zhivoi. The two-act ballet The Four Seasons is based on a sketch—one-act ballet SeasonS—which successfully premiered at the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival in 2016. Now, two years later, the audiences will enjoy the full version of the young choreographer’s production.‘ A change of seasons is not just a change of weather outside, but a metaphor for all things on Earth,’ said Ilya Zhivoi about the production. The lead roles will be performed by prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova and soloist Roman Belyakov (26 July), soloists Kristina Shapran and Konstantin Zverev (27 July).
On 28 July (19:00) and twice on 29 July (14:00 and 19:00), the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the premiere performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky, one of the most popular modern choreographers. Alexei Ratmansky’s first grand ballet, created for the Mariinsky Theatre in 2001, has been a favorite with the St Petersburg public for many years, attracting audiences with its ironic and memorable interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev’s major score. On July 28, the lead roles will be performed by Kimin Kim (Prince), principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre and world-renowned performer, soloist Renata Shakirova (Cinderella), and prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). On July 29 (14:00), the main roles will be performed by soloists Konstantin Zverev (Prince), Kristina Shapran (Cinderella), and Tatiana Tkachenko (Stepmother). The soirée performance will feature soloist Nadezhda Batoeva (Cinderella), principal dancer Vladimir Shklyarov (Prince), and prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). The accompagnement will be provided by the Mariinsky Orchestra.
Just a quick reminder: the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok is an annual festival which travels to major venues in the Far East and the Asia-Pacific Region. This year’s festival will run from 24 July to 8 August.
Three nights at the XXVI Stars of the White Nights festival will be dedicated to Richard Wagner’s operas. Gala concerts will take place at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev and Plácido Domingo
Three nights at the XXVI Stars of the White Nights festival will be dedicated to Richard Wagner’s operas. Gala concerts will take place at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev and Plácido Domingo.
In June, Valery Gergiev will conduct two major gala concerts. June 7 will see the performance of excerpts from Tristan und Isolde. The world-famous Wagnerian soprano Heidi Melton is invited to perform the female lead in the production. Melton added the role of Isolde to her repertoire in 2015. In 2016 she sang the part of the Irish princess at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and then went on to perform the same part at the English National Opera. The role of Tristan is rightfully considered to be one of the most complex ones in the global operatic collection. Just like a year ago, it will be performed by the Mariinsky Opera soloist Mikhail Vekua.
The second Wagner night will be hosted by the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre on 19 June. The Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Orchestra soloists under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform fragments from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung of the Der Ring des Nibelungen tetralogy.
On 7 July, the Wagner gala concert will be conducted by Plácido Domingo. The Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform excerpts from Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre. The night will mark Plácido Domingo’s first-time performance of Richard Wagner’s music with the Mariinsky Orchestra. ‘As I am invited to Bayreuth to conduct Die Walküre, I am now engaged in self-training. On my next visit to St Petersburg, I will sing in La traviata and conduct a gala concert, which will include excerpts from Die Walküre. Now I am here to work with this fantastic orchestra, which I was entrusted with by Valery Gergiev. I think that conducting Wagner’s music performances outside of Bayreuth is more difficult, because Wagner created a truly phenomenal orchestra pit there. It is incredibly hard to have such acoustics at an ordinary theatre,’ said maestro Domingo during his visit to St Petersburg.
The Mariinsky Theatre continues to enrich its Verdi collection. Today the theatre’s repertoire includes 14 operas by the composer, counting the recent premiere Falstaff, which opened the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights. At the festival, Giuseppe Verdi’s works will be performed by a different cast in every production
The Mariinsky Theatre continues to enrich its Verdi collection. Today the theatre’s repertoire includes 14 operas by the composer, counting the recent premiere Falstaff, which opened the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights. At the festival, Giuseppe Verdi’s works will be performed by a different cast in every production. “We consider ourselves lucky. We are very grateful pupils of the greatest masters. One can and must learn from Verdi. Over the recent years, our company has taken on some brilliant singers with astonishing voices. They are very vibrant artists,” says Valery Gergiev. During the festival, the Mariinsky II will host the performances of eight operas by Giuseppe Verdi. On 31 May, the lead roles in Otello (staged by Vasily Barkhatov) based on the eponymous tragedy by William Shakespeare will be played by the famous soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre: Vladimir Galouzine (Otello), Vladislav Sulimsky (Iago), Irina Churilova (Desdemona), Mikhail Petrenko (Lodovico), and Alexander Trofimov (Cassio). The performance will be conducted by Pavel Smelkov.
The premiere performances of the opera Falstaff staged by Andrea De Rosa (12 June, 2.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.) at the Stars of the White Nights festival will continue the marathon of Verdi’s works. The audience will also have the opportunity to see it for the second time on 15 July (3.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.). On 14 June, the Mariinsky II will host another production by Andrea De Rosa – Simon Boccanegra. Ferruccio Furlanetto, a famous Italian bass, will play the part of Jacopo Fiesco, which he has brilliantly performed at the Mariinsky Theatre on various occasions, including at the premiere in 2016. Other lead roles will be played by Roman Burdenko (Simon Boccanegra), Irina Churilova (Maria Boccanegra, known as Amelia Grimaldi), Migran Agadzhanian (Gabriele Adorno), Gleb Peryazev (Pietro). On 16 June, the playbill of the Mariinsky II will boast Un ballo in maschera staged by Andrei Konchalovsky, a production that has enjoyed over 15 years of success at the Mariinsky Theatre. The lead roles will be played by Maria Guleghina (Amelia), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Riccardo), Alexei Markov (Renato). On 23 June will take place the performance of the opera Il trovattore (staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi) under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Ekaterina Semenchuk will play one of her signature roles – Azucena, with Irina Churilova appearing as Leonora and Hovannes Ayvazyan as Manrico.
La traviata staged by Claudia Solti with the world famous opera singer Plácido Domingo playing one of the central roles (Giorgio Germont) will open the series of July performances. In 2016, Plácido Domingo already participated in this production at the Stars of the White Nights festival; however, that time he was conducting the performance. During this year’s visit, the singer will be playing a role more customary for him, while Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra (6 July). The casts of the operas Don Carlo (8 July) and Attila (9 July) will consist of the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Company. Irina Churilova and Ekaterina Semenchuk will play the roles of Elizabeth de Valois and Princess Eboli, while Ildar Abdrazakov will appear as the Huns’ leader and Tatiana Serjan as Odabella.
The performance of the opera Macbeth on the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre starring Anna Netrebko appearing at the Mariinsky Theatre as Lady Macbeth for the first time (15 June) will be the central event paying tribute to Verdi. She will share the stage with Vladislav Sulimsky (Macbeth), Yusif Eyvazov (Macduff), and Mikhail Petrenko (Banco). The performance will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. The playbill also includes Aida starring Mlada Khudoley (Aida), Olga Savova (Amneris), Roman Burdenko (Amonasro), Yuri Vorobiev (Ramfis) on 8 June, and Rigoletto with Vladislav Sulimsky playing the title role (22 June). On 3 July, the performance of the opera La forza del destino will be dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the production by Elijah Moshinsky at the Mariinsky Theatre. And to top it all, on 29 July, the opera Aida will be performed on the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre starring Irina Churilova (Aida), Yulia Matochkina (Amneris) and Oleg Videman (Radames). This performance will conclude the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights.
On 3 June, 21.00, Lucas Debargue, a French pianist, the laureate of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition, will present a Russian premiere of his own composition on the stage of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre
On 3 June, 21.00, Lucas Debargue, a French pianist, the laureate of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition, will present a Russian premiere of his own composition on the stage of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. Quatuor symphonique will be performed by the musicians that three months ago played the world premiere at the Salle Cortot: Eva Zavaro (violin), Adrien Boisseau (viola), Jérôme Pernoo (cello) and the composer himself. The piece got its name due to the size of the composition: the ‘symphonic poem’ lasts for nearly an hour. The programme also includes Piano Quartet No. 1 by Gabriel Fauré and Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel.
Lucas Debargue’s compositions have already been performed in Moscow, where he played his Sonata for cello, at the Echo Klassik Gala Concert at the Elbphilharmonie where he was praised as the winner in the Young Musician nomination, and at halls in Paris, where the premieres of his Piano Trio and Quatuor symphonique took place.
The musicians that will be taking part in the concert Lucas Debargue and friends are graduates of the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris. Eva Zavaro is the recipient of the Georges Enesco prize of the French Composers Society. She is currently studying at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater. She tours to the United States, France, and China. Adrien Boisseau won the Young Artist of the Year from the ICMA association (2014). In 2015, he joined the Quatuor Ebène, in collaboration with which he performed in New York, Paris, London, and Amsterdam. Jérôme Pernoo is the founder and artistic director of the festival Les vacances de Monsieur Haydn in La Roche Posay. He has performed with different French orchestras, the Deutsches-Symfonie Orchester Berlin, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Bavarian State Orchestra and many others.
Lucas Debargue will also perform at the XXVI Music Festival Stars of the White Nights on 6 June. He will play the Piano Concerto No.1 by Frédéric Chopin to the accompaniment of the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
On 31 May (8.30 pm), Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko (soprano) are scheduled to perform with the Wiener Philharmoniker at a traditional, free-to-all, open-air Summer Night Concert, held at the Schönbrunn Palace park (Vienna)
On 31 May (8.30 pm), Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko (soprano) are scheduled to perform with the Wiener Philharmoniker at a traditional, free-to-all, open-air Summer Night Concert, held at the Schönbrunn Palace park (Vienna). This year's concert programme entitled An Italian Night includes selected works of Italian and Russian composers. To be performed are symphonic excerpts and arias from the operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Gioacchino Rossini, Pietro Mascagni, Giacomo Puccini, Francesco Cilea, Ruggero Leoncavallo, as well as excerpts from the ballets by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Prokofiev. The concert will be broadcast live by ORF, while its video recording will be shown in more than 70 countries around the globe. Valery Gergiev has taken part in the open concerts of the Wiener Philharmoniker as a guest conductor twice, in 2007 and 2011.
The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre’s achievements this season have been duly noticed and it has received a BraVo award
• The Primorsky Stage wins the Best Concert/Theatre Venue nod at the International Professional Music BraVo Awards;
• Premieres of Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra, Rodion Shchedrin’s ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse;
• First international tour of the ballet company to Harbin (China) and Seoul (South Korea);
• Guest performances at the Primorsky Stage: the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre, the Liaoning Ballet of China, the Opera House of National Grand Theatre (Beijing), and the Vakhtangov Theatre;
• New project: Valery Gergiev for Children;
The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre closed its 5th season (which ran for 45 weeks) with a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on 27 May. The Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage will host the performances of Olga Piccolo’s productions from the cycle Music Told in Tales of Sand (which is part of the Valery Gergiev for Children project) on 2 June and 3 June. The performances will be dedicated to the Children’s Day. Moreover, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg will welcome the first ever tour of the Primorsky Stage opera company on 2 June. To be performed is Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev. The Primorsky Stage’s ballet will bring its productions to St Petersburg from 31 July to 12 August. The historic Mariinsky Theatre will see the performances of Le Corsaire, Giselle, and The Sleeping Beauty, which will mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa. The Primorsky Stage, in its turn, will welcome the Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre on tour from 24 June to 28 June. The playbill includes Un ballo in maschera, Don Quixote, The Swan Lake, as well as a series of gala concerts.
The Primorsky Stage has opened its 2017/2018 season with the II International Mariinsky Far East Festival. Over 28 days, more than 500 artists and musicians from 12 countries have given 40 performances and concerts for the Far East of Russia theatre public. The programme included the premieres of Rodion Shchedrin’s The Little Humpbacked Horse and Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. The Festival’s guest stars included the London Royal Ballet prima ballerina Natalia Osipova, principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bayerisches Staatsballett Vladimir Shklyarov; opera stars Tatiana Serjan, Albina Shagimuratova, Vladislav Sulimsky, Yevgeny Nikitin; renowned instrumentalists, such as Clara-Jumi Kang, Daniel Lozakovitj, Nikolaj Znaider (violin); Sergei Babayan, Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano) and many others. The International Mariinsky Far East Festival, which is set to take place in July and August of 2018, will be no less grand.
The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre’s achievements this season have been duly noticed and it has received a BraVo award. The expert jury voted for the Primorsky Stage as the Best Concert/Theatre Venue.
In the 2017/2018 season, the ensemble of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has presented the premieres of Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer (staged by Ian Judge), Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (staged by Andrea De Rosa), Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra (staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev); concert performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride; chamber productions of Songs by the Sea and From Holberg’s Time, set to the music of Edvard Grieg. Over the season, the Primorsky Stage ballet has often performed on tour.
The ballet company travelled abroad for the first time and performed in Harbin (China) and Seoul (South Korea). It also performed three times at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where it presented its productions of Giselle, Le Corsaire, The Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Carmen Suite, Apollo, and Prodigal Son.
The soloists of the Primorsky Stage, such as Guzel Sharipova, Alena Diyanova, Tatiana Makarchuk, and Vyacheslav Vasilyev have successfully performed in the Mariinsky Theatre’s opera productions. Moreover, the artists of the Primorsky Stage and the soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre took part in concert performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in Khabarovsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
In the 2017/2018 season, the Primorsky Stage Orchestra, Chorus and soloists presented their concert programmes in Ussuriysk. The programmes featured a concert of symphonic and vocal music dedicated to 200 years since the birth of Alexei Tolstoy, the festive New Year's Eve Kaleidoscope, as well as a concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Multiple charity concerts have been performed at the Far Eastern Federal University with the participation of the Primorsky Stage Orchestra and the Primorsky Stage soloists.
The new project Valery Gergiev for Children has been launched for preschool and school children. Olga Piccolo’s productions from the cycle Music Told in Tales of Sand were performed at the Primorsky Stage over the 2017/2018 season. In the spring of 2018, the Primorsky Stage invited children and their parents to spend their Holidays at the Mariinsky. The project’s playbill included the best repertory productions for the entire family. In March of 2018, guests from the All-Russian Children's Center Ocean attended a lecture on musical theatre with the participation of the Primorsky Stage Orchestra soloists. Educational projects were further expanded due to the addition of such projects as Theatre Lesson, Students’ Wednesdays, and Weekend Excursions. On 27 March, the Primorsky Stage joined the World Theatre Day celebrations. The opera, ballet and orchestra artists gave the theatre-goers backstage tours.
The Primorsky Stage was the first venue in the Far East of Russia to present opera productions with audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Over the season, experienced musicians held open-to-all master classes on a broad range of subjects, including opera singing, choral conducting, violin, flute, French horn, and oboe at the Primorsky Stage.
In the 2017/2018 season, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre welcomed the productions of famed Russian and foreign ensembles, such as the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre, the Liaoning Ballet of China, the Opera House of National Grand Theatre (Beijing), and the Vakhtangov Theatre.
The fifth season of the Primorsky Stage saw the performances of the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev; the Mariinsky Opera soloists, including Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Olga Trifonova, Yekaterina Shimanovich, Leonid Zakhozhaev, Alexander Mikhailov, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vadim Kravets, Vladislav Sulimsky, Stanislav Trofimov, and Vladimir Feliauer; principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre Kimin Kim, as well as soloists Yekaterina Osmolkina and Maria Shirinkina; opera stars Maria Guleghina, Julia Novikova, Dmytro Popov; famed instrumentalists, such as Yuri Bashmet (viola), Denis Matsuev, Peter Laul, Ilya Rashkovsky, Zarina Shimanskaya (piano), Pavel Milyukov, Ziyu He (violin); prima ballerina of the Boston Ballet Misa Kuranaga, prima ballerina of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Marta Petkova, principal dancer of the National Ballet of Japan Yudai Fukuoka; the soloists of the Japanese Tani Momoko Ballet Company Tomoya Imai, Nagahashi Ayumi, and Sato Marika; conductors Mischa Damev (Switzerland), Darrell Ang (Singapore), Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan), Mikica Jevtić (Serbia), Vladislav Karklin, Anton Shaburov; the Moscow Soloists chamber ensemble and the Krasnoyarsk Municipal Choral Ensemble of Soloists Tebe Poem.