25 May - 11 July 2023
From May 27 to July 11, the Mariinsky Theater will host the XXXI International Music Festival "Stars of the White Nights" - the main event of the St. Petersburg summer and the culmination of the musical season of the Northern capital. Spectators are waiting for performances by stars of the world stage, a scattering of repertoire rarities and solo concerts of outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists. Events of a rich program will take place on all stages of the Mariinsky Theater at once. Artistic director - Valery Gergiev.
The large festival program will start with a concert by the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev on the afternoon of May 27 in the Concert Hall. In the evening, the maestro will again stand at the podium - the lyric opera "Iolanta" by Tchaikovsky, one of the recent premieres at the Mariinsky, will open on the historical stage Stars of the White Nights. And the new stage will be graced by another recent premiere - the grandiose ballet "The Pharaoh's Daughter" choreographed by Marius Petipa, which has become a real highlight of the season. You can watch the performance again on May 28 and 29.
June will give the audience a lot of meetings with their favorite artists - as part of the Stars of the White Nights, world-famous opera soloists will appear on the historical and new stages. On May 31, Hibla Gerzmava will perform on the new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The famous soprano will appear as Desdemona in Verdi's "Otello". On June 3 "Italian in Algeria" Rossini will be held with the participation of Ildar Abdrazakov. The famous bass will perform the part of the charming bey Mustafa - one of the crowning in his repertoire. It will be possible to see the artist again on stage on June 8 - his concert with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev will be held at the Mariinsky-2.
On June 16, one cannot miss the concert performance of Bellini's opera "I Puritani" - a rare composition for the Mariinsky will be performed by a brilliant cast of artists. Albina Shagimuratova and Maharram Huseynov will play the main roles. Another gift for the audience will be "Salome" by Richard Strauss – on June 21 Elena Stikhina will perform in the title role. At the conductor's stand - Valery Gergiev. On June 27, Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia" will also be performed on the new stage in an expressive production by Alexei Stepanyuk. The part of Fevronia will be performed by Irina Churilova.
A good tradition of the festival has become a series of shows of repertory rarities of the Mariinsky. On May 31, the audience will see the ballet "Shurale" by Farid Yarullin choreographed by Leonid Yakobson. This colorful story based on oriental folk tales is often called the Tatar "Swan Lake". On June 16 and 17, Glazunov's "Raymonda", one of the late big ballets by the already mature master Marius Petipa, will be shown on the Historical Stage. The audience is waiting for an exciting plot, complex parties, large-scale dance scenes in the scenery and costumes of Simon Virsaladze. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the world premiere of the ballet, which took place on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The first show of "Raymonda" will also be dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the legendary ballerina Irina Kolpakova. Of the operatic rarities, it is worth paying attention to Prokofiev's "Semyon Kotko" (June 14), Igor Stravinsky's "Le Rossignol" (June 17), Giuseppe Verdi's "Don Carlo" (June 30).
Among the upcoming events of the Stars of the White Nights instrumental playbill are a concert by cellist Oleg Sendetsky and organist Svetlana Berezhnaya (May 27), an evening of serenades performed by the Stradivari Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theater (May 28), a performance by the bright flutist Sofia Wieland with the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra (May 30). On May 30, on the birthday of the outstanding pianist Alexander Toradze, a concert dedicated to the memory of the musician will be given on the new stage. Denis Matsuev will take part in the concert, and Valery Gergiev will conduct the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. Piano music fans will also enjoy the gala concert of outstanding young pianists, participants in various competitions and festivals, whose names were revealed to the world by Denis Matsuev (June 1). Another event will be the solo concert of the bright young pianist Ivan Bessonov (June 9), winner of the gold medal of the International Competition of Pianists, Composers and Conductors. S.V. Rachmaninov.
The Perm Opera and Ballet Theater will also tour on the stages of the Mariinsky as part of the Stars of the White Nights. On May 30, the Parma Voices choir will perform in the Prokofiev Chamber Hall, on June 1, Bellini's "Norma", one of the recent premieres of the Perm Opera, will be performed on the historical stage, and on June 2, Verdi's "La Traviata" will be performed in concert in the Concert Hall. The tour will conclude with a performance of the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" (June 3) choreographed by the British classic Kenneth Macmillan - a unique production for Russia. Conductor of all three performances is Mihran Aghajanyan.
On June 27, at 19:00, the historical stage of the Mariinsky Theater will host the premiere of one-act performances to the music of Béla Bartók – the ballet The Wonderful Mandarin and the composer’s only opera The Castle of Duke Bluebeard will be shown. The main parts will be performed by Diana Vishneva, Kimin Kim, Mikhail Petrenko and Anzhelika Minasova. Stage director - Yuri Posokhov. You can see the performances that practically do not appear on Russian stages today again on June 29 with the same brilliant cast of performers.
Ballet fans will also be treated to a series of rare repertoire shows - on July 8 and twice on July 9, Prokofiev's Stone Flower will be performed on the historical stage. Victoria Tereshkina, Andrey Ermakov, Ekaterina Osmolkina and Alexander Sergeev will play the main roles on July 8.
The opera poster of the last days of June and the beginning of July is rich in star names. On June 30, Verdi's opera Don Carlos will be performed at the Mariinsky-2. Tatiana Serzhan, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Skorokhodov, Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, Maharram Huseynov and Mikhail Kolelishvili will perform the famous composition for six soloists of the highest level of skill, each of whom the composer presented a complex and winning part in their own way. The same Verdi masterpiece will solemnly end the XXXI Stars of the White Nights Music Festival on July 11. Brilliant artists will take the stage - Hibla Gerzmava, Sergey Skorokhodov, Alexei Markov, Evgeny Nikitin and Mikhail Petrenko. At the conductor's stand - Valery Gergiev.
In July, fans of the music of the Italian genius are waiting for two more performances with the participation of opera stars. On July 3, the opera Macbeth based on the story of Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name will be performed at the historical stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The part of Lady Macbeth will be performed by Yekaterina Semenchuk, the part of Macduff will be performed by Alexander Mikhailov. And on July 8, the opera Rigoletto will be performed at the Mariinsky-2, which struck Verdi's contemporaries with its humanity. Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, Antonina Vesenina and Kirill Belov will take the stage.
There are also two stellar events on the poster of the Concert Hall in early July. On July 6, Dargomyzhsky's opera "Rusalka" will be performed in concert. The part of Melnik will be performed by Vladimir Vaneev, conductor - Valery Gergiev. And the next day, July 7, the leading soloists of the opera troupe will dedicate a concert to the memory of Elena Obraztsova. Tatyana Serzhan, Ekaterina Sergeeva, Zinaida Tsarenko, Alexander Mikhailov, Sergey Semishkur, Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar and Alexei Markov will take the stage. They will perform famous excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride, Mascagni's Rural Honor and Bizet's Carmen.
And on July 10 Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor will be performed on the new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. A surprise for the public will be the appearance of Albina Shagimuratova in the title role. In March, the singer performed one of her crowning roles for the last time, but due to numerous requests from the artist's fans, it was decided to repeat her performance as Lucia as a special event as part of the Stars of the White Nights festival. Together with the singer, Evgeny Akimov, Roman Burdenko and Maharram Huseynov will take the stage. At the conductor's stand - Valery Gergiev.