"The Stars of the White Nights 2015" International Ballet and Opera Festival
27 May - 2 August 2015
Mariinsky Theatre, New Theatre and Concert Hall
Artistic Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
The XXIII Stars of the White Nights festival is being run with a focus on Tchaikovsky to mark one hundred and seventy-five years since the birth of the great Russian composer. The festival opens with a new production of the opera The Queen of Spades directed by Alexei Stepanyuk and conducted by Valery Gergiev. All of Tchaikovsky’s operas and ballets in the theatre’s repertoire will also be performed at the festival – Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, Mazepa, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
One special facet comes with the rounds of the vocalists at the International Tchaikovsky Competition which will take place at the Mariinsky-II. The third round and the gala concert will be held at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. Jury members Olga Borodina and Mikhail Petrenko, pianists Barry Douglas and Denis Matsuev, cellist Lynn Harrell and violinists Leonidas Kavakos and James Ehnes will be performing recitals as well as together with the Mariinsky Orchestraunder the baton of Maestro Gergiev.
Festival premieres include a new production of Verdi’s opera La traviata (directed by Claudia Solti and designed by Isabella Bywater), a concert performance of Dallapiccolla’s opera Il prigioniero and the premiere of Maxim Petrov’s one-act ballet Le Divertissement du Roi, specially staged for Principal Dancer Igor Kolb.
As always, performances at the Mariinsky Theatre will feature international opera stars including Ferruccio Furlanetto, Rafaі Siwek, Vitaly Kovalev, Oksana Dyka, Mikhail Kazakov,Albina Shagimuratova, Maria Guleghina, Tatiana Serjan, Marco Berti, Gevorg Akopyan, Asmik Grigorian and Aleksandrs Antonenko. At the Concert Hall and at the new theatre there will be concert with such outstanding international musicians as Daniil Trifonov, Pinchas Zukerman, Ilya Gringolts, Pyotr Laul, Alexei Volodin, Christian Blackshaw. The festival will see several monograph programmes – the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Jarvi in two concerts of all of Brahms’ symphonies, Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will be appearing as a soloist and conductor in nine Mozart concerti and the Atrium quartet will be performingBeethoven’s “Russian” quartets.
The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by world-renowned conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuel Villaume, Vladimir Ashkenazi and John Axelrod.
Over the sixty-eight days of the festival at the theatre’s three main venues alone there will be one hundred and seventy-five concerts and performances.