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The IV Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide)
28 February 2008 - 09 March 2008

SCHEDULE 28 February 2008 - 09 March 2008

Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, one of Russias most traditional festivals, was celebrated in style in the countrys pre-Revolutionary capital. Maslenitsa festivities entered every home and were welcomed by every family. The most august figures and officials, the intelligentsia and the citys nobles all took part in the revelry. Throughout Maslenitsa, Tsaritsino Meadow and the Admiralty Gardens played host to folk celebrations, and in the citys palaces and mansions there were parties and masked balls, with theatre playbills listing the finest productions.

Several years ago the Mariinsky Theatre returned to the wonderful tradition of Maslenitsa festivities. The Festival programme invariably includes wonderful productions, among them works based on fairy-tales as well as interesting vocal and instrumental programmes. Continuing the tradition of open-to-all celebrations established by the Imperial Theatres for Maslenitsa, the Mariinsky Theatre will be running a series of charity concerts. The Mariinsky Theatre and the University of St Petersburg have revived the ancient Russian tradition of Pancake Week, organising student balls for several years now, to bid farewell to winter. The University programme includes parties, dancing, music (with Mariinsky Theatre performers), pancakes, fireworks and, of course, the burning of the straw scarecrow of Maslenitsa.

Artistic Director of the Festival Valery Gergiev

28 February, 14:00 (morning)
Opera and Concert Hall
OPENING OF THE IV Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide). Rakhmaninov - "Piano Concerto N 3". Stravinsky - "Petrouchka"
Music: Sergey Rakhmaninov, Igor Stravinsky
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29 February, 19:00 (evening)
Opera and Concert Hall
"The Stone Guest"
opera in three acts (concert performance))
Music: Alexander Dargomyzhsky
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1 March, 19:00 (evening)
Sleeping Beauty
ballet-fierie in three acts with a prologue and apotheosis
Music: Peter Tchaikovsky
Conducted by Pavel Bubelnikov
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1 March, 19:00 (evening)
Opera and Concert Hall
Concert marking 135 years since the birth of Sergei Rakhmaninov
ballet in three acts
Music: Sergei Rakhmaninov
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2 March, 11:30 (evening)
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai
choreographic poem in four scenes with prologue and epilogue
ballet
Music: Boris Asafiev
Choreography: Rostislav Zakharov
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2 March, 19:00 (evening)
The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and of the Beautiful Swan-Princess
opera in a prologue and four acts

magical opera in five acts
Music: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Production by Lotfi Mansouri (1994)
Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev
Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
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2 March, 19:00 (evening)
Opera and Concert Hall
Shostakovich - "Violin Concerto N 1". Tchaikovsky - "Piano Concerto N 1"
Music: Dmitry Shostakovich, Peter Tchaikovsky
Conducted by Sergei Roldugin
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3 March, 19:00 (morning)
The Snow Maiden
springtime tale in a prologue and four acts
Music: Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
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4 March, 19:00 (evening)
Ondine
ballet in two acts and six scenes
Music: Cesare Pugni
Choreography: Pierre Lacotte
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4 March, 19:00 (evening)
Opera and Concert Hall
Concert of works by Georgy Sviridov
Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev
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5 March, 19:00 (evening)
The Queen of Spades
opera in three acts, seven scenes
Production by Yuri Temirkanov (1984)
Music: Peter Tchaikovsky
Stage Director: Maestro Yury Temirkanov
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5 March, 19:00 (evening)
Opera and Concert Hall
Concert by the State Academic V. V. Andreyev Russian Orchestra
Conductor: Dmitry Khokhlov
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6 March, 19:00 (evening)
Cinderella
ballet in three acts
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Conducted by Mikhail Agrest
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6 March, 19:00 (morning)
Opera and Concert Hall
Kashchei the Immortal
opera in one act (three scenes) (semi-stage version)
Music: Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev
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7 March, 19:00 (evening)
Ruslan and Lyudmila
magical opera in five acts
Music: Mikhail Glinka
Conducted by Boris Gruzin
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8 March, 19:00 (evening)
"Le Rossignol"
conte lyrique in three acts.
"The Firebird"
russian fairytale in two scenes

Music: Igor Stravinsky
Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
Conducted by Mikhail Agrest
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8 March, 19:00 (evening)
Opera and Concert Hall
Concert of works by Modest Musorgsky
springtime tale in a prologue and four acts
Music: Modest Mussorgsky
Conducted by Alexei Repnikov
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9 March, 14:00 (evening)
The Nutcracker
ballet in two acts
Music: Peter Tchaikovsky
Set Designer: Mihail Chemiakin
Costume Designer: Mihail Chemiakin
Conducted by Boris Gruzin
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9 March, 19:00 (evening)
The Nutcracker
ballet in two acts
Music: Peter Tchaikovsky
Set Designer: Mihail Chemiakin
Costume Designer: Mihail Chemiakin
Conducted by Mikhail Agrest
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9 March, 19:00 (morning)
Opera and Concert Hall
CLOSING OF THE IV Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide).
Concert marking 135 years since the birth of Sergei Rakhmaninov

Music: Sergei Rakhmaninov
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