"The Stars of the White Nights 2022" International Ballet and Opera Festival
The Stars of the White Nights 2022
24 May - 17 July 2022
Mariinsky Theatre, New Theatre and Concert Hall
Artistic Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
The Mariinsky`s Stars of the White Nights International Music Festival directed by Valery Gergiev will be held from May 24 to July 17, in St Petersburg for the thirtieth time. The program is going to be published in installments.
The anniversary festival opens with Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake and Sergei Prokofiev's epic opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky. Traditionally, the playbill features a lot of works by Wagner. The tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, the operas Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Parsifal are planned to be performed.
Valery Gergiev will also pay tribute to the music of the French romantic Hector Berlioz whose operas Les Troyens and Benvenuto Cellini will be presented at the festival. They are dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the composer's historical tour in Russia. During the festival, it will be possible to see all this season’s new titles in the repertoire including Rossini's La Cenerentola and L’italiana in Algeri, Mozart's Idomeneo, re di Creta and Ponchielli's La Gioconda. World opera stars and leading Russian singers will be taking part in the performances.
The playbill of the festival is as always full of surprises. As for premieres, Mariinsky has already announced a new production of Boris Tishchenko's ballet The Twelve (July 14, Mariinsky-2). The production will be directed and choreographed by Alexander Sergeev together with the designer Leonid Alekseev (costumes and scenography), Konstantin Binkin (lighting), Ekaterina Kondaurova (assistant choreographer and one of the leading dancers). This is Mariinsky's second approach to this score, the first production of the ballet The Twelve being staged in 1964 by Leonid Yakobson.
The playbill is also to feature an evening in honor of ballet teacher Lyubov Kunakova and a joint benefit performance by principal dancers Victoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov. In June, there will be graduation performances of the Vaganova ballet academy at the Historical Stage.
There is a usual abundance of concert programs. In the first week of the festival Nikolai Lugansky is expected to have a solo recital. Also, there will be another festival within the festival - a series of concerts entitled Brass of the White Nights, dedicated to brass instruments. It can be assumed that the laureates of the first Rachmaninoff Competition held this summer in Moscow will be invited to perform at the Mariinsky. Numerous concerts and semi-staged opera performances will take place in the Rachmaninoff Chamber Hall.
The 30th Stars of the White Nights International Music Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The artistic director of the festival is Valery Gergiev.
About "The Stars of the White Nights" Festivals
The Stars of the White Nights is one of the brightest stars of the music and theatre universe and has emerged to be one of the most popular and grandiose music forums in its context and scale.
The Stars of the White Nights Festival was created in 1993 by Maestro Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre Artistic and General Director. Maestro Gergiev says that he conceived the first Festival as a "musical gift" to the city from the Mariinsky and its star-artists. From the very beginning, the Festival has been focused on the masterpieces of the world's music discovering for its audience some rarely performed or undeservedly forgotten pieces.
The Stars of the White Nights Festival has gained in strength, popularity and international acclaim. The duration of 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.