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13.10.2018

On 16 October (18.00), Richard Wagner’s stage-consecrating festival drama Parsifal returns to the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre after an eight-year absence. The original production was staged by British director Tony Palmer (production of 1997, modern revival of the Mariinsky Theatre with Marina Mishuk as revival stage director). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev

On 16 October (18.00), Richard Wagner’s stage-consecrating festival drama Parsifal returns to the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre after an eight-year absence. The original production was staged by British director Tony Palmer (production of 1997, modern revival of the Mariinsky Theatre with Marina Mishuk as revival stage director). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. The performance will feature a remarkable cast, including soloists Mikhail Vekua (Parsifal), Alexei Markov (Amfortas), and Yuri Vorobiev (Gurnemanz). Maria Guleghina, who has been expanding her repertoire over the recent years by adding roles in German operas, will make her debut as Kundry.

Richard Wagner worked to bring to life Wolfram von Eschenbach’s epic poem from the Middle Ages for more than half of his life, that is for 37 years. Since the very beginning, the opera was shrouded in mystery fueled by a 30-year ban to perform it outside of Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where it had its world premiere in 1882. Even to this day, the appearance of Parsifal on any playbill in the world is an extraordinary event. In Russia, Parsifal can only be seen and heard at the Mariinsky Theatre. Richard Wagner’s stage-consecrating festival drama was first staged at the St Petersburg theatre in 1997. In 2010, the Mariinsky label released a full concert recording of Parsifal, which marked the first time the label released anything by the famed German composer. The vocal parts were then sung by René Pape (Gurnemanz), Violeta Urmana (Kundry), Gary Lehman (Parsifal), Yevgeny Nikitin (Amfortas), Nikolai Putilin (Klingsor), and Alexei Tanovitski (Titurel). Conductor: Valery Gergiev. The Mariinsky label was nominated for a Grammy Award for this recording, while the recording itself was named the Best CD of 2010 by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, the CD of the Month by BBC Music and made it into Editor’s Choice of The Gramophone. Moreover, the CD was named the Best Classical Music Record of 2010 by the ArkivMusic and was included into the top 10 CDs of The Boston Globe.

Richard Wagner’s stage-consecrating festival drama performances will also take place on 8 November and 26 April at the historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The performances start at 18.00. On 16 October, a performance of Parsifal will open the Wagner. Strauss subscription, which also includes Richard Wagner’s operas Der fliegende Holländer and Lohengrin, and Richard Strauss’ Salome, Elektra, and Die Frau ohne Schatten.

13.10.2018

On 13 October and 14 October, Munich will host Valery Gergiev’s MPHIL 360 Degrees festival for the fourth time. The festival’s participants include the Munich Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Opera soloists and the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the Orfeón Donostiarra from Spain, as well as vocalists from Germany, the United States, Israel, and Switzerland

On 13 October and 14 October, Munich will host Valery Gergiev’s MPHIL 360 Degrees festival for the fourth time. The festival’s participants include the Munich Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Opera soloists and the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the Orfeón Donostiarra from Spain, as well as vocalists from Germany, the United States, Israel, and Switzerland.

This year’s festival will help mark 125-year anniversary of the Munich Philharmonic, which was founded by Franz Kaim, son of a piano manufacturer, as the Kaim Orchestra. The orchestra gave its first ever concert on 13 October 1893. Both the timing and the programme of the fourth edition of MPHIL 360 Degrees festival is reminiscent of the Munich Philharmonic’s concerts in its first years of existence.

On 13 October, the festival will open with a Family Concert (15.00) at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig. The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform excerpts from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The selection of music from the ballet will be accompanied by an engaging narration by Juri Tetzlaff, German TV presenter.

The soirée concert on 13 October (19.00) is dedicated to a milestone event in the history of the Munich Philharmonic, namely the premiere of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, which was held on 12 September 1910 under the baton of Gustav Mahler himself. In addition to the Symphony of a Thousand, the programme features Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. The list of performers includes the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the Orfeón Donostiarra, as well as such famed singers as Simone Schneider (soprano), Jacquelyn Wagner (soprano), Regula Mühlemann (soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (contralto), Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano), Stephen Gould (tenor), Boaz Daniel (baritone), and Yevgeny Nikitin (bass-baritone). Just before the concert, on 12 October (18.00), the same programme will be performed during an open rehearsal of Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig.

The concerts on Sunday, 14 October, are dedicated to the Munich Philharmonic itself. The matinée programme (11.00) includes the works which played a major role in the German ensemble’s history, such as Bedřich Smetana’s overture to Prodaná nevěsta, Anton Bruckner’s Symphonisches Präludium, Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, excerpt of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude to Act I).

The orchestra celebrates itself: opening the very first concert of the Kaim Orchestra was Smetana’s overture to Prodaná nevěsta; Symphonisches Präludium was premiered by none other than the Munich Philharmonic; prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was performed during the first concert of the ensemble under the baton of Gustav Mahler; Valery Gergiev chose Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for his inaugural concert with the German orchestra in September 2015.

The first daytime concert on 14 October (14.30) is dedicated to 65 years of the Musikbund von Ober- und Niederbayern e. V. (MON), with which the Munich Philharmonic has partnered for one of its education programmes.
The participating musicians of the MON will be specially selected for this concert with the Munich Philharmonic musicians, who will also appear as soloists. Albert Osterhammer, bass clarinetist with the Munich Philharmonic, will conduct the combined orchestra. The programme features works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss, Carl Maria von Weber, Franz von Suppé and other German composers of the 20th century.

At 15.00, the foyer of the Carl-Orff-Saal of the Philharmonie of the Gasteig will host a Salon Concert, which is a tribute to the tradition of chamber evening concerts of the Kaim Orchestra. Such concerts were quite sought-after at the end of 19th century. The Munich Philharmonic String Quartet and Philharmonisches Hornquartett will take turns to perform variations on the themes of Jacques Offenbach and Astor Piazzolla.

The festival will conclude on 14 October (19.00) with a Friendship Concert, which will feature the Mariinsky Opera soloists and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as the Munich Philharmonic Choir and guest artistes. The musicians will perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Lead roles will be sung by Viktoria Yastrebova (Iolanta), Stanislav Trofimov (King René of Provence), Alexei Markov (Robert), Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Count of Vaudémont), and Roman Burdenko (Ibn-Hakia). The programme also includes Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.

Valery Gergiev has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic since the 2015/2016 season. Valery Gergiev’s annual 360 Degrees festival was created at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig in 2015 as part of this creative collaboration.

08.10.2018

On 7 October, two performances of Rustam Sagdiev’s opera The Adventures of Kintaro will close the II International Caucasus Festival The Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz, which has run from 30 September at the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

On 7 October, two performances of Rustam Sagdiev’s opera The Adventures of Kintaro will close the II International Caucasus Festival The Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz, which has run from 30 September at the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. During the festival, the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Concert Hall (the State Academic Philharmonic of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania) have hosted 15 events, including performances of opera and choral masterpieces, the latest premieres of the branch, and ballet gala concerts. On 1 October, the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev have a charity concert for the benefit of students of music and art schools of the city and the region as a whole.

The festival opened on 30 September at the Concert Hall. The programme included excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird and the third act of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser (concert performance) starring Sergei Skorokhodov, Irina Churilova, Roman Burdenko, and Anna Markarova. The concert was preceded by a public audition for young musicians from the Stavropol Krai, the Republic of Ingushetia, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the Chechen Republic, the Republic of Dagestan, and the Kabardino-Balkar Republic. That same evening, the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre hosted a performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (concert performance) under the baton of Valery Gergiev. The concert featured the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and guest performers, such as Albina Shagimuratova, Migran Agadzhanian, Vladislav Sulimsky, and Vladimir Feliauer.

On 1 October and 2 October, the Concert Hall hosted a performance by the Mariinsky Chorus under the baton of Andrei Petrenko. The programme included classical Russian choral pieces and folk songs. Moreover, a combined orchestra of the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania musicians performed works by Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, and Ludwig van Beethoven. On 1 October, the combined orchestra performed together with Pavel Milyukov (violin), a prize-winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Maria Bayankina (soprano), a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, performed with the orchestra at the concert on 2 October.

The festival then continued with the latest premieres of the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, namely The Picture of Dorian Gray staged by Valery Suanov (3 October) and Khristof Pliev’s opera Kosta staged by Anatoly Galaov (4 October).

At the close of the festival, the spectators had a chance to attend the Talents of Caucasus concert (6 October) and on-tour performances of the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre (5 October and 6 October). The ensemble gave two performances of the gala programme, Choreographic Miniatures by Leonid Yakobson, as well as hosted a charity performance for younger audiences. On 7 October, the festival will conclude with the opera The Adventures of Kintaro by Rustam Sagdiev, a young composer and a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

08.10.2018

From 13 October to 21 October, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts the sixth edition of the International Organ Festival. This year festival’s participants include musicians from Russia, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, and South Korea; many of them are well-known to the St Petersburg audiences, but some will also make their debut at the venue

From 13 October to 21 October, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre hosts the sixth edition of the International Organ Festival. This year festival’s participants include musicians from Russia, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, and South Korea; many of them are well-known to the St Petersburg audiences, but some will also make their debut at the venue. The concert programmes include classical organ repertory pieces, organ concertos, transcriptions, and improvisations.

On 13 October (19.00), the VI International Organ Festival will open with a recital by young Swedish musician Johannes Skoog, who studied under famed musicians Olivier Latry and Thierry Escaich. The programme of the organist’s debut performance at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre includes works by Claude Debussy, Marcel Dupré, Franz Liszt, Jehan Alain, and Maurice Duruflé.

Debut performers at the festival include Daria Burlak, a prize-winner of one of the most prestigious international organ competitions Grand Prix de Chartres (France). The competition opens doors to the world stage for its winners. For the 14 October concert (19.00), Daria Burlak’s programme features works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré and other composers.

Leo van Doeselaar (Netherlands), a titular organist of the Royal Concertgebouw and the church Martinikerk in Groningen, will make his debut at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The programme of his recital will be dedicated to works by French and German composers (20 October, 20.00).

Renowned organist Thierry Escaich (France), who is a frequent guest performer at the organ festival, will give two concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Mischa Damev (19 October, 19.00 and 20 October, 13.00). Another frequent guest at the festival is organist Lada Labzina, who will present her own transcription of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition this year (17 October, 19.00). In addition to works by César Franck and Camille Saint-Saëns, Thierry Escaich’s concert programmes include his own works, such as Organ Concerto No. 3, as well as transcriptions and improvisations.

The VI International Organ Festival will conlude with a performance of another debutant Shin Dong Ill (South Korea), a prize-winner of the Grand Prix de Chartres (2006) and the International Organ Competition in Musashino (Japan). The organist will present a retrospective of organ music from the 18th to 20th centuries (21 October, 20.00).

05.10.2018

From 6 October to 9 October, the Vienna Philharmonic will perform three times under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Wiener Musikverein (6 October, 15.30 and 7 October, 11.00) and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (9 October, 20.00)

From 6 October to 9 October, the Vienna Philharmonic will perform three times under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Wiener Musikverein (6 October, 15.30 and 7 October, 11.00) and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (9 October, 20.00). All concerts will feature Denis Matsuev as a guest performer. The programme of the performance will include works by Sergei Prokofiev. The three monographic concerts will see performances of excerpts from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, Symphony No. 6, and Piano Concerto No. 2.

Valery Gergiev has actively collaborated with the Vienna Philharmonic. Their most recent collaborations include a major concert tour in Europe, the USA, and South America in 2016. Moreover, in May 2018, Maestro Gergiev and Anna Netrebko performed with the Vienna Philharmonic at the traditional open-air event with free admission Summer Night Concert, held at the Schönbrunn Palace park in Vienna.

05.10.2018

On 10 October, the Mariinsky Theatre marks 205 years since the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. In honour of the composer, the Mariinsky Theatre’s venues will show six out of 14 Verdi’s operas, which are currently part of the theatre’s repertoire, in October

On 10 October, the Mariinsky Theatre marks 205 years since the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. In honour of the composer, the Mariinsky Theatre’s venues will show six out of 14 Verdi’s operas, which are currently part of the theatre’s repertoire, in October. In the 2018/2019 season, the Mariinsky Theatre also offers two subscriptions composed entirely out of Giuseppe Verdi’s works. The music works, structured in chronological order from Verdi’s early opera Attila (1846) to Falstaff (1893), which is the highlight of the composer’s creative path, help to follow the evolution of Verdi’s skills as a dramaturgist and to enjoy the sound of the Mariinsky Opera ensemble of Verdi performers.

On the day of Verdi’s birthday, the Mariinsky II will host a performance of I vespri siciliani staged by Arnaud Bernard. It is Verdi’s first work written in accordance with grand opera genre conventions: five acts, detailed historic background, presence of a ballet divertissement, and participation of a chorus. I vespri siciliani is not a frequent guest at world venues anymore. The Mariinsky Theatre staged the opera in 2017. For the 10 October performance (18:30), Vladimir Moroz (Monforte), Denis Zakirov (Arrigo), Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Elena), and Vladimir Feliauer (Giovanni da Procida) will appear in lead roles. Another performance will take place a day before, on 9 October (18:30). Featured performers are Vladislav Sulimsky (Monforte), Migran Agadzhanyan (Arrigo), Irina Churilova (Elena), and Stanislav Trofimov (Giovanni da Procida). Christian Knapp will conduct both performances.

Moreover, the Mariinsky II’s October playbill includes four operas by Giuseppe Verdi. On 4 October (19:00), the lead roles in Rigoletto (staged by Irkin Gabitov) will be performed by Sergei Skorokhodov (Duke of Mantua), Edem Umerov (Rigoletto), and Aigul Khismatullina (Gilda). Conductor: Pavel Smelkov. On 12 October (19:30), Attila staged by Arturo Gama will feature Vladimir Feliauer (Attila), Anna Markarova (Odabella), Roman Burdenko (Ezio), and Otar Jorjikia (Foresto) as leads. Conductor: Christian Knapp. Don Carlo performance (26 October, 18:30) will feature the Mariinsky Opera’s leading soloists, such as Yevgeny Nikitin (Philip II), Sergei Skorokhodov (Don Carlo), Alexei Markov (Rodrigo), Sergei Aleksashkin (the Grand Inquisitor), Tatiana Serjan (Elisabeth de Valois), and Yulia Matochkina (Princess Eboli). The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Christian Knapp. The Verdi marathon will continue with three performances of the 2017/2018 season premiere, Falstaff, staged by Andrea De Rosa. The title role of Sir John Falstaff will be played by Edem Umerov (28 October, 15:00), Vadim Kravets (28 October, 20:00), and Vladislav Sulimsky (29 October, 19:00). Conductor: Christian Knapp. Furthermore, on 1 November, the Mariinsky II will host a performance of Un ballo in maschera staged by Andrei Konchalovsky. The production has successfully run at the Mariinsky Theatre for more than 15 years. The main roles will be performed by Otar Jorjikia (Riccardo), Alexei Markov (Renato), and Tatiana Serjan (Amelia).

The historic stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will see a performance of Aida staged by Alexei Stepanyuk (21 October, 19:00). The title role will be sung by Tatiana Serjan, while Oleg Videman and Yuri Vorobiev will appear as Radames and Ramfis respectively. Conductor: Andrei Petrenko.

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) will mark the important date with performances of La traviata (12 October) and Rigoletto (26 October).

29.09.2018

From 30 September to 7 October, the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania hosts the II International Caucasus Festival The Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz

From 30 September to 7 October, the Mariinsky Theatre's branch in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania hosts the II International Caucasus Festival The Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz. The festival’s programme includes performances of the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (the Mariinsky Theatre branch), and on-tour concerts of the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre.

The first day of the festival hosted by the State Academic Philharmonic of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania will see a concert performance of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser (act III, 16:00). Sergei Skorokhodov (Heinrich Tannhäuser), Irina Churilova (Elisabeth), Roman Burdenko (Wolfram von Eschenbach), and Anna Markarova (Venus). That same night the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre will host a concert performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (20.00). Albina Shagimuratova (Lucia di Lammermoor), Migran Agadzhanian (Sir Edgar Ravenswood), Vladislav Sulimsky (Lord Henry Ashton), and Vladimir Feliauer (Raimondo Bidebent) will appear in the lead roles. Both times the Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The festival’s operatic programme will continue with last season’s premiere, Khristof Pliev’s opera Kosta staged by Anatoly Galaov (4 October, 19.00). It is a production of the Mariinsky Theatre branch in Vladikavkaz. Featured performers are soloists of the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg), and artistes of the State Digorian Drama Theatre. The lead part will be sung by Dzambolat Dulaev, student of the Music Theatre Department of the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and prize-winner of the V International Pavel Lisitsian Competition (Vladikavkaz, 2017). The performance will be conducted by Zaurbek Gugkaev.

The operatic programme will conclude with The Adventures of Kintaro, an opera for children based on various themes and images of Japanese folklore (7 October, 12.00 and 15.00). It is the second opera created by Rustam Sagdiev, soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, which is dedicated to the Academy and its director Larisa Gergieva.

The State Academic Philharmonic of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania will also host a series of concerts during the festival. On 1 October, the Mariinsky Chorus under the baton of Andrei Petrenko will perform classical Russian choral pieces and folk songs (18.00). In the evening, a united orchestra, which includes musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania branch, will appear in concert. Under the baton of Zaurbek Gugkaev, the musicians will perform Night on Bald Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, and Violin Concerto by Igor Stravinsky. Featured soloist is Pavel Milyukov, a prize-winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (20.00). On 2 October, the Mariinsky Chorus under the baton of Andrei Petrenko will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (18.00), while at 20.00, another joint concert of the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre branch will take place. It will be conducted by Zaurbek Gugkaev. The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s overture Egmont, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (featured soloist: Maria Bayankina). On 6 October, the concert Talents of Caucasus helmed by Timur Zangiev will gather the most gifted young artistes of the region.

The ballet programme of the festival will be hosted by National State Opera and Ballet Theatre. On 3 October, the last premiere of the Mariinky Theatre branch in Vladikavkaz in the previous season, The Picture of Dorian Gray staged by Valery Suanov and set to the music by Abel Korzeniowski, Max Richter and Murat Kabardokov, will be shown at the theatre (19.00).

The Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre is the guest company of the festival. The ensemble will give three performances. On 5 October and 6 October, the soirée gala programme will include miniatures choreographed by Leonid Yakobson (19.00), while the 6 October matinée concert (14.00) is intended for younger audiences.

27.09.2018

From 27 September to 29 September, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble are scheduled to appear at Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), one of the major music venues located in the Arabian Peninsula

From 27 September to 29 September, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble are scheduled to appear at Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), one of the major music venues located in the Arabian Peninsula.

Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor staged by Yevgeny Sokovnin (and revised by stage director Irkin Gabitov) will be performed on 27 September and 29 September. For the first soirée performance, lead roles will be played by Yevgeny Nikitin (Igor Svyatoslavich), Tatiana Pavlovskaya (Yaroslavna), Yevgeny Akimov (Vladimir Igorevich), Vladimir Vaneyev (Prince Galitsky), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Konchak), and Anna Kiknadze (Konchakovna). The second soirée performance will feature Roman Burdenko (Igor Svyatoslavich), Anna Markarova (Yaroslavna), Sergei Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Alexander Morozov (Prince Galitsky), Mikhail Kolelishvili (Konchak), and Anna Kiknadze (Konchakovna) in the lead roles. On 28 September, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Mariinsky Chorus under the baton of Valery Gergiev will appear in concert. The performance is dedicated to Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev. The Mariinsky Theatre grandly celebrated the renowned composers in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The programme includes Feu d'artifice, The Symphony in C, and suite from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky; the cantata Alexander Nevsky by Sergei Prokofiev (featured soloist: Anna Kiknadze).

As part of the Mariinsky Theatre on-tour performances at the Royal Opera House Muscat, an exhibition about the history of the Mariinsky Theatre since its foundation and up to the present day has been organised. The exhibits include costumes, theatre props, repertoire books, playbills, documents, and other items from the Mariinsky Theatre archives, as well as photographs and videos about the Mariinsky Theatre and its branches in Vladivostok (the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre) and Vladikavkaz (the National State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and the State Philharmonic of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania).

23.09.2018

On 22 September and 23 September, the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, the Mariinsky Chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev are scheduled to take part in the Week-end Wagner held at the Philharmonie de Paris

On 22 September and 23 September, the leading soloists of the Mariinsky Opera, the Mariinsky Chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev are scheduled to take part in the Week-end Wagner held at the Philharmonie de Paris. The two soirée concerts will see a concert performance of Richard Wagner’s operas Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, which conclude the cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen started during the previous tour of the ensemble in Paris in March 2018.

On 22 September, the lead roles in Siegfried will be performed by Mikhail Vekua (Siegfried), Andrei Popov (Mime), Roman Burdenko (Alberich), Elena Stikhina (Brünnhilde), Yevgeny Nikitin (Wotan), Mikhail Petrenko (Fafner), and Zlata Bulycheva (Erda). The following day the vocal parts in Götterdämmerung will be performed by Tatiana Pavlovskaya (Brünnhilde), Mikhail Vekua (Siegfried), Roman Burdenko (Alberich), Olga Savova (Waltraute), Elena Stikhina (Gutrune), Yevgeny Nikitin (Gunther), and Mikhail Petrenko (Hagen).

The Mariinsky Theatre’s ensemble performances will be the highlight of the vast programme dedicated to Richard Wagner at the Philharmonie de Paris. The programme also includes lectures, workshops, family concerts and special events for children.

21.09.2018

On 19 September, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic open the new 2018/2019 season

On 19 September, Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic open the new 2018/2019 season. That evening the Philharmonie of the Gasteig will host a performance of the last works by Anton Bruckner (Symphony No. 9) and Bernd Alois Zimmermann (Ich wandte mich um und sah alles Unrecht das geschah unter der Son/ne for two readers, bass and orchestra). The readers will be played by actors Michael Rotschopf and Josef Bierbichler, while the vocal part will be performed by Georg Nigl (baritone). The following day will see a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2. The last evening of the concert series will see a performance of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 at the home stage of the Munich Philharmonic on 21 September.

Then Valery Gergiev is heading to France to conclude Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle with the Mariinsky Theatre ensemble at the Philharmonie de Paris. However, on 24 September, Valery Gergiev will once again conduct the Munich Philharmonic during their on-tour performances in Sankt Florian (Austria), where the musicians are set to perform at the International Bruckner Festival. The Munich Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev will thus continue to implement a truly monumental project that includes performing and live recording all of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies at one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Austria, St. Florian Monastery, which is also the composer's burial site. During its last visit in September of 2017, the ensemble performed Anton Bruckner’s Symphonies No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4, the recordings of which were later released by the Munich Philharmonic’s own label. This year will see a performance of Symphony No. 2 (24 September), Symphony No. 9 (25 September), and Symphony No. 8 (26 September). The programme of the first soirée performance also features Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, performed by Martin Haselböck, an Austrian organist, conductor, and composer, as well as Haselböck’s own piece on the theme of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2. On 25 September, the concert programme also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic plan to conclude their Austrian cycle of all of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies in September 2019.

Valery Gergiev’s contract with the Munich Philharmonic has been extended until 2025. The maestro has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the German ensemble since the 2015/2016 season.

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