"The Stars of the White Nights 2014" International Ballet and Opera Festival28 May 2014 - 31 July 2014|
SCHEDULE 28 May 2014 - 31 July 2014
|"The Stars of the White Nights
28 May - 31
The Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky-II and the Concert Hall
Artistic Director: Maestro Valery
From May 28 to July 31 will
take place the 22 Music Festival "Stars of the White Nights" -
a traditional summer parade of musical events, attracting the attention of a
wide range of fans of classical music, opera and ballet.
During the 65 days of the festival about
200 events will be held including 113 performances (58 operas, 55 ballets), 80
chamber and symphony concerts with the participation of guest
artists, Mariinsky opera and ballet soloists as well as Mariinsky
Chorus and Orchestra.
Premiers of the opera and ballets are announced in the
playbill of the Fesival along with concert tour orchestras, opera, ballet and
drama troupes , performances by renowned dancers , singers , instrumentalists
and conductors .
The XXII Stars of the White
Nights music festival will open with the premiere of "Les Troyens", an opera
by Hector Berlioz directed by Yannis Kokkos
who is making his second joint project with Mariinsky Theatre. The epic
dilogy conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev will be presented
in Mariinsky-2 on May 28, 29 and 30 The festival ballet programme will be opened
by the season premiere of the ballet by Frederick
Ashton "Sylvia" (Mariinsky Theatre, May 28 and 29, 22 and 27 June).
The first concert
of the symphony concert programme will take place in Mariinsky II
on May 31. Mariinsky soloists with the Mariinsky Chorus
and Orchestra conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev will perform the Glagolitic
Mass by Leos Janacek as well as the Cello Concerto
by Robert Schumann (with Mario Brunello as a soloist). The concert is
dedicated to the memory of Richard Colburn, the theatre’s
friend and art patron.
Another opera premiere
of the festival is the grandiose "War and Peace" by Sergey Prokofiev staged
by the British director Graham Vick with Paul Brown
as a production designer. The first performance conducted
by Maestro Valery Gergiev will be held
in Mariinsky-2 on July 15 and 16.
Ballet premieres of the festival
will include the four one-act ballets created
by the outstanding contemporary Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen.
On June 15 and 17 four short pieces - "Adagio for Harpsichord", "Variations for two couples", "Solo" and
"Five Tango" - will be presented on the new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. "Marguerite and Armand", a Frederick Ashton ballet with
Liszt music will be premiered on July 8 and 9.
The Richard Wagner theatre.
Mariinsky Theatre is the only theatre in Russia where
the grand creation by Richard Wagner, the tetralogy Der Ring des
Nibelungen is performed in full. In 1990s, following
a nearly one-hundred years’ gap, Valery Gergiev initiated the Warner
Renaissance in the theatre. On June 4, 5, 7 and 8 Mariinsky-2 will present the Der Ring des
Nibelungen conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev.
On June 16 Mariinsky-2 will feature "Lohengrin", an opera which was returned
to the theatre repertoire recently. And then, at the closing
event of the festival on July 31, the outstanding soloists, Evgeny Nikitin, Mlada
Khudoley, Mikhail Petrenko and Segey Skorokhodov will perform
the leading roles in "The Flying
Rodion Shchedrin Theatre.
Works by Rodion Shchedrin are in the focus
of the theatre’s repertoire: three operas (Dead Souls, Enchanted Wanderer, the Lefthander) and three ballets (Anna
Karenina, Carmen Suite, the Little Humpbacked Horse) have been staged
here, and the composer’s symphony music is frequently performed.
In the festival programme Rodion Shchedrin’s works are represented with three
ballets: the Little Humpbacked Horse (June 1, 25, 26), Anna Karenina (June 21, 23, 24), and the Lefthander based on the story
by Nikolay Leskov (June 27).
premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Boyarina Morozova conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev will be held
in Mariinsky-2 on June 22 (concert performance). This is a Russian
choral opera in two parts for four soloists, mixed chorus, trumpet,
kettledrums and percussion. The opera, which has been described
as one of the most outstanding works of the decade, is
based on the texts of The Life
of the Archpriest Avvakum and The Life
of Boyarina Morozova and deals with an extremely dramatic event
of the Russian history, the religious schism
of the 17th century.
Three ballet companies will take part
in the festival. Scottish Ballet (Glasgow) will present "Highland Fling", a reworking of the classic romantic
ballet La Sylphide choreographed by the famous Matthew Bourne
(June 18 and 19). Alexander Spendiaryan State Academic Opera
and Ballet Theater of Armenia will perform Gayaneh in the historic venue
of the Mariinsky Theatre (July 22 and 23). Astana Ballet will present Oriental Phapsody (July 26 and 27).
The baroque ensemble “Les Arts Florissants” is one of the most famous
groups of its kind. Founded in 1979 by the Franco-American
harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, the ensemble takes its
name from an opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The group consists
of a choir, an orchestra and soloists. In St.-Petersburg
the musicians will present a programme titled “Arias and dances
by Jean-Philippe Rameau” on the occasion
of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.
The programme will be conducted
by Jonathan Cohen (June 27).
Teatro Regio di Torino will perform Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi with Maria Agresta, Daniela Barcellona, Fabio
Sartori, Michele Pertusi, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Regio
conducted by Gianandrea Noseda (Mariinsky-2, July 9).
Traditionally, a number
of monographic programmes are to be presented
at the festival. Atrium string quartet will present all quartets by Jakob Felix Mendelssohn (July 1 and 2). Two closing concerts of the programme including
all of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music for organ will be given
by Christopher Herrick (May 28 and 29). In the evening of organ music at the Concert Hall will
perform organist Christian Schmitt (July 7). A lot of attention
in the festival programme is paid to works by Johannes Brahms. The audience will have a chance
to hear Symphonies No 4 and No4, Piano Concerto No 2,
Op. 83, performed by Rudolf Buchbinder (June 23), Violin and Cello Concerto, Op. 102
with Sergey Khachatryan and Narek Hakhnazaryan (June 17), and Violin Concerto, Op. 77 performed
by Leonidas Kavakos (June 26) with Mariinsky orchestra conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev.
by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann will be performed
by outstanding musicians: Ferruccio Furlanetto and Igor Tchetuev (Winterreise, June 30), Alice Coote and Christian Blackshaw (Dichterliebe, July 3).
The festival will feature the world opera stars, both
Mariinsky soloists and guest artists: Olga Borodina as Dalila (Samson et Dalila, June 1) and as Marfa
(Khovanshchina, June 9); Yevgeny Nikitin as High Priest
of Dagon (Samson et Dalila, June 1), as Wotan
(Siegfried, June 7), as Gunter (June 9)
and as the Dutchman (The Flying Dutchman, July 31); Alexei Markov as Iago (Otello, June 2), and as Prince Eletsky (The Queen of Spades, June 12); Mikhail Petrenko as Abimelech (Samson et Dalila, June 1),
as Mephistopheles (Faust, June 4), as Hunding (Die Walkure, June 5), as Hagen (Gotterdammerung, June 8), as Philip II
(Don Carlo, June 21), as Khan Konchak (Prince Igor, June 29), and as Daland (The Flying Dutchman, July 31); Alexander Antonenko as Otello (Otello, June 2); Ferruccio Furlanetto in his signature
role of Don Quichotte in the opera by Jules Massenet
(June 24 and 25), as Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin, July 4) and in a solo recital (June 30); Ekaterina Gubanova as Princess Eboli (Don Carlo, June 21); Ildar Abdrazakov as Philip II (Don Carlo, June 15) and as Banco (Macbeth, July 29) Lyudmila Monastyrskaya as Lady Macbeth (the concert
performance of Macbeth, July 29); Oksana Dyka as Floria
Tosca, Marcelo Alvarez as Mario Cavaradossi, Gabriele Viviani as Baron
Scarpia (Tosca conducted by Carlo Montanaro, July 3 and 6); Oksana Dyka as Yaroslavna (Prince Igor, June 29); Tatiana Serjan as Leonora (Il trovatore June 19) and as Lady Macbeth
(Macbeth conducted by James Conlon, June 26 and 28); Maria Agresta, Daniela Barcellona, Fabio Sartori
and Michele Pertusi (Requem by Giuseppe Verdi, July 9); Maria Guleghina as Aida (Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, July 24), and as Princess Turandot (Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, July 27); Yekaterina Semenchuk as Didon (Les Troyens, May 28), as Carmen (Carmen, July 1) and as Azucena (Il trovatore, July 7); Anita Rachvelishvili in a solo recital (July 5); Sergei Semishkur as Vaudemont (Iolanta, July 20), as Vladimir Igorevich
(Prince Igor, June 29),
as B. F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly, July 30); Sergei Skorokhodov as Macduff (Macbeth, June 26 and July 29), and as Erik (The Flying Dutchman, July 31).
The festival’s ballet programme
will feature, apart from the festival premieres, the latest
performances of Sylvia choreographed by Frederick Ashton (Mariinsky
Theatre, May 28 and 29, 22 and 27 June), Infra by Wayne McGregor (July 17); George Balanchine’s ballets as well as the best
classical ballets including Swan Lake, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Giselle. The audience will have a chance
to appreciate the leading dancers of the company: Olga Esina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Daria Pavlenko, Alina Somova, Timur Askerov, Andrei Yermakov, Danila Korsuntsev, Alexander Sergeev, Vladimir Shklyarov and Kimin Kim. Igor Zelensky gala with
the participation of Polina Semionova and Diana Vishneva will be held on July 15.
Instrumental soloists. Traditionally, the Stars
of the White Nights festival will feature solo recitals
of the pianists Peter Serkin (June 12), Alexey Volodin (June 18), Vadim Kholodenko (June 21), Igor Tchetuev (June 28), Christian Blackshaw (July 6), Daniil Trifonov (July 8), Polina Osetinskaya and Anton Batagov playing as
a piano duo (June 5). Another piano duo – Boris Berezovsky and Alexander Gindin – will be
presented on July 4. Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder with Mariinsky
soloists will perform Piano Quintets of Antonin Dvorak and Robert Schumann. Maestro Denis Matsuev, the regular guest
of the festival, will play with the Mariinsky Orchestra
on June 22.
Cellist Mario Brunello will perform his original programme (June 4), and the cello of David Geringas will be complemented
by the musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra cello section
(June 14). Violinists Janine Jansen (June 11), Leonidas Kavakos, this time playing
in duo with the pianist Nikolai Lugansky (June 25), and Sergey Krylov (July 9) will also present their solo programmes.
String quartets in the festival
programme. Atrium String Quartet, one of the leading
young ensembles on the music scene, will perform on July 1 and 2 with a programme of quartets by Jakob Felix
Mendelssohn. These charismatic musicians with their deep emotion, virtuosity
and technical brilliance, are highly acclaimed by audiences
and the press throughout the world. The State Borodin Quartet, old friends
of the Mariinsky Theatre, will play pieces by Pyotr Tchaikovsky,
Alexander Borodin and Franz Schubert, July 15.
Mariinsky chamber ensembles. Renaissance Percussion
and the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble with Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici will perform
at the festival, July 18.
Youth orchestras will also participate
in the festival – Bard Conservatory Orchestra with Leon Botstein
and Peter Serkin (June 9), All-Russian Youth Simpfony Orchestra conducted by Yuri
Bashmet (June 16), and Russo-German Music Academy (July 10 and 11). The Mariinsky Youth Orchestra is also
in the festival programme.
Internationally known conductors will lead the Mariinsky Orchestra. Paavo Jarvi (GRAMMY WINNER 2003 "Best Choral Performance -
Best Conductor") will conduct the programme of Gustav
Mahler’s music (Symphony No.7 and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, July 11) and James Conlon will conduct Macbeth
by Giuseppe Verdi on June 26 and 28 and music by Mozart and Zemlinsky on June 29. At the Concert Hall will be performed the
Symphony No 2 in C Minor by Gustav Mahler: under the control of Gilbert Kaplan (June 6). For control the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
will stand famous conductor Justus Frantz (concert June 14)
For the first time this year the festival programme will
include a drama performance. On June 10 and 11 the Moscow Chekhov Art Theatre will present The Little Humpbacked Horse directed by Evgeny Pisarev
Concerts in chamber halls of Mariinsky-2.
The programme of the 22nd Stars
of the White Nights festival will, for the first time,
include concerts and lectures that will be held in Mariinsky-2 chamber
halls: Stravinsky Foyer, the Musorgsky Hall, the Shchedrin Hall
and the Prokofiev Hall. Mariinsky Orchestra soloists and students
of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers will perform their
interesting programmes solo or in duos, trios and chamber ensembles.
About "The Stars of the White Nights"
In the evenings of vocal music at the
Mariinsky Concert Hall will perform guest vocalists : mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (July 3) and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili (July 5) , and the Mariinsky Theatre - soloists : soprano
Marina Shaguch , tenor Leonid Zakhozhaev (July 12) and baritone Vasily Gerello (July 26) .
In the concerts under the conduction of Maestro Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Concert Hall will perform violin Janine Jansen (June 10) , violin Sergey Khachatryan and cello Narek
Hakhnazaryan (June 17) , piano Rudolf Buchbinder (23 June ) , the violin Leonidas Kavakos (June 26) and piano Bekhzod Abduraimov (July 30) . Also in the concert under the conduction of Maestro Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky New
Stage will be the soloist (piano) Denis Matsuev (June 22) .
At the stage of a Concert Hall Maestro Valery Gergiev will be conducting a
concert performance of "Samson and Delilah" by Camille Saint-Saens (June 1), and "Macbeth" by Giuseppe Verdi (29 July).
Mariinsky-2 will show one-act ballets «Inside the Lines» by Anton Pimonov and "Camera Obscura" by Yuri Smekalov (July 2). Their premiere takek place this season.
stage of Mariinsky-2 will be performed some opera premieres of this
season:: a new stage version of "Othello" (June 2) and "Il Trovatore" (June 19 and July 7), Giuseppe Verdi, and "Eugene Onegin" by Peter Tchaikovsky (July 25 and 26). The conductor is Maestro Valery Gergiev.
Echo of the
festival dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Modest
Mussorgsky, will a view of the popular musical drama "Khovanshchina" at the Mariinsky Theatre (June 9) and semi-staged version of the unfinished opera
"Sorochinskaya Fair" at the Mariinsky-2 (July 18).
At the Mariinsky Theatre will be shown
performances of the Academy of Russian Ballet of Vaganova (11, 14 and 16 June) .
In ballet performances of the
Mariinsky Theatre will be performances with a guest soloists: Ludmila Pagliero
(Paris Opera) will perform the title role in "La Sylphide" (May 30), Olga Smirnova (Bolshoi Theatre) will perform Nikia in
"La Bayadere" (July 12) .
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake", "card" of the Mariinsky Theatre, will be
shown at the Mariinsky New Stage (12 and 13 June), and the historical Mariinsky Theatre (July 6) .
The Stars of the White
Nights is one of the brightest stars of the music and theatre universe and
has emerged to be one of the most popular and grandiose music forums in its
context and scale.
The Stars of the White Nights Festival
was created in
1993 by Maestro Valery Gergiev
, Mariinsky Theatre
General Director.Maestro Gergiev says that he conceived the first Festival as a
"musical gift" to the city from the Mariinsky and its star-artists. From the
very beginning the Festival has been focused on the masterpieces of the world's
music discovering for its audience some rarely performed or undeservedly
The Stars of the White Nights Festival has gained in
strength, popularity and international acclaim. The duration for the Festival it
has expanded from ten days to three months during the last sixteen year.
Renowned conductors and star-artists take as great honour the invitation to
perform at the Stars of the White Nights. Each year the Festival
programme includes the Theater's finest opera and ballet productions, great
symphonic works, masterpieces of chamber music and new premieres.
the last years the Festival programme has included the works created by the
great classical composers – Beethoven symphonies, Prokofiev's and Tchaikovsky's operas, ballets and
symphony music. Major events at the Stars have included the production
of Wagner's Der Ring des
Nibelungen, in addition to the Shostakovich and Mahler Symphonies
This festival is a must for ballet, opera and classical music
amateurs. The annual Stars of the White Nights Festival takes an
inspiration for its name from the short summer season when the sun never sets,
and the beauty of St-Petersburg White Nights contributes to the festival's
special atmosphere and its world-class programme of concerts, as audience comes
out of the historic theatre at midnight into daylight to stroll along the
streets of the theatrical setting of St Petersburg.
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