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On 27, 28 and 29 June the Mariinsky Theatre’s New Stage will host the first operatic premiere of this year’s Stars of the White Nights summer festival – Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. This extravagant composition by the German composer, which has been performed in concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in recent years, will gain a new staging by director Sergey Novikov, who has endeared himself to St Petersburg audiences with his production of Delibes’ Lakmé. The musical director for this production is Valery Gergiev

On 27, 28 and 29 June the Mariinsky Theatre’s New Stage will host the first operatic premiere of this year’s Stars of the White Nights summer festival – Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. This extravagant composition by the German composer, which has been performed in concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in recent years, will gain a new staging by director Sergey Novikov, who has endeared himself to St Petersburg audiences with his production of Delibes’ Lakmé. The musical director for this production is Valery Gergiev.

Richard Strauss met the opera’s libretto author, the prominent Austrian writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal, in 1899, by which time Strauss was already celebrated as Principal Conductor of the Berlin Royal Opera and renowned for his symphonic poems. Their fruitful collaboration led to the creation of operas such as Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Die ägyptische Helena and Arabella.

Ariadne auf Naxos emerged as a creative experiment by the young librettist and composer. By merging serious opera with comedy, they created a novel operatic-dramatic hybrid that initially received mixed reviews from audiences. Its premiere took place in 1912 at the Small Hall of the Stuttgart Court Theatre as part of Molière’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme with Ariadne auf Naxos integrated into it. Despite the production’s innovative nature, a number of European theatres ventured to stage it, though it did not remain long in the repertoire. Four years later the authors presented a new version of Ariadne auf Naxos, which altered the setting and characters but primarily restructured the work into a full-fledged opera with only one spoken role remaining.

Originally billed as “a play by Hugo von Hofmannsthal with music by Richard Strauss”, we now appreciate Ariadne auf Naxos as a Richard Strauss opera with a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. According to director Sergey Novikov, “This is not merely a shuffling of components: these two versions represent completely different entities.”
The 1916 premiere of the revised work at the Vienna Court Opera garnered widespread acclaim and has since been performed on global stages.

For the Mariinsky Theatre Ariadne auf Naxos holds a special place – it was the first Russian theatre to present this opera in 2004. The new production adds to the theatre’s repertoire of Strauss’ masterpieces, which includes Salome, Elektra and Die Frau ohne Schatten.

“The sparkling, enchanting, captivating music of the brilliant composer contrasts with the sometimes-absurd words of the distinguished writer. Our goal is to tell a compelling story while honoring the intentions of the authors. We aim to blend high emotions with mundane changes in relationships, to merge comic circumstances with tragic pathos and to combine in one narrative the heroes of serious opera and commedia dell’arte,” says director Sergey Novikov.

This striking production will depict the home theatre of a wealthy but uneducated gentleman, where, by a twist of fate, everything mixes: the lofty with the mercenary, the serious with the humorous, the genuine with the pretentious. Ariadne auf Naxos is a play within a play, where theatrical passions play out both on stage and behind the scenes.

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The performances are set for 15, 16, 17 and 28 June, in celebration of Stravinsky’s birthday, with Arseny Shuplyakov conducting

The performances are set for 15, 16, 17 and 28 June, in celebration of Stravinsky’s birthday, with Arseny Shuplyakov conducting.

Stravinsky’s Danses concertantes originally premiered in 1942 in Los Angeles, conducted by the composer himself. Although conceived primarily for the concert hall this vibrant composition has inspired an array of esteemed choreographers. George Balanchine was the first to adapt it into a one-act ballet for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1944, and later revisited the piece in 1972 for New York City Ballet. Others who have left their mark on the piece include Kenneth MacMillan with Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet in 1955, Lew Christensen in 1959, Todd Bolender in 1964 and John Taras in 1971, among others. Now St Petersburg audiences will experience Alexander Sergeev’s fresh choreographic take on Stravinsky’s evocative music.

Sergeev’s staging reflects the composer’s intent for theatrical expressiveness loaded with musical narrative. “Originally, I envisioned this as an entirely abstract performance, but as rehearsals progressed, relationships began to form – within dance groups, between couples, and between the soloist and the ensembles. Although we strictly adhere to the music, these interactions are distinct in every cast,” Sergeev explains.

Stravinsky’s Danses concertantes stands out as a daring neoclassical masterpiece, its score marked by sharp accents and a thematic richness that transitions from one motif to the next. Sergeev, with his background in working with giants of modern choreography like George Balanchine and William Forsythe, brings a nuanced understanding to this production. The ballet also includes nods to other Stravinsky works, with Sergeev adding, “Stravinsky references his own pieces in the score, such as a few bars from Apollo and The Rite of Spring. I incorporate choreographic nods at these points, which should resonate with viewers familiar with these ballets.”

The costumes, designed by Leonid Alexeev, further enrich the production, continuing his established creative partnership with Sergeev, first showcased in their recent ballet The Twelve by Boris Tishchenko.

Danses concertantes will grace the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on 15 and 16 (with performances at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM) and 17 June, shared with Stravinsky’s seldom-seen ballet Le Baiser de la fée (“The Fairy’s Kiss”), choreographed by Maxim Petrov. On 28 June the performance moves to the Historical Stage, paired with Stravinsky’s The Firebird, choreographed by Michel Fokine in 1910. This series of performances not only showcases Sergeev’s choreographic mastery but also celebrates the rich, multifaceted legacy of Stravinsky’s music.

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Music Festival Stars of the White Nights will commence on 27 and 28 May at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, heralding the most anticipated event of the theatre season. This annual festival promises a dazzling array of major ballet and opera premieres, outstanding guest performances, repertoire rarities, unique musical programs, and timeless classics featuring world-renowned stars

Stars of the White Nights Music Festival will commence on 27 and 28 May at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, heralding the most anticipated event of the theatre season. This annual festival promises a dazzling array of major ballet and opera premieres, outstanding guest performances, repertoire rarities, unique musical programs, and timeless classics featuring world-renowned stars.

On the eve of the festival's grand opening, the Mariinsky Theatre has prepared a special concert gift for its audience. On 26 May at 18:00 Denis Matsuev will perform Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, at the Concert Hall. The program will include additional pieces.

The festival at Mariinsky II will open on 27 May with Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, commemorating the 225th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin's birth. This performance will feature a stellar cast including Oleg Dolgov (Bolshoi Theatre), Irina Churilova, Olga Borodina, Vladislav Sulimsky, and Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, conducted by Valery Gergiev. The historical stage will mark the festival's start with the ballet Giselle, featuring Oksana Skorik, Nikita Korneyev, Roman Belyakov, and Anastasia Kolegova. The Concert Hall will open its doors for the festival a day later, on May 28, with a performance by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

June will feature major events such as the Verdi Festival and the celebration of Stravinsky's birthday, the striking premiere of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos directed by Sergey Novikov, and the Saint Petersburg premiere of the ballet Concert Dances to Stravinsky's music choreographed by Alexander Sergeev. Additionally, there will be guest performances by the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia featuring the ballet Ivan the Terrible to the music of Prokofiev. In June, the Mariinsky has prepared four generous subscription series for viewers: the "Giuseppe Verdi Festival," "Igor Stravinsky's Birthday," "Pushkin-225," and "Brightest Premieres at the Mariinsky Theatre" – a unique opportunity to see all the newest and most impressive in the repertoire.

The Verdi Festival will feature both popular and rare operas by the composer: Falstaff conducted by Valery Gergiev (4 June), Rigoletto (7 June), Aida (8 June at 13:00 and 19:00), La Traviata (9 June at 14:00 and 19:30), Macbeth (11 June), A Masked Ball (23 June), and The Force of Destiny (24 June).

In honor of Igor Stravinsky's birthday, the ballet Concert Dances to the composer's music, choreographed by Alexander Sergeev, will premiere in Saint Petersburg. Performances can be seen at Mariinsky II on 15 and 16 June (at 13:00 and 19:00), and 17 June. The evening will also feature the rarely performed ballet The Fairy's Kiss by Stravinsky, choreographed by Maxim Petrov. The historical stage will also host Concert Dances on 28 June, presented alongside the ballet The Firebird. The festival's concert hall program includes Stravinsky's works performed by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra (16 June), the opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex (17 June), and the composer's vocal music (18 June).

Another notable June birthday is that of Alexander Pushkin, whose 225th anniversary is being celebrated extensively at the Mariinsky Theatre since the beginning of the year. Celebrations will include a concert for the choir Pushkin's Garland by Sviridov (6 June), performances of the ballet The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Asafiev (3 and 4 June), and the operas Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky (5 June) and The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Rimsky-Korsakov (16 June at 12:00 and 19:00).

In June, the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia returns to the Mariinsky with the ballet Ivan the Terrible to Prokofiev's music, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich. Performances are scheduled for 11, 12, and 13 June at Mariinsky II.

A spectacular opera finale for the first month of summer will be the premiere of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, directed by Sergey Novikov, remembered by Petersburgers for his production of Lakmé. Premiere performances are scheduled for 27, 28, and 29 June (at 13:00 and 19:00).

Among the repertoire rarities not to be missed are concert performances of Mussorgsky's The Fair at Sorochyntsi (8 June) and Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment (26 June), as well as performances by the Borodin Quartet (21 June) and the Renaissance Percussion ensemble (30 June).

The XXXII  Stars of the White Nights Music Festival will run from 27 May to 1 August. The festival's rich program will encompass all the Saint Petersburg stages of the Mariinsky Theatre. The artistic director of the festival is Valery Gergiev. The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

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16 May, with a concert by the combined symphonic orchestra of the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres, conducted by Valery Gergiev. The festival kicked off on 25 April in Vologda

16 May, with a concert by the combined symphonic orchestra of the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres, conducted by Valery Gergiev. The festival kicked off on 25 April in Vologda.

This season marked the first time in the festival's history that artists from the Bolshoi Theatre's Symphony Orchestra participated. Over twenty-two festival days musicians from the combined Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres' orchestras, led by Valery Gergiev, traveled over fifteen thousand kilometers, performing in twenty-four Russian cities including Vologda, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Surgut, Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Tomsk, Omsk, Perm, Moscow, Tolyatti, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Samara, Votkinsk, Chyorny Yar, Orenburg, Almetyevsk, Naberezhnye Chelny, and Tver.

The festival maintained its tradition of extensive geography and rich programs – symphonic, choral, and bell ringing – with unchanged foundational principles: charity, education, and enlightenment. The performances were dedicated to commemorative dates and anniversaries of great composers, with this year spotlighting Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Modest Mussorgsky, and Mikhail Glinka. The festival also featured works by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shchedrin, Lyadov, Strauss, Mahler, Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven, Wagner, Shostakovich, Bruckner, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, Mozart, Piazzolla, Bach, and Rossini.

The symphonic program featured performances by pianist Abisal Gergiev, violinist and conductor Lorentz Nasturica-Herscovici, violinist Pavel Milyukov, and soloists from the Mariinsky Theatre including Ildar Abdrazakov, Tatyana Serzhan, Sergey Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Mikhail Makarov, Oleg Sychev, Zinaida Tsarenko, Ekaterina Savinkova, Roman Shirokykh, Miroslav Molchanov, Grigory Chernetsky, Maxim Daminov, Oleg Losev, Yuri Vlasov, Kira Loginova, Daria Ryabokon, Irina Vanyeeva, and the Mariinsky Theatre Choir. Additionally, a unique concert program A Tribute to Shalyapin featuring guest soloist Nikolay Didenko and distinguished Russian pianist Alexander Pokidchenko was presented in Kislovodsk.

On Victory Day, 9 May, the combined symphony orchestras of the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres performed a public concert at Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow, conducted by Valery Gergiev. That evening, a festive gala concert was held at the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory named after Pyotr Tchaikovsky, attended by veterans and participants of the Great Patriotic War, non-profit organizations, and students from Moscow's children's schools of arts.

One of the key stops of the symphonic program was the city of Votkinsk, the birthplace of Pyotr Tchaikovsky. There, the combined orchestras under the direction of Valery Gergiev performed a variety of concert programs and Tchaikovsky's last opera, "Iolanta," featuring opera soloists and the Mariinsky Theatre Chamber Choir. This performance was part of the "Genius of the Place" festival, supported by the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.

Performances in Tchaikovsky's hometown were available to a global audience through broadcasts in the Mariinsky Theatre community on VKontakte, gathering over two million views from thirty-seven countries.

For the first time, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok joined the festival on a large scale, presenting the first Far Eastern Easter Festival from 9 to 14 May in the largest cities of the Sakhalin Region, Primorsky, and Khabarovsk Territories.

In the new season, twenty-three choirs from Russia and Belarus performed spiritual music. More than forty-five choral performances took place in churches and concert venues in Moscow and nearby cities. Gerontological and family centers, as well as centers for social support and rehabilitation of disabled children, opened their doors for a series of charitable concerts.

The central event of the choral program in the capital was a gala concert held on 12 May at the Pyotr Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, featuring performances by ensembles from St Petersburg, Ufa, Minsk, Yakutsk, Grozny, and Moscow.

Choral performances were not limited to the capital; concerts also took place in Odintsovo, Serpukhov, Krasnogorsk, Balashikha, Podolsk, Shchyolkovo, Zaraysk, Yegoryevsk, Kolomna, Klin, Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Solnechnogorsk, Tula, Vologda, Rzhev, Rostov Veliky, and Alexandrov. Additionally, as part of the Far Eastern Easter Festival, an accessible performance of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil was held on 12 May at the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral in Vladivostok by the Choir of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

During the bell-ringing program of the XXIII Moscow Easter Festival, dozens of bell concerts took place. This year's program covered twenty-three churches in Moscow, St Petersburg, Istra, Sergiev Posad, and Vologda. Public bell concerts were held at the best historical and modern bell towers and belfries in Moscow and the Moscow region, with more than thirty professional bell ringers from Moscow, St Petersburg, Vologda, Yaroslavl, Tutaev, Kostroma, Veliky Novgorod, Kazan, Petrozavodsk, Pskov, Tyumen, Omsk, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Krasnogorsk, Sergiev Posad, Minsk, and Vitebsk participating.

Founded in 2002 by Valery Gergiev and the Government of Moscow, the Moscow Easter Festival has become one of the largest and most anticipated cultural events in Russia, attracting hundreds of thousands of listeners each year. In 2003, it was designated a national project with support from President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation.

The festival is supported by the Government of Moscow, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and by the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

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From 25 April to 16 May the XXIII Moscow Easter Festival will take place. This season marks the first time in the festival’s history that it will include artists from the Bolshoi Theatre – a joint symphonic programme presented by the combined symphony orchestras of the Mariinsky and Bolshoi theatres. For the first time the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will also join the event on a large scale, presenting the Far Eastern Easter Festival from 9 to 14 May in Sakhalin Region, Primorsky and Khabarovsk krais (regions). The festival will maintain its traditional extensive geography and rich programmes – Symphonic, Choral and Carillon. The main principles of the festival remain unchanged: charitable, educational and enlightening activities

From 25 April to 16 May the XXIII Moscow Easter Festival will take place. This season marks the first time in the festival’s history that it will include artists from the Bolshoi Theatre – a joint symphonic programme presented by the combined symphony orchestras of the Mariinsky and Bolshoi theatres. For the first time the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will also join the event on a large scale, presenting the Far Eastern Easter Festival from 9 to 14 May in Sakhalin Region, Primorsky and Khabarovsk krais (regions). The festival will maintain its traditional extensive geography and rich programmes – Symphonic, Choral and Carillon. The main principles of the festival remain unchanged: charitable, educational and enlightening activities.

The tour route of the combined symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky and Bolshoi theatres will cover twenty-four Russian towns and cities – over twenty-two days musicians will travel more than fifteen thousand kilometres. Distinguished soloists and musical groups will perform at central venues in Moscow and the regions. Performances will commemorate notable dates and anniversaries of great composers: this year the festival honours Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Modest Musorgsky and Mikhail Glinka, whose works will resonate prominently at the festival.

The grand opening of the XXIII Moscow Easter Festival will take place at the Moscow Concert Hall Zaryadye on 5 May – on Bright Sunday. On 9 May an open symphonic concert conducted by Valery Gergiev will occur at Poklonnaya Gora (Poklonnaya Hill) during the day. In the evening a gala concert under the direction of Valery Gergiev will be held at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, featuring soloist Denis Matsuev. The event will host veterans and participants of World War II, non-profit community organizations, and students from children’s schools of arts in Moscow.

For the first time the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will present the Far Eastern Easter Festival, which will run from 9 to 14 May and will cover four major cities of the Far Eastern Federal District: Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The festival’s opening will take place on 9 May at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage in Vladivostok. A gala concert will feature the Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and soloists of the opera company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Combined Choir of the Vladivostok Diocese, and the Orchestra of the Staff of the Russian Pacific Fleet.

In the new season twenty-three ensembles from Russia and Belarus will perform sacred music. Over forty-five choral performances will take place in churches and concert venues in Moscow and nearby cities. Gerontological centres, family centres, as well as centres for social support and rehabilitation of disabled children, will open their doors for spring charity concerts.

The solemn opening of the Choral Programme will take place on 6 May in Moscow, in the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The concert will feature the Chamber Choir Nizhny Novgorod, the Academic Large Choir Masters of Choral Singing of Orpheus Radio, and the Mariinsky Chorus.

Choral performances will not only take place in the capital – vocalists are also awaited in Odintsovo, Serpukhov, Krasnogorsk, Balashikha, Podolsk, Shchyolkovo, Zaraysk, Yegoryevsk, Kolomna, Klin, Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Solnechnogorsk, Tula, Vologda, Rzhev, Rostov Veliky and Alexandrov. Additionally, within the framework of the Far Eastern Easter Festival, on 12 May, an accessible performance of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil by the Chorus of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will take place at the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral in Vladivostok.

A highlight of the Choral Programme in the capital will also be a gala concert, which will take place on 12 May at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. That evening, ensembles from St Petersburg, Ufa, Minsk, Yakutsk, Grozny and Moscow will perform for the audience.

As part of the Carillon Programme of the XXIII Moscow Easter Festival, dozens of bell music concerts will occur. This year the programme will encompass twenty-three churches in Moscow, St Petersburg, Istra, Sergiyev Posad and Vologda.

Public concerts of bell music will take place at the best historical and modern bell towers and belfries in Moscow and in Moscow Region. Over thirty professional bell ringers from Moscow, St Petersburg, Vologda, Yaroslavl, Tutayev, Kostroma, Veliky Novgorod, Kazan, Petrozavodsk, Pskov, Tyumen, Omsk, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Krasnogorsk, Sergiyev Posad, Minsk and Vitebsk will participate in the bell concerts.

The Moscow Easter Festival, founded in 2002 by Valery Gergiev and the Government of Moscow, has become one of the largest and most anticipated cultural events in Russia, gathering hundreds of thousands of listeners each year. In 2003 it received the status of a nationwide project with the support of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.

In 2024 the festival will take place with the support of the Government of Moscow, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and by the blessing of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill.

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On 7 May a new series of guest performances by the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia will open at the Mariinsky Theatre. This time, the Moscow company will present two ballets in St Petersburg – Spartacus by Khachaturian, staged by Yuri Grigorovich, and Jewels set to music by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, staged by George Balanchine. The previous exchange ballet tours between the theaters took place more than twenty years ago, in March 2003

On 7 May a new series of guest performances by the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia will open at the Mariinsky Theatre. This time, the Moscow company will present two ballets in St Petersburg – Spartacus by Khachaturian, staged by Yuri Grigorovich, and Jewels set to music by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, staged by George Balanchine. The previous exchange ballet tours between the theaters took place more than twenty years ago, in March 2003.

The first to be presented to the St Petersburg audience will be Khachaturian's Spartacus in a staging by Yuri Grigorovich with set design by Simon Virsaladze – performances will take place on 7, 8, and 9 May at the Mariinsky II. The ballet, which has become a calling card of the Bolshoi Theatre, has toured the best stages of the world – with triumphant success, it was shown in Paris, London, Milan, and Madrid. The St Petersburg stage last saw this Spartacus only in 1998.

The premiere of the ballet Spartacus, in which Grigorovich also acted as the choreographer and librettist (using a scenario by Nikolai Volkov), took place on 9 April, 1968, at the Bolshoi Theatre stage. Yuri Grigorovich focused the audience's attention on the fates and emotions of the main characters, and centered the production around male images – thus, the choreography for Spartacus and his antagonist Crassus, built on the basis of modernized classics, set new standards for heroic male dance. The set designer Simon Virsaladze used the rough texture of stone, stripping the ballet's Rome of its gleaming capital aura.

At the premiere, the four main roles were performed by Vladimir Vasiliev (Spartacus), Maris Liepa (Crassus), Ekaterina Maximova (Phrygia), Nina Timofeeva (Aegina). Other casts included Natalia Bessmertnova, Lyudmila Semenyaka, Maya Plisetskaya, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Alexander Godunov, Irek Mukhamedov, Boris Akimov.

Over the years, a new generation of stars from the Bolshoi Theatre's ballet company has taken over from the legendary first performers. During the tour in St Petersburg, the central roles will be performed on 7 May by Igor Tsvirko, Artemy Belyakov, Elizaveta Kokoreva, Yulia Stepanova; on 8 May by Denis Rodkin, Egor Gerashchenko, Maria Vinogradova, Alena Kovaleva; on 9 May by Alexey Putintsev, Vladislav Lantratov, Evgenia Obraztsova, Ekaterina Krysanova.

Another gem of the tour's program is one of the ballets beloved by the St Petersburg audience in a staging by George Balanchine – Jewels set to music by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. A total of five performances of the Bolshoi Theatre's production will take place: on 10 and 11 May (at 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM), and 12 May (at 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM).

Three ballet schools – those of Russia, France, and America – three priceless experiences from the St Petersburg ballet school, Diaghilev's Russian Seasons, and the new school in New York, formed Balanchine's latest style of classical choreography, which found its perfect expression in the triptych-masterpiece Jewels, entered into history as the first "full-length" abstract ballet.

Created by Balanchine for the New York City Ballet in 1967 this performance under the name Precious Stones was shown in the Soviet Union during the New York City Ballet's tour in Moscow, at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses stage in 1972.

At the Bolshoi Theatre, Jewels was first staged in 2012. (Before that, the theater's repertoire only included the ballet Rubies, premiered in December 2010.) The stage design for the production was created by set designer Aliona Pikalova and costume designer Elena Zaitseva.

In the upcoming performances at the Mariinsky, artists from both companies will participate. The artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre's ballet company is Makhar Vaziev.

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On 27 and 30 April the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will present Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur. Star of the global opera scene, Hibla Gerzmava, will take on the title role, marking her world debut in this part. Christian Knapp will be conducting

On 27 and 30 April the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will present Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur. Star of the global opera scene, Hibla Gerzmava, will take on the title role, marking her world debut in this part. Christian Knapp will be conducting.

“Valery Abisalovich Gergiev invited me to sing Adriana in a Mariinsky Theatre production several years ago. But it was only now that I have come to this role, and I am thrilled that my debut will take place on the stage of this magnificent theatre. In the career of every opera singer, Adriana Lecouvreur holds a special place, it always signifies a new stage in one’s creative life. I was waiting for this iconic role to appear in my repertoire, but it was important for me to proceed sequentially and sing Norma first, then Adriana. I am currently working on the role, imbuing it, ‘weaving’ Adriana's musical fabric into a cohesive whole. But this role is not just musically interesting – it’s also an acting challenge for me, as the character of Adriana is complex and multifaceted. Soon I will be in St Petersburg and meet with my wonderful colleagues, stage partners. I love the Mariinsky Theatre, its halls, the company, the orchestra. It’s a joy that the Mariinsky has such a rich opera schedule – no other theatre in the world showcases so many magnificent titles, masterpieces of opera art!” Hibla Gerzmava said.

Adriana Lecouvreur tells the story of the great actress and one of the most significant people in the Enlightenment theatre. Nearly all the characters in the opera are real historical figures. The world premiere of the composition took place on 6 November 1902 at Milan’s Teatro Lirico. Critics received the opera coolly, but the audience and artists sincerely loved it. Adriana quickly spread beyond Italy: within the first few years after the premiere, performances appeared in Lisbon, Hamburg, Buenos Aires, Odessa, Paris, London and New York. In St Petersburg Adriana Lecouvreur was first presented in 1906 – at the Conservatory’s Grand Hall. Since the 1930s the opera has been a staple in theatres’ repertoires, not least due to charismatic soloists.

The role of Adriana Lecouvreur is cherished by many performers worldwide, primarily for its tremendous dramatic potential. Over time such great opera singers as Magda Olivero (acknowledged by the composer as the exemplary Adriana), Renata Tebaldi, Leyla Gencer, Renata Scotto, Mirella Freni, Montserrat Caballé, Joan Sutherland, Raina Kabaivanska, Maria Guleghina, Angela Gheorghiu and Anna Netrebko have taken on this role.

Today at the Mariinsky Theatre Adriana Lecouvreur is presented in a production by Isabelle Partiot-Pieri, who served both as director and set designer. The costume designer is Christian Gasc, and the lighting designer is Pierre Dupouey. The premiere of the production took place in 2017, becoming truly iconic: it was the first staging of Adriana Lecouvreur in the history of the Mariinsky Theatre.

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From 12 to 14 April the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Valery Gergiev, will give three performances at Moscow's Zaryadye Concert Hall. The Moscow audience will enjoy appearances by opera stars Ildar Abdrazakov, Tatyana Serzhan, Irina Churilova, Sergey Skorokhodov, and a concert featuring the celebrated pianist Denis Matsuev

From 12 to 14 April the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Valery Gergiev, will give three performances at Moscow's Zaryadye Concert Hall. The Moscow audience will enjoy appearances by opera stars Ildar Abdrazakov, Tatyana Serzhan, Irina Churilova, Sergey Skorokhodov, and a concert featuring the celebrated pianist Denis Matsuev.

On 12 April at 7:00 PM Beethoven's Missa Solemnis will be performed, marking the 200th anniversary of its world premiere, which took place in St Petersburg. Considered alongside the Ninth Symphony, which Beethoven was composing concurrently, the Missa Solemnis is deemed the composer's most significant work of the 1820s. Beethoven himself described it as his "greatest creation". The Missa Solemnis in Moscow will feature Irina Churilova, Anna Kiknadze, Sergey Skorokhodov, Miroslav Molchanov, the choir and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, with Valery Gergiev conducting.

On 13 April at 7:00 PM the capital's guests and residents will experience Verdi's musical drama Attila in concert performance, a work as epic in scale as the grand cinematic films of the 20th century. Set in 453 AD, the plot revolves around the Huns' invasion of Italy. The lead roles will be performed by Ildar Abdrazakov, Tatyana Serzhan, and Vladislav Sulimsky.

The final evening of the April tour, 14 April, will feature Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev. The soloist will be Denis Matsuev.

The performances are supported by the Moscow City Department of Culture.

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The international festival Flute Virtuosos & Northern Lyre will be held for the third time at the Mariinsky Theatre from April 3 to 8, in the Concert Hall and the chamber halls of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. The audience will be treated to seven concerts featuring musicians from Russia, China, and Turkey. Master classes for students and postgraduates of music educational institutions in Russia will be conducted by leading flutists and harpists from Istanbul, Beijing, Moscow, and St Petersburg

The international festival Flute Virtuosos & Northern Lyre will be held for the third time at the Mariinsky Theatre from April 3 to 8, in the Concert Hall and the chamber halls of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. The audience will be treated to seven concerts featuring musicians from Russia, China, and Turkey. Master classes for students and postgraduates of music educational institutions in Russia will be conducted by leading flutists and harpists from Istanbul, Beijing, Moscow, and St Petersburg.

The initiative to hold Flute Virtuosos & Northern Lyre was put forward by one of the finest flutists, Denis Lupachev, and one of the brightest harpists, Sofia Kiprskaya. Both festivals were launched eight years ago and have been held every spring since then, merging into one large-scale instrumental project in 2021.

The festival offers a unique chance to see talented orchestra artists in a new role: not just as sensitive ensemble players but as solo virtuosos. It also provides a rare opportunity to hear the solo voices of instruments and to meet outstanding artists from around the world.

The festival will open on April 3 in the Mariinsky Theatre's Concert Hall, featuring works by Bach, Franz Benda, Sinisalo, Kikta, Reinecke, Briccialdi, and Sarasate. Performers will include flutists Bülent Evcil, Dan Men, Denis Lupachev, Fedor Kalashnov, and harpists Elizaveta Alexandrova, Artemy Izmaylov, Sofia Kiprskaya, Anastasia Mozol, Nika Ryabchinenko, Maria Fedorova, conducted by Haoran Li, a bronze medalist of the Rachmaninoff International Competition for Pianists, Composers, and Conductors.

The concert on April 5 will feature masterpieces of the global repertoire for harp and flute by Mozart, Tishchenko, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and will premiere the Flute Concerto by Alexey Pozin and the Flute Concerto by Fazıl Say. Performers include flutists Bülent Evcil, Sofia Viland, Denis Lupachev, Irina Stachinskaya, Anna Komarova, and harpists Irina Donskaya-Tishchenko, Sofia Kiprskaya, Yankelika Sushkova-Irina, conducted by Arseny Shuplyakov, a gold medalist of the Valery Khalilov International Conducting Competition.

The festival will conclude on April 8 with a gala concert featuring works by Chenwei, Joachim Andersen, Pietro Morlacchi, Theobald Boehm, Ginastera, Reinecke, Evgeny Magalif, Kemal Günüç. Performers include flutists Bülent Evcil, Sofia Viland, Anastasia Kaneyeva, Diana Krivenko, Denis Lupachev, Irina Stachinskaya, Aglaya Shuplyakova, Stanislav Yaroshevsky, Murat Salim Tokaç (ney, Persian flute), and harpists Sofia Kiprskaya and Çağatay Akyol, who will bring a unique lyre first seen in Sumerian civilization 5000 years ago and perform a concert by Turkish composer Kemal Günüç dedicated to Göbekli Tepe. The concert will be accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Cemi'i Can Deliorman, chief conductor of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Ankara).

Additionally, the festival will feature chamber evenings. On April 4, there will be a concert by Irina Stachinskaya (flute) and Elena Serova (piano); on April 6, a program From Türkiye with Love by Bülent Evcil (flute) and Çağatay Akyol (harp); and on April 6, a performance by soloists of the St Petersburg House of Music, followed by a showcase of world repertoire gems for flute and harp on April 7.

Open master classes by flutists and harpists are also part of the festival. On April 4, sessions will be conducted by Bülent Evcil (Istanbul) and Dan Men (Beijing); on April 5 by Irina Stachinskaya (Moscow) and Diana Krivenko (Moscow), Yankeleka Sushkova-Irina (Moscow) and Çağatay Akyol (Ankara, Istanbul); on April 6 by Nikolay Mokhov (St Petersburg) and Stanislav Yaroshevsky (Moscow); and on April 7 by Sofia Kiprskaya (St Petersburg). All are welcome to join as listeners, and those wishing to participate as students must submit an application, with forms and submission deadlines available on the page of each master class.

In anticipation of the festival, a concert “Spring Ripples” featuring young talents from Russian musical educational institutions will take place on March 31 at 14:00 in the Rachmaninov Hall.

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From 20 to 24 March the tour, organised by the ROSCONCERT Federal State Budgetary Institution according to the All-Russian touring and concert plan of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Economic Cooperation Agreement between Russia and the DPRK. The performances will be held at the Mansudae Art Theatre and will include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and Stravinsky’s The Firebird, as well as the concert programme Evening of Antique and Modern Choreography. This marks the first time the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will perform in the DPRK, contributing significantly to strengthening the friendship between the two nations and expanding bilateral cultural cooperation

From 20 to 24 March the tour, organised by the ROSCONCERT Federal State Budgetary Institution according to the All-Russian touring and concert plan of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Economic Cooperation Agreement between Russia and the DPRK. The performances will be held at the Mansudae Art Theatre and will include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and Stravinsky’s The Firebird, as well as the concert programme Evening of Antique and Modern Choreography. This marks the first time the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will perform in the DPRK, contributing significantly to strengthening the friendship between the two nations and expanding bilateral cultural cooperation.

On 20 and 21 March the series will begin with Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, showcasing the fairy-tale ballet in the classic choreography of Marius Petipa, revised by Konstantin Sergeyev and Eldar Aliev, with a visually stunning design by People’s Artist of Russia Vyacheslav Okunev.

On 23 and 24 March audiences will enjoy Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Evening of Antique and Modern Choreography. The Firebird presents a modern ballet art interpretation by Eldar Aliev, who combined several popular fairy-tale plots with neoclassical choreography. The vibrant staging was created by St Petersburg theatre artists Semyon Pastukh and Galina Solovyova. The second part of the evening will feature exemplary pieces from the ballets Raymonda and Satanella, the legendary The Swan miniature by Michel Fokine and the choreographic piece Inspiration by Eldar Aliev.

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