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"The Stars of the White Nights" International Ballet and Opera Festival
24 May 2013 - 28 July 2013

SCHEDULE 24 May 2013 - 28 July 2013

The Stars of the White Nights 2013

The Stars of the White Nights 2013 Festival The Stars of the White Nights 2013 International Festival

"The Stars of the White Nights 2013"

24 May - 28 July 2013
Mariinsky Theatre, New Theatre and Concert Hall
Artistic Director:
Maestro Valery Gergiev

Click to enlargeThe XXI Stars of the White Nights festival opens with a premiere of Alexander Dargomyzhsky’s opera Rusalka staged by Vasily Barkhatov and designed by Zinovy Margolin under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky-II. The opera will be performed again on 25 May and 28 and 30 June.
The first concert in the festival’s symphony music programme will take place on 
25 May at the Concert Hall; in commemoration of one century of the ballet Le Sacre du printempsValery Gergiev will be conducting the music of Igor Stravinsky’s ballets Petrouchka, The Firebird and Le Sacre du printemps.

Click to enlargeThe festival’s key premiere will be the world premiere of the outstanding contemporary Russian composer
Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Lefthander which he was commissioned to write by the theatre specially for the opening of the new stage and which he has dedicated to maestro Gergiev. There will be a concert performance of the opera on 26 June, to be followed by the premiere of the stage version on 27 and 28 July. The Stage Director is Alexei Stepanyuk and the Production Designer is Alexander Orlov.

One ballet premiere at the festival will be 
Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH set to the music of Dmitry Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto.

For the first time at the Mariinsky-II as part of the Stars of the White Nights festival there will be a performance of Richard Wagner’s entire tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen (
11, 1315 and 16 June). This year marks ten years since the tetralogy was first performed in the original German at the Mariinsky Theatre.

The world’s first 3D broadcast of a ballet during the Stars of the White Nights : at 21:30 on 6 June there will be a performance of the ballet 
Swan Lake in 3D at the historic Click to enlargeMariinsky Theatre, broadcast live to one thousand two hundred cinemas in fifty countries throughout the world. A normal broadcast will be relayed at the same time. The ballet will also be shown onscreen at the Mariinsky-II. The lead roles are to be performed by Yekaterina Kondaurova and Timur AskerovValery Gergiev will be conducting.

Traditional monograph programmes at the festival: this year, all of Dmitry Shostakovich’s string quartets will be performed by the Atrium String Quartet (
2728 and 29 May), all of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s violin sonatas will be performed by Leonidas Kavakos together with pianist Enrico Pace (2425 and 26 June) and all of Beethoven’s piano concerti will be performed by Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder (11 and 12 July).

The festival will be attended by acclaimed musicians from throughout the world. Guest star violinists at the festival include Leonidas Kavakos who will be displaying his virtuoso skills on 2425 and 26 June. The leader of Vienna’s The Philharmonics and the orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper, violinist and conductor Rainer Honeck will return to St Petersburg with a dazzling programme of Austrian music which previously caused a sensation at the Concert Hall: once again, Rainer Honeck will be combining works by Mozart and the Strauss family in one concert (
22 June). The violinist Pinchas Zukerman will be performing again too, this time also appearing as a conductor in a programme of concerti by Vivaldi and Mozart and works for cello by Max Bruch (2 and 4 July).
Joshua Bell will be performing Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto together with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev (
18 July). Guest music ensembles are to include two quartets – Atrium String Quartet, one of the greatest and most popular new quartets on the international music scene, with a programme of all of Dmitry Shostakovich’s quartets over three evenings (2728 and 29 May), and the unique Borodin Quartet in a programme of quartets by Tchaikovsky and Brahms (3 July). Click to enlarge
The list of guest pianists is also highly promising. There will be chamber recitals by 
Daniil Trifonov (3 June) and Alexei Volodin (17 June). Christian Blackshaw will be performing a chamber music programme; this time he will accompany British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote who is to perform Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise.
Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder will be performing all of Beethovens piano concerti with the Mariinsky Orchestra, also appearing as a conductor.
Alexander Toradze will be performing the solo in Dmitry Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and maestro Maestro Valery Gergiev (
26 May). Regular festival guest Maestro Denis Matsuev will be performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the theatre’s orchestra under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev (14 June).

A member of the renowned Järvi conducting dynasty will take to the stand of the Mariinsky Orchestra:
Paavo Jarvi (7 July). Click to enlarge

Two acclaimed ballet companies will be appearing at the festival: the Batsheva Dance Company from Israel, an outstanding modern dance company with original choreography which is developing its own revolutionary techniques in movement (
9 and 10 June), and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT-1), one of the most famous dance ensembles in the world and respected for its exceptional performance levels, which will be presenting two ballets by choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot (Sehnsucht and Schmetterling (3 and 4 July).

Among symphony orchestras appearing at the festival will be the London Symphony Orchestra, one of the greatest symphony ensembles in the world and of which Maestro Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007. This will be the orchestra’s second visit to the Stars of the White Nights festival. Under the maestro’s baton the orchestra will perform Hector Berlioz’ 
Symphonie fantastique (26 May) and Dmitry Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto (with Alexander Toradze as soloist).
The State Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Fedoseyev is making its festival debut. The programme of their concert includes Mozart’s Forty-First Symphony and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Manfred symphony (
11 June).
Also making its festival debut will be the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev (18 July).

Chamber ensembles at the festival will be represented by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, one of the most famous ensembles in the world performing baroque music, which will be appearing with a programme of works by Vivaldi, Telemann and Handel. The musicians will be performing with the orchestra’s founder and conductor Andrea Marcon and the acclaimed singer Magdalena Kozena, a mezzo-soprano who has a brilliant grasp of the style of music of the age (
18 June).
A long-standing friend of the Mariinsky Theatre, Maestro Yuri Bashmet (GRAMMY WINNER 2007 "Best Small Ensemble Performance - Best Conductor") will be appearing once again at the Concert Hall with his own orchestra, the Chamber Ensemble "Moscow Soloists" (GRAMMY WINNER 2007 "Best Small Ensemble Performance - Best Ensemble") (
28 June).
Moreover, the talented Viennese musicians in The Philharmonics will be making a repeat appearance at the Mariinsky-II (
1 July). Click to enlargeClick to enlarge

The ballet playbill, in addition to festival premieres, includes the best repertoire productions and recent premieres such as Sasha Waltz’ production of 
Sacre (this version will be performed on the same evening as the original Le Sacre du printemps with choreography by Nijinsky, revived for the Mariinsky Theatre by ballet mistress Millicent Hodson), ballets by George Balanchine, all of Peter Tchaikovsky’s ballets (Swan LakeThe Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker) and the repertoire ballets The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, La Bayadere, Don QuixoteRomeo and Juliet and Le Corsaire. Such leading Mariinsky Ballet soloists as Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Daria Pavlenko, Alina Somova, Danila Korsuntsev, Vladimir Shklyarov, Alexander Sergeyev and Andrei Yermakov will be appearing in these performances.

A musical at the festival: the audience favourite My Fair Lady (musical in two acts) by Frederick Loewe returns to the Mariinsky Theatre (production by Robert Carsen,
18, 1920 and 21 July). Magnificent voices of outstanding opera stars at the festival: Ferruccio Furlanetto in his finest role as Don Quichotte in the eponymous opera by Massenet (29 June), Liudmyla Monastyrska in the lead role in Tosca (19 July), Olga Borodina in Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem (5 June), Anna Netrebko in a Verdi gala and in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem (10 and 23 June), Yevgeny Nikitin in Der Fliegende Hollander (24 June) and Maria Guleghina in Bellini’s Norma (17 July) and in Verdi’s Macbeth (20 July). On 17 June there will be a Chaliapin Gala on the eve of the International Summer Universiade in Kazan.

Highlights in brief:

• Over ten weeks, the festival will see some hundred and twenty performances and concerts featuring various guest artists, opera and ballet soloists and the Mariinsky chorus and orchestra Click to enlarge

• Festival PREMIERES: Alexander Dargomyzhsky’s OPERA 
Rusalka staged by Vasily Barkhatov; Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet Concerto Dsch to music by Dmitry Shostakovich, world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Lefthander

• Guest solo instrumentalists at the festival:

The Stars of the White Nights International Ballet and Opera FestivalClick to enlargePianists: Alexander Toradze, Alexei Volodin, Daniil Trifonov, Maestro Denis Matsuev, Christian Blackshaw And Ferhan and Ferzan Onder

Violinists: Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos, Rainer Honeck and Pinchas Zukerman

Quartets: Atrium String Quartet and The State Borodin Quartet

• Guest ensembles at the festival: 
the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Fedoseyev, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Valery Gergiev, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and The Philharmonics • Opera stars at the festival: Olga Borodina, Ekaterina Gubanova, Maria Guleghina, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Anna Netrebko, Yekaterina Semenchuk, Albina Shagimuratova, Ildar Abdrazakov, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Mikhail Petrenko And Ferruccio Furlanetto 

• Monograph programmes at the festival: all of 
Dmitry Shostakovich’s quartets and all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s violin sonatas and piano concerti

With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

General sponsor of the festival and of the premiere of Alexander Dargomyzhsky’s opera Rusalka: VTB Bank
Principal partners of the festival: Countess Yoko Nagae Ceschina, Savings Bank of the Russian Federation
Principal sponsors of the festival: TOTAL, Mercury Group, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System, BP, TeliaSonera, Alrosa
Sponsors of the festival: MDM Bank, Rostec State Corporation, BOMBARDIER, Sistema, Vnesheconombank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Renova Group, Severstal
Sponsor of the grand gala concert: Evrofinance Mosnarbank

About "The Stars of the White Nights" Festivals

Maria Guleghina (Soprano)Ulyana Lopatkina

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 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.

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.

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 series.

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. Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

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