War and Peace
The opera War and Peace is a brand-new production of Prokofiev’s epic masterpiece and it was broadcast live from the recently opened Mariinsky II as part of the annual Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. Directed by Graham Vick with stage design by Paul Brown, the opera was conducted by the internationally acclaimed Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev.
This was the first opera to be broadcast live to cinemas from Mariinsky II, and the first ever live opera cinema screening to the UK from either of the Mariinsky stages. The recorded version of the opera will be screened in selected cinemas worldwide, see Cinemas and tickets for more details.
Based on the 19th century novel by Tolstoy, the opera of War and Peace tells the story of young Natasha (Aida Garifullina) who falls for dashing widow Prince Andrei (Andrei Bondarenko). But his father disapproves of their proposed union causing the match to be postponed. Meanwhile Natasha’s head is turned by the charming Anatol Kuragin who neglects to mention that he is already married. This individual and personal story is overtaken by political events as Napoleon’s army closes in on Russia, making war inevitable.
Sponsored by BP and Rosneft, this dynamic new production stars the exciting young Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko (winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World – Song Prize 2011) as Prince Andrei. An increasingly familiar face in the UK, Bondarenko has performed the role of Eugene Onegin at the Glyndebourne Festival this season to critical acclaim. Bondarenko is joined by the young Russian soprano Aida Garifullina (winner of Operalia 2013) who makes her debut as Natasha.
Andrei Bondarenko and Aida Garifullina