234th Season
 

"The Stars of the White Nights 2023" International Ballet and Opera Festival

"The Stars of the White Nights 2023" International Ballet and Opera Festival is the main event of the year at the World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre, with the participation of the world ballet and opera stars.
The schedule will be announced anytime in February-March 2023. If you are interested in this schedule, just choose the dates below and leave a request. As soon as the playbill is announced, we will let you know immediately.

After the schedule is announced, within 10 days you will be able to buy the tickets with maximum 15% discount. In each section, you will get the best seats for the same price - centrally located and front rows. Usually, these seats are sold out soon and available for early bookers only. We guarantee that you will receive full view seats onlyTo ensure that you will not miss the 15% discount and best seats, we would recommend you to leave your phone number. In case you will not get the e-mail with the schedule, we will be able to reach you by phone. So, you will be guaranteed to get the schedule. Your phone number will be used to inform you about the schedule only and will not be used for any other purposes. You can always cancel tickets for any reason and get full (100%) refund or change your tickets for any other tickets. So you can get best seats and maximal discount and do not worry if you change your plans
24 - 25
May
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 24 May 2023  to 25 May 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

26 - 31
May
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 26 May 2023  to 31 May 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

01 - 05
June
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 01 June 2023  to 05 June 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

06 - 10
June
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 06 June 2023  to 10 June 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

11 - 15
June
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 11 June 2023  to 15 June 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

16 - 20
June
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 16 June 2023  to 20 June 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

21 - 25
June
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 21 June 2023  to 25 June 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

26 - 30
June
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 26 June 2023  to 30 June 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

01 - 05
July
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 01 July 2023  to 05 July 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

06 - 10
July
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 06 July 2023  to 10 July 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

11 - 15
July
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 11 July 2023  to 15 July 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
More information...

16 - 17
July
2023

The schedule (playbill) for The Stars of the White Nights festival from 16 July 2023  to 17 July 2023 will be announced anytime in February-March 2023.
Just put your name and e-mail below, and we will let you know immediately as soon as the schedule is announced.
Also, you will get a 15% early booking discount and best seats 
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During the "Stars of the White Nights" festival there will be daily Ballet or Opera evening performances at the Main Stage and almost daily Ballet or Opera evening performances at the Mariinsky II (New Theatre). Usually, evening performances start at 7 pm. In addition, sometimes there are morning or daytime performances as well, that can start either at 12 am, or at 2 pm or at 4 pm.

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.

Detailed information about 2023 Festival will be added later. Please read about the previous "The Stars of the White Nights" Festival 2022. 

The Stars of the White Nights 2022

24 May - 17 July 2022

The Mariinsky`s Stars of the White Nights International Music Festival directed by Valery Gergiev was held from May 24 to July 17, in St Petersburg for the thirtieth time.

The anniversary festival was opened with Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake and Sergei Prokofiev's epic opera War and Peace staged by Andrei Konchalovsky. Traditionally, the playbill was featured 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 was performed.

Valery Gergiev was also payd tribute to the music of the French romantic Hector Berlioz whose operas Les Troyens and Benvenuto Cellini was  presented at the festival. They were dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the composer's historical tour in Russia. During the festival, it was possible to see all that season’s new titles in the repertoire including Rossini's La Cenerentola and Mozart's Idomeneo, re di Creta. World opera stars and leading Russian singers was taking part in the performances.

The playbill of the festival was as always full of surprises. As for premieres, Mariinsky has announced a new production of Boris Tishchenko's ballet The Twelve (July 14, Mariinsky-2). The production was 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 was Mariinsky's second approach to this score, the first production of the ballet The Twelve being staged in 1964 by Leonid Yakobson.

The playbill was also featured 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 was a graduation performances of the Vaganova ballet academy at the Historical Stage.
There was a usual abundance of concert programs. In the first week of the festival Nikolai Lugansky was performed a solo recital. Also, there was another festival within the festival - a series of concerts entitled Brass of the White Nights, dedicated to brass instruments. Numerous concerts and semi-staged opera performances was take place in the Rachmaninoff Chamber Hall.

On July 8 and 14 in the Concert Hall, the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the legendary conductor Alexander Rakhbari performed Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Rimsky-Korsakov's much-loved Scheherazade.

The 30th Stars of the White Nights International Music Festival was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The artistic director of the festival is Valery Gergiev.

 


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1 Theatre Square
St. Petersburg
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34 Dekabristov Street
St. Petersburg
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20 Pisareva street
St. Petersburg
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