XXII Music festival stars of the white nights

31 July will be closing XXII Music festival “stars of the white nights”, held annually in St. Petersburg. The idea of the festival belongs to the artistic Director of the Mariinsky theatre Valery Gergiev. The first forum was held in 1993 and was conceived as a gift to St. Petersburg from the artists of the Mariinsky. Today, the festival “stars of the white nights” is one of the most popular and Grand in conception and scale of performances and one of the ten best festivals in the world.

Each year the festival presents the best Opera and ballet performances, concerts of symphonic and chamber music. This year the festival has a capacity of about 200 performances and concerts spanning three centuries of world music, with the participation of soloists of Opera and ballet, choir and Symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre, as well as guest artists, conductors, Directors, choreographers, set designers from around the world. Spectators were pleased by the stars of the first magnitude: conductors Paavo järvi, James Conlon, Jonathan Cohen, Carlo Montanaro; Opera artists – Ferruccio Furlanetto, Ekaterina Gubanova, Ildar Abdrazakov, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Marcelo Alvarez, Maria Guleghina, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Semishkur; ballet – Olga Esina, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Timur Askerov, Andrey Ermakov, Danila Korsuntsev, Alexander Sergeyev.

Traditionally music festival was held on the old and the new stage theatre, in the Concert hall and in four chamber halls of the Mariinsky-2. “the twenty-second time we are holding a Music festival “stars of the white nights”, and the second time it will be held at three of our sites – in the Mariinsky theatre Concert hall and the Mariinsky-2. This year for the first time a map of the festival and includes four new chamber hall of the theatre. Especially would like to mention that for the first time the number of events at the festival has reached 200! – says Valery Gergiev. – For us it is essential that the creative life was in full swing in the new theatre on the main stage and in the concert venues, attracting new audiences, including young people”.

The festival opened a large-scale premiere Opera novels by Hector Berlioz “Trojans” in the formulation of the classics of world he was an Opera Director Yannis Kokkos at the Mariinsky-2, conducted – Valery Gergiev. During the life of the composer was not able to hear my work is conceived in the form. Version of the Mariinsky theatre as close to the author’s version. See the light both parts of the novels – “the Fall of Troy” and “the Trojans in Carthage.” “Two arrival Berlioz in St. Petersburg – 1849-m, and in 1867, the year – played a huge role in the history of our theatre, and generally in the history of Russian Opera, Russian musical theatre”, ” says Valery Gergiev. Paying tribute to the master, the Mariinsky theatre staged a five-hour Opera in full.

With great success at the New stage theatre in a concert performance was held at St. Petersburg premiere of the Russian choral Opera by Rodion Shchedrin “boyar Morozova” for 4 soloists, mixed chorus, trumpet, kettledrums and percussion (conducted by Valery Gergiev). Dedicated to the tragic event in Russian history – of the ecclesiastical schism, – this Opera is recognized as one of the most striking works of the last decade. Another premiere on the same stage, – Opera by Sergei Prokofiev “War and peace” directed by Graham Vick and set design Paul brown, the conductor – Valery Gergiev. The Mariinsky theatre is the only theatre in Russia, where you can fully hear and see a big work of Richard Wagner – life “der Ring des Nibelungen”, which showed on the forum.

Ballet program this year was presented several unique productions. At the new stage of the Mariinsky theatre ’ s four mini-production by acclaimed Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen: “Adagio for harpsichord”, “Variations for two couples”, “Solo”, “Five tango”. Scottish ballet from Glasgow showed the original version of “Les Sylphides” called “highland fling” in the production by British choreographer Matthew Bourne; Armenian academic Opera and ballet theatre. A. Spendiaryan presented the ballet “Gayane” theatre “Astana ballet” brought a performance of “Oriental Rhapsody”. Ballet repertoire expanded to show “Marguerite and Armand,” by Frederick Ashton with music by Liszt. In addition to the Premier festival in the poster were presented to the audience favorite performances of the classical ballet repertoire: “Swan lake”, “the fountain of Bakhchisarai”, “La”, “don Quixote”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “La”, “Giselle”. According to Valery Gergiev, “festival “stars of the white nights” – something best festival in the world. Our level of ballet performances is very high, and, say, in Salzburg ballet no”.

Widely represented of chamber and instrumental concert program of the festival, which was decorated with his performance violinist Janine Jansen (Netherlands), violist Antoine programmed a viola recital (France), pianist Rudolf Buchbinder (Germany), who performed the Concerto for piano and orchestra by Johannes Brahms and the piano quintets by antonín dvořák and Schumann together with the soloists of the Symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre. The audience of the Concert hall the festival program presented the meeting with the diva Olga Borodina – the audience saw and heard her in the role of Delilah in a concert performance of an Opera by Camille Saint-saëns “Samson and Delilah” (conducted by Valery Gergiev).

For the first time in the festival program included drama: the Moscow Art theatre. A. P. Chekhov performed at the New Mariinsky theatre “the Horse” staged by Yevgeny Pisarev. The Director does not consider this work to a musical, but this dramatic play 19 musical numbers got “Golden mask” in 2009, becoming the best among the musical performances.

Music festival “stars of the white nights” will end on 31 July: at the Mariinsky-2 one-act ballets will be “Carmen Suite” and “Carnival”. Main stage theatre will welcome the audience with a performance of Richard Wagner’s Opera “flying Dutchman” staged by Ian judge. In the main parties – Evgeny Nikitin, Mlada Khudoley, Mikhail Petrenko, Sergei Skorokhodov. The conductor – Valery Gergiev.

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