"The Stars of the White Nights 2016" International Ballet and Opera Festival27 May 2016 - 02 August 2016|
SCHEDULE 27 May 2016 - 02 August 2016
|"The Stars of the White Nights
- 2 August 2016
The Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky-II and
the Concert Hall
Artistic Director: Maestro Valery
About "The Stars of the White
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
Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre Artistic and 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 forgotten pieces.
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.
During 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.
About previous festival "The Stars of the White Nights
The XXIII Stars of the White Nights
festival is being run with a focus on Tchaikovsky to mark one hundred and
seventy-five years since the birth of the great Russian composer. The festival
opens with a new production of the opera The Queen of Spades directed
by Alexei Stepanyuk and
conducted by Valery Gergiev. All of Tchaikovsky’s operas and ballets in the theatre’s repertoire
will also be performed at the festival – Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, Mazepa, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and
special facet comes with the rounds of the vocalists at the International
Tchaikovsky Competition which will take place at the Mariinsky-II. The third round and the gala
concert will be held at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. Jury members Olga Borodina and Mikhail Petrenko, pianists Barry Douglas and Denis Matsuev, cellist Lynn Harrell
and violinists Leonidas Kavakos and James Ehnes will be performing recitals as well as
together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gergiev.
Festival premieres include a new production of Verdi’s
opera La traviata (directed by
Claudia Solti and designed by Isabella Bywater), a concert performance
of Dallapiccolla’s opera Il prigioniero and the premiere of Maxim Petrov’s one-act ballet
Le Divertissement du Roi, specially staged for Principal Dancer Igor Kolb.
performances at the Mariinsky Theatre will feature international opera stars
including Ferruccio Furlanetto, Rafał Siwek, Vitaly Kovalev, Oksana Dyka, Mikhail Kazakov, Albina Shagimuratova, Maria Guleghina, Tatiana Serjan, Marco Berti, Gevorg Akopyan, Asmik Grigorian and Aleksandrs Antonenko. At the
Concert Hall and at the new theatre there will be concert with such outstanding
international musicians as Daniil Trifonov, Pinchas Zukerman, Ilya Gringolts, Pyotr Laul, Alexei Volodin, Christian Blackshaw. The festival will see several monograph programmes – the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
Bremen under Paavo Järvi
in two concerts of all of Brahms’ symphonies, Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will be appearing as a soloist and conductor in nine Mozart concerti and
the Atrium quartet will be
performing Beethoven’s “Russian” quartets.
The Mariinsky Orchestra will
be conducted by world-renowned conductors including Christoph Eschenbach,
Emmanuel Villaume, Vladimir
Ashkenazi and John Axelrod.
Over the sixty-eight days of the festival at the
theatre’s three main venues alone there will be one hundred and seventy-five
concerts and performances.
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SCHEDULE 27 May 2016 - 02 August 2016