Festival news (2003)
John Neumeier's Hamburg Ballet, London's Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet, three of the world's leading ballet companies, will be performing here in July as part of the Stars of the White Nights festival. John Neumeier's company will open this ballet marathon on 8th July.
Valery Gergiev has been awarded the Russian Orthodox Church's Order of Saint Prince Daniil the Faithful of Moscow (3rd Class) 'for his participation in charitable and cultural programmes of the Russian Orthodox Church and also to commemorate his 50th birthday'.
The winner of the competition to design the new building of the Mariinsky Theatre has been announced. The winner is French architect Dominique Perrault.
On 28th June, the Mariinsky Theatre staged the premiere of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera The Enchantress. Valery Gergiev is the Musical Director and Conductor, the Director is David Pountney, the Set Designer is Robert Innes-Hopkins, the Costume Designer is Tatiana Noginova and the Lighting Designer is Mimi Sherin. The production was premiered at Lisbon's Teatro São Carlos.
On 6th June, Mariinsky Theatre soloist Vasily Gerello was awarded the Fortissimo music prize, which was established by the St Petersburg Conservatoire. Gerello came top in the Performance Skill category.
On 9th June, the exhibition of competition projects for the new building of the Mariinsky Theatre opens at the Academy of Arts. All who are interested in the projects will have the opportunity to view them. The exhibition runs until 25th June.
The Mariinsky Theatre is preparing to stage two more premieres; the new productions are both ballets. On 9th June as part of the Tribute to Stravinsky evening, along with the theatre's recently premiered opera oratorio Oedipus Rex, the ballets Les Noces and Le Sacre du printemps with choreography by Bronislava and Vaslav Nijinsky will be performed for the first time ever at the Mariinsky Theatre.
The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, 'the Heart of the Netherlands', will be performing at the Stars of the White Nights festival under the baton of Valery Gergiev. On 7th June at 20:00 and 8th June at 13:00, the orchestra will be performing works by Berlioz and Mahler at the Mariinsky Theatre.
On 8th June, renowned conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach will be conducting Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal. The performance starts at 18:00.
The June premieres at the Mariinsky Theatre begin with Anton Rubinstein's opera The Demon, directed by Lev Dovin and with sets designed by David Borovsky.
The production was first performed in February 2003 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris as part of the Saison russe.
On 5th June as part of the Stars of the White Nights festival, Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Chorus in a rendition of Sofia Gubaidulina's St John's Passion and Easter Oratorio at Smolny Cathedral.
The State Academic Mariinsky Theatre received the Order of Peter the Great on 27th May in recognition of its outstanding services and achievements in culture, furthering Russia's prosperity, glory and greatness.
On 30th and 31st May, the Mariinsky Theatre will be staging 300 Years of St Petersburg gala concerts of world stars of opera and ballet including Olga Borodina, Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ulyana Lopatkina. Valery Gergiev is the Artistic Director and Conductor, the staging and production of the concert is by Valery Gergiev and Boris Eifman and George Tsypin is the Production Designer of the concert. Heads of State taking part in the international summit have been invited to the concert on 30th May. The BBC will be broadcasting the performance live. Peter Maniura is the Producer of the broadcast.
On 1st June, the XI Stars of the White Nights international festival will be presenting a musical 'Shakespeariana' with Olga Borodina, Ildar Abdrazakov, Andrian Fadeyev and other Mariinsky Theatre opera and ballet soloists as well as the Chorus and Orchestra. Valery Gergiev will be conducting.
On 27th May at 19:00, the Mariinsky Theatre will be staging the opera The Queen of Spades with Vladimir Galuzin, Irina Bogacheva and Irina Gordei. The Kultura TV channel will transmit a live broadcast of the performance.
On 28th May at 20:00, there will be a gala concert In Honour of St Petersburg on Palace Square with Mariinsky Theatre opera and ballet soloists, orchestra and chorus. Valery Gergiev will be conducting.
White Nights, a new variety of chrysanthemum, has been specially cultivated to honour St Petersburg's tercentenary and the Stars of the White Nights festival. The flowers were presented to Valery Gergiev today during a grand reception to mark the opening of the exhibition at the Marble Palace.
There was a grand ceremony on 23rd May at the Marble Palace to mark the opening of the exhibition The Mariinsky Theatre. 1783-2003. Theme and Variations. The exhibition includes about 700 exhibits. Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Vladimir Gusev, Director of the Russian Museum, Mikhail Shvydkoi, Minister of Culture, and Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage, attended the opening of the exhibition. The exhibition will run until 27th July.
Throughout the week of the anniversary celebrations, stars of the Mariinsky Opera including Olga Borodina, Larisa Diadkova, Anna Netrebko, Irina Bogacheva, Irina Gordei, Vladimir Vaneyev, Vladimir Ognovenko, Vladimir Galuzin and Vasily Gerello will be performing in operas and concerts as part of the Stars of the White Nights festival.
On 23rd May, the exhibition The Mariinsky Theatre. 1783-2003. Theme and Variations will open at the Marble Palace of the State Russian Museum; the exhibition is devoted to Russia's oldest musical theatre, for over two centuries the academy of Russian opera and ballet. The exhibition has been organised by the State Russian Museum together with the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre and the St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music. Over 700 exhibits will be on show. Residents of St Petersburg will have the opportunity to see costumes of the artists of the Imperial Theatre and sketches and models of sets.