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Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) at the Mariinsky The Stars of the White Nights 2015
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"The Stars of the White Nights 2015" International Ballet and Opera Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2015" International Ballet and Opera Festival (28 May 2015 - 31 July 2015)

Artistic Director – Maestro Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky Theatre, New Theatre and Concert Hall

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.

WHITE NIGHTS 2015: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)


About "The Stars of the White Nights 2015" International Ballet and Opera Festival

Schedule 28 May 2015 - 31 July 2015


XI Festival "Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) at the Mariinsky"



XI Festival "Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) at the Mariinsky" (16 February 2015 - 22 February 2015)
At the Mariinsky Theatre and at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Artistic Director of the Festival - Valery Gergiev

The festival presents the greatest operas and ballets based on Russian fairytales at the Mariinsky Theatre, masterpieces of Russian symphony music and vocal programmes at the Concert Hall. The festival strives to revive the traditions of the secular Maslenitsa celebrations with vivid and colourful performances, balls and concerts that are open to all.

Russia’s most ancient and beloved festival of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) was celebrated on a grand scale in the pre-Revolutionary capital. The merriments of Maslenitsa visited every home and every family. The aristocracy, government officials, the intelligentsia and city residents at large were all involved. In Tsaritsino Park and at the Admiralty there were public celebrations throughout Maslenitsa week, palaces and townhouses hosted dances and masked balls and theatre playbills dazzled with the titles of the finest productions.
Several years ago the Mariinsky Theatre returned to the wonderful tradition of Maslenitsa celebrations. The festival programme invariably includes the finest productions, among them works based on fairytales as well as vocal and instrumental programmes. Continuing the tradition of open-to-all performances, which were run by the Imperial Theatres during Maslenitsa, the Mariinsky Theatre will be running a series of charity concerts.
Reviving the primordially Russian tradition of Maslenitsa student balls, the Mariinsky Theatre and the St Petersburg University have, for several years now, been inviting students to take part in bidding farewell to winter.
The programme of the university ball includes public entertainment, dancing, music (featuring Mariinsky Theatre performers), pancakes and fireworks.
Last season the festival’s motto was Igor Stravinsky. Audiences had the opportunity to see a broad ranging retrospective of the composer’s music.
Valery Gergiev said that “Maslenitsa itself in Russia is a phenomenon, I believe, that is dear to us all on some subconscious level. We didn’t see with our own eyes the stunning festivities of the early 20th century, when the young Stravinsky was probably enchanted by the atmosphere of Maslenitsa. It is not by chance that one can sense – in so many of his works – the biting frost, the snow, the merriment, probably very tasty food and a good time had by all. And he was able to convey this very well in his wonderful music.” Maslenitsa at the Mariinsky is also a festival of stars. Regular participating performers include the acclaimed pianists Denis Matsuev and Alexei Volodin and the renowned violinists Sergey Khachatryan and Vadim Repin.
The Maslenitsa music festival, which brings together folkloric traditions and the “society glamour” of the Imperial theatre, will be taking place this season at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall for the seventh time.

Maslenitsa 2014: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
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About XI Festival "Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) at the Mariinsky"

Schedule 16 February 2015 - 22 February 2015


"The Stars of the White Nights 2014" International Ballet and Opera Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2014" International Ballet and Opera Festival (28 May 2014 - 31 July 2014) (ARCHIVE)

Artistic Director – Maestro Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky Theatre
and Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Concert Hall

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.

WHITE NIGHTS 2014: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE:
2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)



Schedule 28 May 2014 - 31 July 2014 (ARCHIVE)


The International Piano Festival



The International Piano Festival (15 April 2014 - 20 April 2014) (ARCHIVE)

The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre is presenting a new series of the Contemporary Piano Faces international festival – there will be concerts together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev as well as recital programmes by unique musicians from various generations and different schools who all have their own “voice”, unlike that of any other performer: Denis Matsuev, Christian Blackshaw, Goran Filipec, Ohad Ben-Ari, Vladimir Milosevic, Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua, Nikita Abrosimov, Ignasi Cambra, Sangwon Kim, Edisher Savitski and Vakhtang Kodanashvili.

Denis Matsuev: “It was a wonderful initiative on behalf of Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre to establish a festival with such a wonderful and subtle name as Contemporary Piano Faces in order to come together and present audiences with utterly different piano schools from all over the world.
“Of course, it is important to understand that the Soviet (Russian) piano school is, in my opinion, the best; first and foremost, it brought to life the art of singing on the piano, it existed in the “closed” USSR in a kind of detached manner. Today young pianists have the opportunity to take master classes and change their teachers. And so the various piano schools, including the Russian one, have mixed together. And I believe there’s something positive about that.
“At the Contemporary Piano Faces festival you will be able to see different generations and different schools. That is just great, because piano music is tremendously popular throughout the world.”

Valery Gergiev has stated that the festival’s task is to invite musicians to St Petersburg who have already won international acclaim but who are, as yet, less well known in Russia and to introduce new names and clear the path for young talents as well as to popularise piano music.



Schedule 15 April 2014 - 20 April 2014 (ARCHIVE)


XIV International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY



XIV International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY (03 April 2014 - 13 April 2014) (ARCHIVE)

Artistic Director of the Festival – Valery Gergiev

The international ballet festival is one of the most significant events in the ballet season, drawing ballet-lovers from all over the world to St Petersburg. The main strategy of the festival is to attract stars of world ballet to Russia’s cultural capital. Regular participants in the festival include Mariinsky Theatre stars Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Igor Zelensky, Leonid Sarafanov, Andrian Fadeyev and Vladimir Shklyarov. Since it was established, the Mariinsky international ballet festival has seen performances by such internationally acclaimed stars as Vladimir Malakhov, Agnes Letestu, Aurelie Dupont, Mathieu Ganio (Opera National de Paris), Roberto Bolle, Maria Kowroski, Manuel Legris, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Paloma Herrera, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Svetlana Zakharova at the theatre. In line with tradition, each festival opens with a ballet premiere and it concludes with a gala concert featuring stars of international ballet. 


More information

MARIINSKY BALLET FESTIVAL 2014: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2013 |
2012| 2011| 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002



Schedule 03 April 2014 - 13 April 2014 (ARCHIVE)


X Festival "Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) at the Mariinsky"



X Festival "Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) at the Mariinsky" (24 February 2014 - 02 March 2014) (ARCHIVE)
At the Mariinsky Theatre and at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Artistic Director of the Festival - Valery Gergiev

The festival presents the greatest operas and ballets based on Russian fairytales at the Mariinsky Theatre, masterpieces of Russian symphony music and vocal programmes at the Concert Hall. The festival strives to revive the traditions of the secular Maslenitsa celebrations with vivid and colourful performances, balls and concerts that are open to all.

Russia’s most ancient and beloved festival of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) was celebrated on a grand scale in the pre-Revolutionary capital. The merriments of Maslenitsa visited every home and every family. The aristocracy, government officials, the intelligentsia and city residents at large were all involved. In Tsaritsino Park and at the Admiralty there were public celebrations throughout Maslenitsa week, palaces and townhouses hosted dances and masked balls and theatre playbills dazzled with the titles of the finest productions.
Several years ago the Mariinsky Theatre returned to the wonderful tradition of Maslenitsa celebrations. The festival programme invariably includes the finest productions, among them works based on fairytales as well as vocal and instrumental programmes. Continuing the tradition of open-to-all performances, which were run by the Imperial Theatres during Maslenitsa, the Mariinsky Theatre will be running a series of charity concerts.
Reviving the primordially Russian tradition of Maslenitsa student balls, the Mariinsky Theatre and the St Petersburg University have, for several years now, been inviting students to take part in bidding farewell to winter.
The programme of the university ball includes public entertainment, dancing, music (featuring Mariinsky Theatre performers), pancakes and fireworks.
Last season the festival’s motto was Igor Stravinsky. Audiences had the opportunity to see a broad ranging retrospective of the composer’s music.
Valery Gergiev said that “Maslenitsa itself in Russia is a phenomenon, I believe, that is dear to us all on some subconscious level. We didn’t see with our own eyes the stunning festivities of the early 20th century, when the young Stravinsky was probably enchanted by the atmosphere of Maslenitsa. It is not by chance that one can sense – in so many of his works – the biting frost, the snow, the merriment, probably very tasty food and a good time had by all. And he was able to convey this very well in his wonderful music.” Maslenitsa at the Mariinsky is also a festival of stars. Regular participating performers include the acclaimed pianists Denis Matsuev and Alexei Volodin and the renowned violinists Sergey Khachatryan and Vadim Repin.
The Maslenitsa music festival, which brings together folkloric traditions and the “society glamour” of the Imperial theatre, will be taking place this season at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall for the seventh time.

Maslenitsa 2014: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 
2013 | 20122011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005


Schedule 24 February 2014 - 02 March 2014 (ARCHIVE)


New Year‘s Eve Tsar‘s Ball in Imperial Catherine Palace - Extraordinary Once in a Lifetime Experience



New Year‘s Eve Tsar‘s Ball in Imperial Catherine Palace - Extraordinary Once in a Lifetime Experience (31 December 2013 - 31 December 2013) (ARCHIVE)
A beautiful ceremony of the Imperial Court that revives to you the balls, receptions and celebrations which used to astound the world. The truly majestic spirit of the bygone era of the Tsars to be experienced in the glorious Saint-Petersburg - Russian Cultural Capital - in Catherine‘s Palace - the fabulous summer residence of Russian Emperors.

Tsar‘s Ball Program | Menu of the Tsar‘s Ball | Dress Code for Tsar‘s Ball | Transfers | Saint-Petersburg | Catherine‘s Palace | Designing the Tsar‘s Ball | Video | Book | Year 2009 Ball


Schedule 31 December 2013 - 31 December 2013 (ARCHIVE)


The New Year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir



The New Year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir (31 December 2013 - 31 December 2013) (ARCHIVE)
Dear ladies and gentelmen!
We glad invite you to New Year`s Ball in a palace of Grand duke Vladimir!
These walls remember great figures of Russia. Great dukes and princesses, all Russia nobility were here frequent visitors. The glory about balls rattled not only in Russia, but also across in Europe!
We do not change traditions, and this magic New Year`s eve together with you will be met by great persons - Elisaveta and Ekaterina II.
This solemn ball, resting upon century-old traditions is really in harmony with the spirit of Northern capital. We hope, that you take pleasure in shine and luxury of the Russian Imperia. This night, you will have magnificent opportunity to take pleasure in masterpieces of composers and Russian classical ballet.
The best actors of St.-Petersburg will create for you a unique atmosphere by Rossini`s, Tchaykovsky, Bizet, Minkus and Shopin music, in a magnificent white hall for you alive music will sound. Under wide-known hits you can dance!
Incendiary the gipsy will congratulate you on new 2009 !
Only for you this night in the sky will begin sparkle magnificent fireworks! Gala-dinner
Limited number of tickets (130 tickets).

The New year party | Theatrical performance | Festive menu | Dress Code, Smoking, Transfers


Schedule 31 December 2013 - 31 December 2013 (ARCHIVE)


The International Piano Festival



The International Piano Festival (24 December 2013 - 30 December 2013) (ARCHIVE)

The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre is presenting a new series of the Contemporary Piano Faces international festival – there will be concerts together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev as well as recital programmes by unique musicians from various generations and different schools who all have their own “voice”, unlike that of any other performer: Denis Matsuev, Christian Blackshaw, Goran Filipec, Ohad Ben-Ari, Vladimir Milosevic, Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua, Nikita Abrosimov, Ignasi Cambra, Sangwon Kim, Edisher Savitski and Vakhtang Kodanashvili.

Denis Matsuev: “It was a wonderful initiative on behalf of Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre to establish a festival with such a wonderful and subtle name as Contemporary Piano Faces in order to come together and present audiences with utterly different piano schools from all over the world.
“Of course, it is important to understand that the Soviet (Russian) piano school is, in my opinion, the best; first and foremost, it brought to life the art of singing on the piano, it existed in the “closed” USSR in a kind of detached manner. Today young pianists have the opportunity to take master classes and change their teachers. And so the various piano schools, including the Russian one, have mixed together. And I believe there’s something positive about that.
“At the Contemporary Piano Faces festival you will be able to see different generations and different schools. That is just great, because piano music is tremendously popular throughout the world.”

Valery Gergiev has stated that the festival’s task is to invite musicians to St Petersburg who have already won international acclaim but who are, as yet, less well known in Russia and to introduce new names and clear the path for young talents as well as to popularise piano music.



Schedule 24 December 2013 - 30 December 2013 (ARCHIVE)


The XIII International classical music festival "Arts Square"



The XIII International classical music festival "Arts Square" (14 December 2013 - 25 December 2013) (ARCHIVE)
The festival takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the famed Arts Square in the heart of the city. This magnificent square designed by Italian architect Carlo Rossi is home to the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the State Russian Museum, the Mussorgsky Theatre, the Ethnographic Museum and the Grand Hotel Europe. Presiding over it all is the imposing monument of Alexandre Pushkin, Russia’s most famous bard.

The XII International Winter Festival "Arts Square", will be held from December 14 – 25, 2012.
The atmosphere of one of the most European of Russian cities complements this year’s program which represents the European classics.

The Arts Square Festival, to be held in December 2012, has invites the best musicians of the world – interpreters of music of different eras, genres and styles. Among them – the winners of the Grammy award, Joshua Bell and the Berlin Academy for Early Music, pianist Boris Berezovsky, and Alexei Lyubimov and German Ensemble Recherche, my colleagues, Alexander Dmitriev, Nikolai Alekseev and Vladimir Jurowski who will come to Saint Petersburg for the first time together with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra



Schedule 14 December 2013 - 25 December 2013 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights" International Ballet and Opera Festival



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

Artistic Director – Maestro Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky Theatre
and Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Concert Hall

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.

WHITE NIGHTS 2013: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 
2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)



Schedule 24 May 2013 - 28 July 2013 (ARCHIVE)


The International Piano Festival (14 – 21 April 2013)



The International Piano Festival (14 – 21 April 2013) (14 April 2013 - 21 April 2013) (ARCHIVE)

The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre is presenting a new series of the Contemporary Piano Faces international festival – there will be concerts together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev as well as recital programmes by unique musicians from various generations and different schools who all have their own “voice”, unlike that of any other performer: Denis Matsuev, Christian Blackshaw, Goran Filipec, Ohad Ben-Ari, Vladimir Milosevic, Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua, Nikita Abrosimov, Ignasi Cambra, Sangwon Kim, Edisher Savitski and Vakhtang Kodanashvili.

Denis Matsuev: “It was a wonderful initiative on behalf of Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre to establish a festival with such a wonderful and subtle name as Contemporary Piano Faces in order to come together and present audiences with utterly different piano schools from all over the world.
“Of course, it is important to understand that the Soviet (Russian) piano school is, in my opinion, the best; first and foremost, it brought to life the art of singing on the piano, it existed in the “closed” USSR in a kind of detached manner. Today young pianists have the opportunity to take master classes and change their teachers. And so the various piano schools, including the Russian one, have mixed together. And I believe there’s something positive about that.
“At the Contemporary Piano Faces festival you will be able to see different generations and different schools. That is just great, because piano music is tremendously popular throughout the world.”

Valery Gergiev has stated that the festival’s task is to invite musicians to St Petersburg who have already won international acclaim but who are, as yet, less well known in Russia and to introduce new names and clear the path for young talents as well as to popularise piano music.



Schedule 14 April 2013 - 21 April 2013 (ARCHIVE)


IX Festival Maslenitsa (Shrovetide)



IX Festival Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) (11 March 2013 - 17 March 2013) (ARCHIVE)
At the Mariinsky Theatre and at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Artistic Director of the Festival - Valery Gergiev

The festival presents the greatest operas and ballets based on Russian fairytales at the Mariinsky Theatre, masterpieces of Russian symphony music and vocal programmes at the Concert Hall. The festival strives to revive the traditions of the secular Maslenitsa celebrations with vivid and colourful performances, balls and concerts that are open to all.

Russia’s most ancient and beloved festival of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) was celebrated on a grand scale in the pre-Revolutionary capital. The merriments of Maslenitsa visited every home and every family. The aristocracy, government officials, the intelligentsia and city residents at large were all involved. In Tsaritsino Park and at the Admiralty there were public celebrations throughout Maslenitsa week, palaces and townhouses hosted dances and masked balls and theatre playbills dazzled with the titles of the finest productions.
Several years ago the Mariinsky Theatre returned to the wonderful tradition of Maslenitsa celebrations. The festival programme invariably includes the finest productions, among them works based on fairytales as well as vocal and instrumental programmes. Continuing the tradition of open-to-all performances, which were run by the Imperial Theatres during Maslenitsa, the Mariinsky Theatre will be running a series of charity concerts.
Reviving the primordially Russian tradition of Maslenitsa student balls, the Mariinsky Theatre and the St Petersburg University have, for several years now, been inviting students to take part in bidding farewell to winter.
The programme of the university ball includes public entertainment, dancing, music (featuring Mariinsky Theatre performers), pancakes and fireworks.
Last season the festival’s motto was Igor Stravinsky. Audiences had the opportunity to see a broad ranging retrospective of the composer’s music.
Valery Gergiev said that “Maslenitsa itself in Russia is a phenomenon, I believe, that is dear to us all on some subconscious level. We didn’t see with our own eyes the stunning festivities of the early 20th century, when the young Stravinsky was probably enchanted by the atmosphere of Maslenitsa. It is not by chance that one can sense – in so many of his works – the biting frost, the snow, the merriment, probably very tasty food and a good time had by all. And he was able to convey this very well in his wonderful music.” Maslenitsa at the Mariinsky is also a festival of stars. Regular participating performers include the acclaimed pianists Denis Matsuev and Alexei Volodin and the renowned violinists Sergey Khachatryan and Vadim Repin.
The Maslenitsa music festival, which brings together folkloric traditions and the “society glamour” of the Imperial theatre, will be taking place this season at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall for the seventh time.



Maslenitsa 2013: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 
20122011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005



Schedule 11 March 2013 - 17 March 2013 (ARCHIVE)


XIII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY



XIII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY (28 February 2013 - 10 March 2013) (ARCHIVE)

Artistic Director of the Festival – Valery Gergiev

The international ballet festival is one of the most significant events in the ballet season, drawing ballet-lovers from all over the world to St Petersburg. The main strategy of the festival is to attract stars of world ballet to Russia’s cultural capital. Regular participants in the festival include Mariinsky Theatre stars Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Igor Zelensky, Leonid Sarafanov, Andrian Fadeyev and Vladimir Shklyarov. Since it was established, the Mariinsky international ballet festival has seen performances by such internationally acclaimed stars as Vladimir Malakhov, Agnes Letestu, Aurelie Dupont, Mathieu Ganio (Opera National de Paris), Roberto Bolle, Maria Kowroski, Manuel Legris, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Paloma Herrera, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Svetlana Zakharova at the theatre. In line with tradition, each festival opens with a ballet premiere and it concludes with a gala concert featuring stars of international ballet. 


More information

MARIINSKY BALLET FESTIVAL 2013: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE:
2012| 2011| 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002



Schedule 28 February 2013 - 10 March 2013 (ARCHIVE)


The XIII International winter festival "Arts Square"



The XIII International winter festival "Arts Square" (14 December 2012 - 25 December 2012) (ARCHIVE)
The festival takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the famed Arts Square in the heart of the city. This magnificent square designed by Italian architect Carlo Rossi is home to the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the State Russian Museum, the Mussorgsky Theatre, the Ethnographic Museum and the Grand Hotel Europe. Presiding over it all is the imposing monument of Alexandre Pushkin, Russia’s most famous bard.

The XII International Winter Festival "Arts Square", will be held from December 14 – 25, 2012.
The atmosphere of one of the most European of Russian cities complements this year’s program which represents the European classics.

The Arts Square Festival, to be held in December 2012, has invites the best musicians of the world – interpreters of music of different eras, genres and styles. Among them – the winners of the Grammy award, Joshua Bell and the Berlin Academy for Early Music, pianist Boris Berezovsky, and Alexei Lyubimov and German Ensemble Recherche, my colleagues, Alexander Dmitriev, Nikolai Alekseev and Vladimir Jurowski who will come to Saint Petersburg for the first time together with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra



Schedule 14 December 2012 - 25 December 2012 (ARCHIVE)


The International Piano Festival



The International Piano Festival (27 November 2012 - 02 December 2012) (ARCHIVE)
The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre is running its International Piano Festival, a platform for outstanding unique musicians from various generations and different schools, each with a “voice” of his or her own, unlike that of any other pianist.
According to Maestro Valery Gergiev, the tasks of the festival are to invite musicians to St Petersburg who have established international careers but are as yet less known in Russia, to discover and develop new and young talent and to popularise piano music.


Schedule 27 November 2012 - 02 December 2012 (ARCHIVE)


VII International Classical Music Festival «Musical Collection»



VII International Classical Music Festival «Musical Collection» (30 May 2012 - 30 June 2012) (ARCHIVE)
This festival of Musical arts passes in the Grand Philharmonic Hall and Small Philharmonic Hall.
May 30, 2011 - June 30, 2012
Artistic director – Maestro Yuri Temirkanov

Schedule 30 May 2012 - 30 June 2012 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights" International Ballet and Opera Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights" International Ballet and Opera Festival (25 May 2012 - 15 July 2012) (ARCHIVE)

Artistic Director – Maestro Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky Theatre
and Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Concert Hall

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.

WHITE NIGHTS 2012: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 
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Schedule 25 May 2012 - 15 July 2012 (ARCHIVE)


The International Piano Festival (8 – 14 April 2012)



The International Piano Festival (8 – 14 April 2012) (08 April 2012 - 14 April 2012) (ARCHIVE)
The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre is running its III International Piano Festival, a platform for outstanding unique musicians from various generations and different schools, each with a “voice” of his or her own, unlike that of any other pianist.
According to Maestro Valery Gergiev, the tasks of the festival are to invite musicians to St Petersburg who have established international careers but are as yet less known in Russia, to discover and develop new and young talent and to popularise piano music.
In line with now-established tradition, the III International Piano Festival will showcase pianists from different generations – dazzling musicians who have already won international acclaim such as Evgeni Koroliov as well as young musicians whose careers have recently begun to soar and pianists who have just set out on their lives in music.
The festival continues to introduce the public to renowned teachers and their pupils. The first festival brought together the famed Tatiana Zelikman’s pupils. The second saw Sergei Babayan perform with Daniil Trifonov, his pupil at the Cleveland Institute of Music. At the third festival this year audiences will see performances by students from the class of Professor Alexander Sandler of the St Petersburg Conservatoire.

Schedule 08 April 2012 - 14 April 2012 (ARCHIVE)


XII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY



XII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY (23 March 2012 - 01 April 2012) (ARCHIVE)

Artistic Director of the Festival – Valery Gergiev

The international ballet festival is one of the most significant events in the ballet season, drawing ballet-lovers from all over the world to St Petersburg. The main strategy of the festival is to attract stars of world ballet to Russia’s cultural capital. Regular participants in the festival include Mariinsky Theatre stars Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria Teryoshkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Igor Zelensky, Leonid Sarafanov, Andrian Fadeyev and Vladimir Shklyarov. Since it was established, the Mariinsky international ballet festival has seen performances by such internationally acclaimed stars as Vladimir Malakhov, Agnès Letestu, Aurélie Dupont, Mathieu Ganio, Roberto Bolle, Maria Kowroski, Manuel Legris, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Paloma Herrera, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Svetlana Zakharova at the theatre. In line with tradition, each festival opens with a ballet premiere and it concludes with a gala concert featuring stars of international ballet.
The XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky will run from 23 March to 1 April.

More information

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ARCHIVE:
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002



Schedule 23 March 2012 - 01 April 2012 (ARCHIVE)


VIII Festival Maslenitsa (Shrovetide)



VIII Festival Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) (20 February 2012 - 26 February 2012) (ARCHIVE)
At the Mariinsky Theatre and at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Artistic Director of the Festival - Valery Gergiev

The festival presents the greatest operas and ballets based on Russian fairytales at the Mariinsky Theatre, masterpieces of Russian symphony music and vocal programmes at the Concert Hall. The festival strives to revive the traditions of the secular Maslenitsa celebrations with vivid and colourful performances, balls and concerts that are open to all.

Russia’s most ancient and beloved festival of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) was celebrated on a grand scale in the pre-Revolutionary capital. The merriments of Maslenitsa visited every home and every family. The aristocracy, government officials, the intelligentsia and city residents at large were all involved. In Tsaritsino Park and at the Admiralty there were public celebrations throughout Maslenitsa week, palaces and townhouses hosted dances and masked balls and theatre playbills dazzled with the titles of the finest productions.
Several years ago the Mariinsky Theatre returned to the wonderful tradition of Maslenitsa celebrations. The festival programme invariably includes the finest productions, among them works based on fairytales as well as vocal and instrumental programmes. Continuing the tradition of open-to-all performances, which were run by the Imperial Theatres during Maslenitsa, the Mariinsky Theatre will be running a series of charity concerts.
Reviving the primordially Russian tradition of Maslenitsa student balls, the Mariinsky Theatre and the St Petersburg University have, for several years now, been inviting students to take part in bidding farewell to winter.
The programme of the university ball includes public entertainment, dancing, music (featuring Mariinsky Theatre performers), pancakes and fireworks.
Last season the festival’s motto was Igor Stravinsky. Audiences had the opportunity to see a broad ranging retrospective of the composer’s music.
Valery Gergiev said that “Maslenitsa itself in Russia is a phenomenon, I believe, that is dear to us all on some subconscious level. We didn’t see with our own eyes the stunning festivities of the early 20th century, when the young Stravinsky was probably enchanted by the atmosphere of Maslenitsa. It is not by chance that one can sense – in so many of his works – the biting frost, the snow, the merriment, probably very tasty food and a good time had by all. And he was able to convey this very well in his wonderful music.” Maslenitsa at the Mariinsky is also a festival of stars. Regular participating performers include the acclaimed pianists Denis Matsuev and Alexei Volodin and the renowned violinists Sergey Khachatryan and Vadim Repin.
The Maslenitsa music festival, which brings together folkloric traditions and the “society glamour” of the Imperial theatre, will be taking place this season at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall for the seventh time.



Maslenitsa 2010: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005



Schedule 20 February 2012 - 26 February 2012 (ARCHIVE)


The XII International winter festival "Arts Square"



The XII International winter festival "Arts Square" (14 December 2011 - 25 December 2011) (ARCHIVE)
The festival takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the famed Arts Square in the heart of the city. This magnificent square designed by Italian architect Carlo Rossi is home to the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the State Russian Museum, the Mussorgsky Theatre, the Ethnographic Museum and the Grand Hotel Europe. Presiding over it all is the imposing monument of Alexandre Pushkin, Russia’s most famous bard.

The XII International Winter Festival "Arts Square", will be held from December 14 – 25, 2011.
The atmosphere of one of the most European of Russian cities complements this year’s program which represents the European classics.

Traditionally, the festival participants are the star performers of the musical world linked with Maestro Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia by longtime creative and friendly ties. However, the festival also presents new names: this year’s "Arts Square" will once again see the return of John Lill and Yefim Bronfman, Natalia Gutman and Elisso Virsaladze. On the other hand, for the first time, St. Petersburg will hear Leo Nucci and Roberto Aronika, Giuseppe Albanese and Aimi Kobayashi.



Schedule 14 December 2011 - 25 December 2011 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2011" International Ballet and Opera Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2011" International Ballet and Opera Festival (23 May 2011 - 24 July 2011) (ARCHIVE)

Artistic Director – Maestro Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky Theatre
and Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Concert Hall

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.

WHITE NIGHTS 2011: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 
2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)



Schedule 23 May 2011 - 24 July 2011 (ARCHIVE)


VI International Classical Music Festival «Musical Collection»



VI International Classical Music Festival «Musical Collection» (19 May 2011 - 06 July 2011) (ARCHIVE)
This festival of Musical arts passes in the Grand Philharmonic Hall and Small Philharmonic Hall.
May 19, 2011 - July 6, 2011
Artistic director – Maestro Yuri Temirkanov

Schedule 19 May 2011 - 06 July 2011 (ARCHIVE)


XI International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY



XI International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY (14 April 2011 - 24 April 2011) (ARCHIVE)

Artistic Director of the Festival – Valery Gergiev

The international ballet festival is one of the most significant events in the ballet season, drawing ballet-lovers from all over the world to St Petersburg. The main strategy of the festival is to attract stars of world ballet to Russia’s cultural capital. Regular participants in the festival include Mariinsky Theatre stars Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria Teryoshkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Igor Zelensky, Leonid Sarafanov, Andrian Fadeyev and Vladimir Shklyarov. Since it was established, the Mariinsky international ballet festival has seen performances by such internationally acclaimed stars as Vladimir Malakhov, Agnès Letestu, Aurélie Dupont, Mathieu Ganio, Roberto Bolle, Maria Kowroski, Manuel Legris, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Paloma Herrera, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Svetlana Zakharova at the theatre. In line with tradition, each festival opens with a ballet premiere and it concludes with a gala concert featuring stars of international ballet.
The XI International Ballet Festival Mariinsky will run from 14 to 24 April.

More information

MARIINSKY BALLET FESTIVAL 2010: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE:
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002



Schedule 14 April 2011 - 24 April 2011 (ARCHIVE)


I International Festival Contemporary Piano Faces



I International Festival Contemporary Piano Faces (31 March 2011 - 04 April 2011) (ARCHIVE)


Schedule 31 March 2011 - 04 April 2011 (ARCHIVE)


VII Festival Maslenitsa (Shrovetide)



VII Festival Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) (28 February 2011 - 06 March 2011) (ARCHIVE)
At the Mariinsky Theatre and at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Artistic Director of the Festival - Valery Gergiev

The festival presents the greatest operas and ballets based on Russian fairytales at the Mariinsky Theatre, masterpieces of Russian symphony music and vocal programmes at the Concert Hall. The festival strives to revive the traditions of the secular Maslenitsa celebrations with vivid and colourful performances, balls and concerts that are open to all.

Russia’s most ancient and beloved festival of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) was celebrated on a grand scale in the pre-Revolutionary capital. The merriments of Maslenitsa visited every home and every family. The aristocracy, government officials, the intelligentsia and city residents at large were all involved. In Tsaritsino Park and at the Admiralty there were public celebrations throughout Maslenitsa week, palaces and townhouses hosted dances and masked balls and theatre playbills dazzled with the titles of the finest productions.
Several years ago the Mariinsky Theatre returned to the wonderful tradition of Maslenitsa celebrations. The festival programme invariably includes the finest productions, among them works based on fairytales as well as vocal and instrumental programmes. Continuing the tradition of open-to-all performances, which were run by the Imperial Theatres during Maslenitsa, the Mariinsky Theatre will be running a series of charity concerts.
Reviving the primordially Russian tradition of Maslenitsa student balls, the Mariinsky Theatre and the St Petersburg University have, for several years now, been inviting students to take part in bidding farewell to winter.
The programme of the university ball includes public entertainment, dancing, music (featuring Mariinsky Theatre performers), pancakes and fireworks.
Last season the festival’s motto was Igor Stravinsky. Audiences had the opportunity to see a broad ranging retrospective of the composer’s music.
Valery Gergiev said that “Maslenitsa itself in Russia is a phenomenon, I believe, that is dear to us all on some subconscious level. We didn’t see with our own eyes the stunning festivities of the early 20th century, when the young Stravinsky was probably enchanted by the atmosphere of Maslenitsa. It is not by chance that one can sense – in so many of his works – the biting frost, the snow, the merriment, probably very tasty food and a good time had by all. And he was able to convey this very well in his wonderful music.” Maslenitsa at the Mariinsky is also a festival of stars. Regular participating performers include the acclaimed pianists Denis Matsuev and Alexei Volodin and the renowned violinists Sergey Khachatryan and Vadim Repin.
The Maslenitsa music festival, which brings together folkloric traditions and the “society glamour” of the Imperial theatre, will be taking place this season at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall for the seventh time.



Maslenitsa 2010: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005



Schedule 28 February 2011 - 06 March 2011 (ARCHIVE)


The XI International winter festival "Arts Square"



The XI International winter festival "Arts Square" (14 December 2010 - 24 December 2010) (ARCHIVE)
The festival takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the famed Arts Square in the heart of the city. This magnificent square designed by Italian architect Carlo Rossi is home to the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the State Russian Museum, the Mussorgsky Theatre, the Ethnographic Museum and the Grand Hotel Europe. Presiding over it all is the imposing monument of Alexandre Pushkin, Russia’s most famous bard.

Schedule 14 December 2010 - 24 December 2010 (ARCHIVE)


III International Festival Brass Evenings at the Mariinsky



III International Festival Brass Evenings at the Mariinsky (17 November 2010 - 26 November 2010) (ARCHIVE)


Schedule 17 November 2010 - 26 November 2010 (ARCHIVE)


V International Classical Music Festival «Musical Collection»



V International Classical Music Festival «Musical Collection» (04 June 2010 - 01 July 2010) (ARCHIVE)
This festival of Musical arts passes in the Grand Philharmonic Hall and Small Philharmonic Hall.
June 4, 2010 - July 1, 2010
Artistic director – Maestro Yuri Temirkanov

Schedule 04 June 2010 - 01 July 2010 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2010" International Ballet and Opera Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2010" International Ballet and Opera Festival (21 May 2010 - 21 July 2010) (ARCHIVE)
Artistic Director – Maestro Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky Theatre
and Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Concert Hall

From 21 May to 18 July 2010 St Petersburg, Russia will be hosting the XVIII Stars of the White Nights Music Festival, which has always enjoyed the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Over eight weeks, the Festival will present over 90 opera and ballet performances, symphony and chamber concerts and solo performances by international stars of the stage.

One new feature of the XVIII Festival, which traditionally features works by Russian and European composers in its programme, will be the thematic three and four day programmes at the end of each week. These unique festival weekends will be dedicated to the most important events in the arts and classical music as well as to the work of Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei PROKOFIEV, Rodion SHCHEDRIN and Frederic Chopin.

The Festival opens with a huge programme that marks the Year of Russia in France and France in Russia. On 21 May, Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Bizet-Shchedrin ballet Carmen Suite. Later in the Franco-Russian weekend there will be a performance by violinist Nikolaj Znaider, a revival of the ballet Ondine with choreography by Pierre Lacotte and a series of concerts by the outstanding French pianist Helene Grimaud. She will be performing Ravel's Piano Concerto together with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev on 23 May. Grimaud's recital on 28 May and the pianist's collaboration with Dutch cellist Clemens Hagen on 27 May will be held as part of the Mariinsky Theatre's Artist of the Month project.

The Festival will be presenting ballet and opera premieres, internationally acclaimed performers and renowned orchestras as well as giving audiences the opportunity to see and hear the Mariinsky Theatre's own top soloists – Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Vladimir Galuzin, Vasily Gerello, Alexei Markov, Anna Netrebko, Yevgeny Nikitin, Yekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Semishkur, Mikhail Petrenko, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Leonid Sarafanov, Vladimir Shklyarov, Viktoria Teryoshkina and Igor Zelensky in the most significant performances of recent times.

During the Festival, recordings of concerts featuring Leonidas Kavakos and of Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold with Rene Pape will be made for the Mariinsky recording label.

More information

WHITE NIGHTS 2010: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)



Schedule 21 May 2010 - 21 July 2010 (ARCHIVE)


The X International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY



The X International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY (15 April 2010 - 25 April 2010) (ARCHIVE)

Artistic Director of the Festival – Valery Gergiev

From 15 to 25 April the Mariinsky Theatre will be running its anniversary tenth International Ballet Festival – one of the highlights of the world’s ballet season which draws balletomanes from across the globe to St Petersburg.

The festival will see performances by Alina Cojocaru ( Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ), David Hallberg and Daniil Simkin ( American Ballet Theatre ), Polina Semionova ( Staatsballett Berlin ), Mathieu Ganio ( Opera de Paris ), leading Bolshoi Theatre soloists Natalia Osipova, Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova and Andrei Uvarov and lead Mariinsky Theatre Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria Teryoshkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Igor Zelensky, Leonid Sarafanov, Andrian Fadeyev and Vladimir Shklyarov.

In line with tradition, the festival opens with a premiere. This year it will be Rodion Shchedrin’s ballet Anna Karenina with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, making it the ballet master’s latest work for the Mariinsky Theatre. In the premiere performances the lead roles will be performed by Diana Vishneva ( 15 April ) and Ulyana Lopatkina ( 16 April ), two outstanding Mariinsky Theatre ballerinas with different artistic temperaments and performing styles. They will be partnered by Andrian Fadeyev ( 15 April ) and Yuri Smekalov ( 16 April ).
More information

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ARCHIVE:
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002



Schedule 15 April 2010 - 25 April 2010 (ARCHIVE)


IX International Ballet Festival "Dance Open"



IX International Ballet Festival "Dance Open" (28 March 2010 - 31 March 2010) (ARCHIVE)
The International Ballet Festival Dance Open is the biggest ballet forum in Russia that gathers artists from all over the world. In 2010 there will be held the 9th edition of the festival and international ballet stars, famous teachers and ballet students from different countries will come to participate in the festival.

Schedule 28 March 2010 - 31 March 2010 (ARCHIVE)


VI Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide)



VI Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide) (07 February 2010 - 14 February 2010) (ARCHIVE)
At the Mariinsky Theatre and at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Artistic Director of the Festival - Valery Gergiev

Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, one of Russia`s most traditional festivals, was celebrated in style in the country`s pre-Revolutionary capital. Maslenitsa festivities entered every home and were welcomed by every family. The most august figures and officials, the intelligentsia and the city`s nobles all took part in the revelry. Throughout Maslenitsa, Tsaritsino Meadow and the Admiralty Gardens played host to folk celebrations, and in the city`s palaces and mansions there were parties and masked balls, with theatre playbills listing the finest productions.
Several years ago the Mariinsky Theatre returned to the wonderful tradition of Maslenitsa festivities. The Festival programme invariably includes wonderful productions, among them works based on fairy-tales as well as interesting vocal and instrumental programmes. Continuing the tradition of open-to-all celebrations established by the Imperial Theatres for Maslenitsa, the Mariinsky Theatre will be running a series of charity concerts. The Mariinsky Theatre and the University of St Petersburg have revived the ancient Russian tradition of Pancake Week, organising student balls for several years now, to bid farewell to winter. The University programme includes parties, dancing, music (with Mariinsky Theatre performers), pancakes, fireworks and, of course, the burning of the straw scarecrow of Maslenitsa.

Maslenitsa 2010: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005



Schedule 07 February 2010 - 14 February 2010 (ARCHIVE)


4th International Classical Music Festival «Musical Collection»



4th International Classical Music Festival «Musical Collection» (04 June 2009 - 05 July 2009) (ARCHIVE)
This festival of Musical arts passes in the Grand Philharmonic Hall and Small Philharmonic Hall.


Schedule 04 June 2009 - 05 July 2009 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2009" International Ballet and Opera Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2009" International Ballet and Opera Festival (21 May 2009 - 19 July 2009) (ARCHIVE)
Artistic Director – Maestro Valery Gergiev

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 GergievMariinsky 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.

WHITE NIGHTS 2009: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)

The Stars of White Nights 2010" International Festival will take place 21 May - 19 July 2010.


Schedule 21 May 2009 - 19 July 2009 (ARCHIVE)


The IX International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY



The IX International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY (14 March 2009 - 22 March 2009) (ARCHIVE)

The International Ballet Festival Mariinsky was launched in 2001. The Festival‘s main aim is to draw the stars of world ballet to Russia‘s cultural capital. The Mariinsky Ballet Company is known well beyond St Petersburg, though guest appearances by renowned illustrious foreign dancers and companies were very rare prior to the Mariinsky Ballet Festival.

Each year the Mariinsky Ballet Festival brings together the world‘s best dancers and the playbill lists a programme of works performed by various ballet companies. In line with tradition, the Mariinsky Theatre will present a premiere at the opening of the Festival, which will conclude with a grand gala concert by stars of world ballet.


Schedule 14 March 2009 - 22 March 2009 (ARCHIVE)


The V Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide)



The V Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide) (23 February 2009 - 01 March 2009) (ARCHIVE)

Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, one of Russia‘s most traditional festivals, was celebrated in style in the country‘s pre-Revolutionary capital. Maslenitsa festivities entered every home and were welcomed by every family. The most august figures and officials, the intelligentsia and the city‘s nobles all took part in the revelry. Throughout Maslenitsa, Tsaritsino Meadow and the Admiralty Gardens played host to folk celebrations, and in the city‘s palaces and mansions there were parties and masked balls, with theatre playbills listing the finest productions.

Several years ago the Mariinsky Theatre returned to the wonderful tradition of Maslenitsa festivities. The Festival programme invariably includes wonderful productions, among them works based on fairy-tales as well as interesting vocal and instrumental programmes. Continuing the tradition of open-to-all celebrations established by the Imperial Theatres for Maslenitsa, the Mariinsky Theatre will be running a series of charity concerts. The Mariinsky Theatre and the University of St Petersburg have revived the ancient Russian tradition of Pancake Week, organising student balls for several years now, to bid farewell to winter. The University programme includes parties, dancing, music (with Mariinsky Theatre performers), pancakes, fireworks and, of course, the burning of the straw scarecrow of Maslenitsa.

Maslenitsa 2009: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005



Schedule 23 February 2009 - 01 March 2009 (ARCHIVE)


New Year‘s Eve Tsar‘s Ball in Imperial Catherine Palace - Extraordinary Once in a Lifetime Experience



New Year‘s Eve Tsar‘s Ball in Imperial Catherine Palace - Extraordinary Once in a Lifetime Experience (31 December 2008 - 01 January 2009) (ARCHIVE)
A beautiful ceremony of the Imperial Court that revives to you the balls, receptions and celebrations which used to astound the world. The truly majestic spirit of the bygone era of the Tsars to be experienced in the glorious Saint-Petersburg - Russian Cultural Capital - in Catherine‘s Palace - the fabulous summer residence of Russian Emperors.

Tsar‘s Ball Program | Menu of the Tsar‘s Ball | Dress Code for Tsar‘s Ball | Transfers | Saint-Petersburg | Catherine‘s Palace | Designing the Tsar‘s Ball | Video | Book | Year 2008 Ball


Schedule 31 December 2008 - 01 January 2009 (ARCHIVE)


The New Year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir



The New Year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir (31 December 2008 - 01 January 2009) (ARCHIVE)
Dear ladies and gentelmen!
We glad invite you to New Year`s Ball in a palace of Grand duke Vladimir!
These walls remember great figures of Russia. Great dukes and princesses, all Russia nobility were here frequent visitors. The glory about balls rattled not only in Russia, but also across in Europe!
We do not change traditions, and this magic New Year`s eve together with you will be met by great persons - Elisaveta and Ekaterina II.
This solemn ball, resting upon century-old traditions is really in harmony with the spirit of Northern capital. We hope, that you take pleasure in shine and luxury of the Russian Imperia. This night, you will have magnificent opportunity to take pleasure in masterpieces of composers and Russian classical ballet.
The best actors of St.-Petersburg will create for you a unique atmosphere by Rossini`s, Tchaykovsky, Bizet, Minkus and Shopin music, in a magnificent white hall for you alive music will sound. Under wide-known hits you can dance!
Incendiary the gipsy will congratulate you on new 2009 !
Only for you this night in the sky will begin sparkle magnificent fireworks! Gala-dinner
Limited number of tickets (130 tickets).

The New year party | Theatrical performance | Festive menu | Dress Code, Smoking, Transfers


Schedule 31 December 2008 - 01 January 2009 (ARCHIVE)


Premiere of the Brilliant "Romeo and Juliet" Ballet at Mikhailovsky Ballet Theatre



Premiere of the Brilliant "Romeo and Juliet" Ballet at Mikhailovsky Ballet Theatre (30 October 2008 - 18 December 2008) (ARCHIVE)

30 October, 31 October and 1 November on the stage of the Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre will take place the premiere of the Ballet by Sergei Prokofiev "Romeo and Juliet" (Oleg Vinogradov version).
This performance also will be played on 21 November and 22 November.

Romeo and Juliet is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Music from the ballet was extracted by Prokofiev as three suites for orchestra and as a piano work.

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare concerning two young "star-cross’d lovers" and the role played by their tragic suicides in ending a long-running family feud. It is one of the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays, one of his earliest theatrical triumphs, and is thought to be the most archetypal love story of the Renaissance and indeed the history of Western culture.

Several ballet adaptations of the story have been made, the first written in the 18th century. The best known feature music by Sergei Prokofiev, and a variety of choreographers have used this music. The first version featuring Prokofiev’s music was performed in 1938.

Music For the Ballet Fragment 1 Fragment 2


Schedule 30 October 2008 - 18 December 2008 (ARCHIVE)


III International Festival  «MUSICAL COLLECTION»



III International Festival «MUSICAL COLLECTION» (04 June 2008 - 13 July 2008) (ARCHIVE)
This festival of performing arts passes in the Grand Philharmonic Hall and Small Philharmonic Hall.

Schedule 04 June 2008 - 13 July 2008 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2008" International Ballet and Opera Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2008" International Ballet and Opera Festival (10 May 2008 - 27 July 2008) (ARCHIVE)
Artistic Director – Maestro Valery Gergiev

The Stars of the White Nights Festival is one of the most popular and important events in terms of contemporary music and theatre.

The Stars of the White Nights Festival was initiated in 1993 by Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre. The maestro says that he envisaged the first Festival as a "musical gift" to the city from the Mariinsky Theatre and the soloists who agreed to perform. From the first, the Festival turned to the best of world music, including works that are rarely performed or have been undeservedly forgotten.

The Stars of the White Nights Festival has gained in strength, popularity and international acclaim. Over fifteen years, the ten-day Festival has expanded to cover two or three months in summer. Renowned conductors and soloists consider it a special honour to perform at the Stars of the White Nights. Every year the Festival programme includes the Theatre's best opera and ballet productions, grandiose symphony works, chamber music and new theatre premieres. In recent years the Festival playbill has included programmes of works by supreme classical composers – Beethoven and Prokofiev's symphonies and opera and ballet and symphony music by Tchaikovsky. One major event in recent years was the staging of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, in addition to the Shostakovich Symphonies and Mahler Symphonies series.

This festival 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.


WHITE NIGHTS 2008: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)

The Stars of White Nights 2009" International Festival will take place 10 May - 27 July 2009.


Playbill of "The Stars of the White Nights 2008" International Festival



Schedule 10 May 2008 - 27 July 2008 (ARCHIVE)


The VIII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY



The VIII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY (13 March 2008 - 23 March 2008) (ARCHIVE)

The International Ballet Festival Mariinsky was launched in 2001. The Festival‘s main aim is to draw the stars of world ballet to Russia‘s cultural capital. The Mariinsky Ballet Company is known well beyond St Petersburg, though guest appearances by renowned illustrious foreign dancers and companies were very rare prior to the Mariinsky Ballet Festival.

Each year the Mariinsky Ballet Festival brings together the world‘s best dancers and the playbill lists a programme of works performed by various ballet companies. In line with tradition, the Mariinsky Theatre will present a premiere at the opening of the Festival, which will conclude with a grand gala concert by stars of world ballet.

Schedule 13 March 2008 - 23 March 2008 (ARCHIVE)


The IV Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide)



The IV Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide) (28 February 2008 - 09 March 2008) (ARCHIVE)

Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, one of Russia‘s most traditional festivals, was celebrated in style in the country‘s pre-Revolutionary capital. Maslenitsa festivities entered every home and were welcomed by every family. The most august figures and officials, the intelligentsia and the city‘s nobles all took part in the revelry. Throughout Maslenitsa, Tsaritsino Meadow and the Admiralty Gardens played host to folk celebrations, and in the city‘s palaces and mansions there were parties and masked balls, with theatre playbills listing the finest productions.

Several years ago the Mariinsky Theatre returned to the wonderful tradition of Maslenitsa festivities. The Festival programme invariably includes wonderful productions, among them works based on fairy-tales as well as interesting vocal and instrumental programmes. Continuing the tradition of open-to-all celebrations established by the Imperial Theatres for Maslenitsa, the Mariinsky Theatre will be running a series of charity concerts. The Mariinsky Theatre and the University of St Petersburg have revived the ancient Russian tradition of Pancake Week, organising student balls for several years now, to bid farewell to winter. The University programme includes parties, dancing, music (with Mariinsky Theatre performers), pancakes, fireworks and, of course, the burning of the straw scarecrow of Maslenitsa.

Schedule 28 February 2008 - 09 March 2008 (ARCHIVE)


The New Year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir



The New Year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir (31 December 2007 - 01 January 2008) (ARCHIVE)
Dear ladies and gentelmen!
We glad invite you to New Year`s Ball in a palace of Grand duke Vladimir!
These walls remember great figures of Russia. Great dukes and princesses, all Russia nobility were here frequent visitors. The glory about balls rattled not only in Russia, but also across in Europe!
We do not change traditions, and this magic New Year`s eve together with you will be met by great persons - Elisaveta and Ekaterina II.
This solemn ball, resting upon century-old traditions is really in harmony with the spirit of Northern capital. We hope, that you take pleasure in shine and luxury of the Russian Imperia. This night, you will have magnificent opportunity to take pleasure in masterpieces of composers and Russian classical ballet.
The best actors of St.-Petersburg will create for you a unique atmosphere by Rossini`s, Tchaykovsky, Bizet, Minkus and Shopin music, in a magnificent white hall for you alive music will sound. Under wide-known hits you can dance!
Incendiary the gipsy will congratulate you on new 2008 !
Only for you this night in the sky will begin sparkle magnificent fireworks! Gala-dinner
Limited number of tickets

Prices for The New year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir
Orders placed before October 1: 700 $ p/p
Orders placed before November 1 : 800 $ p/p
Orders placed before December 7 : 850 $ p/p
Orders placed after December 7 : 950 $ p/p



Schedule 31 December 2007 - 01 January 2008 (ARCHIVE)


New Year‘s Eve Tsar‘s Ball in Imperial Catherine Palace - Extraordinary Once in a Lifetime Experience



New Year‘s Eve Tsar‘s Ball in Imperial Catherine Palace - Extraordinary Once in a Lifetime Experience (31 December 2007 - 01 January 2008) (ARCHIVE)
A beautiful ceremony of the Imperial Court that revives to you the balls, receptions and celebrations which used to astound the world. The truly majestic spirit of the bygone era of the Tsars to be experienced in the glorious Saint-Petersburg - Russian Cultural Capital - in Catherine‘s Palace - the fabulous summer residence of Russian Emperors.

Tsar‘s Ball Program | Menu of the Tsar‘s Ball | Dress Code for Tsar‘s Ball | Transfers | Saint-Petersburg | Catherine‘s Palace | Designing the Tsar‘s Ball | Video | Book | Year 2007 Ball


Schedule 31 December 2007 - 01 January 2008 (ARCHIVE)


The VIII International winter festival<Br>"Arts Square"



The VIII International winter festival
"Arts Square" (28 December 2007 - 07 January 2008)
(ARCHIVE)

The festival takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the famed Arts Square in the heart of the city. This magnificent square designed by Italian architect Carlo Rossi is home to the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the State Russian Museum, the Mussorgsky Theatre, the Ethnographic Museum and the Grand Hotel Europe. Presiding over it all is the imposing monument of Alexandre Pushkin, Russia’s most famous bard.

This festival celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the St. Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra.

Schedule 28 December 2007 - 07 January 2008 (ARCHIVE)


Mariinsky Theatre Festival "New Horizons"



Mariinsky Theatre Festival "New Horizons" (27 October 2007 - 31 October 2007) (ARCHIVE)
From 27-31 October the Mariinsky Theatre´s festival New Horizons together with the Jewel of Russia festival will be staging a Russian and British programme of contemporary music at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall.

Schedule 27 October 2007 - 31 October 2007 (ARCHIVE)


X International Festival  EARLYMUSIC



X International Festival EARLYMUSIC (16 September 2007 - 07 October 2007) (ARCHIVE)

X INTERNATIONAL EARLYMUSIC FESTIVAL

The International EARLYMUSIC Festival, established in St Petersburg in 1998, is now recognised as one of Russia‘s leading musical forums. The Festival takes places annually in September-October and presents the musical legacy of the Middle-Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras to audiences in St Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, performed by world-renowned ensembles and soloists.

Schedule 16 September 2007 - 07 October 2007 (ARCHIVE)


THE SIXTH ELENA OBRAZTSOVA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF YOUNG OPERA SINGERS



THE SIXTH ELENA OBRAZTSOVA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF YOUNG OPERA SINGERS (18 August 2007 - 30 August 2007) (ARCHIVE)

Sixth International Elena Obraztsova Competition of young opera singers is held in St-Petersburg from 18 to 30 August 2007.

The Competition is run by The Elena Obraztsova Cultural Center.

Schedule 18 August 2007 - 30 August 2007 (ARCHIVE)


XV International Music Festival  "St.Petersburg Palaces"



XV International Music Festival "St.Petersburg Palaces" (09 June 2007 - 09 July 2007) (ARCHIVE)
The International Music Festival "St. Petersburg Palaces" was founded by Konstantin Orbelian, director and chief conductor of State academic chamber orchestra of Russia, and artistic director, well-known St.Petersburg violinist Maria Safarianz. This holiday of art has become important culture event not just in Russian‘s culture life, but abroad too.
The Unique concert programms & famous all over the World musicians.
Incredible musical events in luxury halls of different palaces.


Schedule 09 June 2007 - 09 July 2007 (ARCHIVE)


International Festival  «MUSICAL COLLECTION»



International Festival «MUSICAL COLLECTION» (04 June 2007 - 10 July 2007) (ARCHIVE)
This festival of performing arts passes in the Grand Philharmonic Hall and Small Philharmonic Hall. This year, the festival is dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the St.Petersburg Academic Philharmonia. During our festival you will hear outstanding performers including pianists Michel DALBERTO (France), Lise de la SALLE (France), Fabio Mastrangelo (Italy), violinist Dmitri BERLINSKY (USA), conductor Leo KRAEMER (Germany), Anders PAULSSON soprano-saxophone (Sweden), and tenor Evgeny Akimov.

Schedule 04 June 2007 - 10 July 2007 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2007"  International Ballet and Opera Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2007" International Ballet and Opera Festival (18 May 2007 - 15 July 2007) (ARCHIVE)
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 contemporary pieces.
WHITE NIGHTS 2007: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)

The Stars of White Nights 2008" International Festival will take place 10 May - 27 July 2008.


Schedule 18 May 2007 - 15 July 2007 (ARCHIVE)


The VII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY



The VII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY (12 April 2007 - 22 April 2007) (ARCHIVE)
12 April 2007 - 22 April 2007
Artistic Director of the Festival – Valery Gergiev

Schedule 12 April 2007 - 22 April 2007 (ARCHIVE)


XVI International Festival of Arts  «From the Avant-garde to the present day»



XVI International Festival of Arts «From the Avant-garde to the present day» (15 March 2007 - 25 March 2007) (ARCHIVE)
The festival of contemporary classical music proposes concerts, plays and exhibitions. Central theme of the festival of this year - retrospective panorama of music ÕÕ century, dedicated to the styles of the past: to romanticism, to classicism, baroque.

Schedule 15 March 2007 - 25 March 2007 (ARCHIVE)


The III Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide)



The III Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide) (12 February 2007 - 18 February 2007) (ARCHIVE)
The Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting The III Festival Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide) from 12 –18 February 2007. The festival programme will be composed of works by Igor Stravinsky and it marks the opening of a special Stravinsky season which will be continued during the Stars of the White Nights festival.

Schedule 12 February 2007 - 18 February 2007 (ARCHIVE)


The New year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir



The New year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir (31 December 2006 - 01 January 2007) (ARCHIVE)
Dear ladies and gentelmen!
We glad invite you to New Year`s Ball in a palace of Grand duke Vladimir!
These walls remember great figures of Russia. Great dukes and princesses, all Russia nobility were here frequent visitors. The glory about balls rattled not only in Russia, but also across in Europe!
We do not change traditions, and this magic New Year`s eve together with you will be met by great persons - Elisaveta and Ekaterina II.
This solemn ball, resting upon century-old traditions is really in harmony with the spirit of Northern capital. We hope, that you take pleasure in shine and luxury of the Russian Imperia. This night, you will have magnificent opportunity to take pleasure in masterpieces of composers and Russian classical ballet.
The best actors of St.-Petersburg will create for you a unique atmosphere by Rossini`s, Tchaykovsky, Bizet, Minkus and Shopin music, in a magnificent white hall for you alive music will sound. Under wide-known hits you can dance!
Incendiary the gipsy will congratulate you on new 2007 !
Only for you this night in the sky will begin sparkle magnificent fireworks! Gala-dinner
Limited number of tickets

Prices for The New year party in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir
Orders placed before October 1: 700 $ p/p
Orders placed before November 1 : 800 $ p/p
Orders placed after November 1 : 850 $ p/p


Schedule 31 December 2006 - 01 January 2007 (ARCHIVE)


Tsar‘s Ball 2007 in Imperial Catherine Palace



Tsar‘s Ball 2007 in Imperial Catherine Palace (31 December 2006 - 01 January 2007) (ARCHIVE)
A beautiful ceremony of the Imperial Court that revives to you the balls, receptions and celebrations which used to astound the world. The truly majestic spirit of the bygone era of the Tsars to be experienced in the glorious Saint-Petersburg - Russian Cultural Capital - in Catherine‘s Palace - the fabulous summer residence of Russian Emperors.

Schedule 31 December 2006 - 01 January 2007 (ARCHIVE)


Farewell with Mozart‘s year



Farewell with Mozart‘s year (05 December 2006 - 31 December 2006) (ARCHIVE)
05 December 19:00
Opening festival
The deserved association of Russia Akademiceskií the symphonic orchestra of the philharmonic society



Schedule 05 December 2006 - 31 December 2006 (ARCHIVE)


The VII Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition of Young Opera Singers



The VII Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition of Young Opera Singers (22 November 2006 - 01 December 2006) (ARCHIVE)
The VII Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition of Young Opera Singers will take place in St Petersburg
from 22rd of November to 1st December 2006.
The Competition will be held in:
The new Mariinsky Concert Hall (20, Pisareva street)
The State Academic Mariinsky Theatre (1, Teatralnaya Sq.).


Schedule 22 November 2006 - 01 December 2006 (ARCHIVE)


International Festival  EARLYMUSIC



International Festival EARLYMUSIC (15 September 2006 - 05 October 2006) (ARCHIVE)
“Earlymusic” is the first festival, opening to the Russian public the heritage of early European music performed by the World class musicians. The festival is promoting the Renaissance of Russian musical “golden age”.

Schedule 15 September 2006 - 05 October 2006 (ARCHIVE)


5th International Festival of the Grand Waltz St Petersburg



5th International Festival of the Grand Waltz St Petersburg (21 July 2006 - 31 July 2006) (ARCHIVE)
The State Hermitage and The Creative Alliance of Museum Employees of St Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast, an Interregional Public Organization, present the 5th International Festival of the Grand Waltz during the period from 21 to 31 July 2006. The Chairman of the Honorary Committee of the Festival is Director of the State Hermitage and Chairman of the Creative Alliance of Museum Employees of St Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast, Academician Mikhail Piotrovsky.

Schedule 21 July 2006 - 31 July 2006 (ARCHIVE)


The 11- th International  "Musical Olympus" Festival



The 11- th International "Musical Olympus" Festival (26 May 2006 - 04 June 2006) (ARCHIVE)
The Musical Olympus International Festival is a ‘parade of winners‘. It is held annually since 1996 and presents the winners of the biggest and most prestigious international music competitions. Pianists, vocalists, strings, percussions, and brass instruments performers as well as composers and conductors take part in the festival concerts. They represent the ‘Olympus‘ of major international music competitions, such as the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the ARD in Munich, the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, the Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens, and many others.

Schedule 26 May 2006 - 04 June 2006 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2006"  International Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2006" International Festival (10 May 2006 - 19 July 2006) (ARCHIVE)
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 contemporary pieces.
WHITE NIGHTS 2006: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE: 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)

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.


Schedule 10 May 2006 - 19 July 2006 (ARCHIVE)


VI International Ballet  Festival MARIINSKY



VI International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY (16 March 2006 - 26 March 2006) (ARCHIVE)
16 March 2006 - 26 March 2006
Artistic Director of the Festival – Valery Gergiev

Schedule 16 March 2006 - 26 March 2006 (ARCHIVE)


2nd Festival "Maslenitsa" (Shrove-tide) at the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet



2nd Festival "Maslenitsa" (Shrove-tide) at the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet (28 February 2006 - 05 March 2006) (ARCHIVE)
28 February – 5 March 2006
Artistic Director of the Festival – Valery Gergiev

Schedule 28 February 2006 - 05 March 2006 (ARCHIVE)


Mozart  Music Week



Mozart Music Week (22 January 2006 - 29 January 2006) (ARCHIVE)
Dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth

Schedule 22 January 2006 - 29 January 2006 (ARCHIVE)


Tsar‘s Ball in Catherine Palace



Tsar‘s Ball in Catherine Palace (31 December 2005 - 01 January 2006) (ARCHIVE)
Hostesses and guides meet guests in the lobby of Grand Hotel Europe or Astoria at 18.45
Transfer by coach to Tsarskoe Selo
Police escort is leading the way to speed up the movement through the city

Schedule 31 December 2005 - 01 January 2006 (ARCHIVE)


The 7th International winter festival<Br>"Arts Square"



The 7th International winter festival
"Arts Square" (28 December 2005 - 07 January 2006)
(ARCHIVE)

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, this year’s festival will be devoted to his music and that of his contemporaries.

The festival takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, on St. Petersburg’s famed Arts Square. This magnificent square designed by Italian architect Carlo Rossi is home to the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the State Russian Museum, the Mussorgsky theatre, the Ethnographic Museum and the Grand Hotel Europe. Presiding over it all is the imposing monument of Alexandre Pushkin, Russia’s most famous bard.

THE 7TH INTERNATIONAL WINTER FESTIVAL "ARTS SQUARE":
About the Philharmonia | Philharmonia hall plan | Maestro Yury Temirkanov |



Schedule 28 December 2005 - 07 January 2006 (ARCHIVE)


New Year Week at the Mariinsky



New Year Week at the Mariinsky (24 December 2005 - 31 December 2005) (ARCHIVE)
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai
Peter Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker"
Le Nozze di Figaro
Don Carlos
The ballets of Mikhail Fokin (Petrouchka, Sheherazade, The Firebird)
Don Giovanni
The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and of the Beautiful Swan-Princess
Peter Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker"
New Year’s Gala-concert


Schedule 24 December 2005 - 31 December 2005 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2005" International Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2005" International Festival (27 May 2005 - 30 July 2005) (ARCHIVE)
Along with the long-awaited coming of summer to St. Petersburg we are once again hosting the Stars of the White Nights festival, now in its thirteenth year. Since the time of its inception it has exerted a magnetic appeal, drawing lovers of Russian culture from all over the world to St Petersburg, each year presenting a unique programme of ballets, operas and symphony music.
WHITE NIGHTS 2005:   Programm | Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE:   2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001) || Ballet Festival "Mariinsky"


The Stars of White Nights 2006" International Festival will take place 10 May - 19 July 2006.
Please see the programm of the "The Stars of White Nights 2006" International Festival


Schedule 27 May 2005 - 30 July 2005 (ARCHIVE)


V International Ballet Festival «Mariinsky»



V International Ballet Festival «Mariinsky» (24 March 2005 - 03 April 2005) (ARCHIVE)


Schedule 24 March 2005 - 03 April 2005 (ARCHIVE)


1st Festival "Maslenitsa" (Shrove-tide) at the Mariinsky Theatre



1st Festival "Maslenitsa" (Shrove-tide) at the Mariinsky Theatre (08 March 2005 - 13 March 2005) (ARCHIVE)
The Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide) Week at the Mariinsky Theatre festival will be running from 8-13 March and adds to the theatre´s traditional programme of festivals. For an entire week the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be ruled by the world of fairy-tales. The festival opens with a premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov´s opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan. The fairy-tale operas and ballets in the festival programme, among them Cinderella and The Nutcracker, will turn The Maslenitsa (Shrove-tide) week itself into a true fairy-tale.

Schedule 08 March 2005 - 13 March 2005 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2004"  International Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2004" International Festival (30 May 2004 - 18 July 2004) (ARCHIVE)
30/05/2004-18/07/2004

Schedule 30 May 2004 - 18 July 2004 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2003"  International Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2003" International Festival (05 May 2003 - 05 August 2003) (ARCHIVE)
05/05/2003-05/08/2003

Schedule 05 May 2003 - 05 August 2003 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2002"  International Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2002" International Festival (31 May 2002 - 30 June 2002) (ARCHIVE)
31/05/2002-30/06/2002

Schedule 31 May 2002 - 30 June 2002 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2001"  International Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2001" International Festival (01 June 2001 - 01 July 2001) (ARCHIVE)


Schedule 01 June 2001 - 01 July 2001 (ARCHIVE)


"The Stars of the White Nights 2012" International Ballet and Opera Festival



"The Stars of the White Nights 2012" International Ballet and Opera Festival (25 May 2000 - 15 July 2000) (ARCHIVE)

Artistic Director – Maestro Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky Theatre
and Mariinsky Theatre Opera and Concert Hall

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.

WHITE NIGHTS 2012: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatre | Mariinsky hall plan | Mariinsky Slide Show | Mariinsky 3D View | About Valery Gergiev
ARCHIVE:
2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | History (before 2001)



Schedule 25 May 2000 - 15 July 2000 (ARCHIVE)




Maestro Grigory Sokolov plays Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto # 3. Part 1 of 5.
 
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