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The Stars of the White Nights 2017″ International Ballet and Opera Festival

  • Over 160 performances and concerts featuring international stars;
  • The premierre of the opera “Adriana Lecouvreur”  featuring Anna Netrebco;
  • St.Petersburg premierre of the opera “Chess King” by Alexander Tchaikovsky;
  • Ballet premierres: “Yaroslavna” by Boris Tishchenko staged by Vladimir Varnava and “Seasons”  by Max Richter staged by Ilya Zhivoi;
  • Performances dedicated to 135 Anniversary of Igor Stravinsky;
  • Performances dedicated to 85 Anniversary of Rodion Shchedrin;
  • Parade of the famous instrumentalists.

Prior to the XXV Stars of the White Nights festival on 24 May at the Mariinsky II the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s “I vespri siciliani”  featuring Ildar Abdrazakov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Irina Churilova.  During the festival the production will also be performed on 23 and 24 June. There will be Albina Shagimuratova`s recital on 25 May at the Concert Hall of Mariinsky. The concert will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

On 26 May  the festival opens with a concert by Daniil Trifonov (piano)  together with The Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev on the stage of Mariinsky II.  At the historic Mariinsky Theatre there will be  a performance of the ballet “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” by Boris Asafiev. And  the Concert Hall will perform the opera “Boyarina Morozova” by Rodion Shchedrin (concert performance).

Marking 135 years since the birth of Igor Stravinsky on 17 June on the birthday of the composer it will be held his masterpieces only:   at the historic Mariinsky Theatre will perform “The Firebird” ballet (16:00) and “Ballets to music by Igor Stravinsky” (20:00), and  at the Concert Hall will perform “Stravinsky. L’Histoire du soldat” featuring Children’s Studio of the Mariinsky Theatre (15:00) and Symphony programme conducted by Valery Gergiev (20:00). On 18 June at the Concert Hall there will be Leonid Karev (organ) recital to the music of Igor Stravinsky.

Marking the 85th Anniversary of Rodion Shchedrin the theatre will perform his opera “The Lefthander” conducted by Valery Gergiev on 30 May, ballets “The Little Humpbacked Horse” (13 and 14 June) and “Anna Karenina” (11 and 12 July).  At the Concert Hall there will be shown for 2 times the opera “Not Love Alone” staged by Alexander Kuzin (8 and 22 June) and also the opera “The Enchanted Wanderer” (19 June).

The main opera premierre of the Festival will be  “Adriana Lecouvreur” by Francesco Cilea directed by Isabelle Partiot-Pieri starring with Anna Netrebco, Vladislav Sulimsky and Yusif Eyvazov (18 and 21 June, 20 and 21 July, Mariinsky II). It will be for the first time not only for Anna Netrebco but for Mariinsky theatre as well and for Valery Gergiev that will conduct this opera.

The only opera of Sergey Taneyev “Oresteia” that was premierred at Mariinsky in 1895 will performed on 13 June under the conduction of Leon Botstein – music director of American Symphony Orchestra. The American premierre of the production was held in 2013.

St.Petersburg premierre of the opera “Chess King” by Alexander Tchaikovsky written to the 150th Anniversary of Moscow conservatory will held at  the Concert Hall of Mariinsky on 7 July.

You will hear the great voices of the world opera stars during the XXV Stars of the White Nights festival. The one of the most world popular singer Placido Domingo will be appearing with Ekaterina Semenchuk in the opera “Macbeth” on 2 July. The famous Ferruccio Furlanetto will starring on 28 June in the opera “Don Quichotte”. Maria Guleghina appear in the opera “Turandot” on 6 June. Eva-Maria Westbroek will appear as Katerina Izmailova in the opera “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” on 29 June. Albina Shagimuratova will starring in the opera “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” on 15 July.  The brilliant staff of voices will be performed on 25 June in the opera “Nabucco” conducted by Valery Gergiev : Ekaterina Gubanova, Tatiana Serjan, Sergei Skorokhodov, Roman Burdenko. The leading soloist of Mariinsky theatre will appear in the performances of the Festival: Vladimir Galuzin in the opera “The Queen of Spades”  on 27 May and “Otello” on 10 July, Olga Borodina in “Khovanshchina” on 29 May and The recital evening on 5 June, Ildar Abdrazakov in the opera “I vespri siciliani” on 23 June, Elena Stihina will starring in the opera “Salome” on 3 July, Michail Vekua in the opera “The Queen of Spades” on 13 July, Sergei Skorokhodov in the opera “Lohengrin” on 14 July, Vladislav Sulimsky in the opera “Mazepa” on 16 July.  There will be a kaleidoscope of duets and ensembles of world opera stars in several performances: Ildar Abdrazakov will be appearing with Tatiana Serjan in the opera “Attila” on 31 May, “Samson et Dalila” opera will starring with Ekaterina Semenchuk,  Michail Vekua and Roman Burdenco on 3 June, opera “Aida” will be performed by Ekaterina Semenchuk and  Tatiana Serjan on 7 June, the opera “Don Carlo” will be performed by Alexei Markov, Ekaterina Semenchuk and  Tatiana Serjan on 10 June, the opera “Il trovatore” will be performed by  Alexei Markov and  Ekaterina Semenchuk on 4 July.

Soloists of The Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers will appear in performances at  the Concert Hall of Mariinsky. It will be operas in a concert performances: “Werther” by Jules Massenet starring with Yulia Matochkina on 28 May and Yekaterina Sergeeva on 8 July, “La Fille du régiment” by Gaetano Donizetti and “Cendrillon” by Jules Massenet performed by Olga Pudova on 23 June and 14 July, “The Stone Guest” by Alexander Dargomyzhsky on 6 June, “The Dawns Here Are Quiet” by Kirill Molchanov on 2 July, “Cléopâtre” by Jules Massenet on 3 July, “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” by  Vincenzo Bellini on 6 July. Also it will be shown the performances: “The Idiot” by Mieczysław Weinberg on 2 June, “The Diary of a Madman” by Yuri Butsko on 3 June and “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Grigory Frid on 11 June.

The young choreographers Ilya Zhivoi and Vladimir Varnava prepare the premiers. Ilya Zhivoi will present the ballet “Seasons”  to the music of Max Richter on 19 and 20 June at Mariinsky II. And  Vladimir Varnava will perform his ballet “Yaroslavna” by  Boris Tishchenko  that will be conducted by  Valery Gergiev on 30 June and 1,2 July at Mariinsky II. Besides the premierres in the playbill you will able to see the best classical works: “Swan Lake”, “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”, “The Nutcracker”, “Don Quichotte”, “Giselle”, “Jewels”, “Le Corsaire”, “La Sylphide”, “La Bayadère”, “Cinderella”, “Le Parc”. Twice you will able to see the premier of the seeason 2016/17 “Paquita” by Édouard Deldevez on 15 and 16 June. The leading soloists of Mariinsky and guest soloists will be performing this ballet.

Music by Richard Wagner at Mariinsky theatre. In June at  the Concert Hall of Mariinsky will sound the musik of Richard Wagner under the conducting of  Valery Gergiev. In the concert “Wagner Gala” will sing Anja Kampe (soprano) on 4 June. The opera in a concert “Tristan und Isolde” that will take place during three nights on 14,15,16 June will performed by Ekaterina Gubanova, Heidi Melton,  Michail Vekua, Yevgeny Nikitin, Rene Pape.

On 29 May  at  the Concert Hall of Mariinsky will take place the a film “La passion de Jeanne d’Arc” by Carl Theodor Dreyer (1928) accompanied by Organ improvisations by Thierry Escaich.

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. Piano soloists: Behzod Abduraimov, Sergey Babayan, Christian Blackshaw, Maestro Rudolf Buchbinder, Alexei Volodin, Nikolai Lugansky, Maestro Denis Matsuev, Daniil Trifonov, viloin soloists Kristof Barati, Leonidas Kavakos, Baiba Skride, Peter Zimmermann, cellists  Várdai István, David Geringas,  Jan Vogler, organists Karol Mossakowski and the other.

The XXV Stars of the White Nights festival will gather world famous conductors. On 5 July you will see Gianandrea Noseda. In the concert performances you will see  Darrell Ang, Leon Botstein, Mischa Damev, Jacek Kaspszyk, Gustavo Gimeno. Opera performances will be conducted by Placido Domingo and Andrea Battistoni.

Among the guest orchestras you will see A Russo-German Music Academy Orchestra conducted by  Valery Gergiev on 24 June, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra that will be performed on 9 June and All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Yuri Bashmet on 1 june.

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 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

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