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"The Stars of the White Nights 2009" International Ballet and Opera Festival
21 May 2009 - 19 July 2009

SCHEDULE 21 May 2009 - 19 July 2009

Artistic Director Maestro Valery Gergiev

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 Valery Gergiev,Mariinsky TheatreArtistic 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 worlds music discovering for its audience some rarely performed or undeservedly forgotten pieces.

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 Theaters 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 productionof Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, in addition to the Shostakovich and Mahler Symphonies series.

This festival is a must for ballet, opera and classical music amateurs. The annualStars 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 festivals 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.

WHITE NIGHTS 2009: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
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The Stars of White Nights 2010" International Festival will take place 21 May - 19 July 2010.

The Stars of White Nights 2010" International Festival will take place 21 May - 19 July 2010.



The Stars of the White Nights 2009

'The Stars of the White Nights 2009' International Festival 'The Stars of the White Nights 2009' International Festival

Ulyana Lopatkina"The Stars of the White Nights 2009" International Music Festival

21 May 19 July 2009

Artistic Director Maestro Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Theatre presents the XVII International Stars of the White Nights Festival.

Mariinsky Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Concert Hall


Highlights:

Opera Alexander Borodin. Prince Igor (opera in three acts with a prologue)
Opera stars in productions and solo recitals: Maria Guleghina, Anna Netrebko, Rene Pape, Bryn Terfel, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Olga Borodina and Ildar Abdrazakov

Ballet stars: Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia), Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Leonid Sarafanov and Vladimir Shklyarov

Internationally acclaimed musicians: violinist Leonidas Kavakos, pianists Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder, Yefim Bronfman, Lang Lang, Maestro Denis Matsuev and the Mogilevsky dynastyMariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Events in the ballet calendar: the return of Shurale, one of the most popular works by legendary choreographer Leonid Yakobson, and the premiere of a work by Christopher Wheeldon

Berlioz´ grandiose Les Troyens under Maestro Valery Gergiev (23 and 24 June)

Wagner´s "Der Ring des Nibelungen" tetralogy in a revived stage version (4-7 July)

A Ludwig Van Beethoven series including all the composer´s symphonies, all his piano concerti and one violin concerto, performed by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Paavo Jarvi and Tugan Sokhiev

Munich Philharmonic Society´s Symphony Orchestra under Christian Tileman (31 May and 1 June)

Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra Berlin Philharmonic Octet at the Concert Hall (10 and 11 June)

Tour by the National Ballet of Spain under its Director José Antonio, marking thirty years of the company´s history and the end of the career of famed dancer and choreographer José Antonio (14-18 July)

One of the most stunning premieres of Finnish National Opera Aulis Sallinen´s The Red Line ("Punainen Viiva") (29 May)Peter Tchaikovsky 'Eugene Onegin' Opera


The 2009 Stars of the White Nights festival of music opens on 21 May at both the Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall
: the Theatre will be hosting the season´s most significant ballet premiere Shchedrin´s The Little Humpbacked Horse with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, and at 22:00 at the Concert Hall
there will be a performance of the grandiose "symphony of a thousand" Mahler´s Eighth, under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev.

Operas by Russian composers occupy a prominent position in the Festival playbill both the great repertoire works such as Tchaikovsky´s Mazepa, The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin, Rimsky-Korsakov´s May Night and The Maid of Pskov and
Prokofiev´s The Love for Three Oranges and premieres of the current season, including Tchaikovsky´s Iolanta and Rakhmaninov´s Aleko, staged by renowned Polish director Mariusz Treliski.

Special events of the Festival´s opera programme include a concert performance of Berlioz´ immense work Les Troyens under Maestro Valery Gergiev at the Concert Hall
(two evenings, 23 and 24 June). These concerts mark the start of work on a new stage version of the opera, a co-production by four major cultural institutions the Mariinsky Theatre, Polish National Opera, Valencia Opera and Baden-Baden´s Festival Centre. It will be directed by Carlos Padrissa, one of the Artistic Directors of the renowned theatre group La Fura dels Baus. The Russian premiere of the production is planned for December 2009.


Diana VishnevaForthcoming Festival concerts and performances include: Kristina Kapustinskaya, Olga Borodina, Ildar Abdrazakov and Sergei Semishkur in Verdi´s Requiem (28 May); Maria Guleghina in Tchaikovsky´s The Queen of Spades (13 June) and Verdi´s Nabucco (17 June); Bryn Terfel in a concert performance of Act III of Wagner´s Die Walkure (5 June); Rene Pape in a concert performance of Act III of Wagner´s Parsifal (6 June); and Rene Pape and Gary Lehman in Wagner´s Parsifal (12 June, concert performance). The Festival´s opera playbill also includes appearances by rising stars of the Mariinsky Opera Company.

Maria Guleghina (Soprano) The Festival´s ballet playbill kicks off with a significant premiere from this season Shchedrin´s The Little Humpbacked Horse with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. Festival ballet premieres include one of the most popular ballets by the legendary Leonid Yakobson, Shurale (29 and 30 June), and a one-act ballet by Christopher Wheeldon, which the renowned choreographer is staging especially for the Mariinsky Theatre (10 June). Bolshoi Theatre soloist Svetlana Zakharova will be performing in Giselle (27 May), while Diana Vishneva will be appearing in the programme Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion (12 and 19 July), and Mariinsky Ballet stars Ulyana Lopatkina, Viktoria Tereshkina, Alina Somova, Leonid Sarafanov and Vladimir Shklyarov will be performing in the finest repertoire productions.

Andrian Fadeyev (Dancer)The focus of this year´s Festival symphony programme falls on the series All Beethoven Symphonies, to be performed by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda and Paavo Jarvi. All of the composer´s five piano concerti will also be performed, and Leonidas Kavakos, one of the world´s finest instrumental musicians, will be appearing with Beethoven´s Violin Concerto.

For the first time, the Festival will see a performance by the Symphony Orchestra of the Munich Philharmonic, one of the world´s most renowned ensembles, under Christian Tileman (31 May and 1 June) in a programme of works by Bruckner, Schumann and Grieg; the concert on 31 May will see an appearance by distinguished Austrian pianist and renowned interpreter of the Viennese classics and Romantic music Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder. Guest symphony and chamber ensembles of the Festival include the Octet of the Berlin Philharmonic (10 and 11 June) together with an exhibition from the archives of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in memory of great German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Handel´s Alexander Feast oratorio (18 June).

Henri Dutilleux, a guest of last year´s Festival, will be succeeded by one of the most significant German composers of the present day Hans Werner Henze. The Festival is thus continuing to familiarise St Petersburg audiences with the music of major living European and Russian composers. It should be remembered that programmes of the Concert Hall
and the Theatre over the past two years have included many works by young British composer Thomas Ads, Russia´s renowned Rodion Shchedrin and noted representatives of the Leningrad school of composition Boris Tishchenko and Sergei Slonimsky as well as Vladimir Tarnopolsky, Valentin Silvestrov and Olga Bochikhina among others.


WHITE NIGHTS 2009: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)




SCHEDULE 21 May 2009 - 19 July 2009



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