"The Stars of the White Nights 2006"|
International Festival10 May 2006 - 19 July 2006
SCHEDULE 10 May 2006 - 19 July 2006
The Stars of White Nights 2007" International Festival will take place 18 May - 15 July 2007.
The Stars of White Nights 2008" International Festival will take place 10 May - 20 July 2008.
WHITE NIGHTS 2006:
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About Valery Gergiev
History (before 2001)
Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Dmitri Shostakovich
Artistic Director: Valery Gergiev
This festival of performing arts is the essence of the Mariinsky theatre’s artistic achievements, home of the
celebrated Kirov Opera and Ballet, and is a must for ballet, opera and classical music lovers. The annual White
Nights Festival derives its name from the short summer season when the sun never sets, and the beauty of these
white nights contributes to the festival’s special atmosphere and its world-class programme of concerts, as
audiences exit the historic theatre at midnight into daylight to stroll home through the theatrical setting of
St Petersburg. The festival presents the company’s most exceptional productions with performances by leading
Russian and international artists, and combines famous historical productions along with new premieres and
Highlights of the Festival
On 10 May 2006 the Mariinsky Theatre opens the XIV International Stars of the White Nights Music Festival. The festival will run for two and a half months and will be the last before the main theatre building closes for reconstruction.
As usual, the programme will be rich and varied, its main theme being 100th years since the birth of Dmitry Shostakovich,
the greatest Russian composer of the 20th century and one of the leading composers of the modern age.
The festival will see performances of all fifteen of his symphonies.
The theatre will perform the operas
Katerina Izmailova and
The Nose and the ballets
The Golden Age (which has not been performed at the theatre since 1930) and
The Overcoat after Gogol, choreographed by Noah D. Gelber and first performed
at the VI International Ballet Festival Mariinsky. One of the highlights of the Shostakovich Century will be a
gala concert with the Moscow Soloists chamber ensemble, directed by
In line with tradition, festival guests and performers will have the chance to enjoy masterpieces of Russian opera.
There will be performances of works by
Significant attention will be focused on
whose music is loved all over the world. As part of the programme
Tchaikovsky Classics the theatre will stage all of his ballets and the operas
The Queen of Spades,
The Enchantress and
Another important component of the festival is the programme Italian Masterpieces.
Works by Italian composers make up a significant proportion of the theatre‘s opera repertoire.
During the festival there will be performances of three of this season‘s premieres –
Verdi‘s Nabucco and
Leoncavallo‘s I pagliacci.
The Italian opera repertoire will also be adorned by
Rossini, performed by the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers (
Il viaggio a Reims, which this year was awarded a Golden Mask, Russia‘s most prestigious theatre prize) and two more works by the great
La forza del destino, specially written for the Russian Opera Company in 1862, and
Also of great interest is
Der Ring des Nibelungen – a groundbreaking Mariinsky Theatre production.
The tetralogy adorned the theatre‘s playbill in the early 20th century and has now returned to the St Petersburg stage.
Other festival events include the season‘s most recent opera premiere – Britten‘s
The Turn of the Screw, a masterpiece of British music,
solo concerts by Vladimir Galuzin,
Renee Fleming and
Yefim Bronfman and a
Mariinsky Theatre Chorus concert in the Church on Spilled Blood.
This year the theatre plans to mark two hundred and fifty years since the birth of
Mozart – the festival programme includes his
Requiem, to be performed by the Philharmonia of the Nations under the baton of Justus Frantz, and the opera
Cosi fan tutte with conductor Manfred Honeck.
As part of the cycle 120 th Years of the Mariinsky Ballet Company (commemorating the 1886 move of the ballet company from the Bolshoi Theatre to the Mariinsky) the theatre will be presenting the finest productions in its current ballet repertoire.
XIV International Festival of Arts The Stars of the White Nights
Over ten weeks, the festival,
which marks one hundred years since the birth of
will present around one hundred performances and concerts.
Major festival events:
- the cycle
All of Shostakovich‘s Symphonies will see the performance of all fifteen of this outstanding 20th century composer for the first time as part of one symphonic series with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra under conductors
Christoph Eschenbach, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Jarvi, and - of course -
- the cycle Shostakovich on Stage includes the composers operas
The Nose and
Katerina Izmailova, the operetta Moscow, Cheremushki, the ballets
The Overcoat after Gogol,
Leningrad Symphony to music by Shostakovich and the premiere of the ballet
The Golden Age (28 and 29 June) with choreography by Noah D. Gelber.
- gala concert marking one hundred years since the birth of
Dmitry Shostakovich with the Moscow Soloists chamber ensemble under
Yuri Bashmet (3 July).
- popular operas and ballets by
Tchaikovsky from the Mariinsky Theatre Repertoire as part of the Tchaikovsky.
Selected Works programme (14-21 May).
Der Ring des Nibelungen in Russia (13-17 June).
- symphony concerts featuring pianists
Yefim Bronfman (24 June) and
Tzimon Barto (3 June) and violinist
Leonidas Kavakos (24 June), who have taken part in previous festivals, and festival concert debuts by pianists
Sergei Babayan (30 May),
Anika Vavich (29 June) and
Denis Matsuev (6 July).
- international opera stars in performances and concerts:
Vladimir Galuzin as Canio in Leoncavallo‘s
I pagliacci (23 June) and Herman in Tchaikovsky‘s
The Queen of Spades (2 and 4 June) and a
solo concert (12 June); German bass Rene Pape as Filippo II in Verdi‘s
Don Carlos (30 June); Maria Gulegina as Abigaille in Verdi‘s
Nabucco; Renee Fleming‘s
solo concert (27 June); prima ballerina
Ulyana Lopatkina as Odile-Odette in
Swan Lake (1, 3 and 9 June) and her debut in
Leningrad Symphony (3 July).
- the playbill for the ballet company is in honour of 120 years of the Mariinsky Ballet Company.
- the programmes Masterpieces of Italian Operas and Masterpieces of Russian Opera include the theatre‘s repertoire productions and this season‘s premieres.
- other festival events include a performance of Mozart‘s
Requiem to mark 250 years since his birth with the Philharmonia of the Nations under Justus Frantz (28 June) and the opera
Cosi fan tutte under Austrian maestro Manfred Honeck (5 July).
The festival opens on 10 may with a revival of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s legendary production of
The production appeared in the theatre‘s repertoire in 1990, the first co-production of the Mariinsky Theatre and London‘s renowned Covent Garden. The production proved a great success and was performed until 1994, after which it was staged at other leading opera houses.
Valery Gergiev will be conducting, with Vladimir Ognovenko as Boris and
Vasily Gerello as Shchelkalov.
The leitmotif of the XIV International Stars of the White Nights Festival is the cycle All of
Shostakovich‘s Symphonies: they will be performed over eleven concerts during the festival. The series is a continuation of the ambitious project initiated by
Valery Gergiev together with renowned orchestras in Russia and abroad in connection with the centenary since the birth of this outstanding composer. The project has already seen performances in New York and London, where the cycle of all fifteen symphonies will also run in 2006. There is also an educational element to the project in presenting the composer‘s less popular symphonies. The project will see performances by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under
Christoph Eschenbach (3 June, Fifth Symphony),
Esa-Pekka Salonen (21 June, Ninth Symphony),
Paavo Jarvi (29 June, Tenth Symphony),
Maris Yansons (6 July, Sixth Symphony) and - of course -
Valery Gergiev (5 June,
Third and Thirteenth Symphonies; 20 June,
Seventh Symphony; 22 June,
First and Fourth Symphonies; 24 June,
Second Symphony; 10 July,
Eighth and Eleventh Symphonies). The anniversary cycle opens on 13 May with the composer‘s son
Maxim Shostakovich, who will conduct his father‘s last two symphonies. Maxim Shostakovich conducted the world premiere of the Fifteenth Symphony when his father was still alive. The programme also includes the participation of the London Symphony Orchestra, one of the best ensembles in the world, which is visiting St Petersburg for the first time under the baton of
Valery Gergiev, its future Principal Conductor.
In addition to Shostakovich‘s symphonic legacy the theatre will also be running the Shostakovich on Stage cycle. Audiences will have the chance to see both of the composer‘s operas, rarely performed in repertory theatres -
The Nose (25 June), which met with sensational success at the Opera Bastille during an autumn tour to France, and
Katerina Izmailova (31 May);
the Mariinsky Theatre premiere of the operetta Moscow, Cheremushki (27 June), and ballets to music by the composer
The Overcoat after Gogol choreographed by Noah D. Gelber, Igor Belsky‘s
Leningrad Symphony (13 May) and Konstantin Boyarsky‘s
The Young lady and the Hooligan (3 July). The festival includes the premiere of the ballet
The Golden Age (28 and 29 June), staged by Noah D. Gelber. This ballet is being staged at the Mariinsky Theatre for the first time since the 1930 premiere. This programme will also be shown at the Shostakovich on Stage festival which runs from 20-29 July at the London Coliseum. British audiences will have the opportunity to see all of the composer‘s works for musical theatre for the first time.
Selected Works programme (14-21 May), which includes the composer‘s classic works from the Mariinsky Theatre repertoire, will see performances of all of his ballets - Chemiakin and Simonov‘s
Swan Lake and the 1890 version of
The Sleeping Beauty and the operas
The Queen of Spades (staged by Temirkanov with
Yuri Marusin as Herman),
The Enchantress (with
Valery Alekseyev as Prince Kurlyatev) and
Mazepa (Mazepa -
Much of the opera programme consists of Masterpieces of Russian Opera, including works by
Borodin. Each performance has outstanding casts:
Larisa Diadkova (Marfa) and Vladimir Ognovenko (Ivan Khovansky) in Musorgsky‘s Khovanshchina (11 May),
Nikolai Putilin as Tomsky in Tchaikovsky‘s
The Queen of Spades (2 June) and Prince Igor in Borodin‘s
Prince Igor (8 June) and Gennady Bezzubenkov as Susanin in Glinka‘s
A Life for the Tsar (22 May) and Prince Yuri Vsevolodovich in
The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (6 June).
Another festival highlight is the Great Italian Operas programme. Works by Italian composers make up a significant part of the theatre‘s opera repertoire. During the festival there will be performances of Verdi‘s
La forza del destino - specially written for the Russian Opera Company in 1862 - and three premieres from the current season Verdi‘s
Falstaff and Leoncavallo‘s
I pagliacci with the premiere cast:
Vladimir Galuzin (Canio),
Valery Alekseyev (Tonio) and
Tatiana Borodina (Nedda). The Italian opera programme also includes Rossini‘s
Il viaggio a Reims, performed by the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. This co-production with Paris‘ Theatre du Chatelet won great public acclaim both in Russia and on tour to France in December, and was awarded a Golden Mask, Russia‘s greatest theatre prize. The festival will see performances by renowned German bass Rene Pape, who makes his festival debut this year as Gurnemanz in
Wagner‘s Parsifal, in addition to performing his greatest role - Filippo II in Verdi‘s
Don Carlos (30 June) alongside
Vasily Gerello as Rodrigo;
Vladimir Galuzin, the famed Mariinsky Theatre tenor, will perform as Canio in Leoncavallo‘s
I pagliacci, one of the greatest tenor roles (23 June);
Maria Gulegina, one of the world‘s leading dramatic sopranos, will perform at the Mariinsky Theatre for the first time as Abigaille in Verdi‘s
Nabucco (1 July) alongside
Nikolai Putilin as Nabucco.
The festival includes a repeat performance of
Der Ring des Nibelungen (13-17 June). Eduard Napravnik staged the first production of The Ring in Russia at the Mariinsky Theatre over one hundred years ago, although in Russian according to performing practice of the times. In 2003
Valery Gergiev tackled
Wagner‘s immense work in the original German. The production has since been staged not just in St Petersburg and Moscow but on tour to Germany (Baden-Baden), South Korea and Japan. Next season will see performances in the USA - in October 2006 at the Orange County Festival and in July 2007 at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. The Mariinsky‘s Ring has received international critical acclaim as "a truly historic and epoch-making event" (New York Times), proven by the fact that tickets to the performance at the Wales Millennium Centre in December 2006 sold out in four hours. The festival performance will see the participation of renowned Wagnerian singers such as Larisa Gogolevskaya, Olga Savova, Olga Sergeyeva, Mlada Khudolei, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Leonid Zakhozhaev, Nikolai Gassiev, Vasily Gorshkov, Mikhail Kit and Mikhail Petrenko.
The varied ballet repertoire will honour 120 years of the Mariinsky Ballet Company: in 1886 the ballet company moved from the St Petersburg Bolshoi Theatre to the Mariinsky Theatre. Tracing the history of this great ballet company, the festival has three sections: Imperial Ballet (ballets staged before 1917), the Kirov Ballet (ballets staged in the Soviet era) and the Mariinsky Ballet (the latest additions to the repertoire starting in 1992 when the company‘s historic name was revived). The best productions in the ballet repertoire will be performed, among them works ranging from Petipa to Balanchine, Lacotte and Forsythe.
Other major festival events include a performance of the most recent opera premiere - Britten‘s
The Turn of the Screw (24 May, 18 July). No less significant are the solo concerts.
Solo concerts by Vladimir Galuzin‘s solo concerts are now a tradition and this year he will be performing on (12 June). American diva Renee Fleming, who performed at the Mariinsky Theatre and in Russia for the first time at the St Petersburg Tercentenary gala concert, will be appearing once again with a
solo concert (27 June). Outstanding pianist Yefim Bronfman, one of the greatest interpreters of 20th century music, will be giving a
solo concert (25 June).
This year marks 250 years since the birth of
Mozart, and the festival programme includes a performance of his
Requiem by the Philharmonia of the Nations under Justus Frantz (28 June) and the opera
Cosi fan tutte under Austrian maestro Manfred Honeck (5 July).
This festival will be the last before the historic theatre building closes for reconstruction and during the festival the theatre will also be using one of the venues allocated for the reconstruction period - the
Russian Ballet and Musical Comedy Theatre, where there will be ballet galas (16, 17 and 22 June) and the operetta Moscow, Cheremushki (26 June).
In line with the tradition begun in 2002, the festival will extend its horizons beyond St Petersburg: on 29 June at the Ivangorod fortress and on 7 July in Vyborg there will be performances of Tchaikovsky‘s opera
SCHEDULE 10 May 2006 - 19 July 2006