"The Stars of the White Nights 2016" International Ballet and Opera Festival26 May 2016 - 24 July 2016|
SCHEDULE 26 May 2016 - 24 July 2016
• Over 160 performances and concerts featuring international stars;
• Three opera and two ballet premieres: Camille Saint-Saëns’ opera Samson et Dalila staged by Yannis Kokkos; one-act
ballets staged by Anton
Pimonov and Maxim Petrov to music by Sergei
Prokofiev; Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Idiot; and Leonid Klinichev’s opera The Cossacks (world premiere);
• Night-time concerts featuring outstanding musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev;
• Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf with new
• Over twenty famous instrumentalists;
• And ten guest companies.
Prior to the XXIV Stars of the White
Nights festival, on 23 May at the Mariinsky II
the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. On the eve of the opening of
the festival at the Mariinsky II there will be a premiere of a new production
of Camille Saint-Saëns’
opera Samson et Dalila staged by Yannis Kokkos. During the festival the production
will also be performed on 28 May and 2 June.
On 26 May the festival opens with a concert by
the Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder together with the Mariinsky Orchestra
under the baton of Valery Gergiev (Mariinsky II, 18:00). The baton will the n pass
on to organist Thierry Escaich, who will be performing improvisations on
the mes from works by Sergei
Prokofiev at the Concert Hall (19:00). At the historic Mariinsky
Theatre the re will be a performance of the ballet Romeo and Juliet with Diana Vishneva in the title female role. Valery Gergiev will be conducting (Mariinsky Theatre, 20:00).
The ballet premieres will be dedicated to Sergei
Prokofiev. The the atre’s young choreographers will present
one-act ballets to the composer’s music; Maxim Petrov will be staging his Russian
Overture and Anton Pimonov will stage his Violin
Concerto No 2 (4 and 17 July, Mariinsky II).
Another festival premiere comes with Mieczysław Weinberg’s
opera The Idiot after the novel by Fyodor
Dostoevsky. At the conductor’s stand will be Thomas Sanderling, one of the initiators of
the production (6 and 9 July, Concert Hall).
The Stars of the White Nights will conclude with
the world premiere of contemporary composer Leonid Klinichev’s opera The Cossacks, written specially for
the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva (24 July, Concert Hall). Special festival events. In
the year marking one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of
Sergei Prokofiev, each month at the Mariinsky Theatre
the re will be performances of the symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf, the role of
the Narrator to be performed by a star from the world of music,
cinema, television and sport. During the festival the re will be
several such performances. On 1 June, Children’s Day, the role of
the Narrator will be performed by the atre and film actor Mikhail
Porechenkov togethe r with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Night-Time Concerts. This year
the festival playbill includes a series of performances at the Concert
Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre which begin at the very height of
the white nights. Togethe r with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev the re will be performances by
the outstanding musicians Leonidas Kavakos (12 June, 22:00), Denis Matsuev (25 June, 22:00), Hélène Grimaud (1 July, 21:00) and Behzod Abduraimov (piano) (4 July,
On 3 July at the Concert Hall as part of
the Night-Time Concerts the re will be a joint
performance by the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre and
the Chamber Orchestra of the Munich Philharmonic.
The the atre of Rodion Shchedrin. Works by Rodion Shchedrin occupy a special place in the repertoire
of the Mariinsky Theatre, which has staged four of his operas and three of
his ballets in addition to regular performances of the composer’s symphony
music. The festival playbill includes Shchedrin’s operas based on Nikolai
Leskov’s eponymous tales The Lefthander (7 June, Mariinsky II) and The Enchanted Wanderer (13 June, Concert Hall), concert performances of
the operas Boyarynya Morozova (9 June, Concert Hall) and Not Love Alone (15 June, Concert Hall), as well as this season’s opera
premiere of A Christmas Tale (18 June, Mariinsky II). Ballet performances will
include Anna Karenina (26 and 27 June, Mariinsky II) and The Little Humpbacked Horse (30 June, 1 July, Mariinsky II).
There will be a kaleidoscope of duets and ensembles of world opera stars in
several performances: Plácido Domingo will be appearing with Tatiana Serjan and Mikhail Petrenko in the opera Simon Boccanegra (27 May, Mariinsky II), Ekaterina Semenchuk, Tatiana Serjan, Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Vladislav Sulimsky will appear in the opera Il trovatore
(30 June, Mariinsky II), Mlada Khudoley, Yusif Eivazov and Yuri Vorobiev will appear in the opera Turandot (31 May, Mariinsky Theatre), Anna Netrebko and Sergei Skorokhodov will perform the lead roles in
the opera Lohengrin (4 June, Mariinsky II), Olga Borodina, Olga Peretyatko and Alexei Markov will appear in a concert performance of The Tsar’s Bride (5 June, Mariinsky II), Ildar Abdrazakov and Maria Guleghina will appear in the lead roles in Attila (8 June, Mariinsky II), and the renowned
Wagnerian singers Anja Kampe and Yevgeny Nikitin will come togethe r for a concert
performance of the opera Siegfried (21 and 23 June, Concert Hall). Ildar Abdrazakov, Alexei Markov and Yulia Matochkina will appear in the opera Don Carlo (22 June, Mariinsky II), Der Fliegende Hollander (25 June, Mariinsky Theatre), while together with Ferruccio Furlanetto the y will appear in
the opera Simon Boccanegra (2 and 3 July, Mariinsky II). All performances are to be
conducted by Valery Gergiev.
At the Mariinsky II Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem will also see a
stellar cast: Olga Borodina, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Viktoria Yastrebova will be performing under the baton
of James Conlon (8 July).
The festival playbill also includes La traviata with Olga Peretyatko as Violetta Valéry (29 May, Mariinsky II), The Tale of Tsar Saltan with Albina Shagimuratova (3 June, Concert Hall), Tosca (10 June, Mariinsky II) and Aida (12 June, Mariinsky Theatre) in which the title roles
will be performed by Maria Guleghina, Don Giovanni with Yevgeny Nikitin (4 July, Mariinsky Theatre) and Don Quichotte with Ferruccio Furlanetto (10 July, Mariinsky Theatre).
There will also be recitals by opera prima donnas: Anna Netrebko will appear at the Mariinsky II
with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev (6 June), Cecilia Bartoli and
the orchestra I Barocchisti under Diego Fasolis
will present the evening programme From Venice to St Petersburg (13 June, Mariinsky II) and Olga Borodina will appear at the Concert Hall of
the Mariinsky Theatre (18 June).
The ballet playbill includes the most recent premieres of
the season: the ballet The Bronze Horseman by Reinhold Glière staged by Yuri Smekalov (15, 16 and 17 June, Mariinsky II), Radu Poklitaru’s Symphony in Three Movements which will be
combined in an evening of ballets to music by Stravinsky including Sasha Waltz’ Sacre (19 June, Mariinsky II), as well as works by members
of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers (20 June, Mariinsky II). The festival playbill
will be adorned by the finest productions of the classical ballet
repertoire that have been carefully retained at the Mariinsky
Theatre – Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Raymonda, La Sylphide and Giselle as well as ballets by
20th century composers such as Michel Fokine, Leonid Lavrovsky, George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and Alexei Ratmansky. The performances are to feature
the company’s great soloists: Ulyana Lopatkina will appear as Titania in
the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream (29 May, Mariinsky Theatre) and have her own gala evening
(3 July, Mariinsky Theatre), Diana Vishneva and Viktoria Tereshkina will appear as Nikia and Gamzatti in
the ballet La Bayadère (7 and 10 June, Mariinsky Theatre), while together with Mathieu Ganio Diana Vishneva will appear in Giselle (11 and 13 July). One guest company of the festival is
the Astana Ballet (19 and 20 July).
Traditionally the festival’s participants include famous musicians who
will be performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev in addition to performing recitals.
The piano duo of brothers Arthur and Lucas Jussen will perform with the Mariinsky Orchestra on 1 June (Mariinsky II), Christian Blackshaw, Wilfried Strehle and David Geringas will give recitals of works by Robert Schumann (20 June, Concert Hall), while Denis Matsuev will perform Sergei
Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto (26 June, Concert Hall).
The internationally acclaimed marimba player Keiko Abe will perform with the Tchiki Duo and the Mariinsky Marimba
Ensemble (7 June, Concert Hall), Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capuçon and Nikolai Lugansky will be performing at the Concert Hall
on 11 June, and Ilya Rashkovsky together with Igor Tchetuev will present a programme dedicated to
the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff (28 June, Concert Hall). Vadym Kholodenko (16 June, Concert Hall), Nikolaj Znaider (27 June, Concert Hall) and Hélène Grimaud (2 July, Concert Hall) will perform recitals.
The concerts with established performers will be complemented by
appearances by prize-winners of the XV International Tchaikovsky
Competition: George Li will give a recital (10 June, Concert Hall) and will appear with
the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer (9 June,
Mariinsky II), while Anastasia Kobekina will appear with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Zaurbek Gugkaev (22 July, Concert Hall). There will be recitals at
the Concert Hall by Yu-Chien Tsen (17 June) and Lucas Debargue (22 June).
The festival’s guest ensembles include the Chamber Orchestra of
the Russian-German Academy of Music directed by Thomas Zehetmair (24 June, Concert Hall), and the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (12 July, Concert Hall).
Chamber ensembles in
the festival playbill. The Borodin Quartet has been a longstanding friend of
the Mariinsky Theatre, upholding the reputation of this legendary
performing ensemble with supreme skills for more than seventy years, and will be
performing works by Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven (27 May, Concert Hall). The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre
under the baton of Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici will present a programme of
works by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frederick Handel and Edward Elgar (29 May, Concert Hall). The Moscow Soloists, which marks its
twenty-fifth anniversary next year, will perform under the baton of its
unchanging director and conductor Yuri Bashmet (29 June, Concert Hall).
The Rastrelli Cello
Quartet chamber ensemble will perform with virtuoso clarinettist Giora Feidman (5 July, Concert Hall).
About "The Stars of the White Nights" Festivals
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 Maestro 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
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.
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SCHEDULE 26 May 2016 - 24 July 2016