"The Stars of the White Nights" International Ballet and Opera Festival25 May 2012 - 15 July 2012|
SCHEDULE 25 May 2012 - 15 July 2012
"The Stars of the White Nights
2012" International Music Festival
25 May - 15 July 2012
Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall
Artistic Director: Maestro Valery
Over eight weeks the festival will present around one hundred performances and
concerts featuring over forty guest performers and
opera and ballet soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre as well as the theatre’s
chorus and symphony orchestra
• Festival premieres: Modest Mussorgsky’s "Boris Godunov" staged by Graham Vick; George Balanchine’s two-act ballet "A midsummer night`s dream" to music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; and Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem staged by Daniele Finzi Pasca
• A festival within a festival – New Horizons at the Jaani Kirik concert hall
• Modest Mussorgsky’s "Khovanshchina". celebrating the festival’s twentieth
anniversary, featuring Olga Borodina and Vladimir Galuzin under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev.
• Guest musicians at the festival:
Pianists: Rafal Blechacz, Christian Blackshaw, Yefim Bronfman, Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder, Yuja Wang, Helene Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov, Andrei Korobeinikov, Nikolai Lugansky, Maestro Denis Matsuev, Eldar Nebolsin, Alice Sara Ott, Nobuyuki Tsujii, Igor Chetuev and Markus Schirmer.
Violinists: Leonidas Kavakos,
Rainer Honeck, Nikolai Znaider, Pinchas Zuckerman and Janine Jansen.
Cellists: Pavel Gomzyakov, Alexander Ivashkin, Ivan Karizna, Gavriel Lipkind and Ivan Monighetti.
Renowned Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie will perform under Maestro Valery Gergiev for the first time
with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra.
• Guest companies at the festival: the Symphony Orchestra of the Teatro alla
Scala under Fabio Luisi and Maestro Valery Gergiev, ensemble of soloists
of the Wiener Philharmoniker, Quintet of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the
Borromeo string quartet.
• Opera stars at the festival: Olga Borodina, Anna Netrebko, Maria Guleghina, Ekaterina Gubanova, Yekaterina Semenchuk, Vladimir Galuzin, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Aleksandrs
• The festival’s Brahms’ programme: all of Brahms’ symphonies and instrumental concerti conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev.
• The chamber series All of Mozart’s Sonatas performed by Christian Blackshaw.
The XX Stars of the White Nights festival runs
from 25 May to 15 July. The festival opens with a premiere of a new
production of Modest Musorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov staged by Graham Vick
under the baton of Valery Gergiev with Yevgeny Nikitin in the lead role. The opera will also be
performed on 26 May and 26 June.
At the Concert Hall, 26 May will see the festival’s first programme of
symphony music featuring Chulpan Khamatova and Yevgeny Mironov, cellist and
prize-winner at the XIV Tchaikovsky Competition Ivan
Karizna and opera soloist Sergei Semishkur under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
The innovative Daniele Finzi Pasca is
rehearsing another Verdi festival premiere following last year’s "Aida". This year he will be staging the composer’s "Requiem".
The festival’s ballet playbill includes a
premiere of one of Balanchine’s few ballets with a plot – the choreographer’s
incredibly beautiful magical fairytale A Midsummer Night’s Dream to music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (6 and 7 June). Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps with choreography by
Vaslav Nijinsky will be returning to the theatre’s repertoire
(13 and 14 July)
Traditionally, the festival’s programme of symphony
music is based on the music of a specific major composer. This year’s monograph
symphony programmes will be dedicated to Johannes Brahms: Valery Gergiev will conduct all four of the composer’s
symphonies as well as his instrumental concerti (13, 15, 21 and 29 June). Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder and Yefim
Bronfman will perform the solos in Brahms’ First and Second Piano Concerti
respectively. Nikolaj Znaider will perform the Violin Concerto (15 June), while Pinchas Zuckerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth will be performing the composer’s Double
Concerto. Over four evenings, all of Mozart’s sonatas will be performed by British academic pianist
Christian Blackshaw (4, 5 and 6 July).
The anniversary festival will see acclaimed musicians from across the globe
come together. Guest star violinists at the festival are to include Leonidas Kavakos on a return visit (19 June). New festival friends will also be appearing,
among them Dutch violinist Janine Jansen with Prokofiev’s incredibly beautiful Violin Concerto No 2 (9 June). Concertmaster of the Wiener Philharmoniker and
the orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper, violinist and conductor Rainer Honeck will be returning to St Petersburg with a
stunning programme of Austrian music that has already proved a sensation at the
Concert Hall: in
one concert Rainer Honeck will once again be performing works by Mozart and the Strausses (30 June).
The list of outstanding pianists is also
rather impressive. There will be recitals by French pianist Helene Grimaud on 18 June ( sonatas by Mozart, Berg, Liszt and Bartok) as well as the outstanding young German-born pianist
of Japanese descent Alice
Sara Ott (3 July). Under the baton of Valery Gergiev, the orchestra will perform programmes
featuring soloists Markus Schirmer with Mozart’s Twenty-Third Concerto (30 May), Nikolai Lugansky with Rachmaninoff’s
Third Concerto (5 June), Igor Tchetuev with Scriabin’s Concerto
(6 June), Daniil Trifonov with Glazunov’s Concerto (16 June) and Denis
Matsuev with Liszt’s First Concerto (22 June).
Young Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, prize-winner at the Van Cliburn Competition (
2009 ), will be performing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto together
with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev in addition to appearing at the Concert Hall
with recitals featuring works by Beethoven, Liszt and Musorgsky (8 and 10 July).
One of the festival’s old friends, Denis
Matsuev will be presenting his programme Matsuev and Friends for
the first time; the programme will introduce St Petersburg audiences to young
musicians Sergei Krylov, Boris Brovtsyn, Yulia Daineka and Alexander Buzlov (20 June).
Full symphony orchestras appearing at the festival
include the Symphony Orchestra of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. Under the baton of
Valery Gergiev the orchestra will perform Berlioz` Symphonie fantastique (27 June), the solo that evening to be performed by young
Chinese-American pianist Yuja
Wang, who enjoys a reputation as an incredible virtuoso. The following day
the Mariinsky Theatre will be performing under maestro Fabio Luisi, with Rafal Blechacz performing the solo in a
concerto by Beethoven (28 June). Moreover, renowned full orchestras will be
represented by chamber ensembles – the Wiener Philharmoniker by The
Philharmonics ensemble of soloists on 31 May and the Berliner Philharmoniker by its
Quintet of Soloists on 26 June.
In addition to festival premieres, the ballet programme will
include the finest productions in the repertoire as well as recent premieres,
among the "Le Jeune Homme et la Mort"., Le Parc, Diana
Vishneva: Dialogues and ballets by George Balanchine in addition to "La Bayadere", "Swan Lake", "Giselle" and "Romeo and Juliet". Performances will feature the company’s
finest soloists, among them Ulyana
Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Viktoria Teryoshkina, Alina
Somova, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Danila
Korsuntsev, Vladimir Shklyarov and Alexander Sergeyev.
Dazzling duos of world opera stars will feature in several performances: Ferruccio Furlanetto and Maria
Guleghina will be performing the lead roles in Verdi’s Attila under the baton of Valery Gergiev (9 July), while Maria
Guleghina and Vladimir Galuzin will be appearing in their finest roles in
the opera "Tosca" (15 July).
Ekaterina Gubanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Alexei Markov and Sergei Semishkur will be performing the solos in scenes from
Hector Berlioz’ opera Les Troyens (1 June, Concert Hall). Olga
Borodina, Maxim Aksenov and Vladimir Galuzin will be performing under Valery Gergiev in Mussorgsky’s opera "Khovanshchina". to mark the anniversary of the Stars of the
White Nights festival (31 May). Tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko will appear in the
title role in a concert performance of Verdi’s opera "Otello" to be conducted by Valery Gergiev (10 June). Anna
Kiknadze and Maxim Aksenov will be performing the lead roles in Bizet’s opera "Carmen" under maestro Pablo Heras-Casado (15 June). Ildar
Abdrazakov will appear in Verdi`s "Attila" (24 June) and in Musorgsky`s "Khovanshchina" (28 June).
Stars of the Mariinsky Opera Company Olga
Borodina and Anna Netrebko will be performing in recitals on 14 June.
For the first time during the Stars of the White Nights
festival there will also be a festival called New Horizons, to be held at the
Concert Hall of the theatre and the hall of the Jaani Kirik ( 54 Decembrists’
Street, opposite the Concert Hall ). From 2 to 7 June at the festival’s concerts
there will be performances of music by composers including Raskatov, Kancheli,
Ustvolskaya, Silvestrov, Kneifel, Lutoslawski and Tuur. The New Horizons
festival draws to a close on 7 June with a performance of Alexander Raskatov’s work Three Cellos which was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre;
renowned cellists Alexander Ivashkin, Gavriel Lipkind and Ivan
Monighetti will be performing the solos. Valery Gergiev will be conducting two of the New Horizons
concerts, while another will see Estonian conductor and violinist Andres Mustonen lead the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra for the first time.
General partner and sponsor of the premiere of Modest Musorgsky’s
opera Boris Godunov:
Sberbank of Russia Ltd; Yoko Ceschina; Gazprom Ltd;
About "The Stars of the White Nights"
MDM Bank Ltd; BOMBARDIER; Sistema Joint-Stock Financial
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
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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SCHEDULE 25 May 2012 - 15 July 2012