La Bayadère at Cineworld

Bayadere_GoldenIdol_305x305Following the hugely successful live broadcast of the Mariinsky Theatre’s La Bayadère to cinemas across Europe in July, Cineworld is screening the recorded version of the ballet at its cinemas throughout the UK on Tuesday 23 September. You can see the full list of UK venues and click through to book tickets HERE

La Bayadère
La Bayadère

War and Peace 5-star FT Review

WP_Natasha_Andrei_305x305Ahead of tonight’s live broadcast of the Mariinsky Theatre’s opera War and Peace, the Financial Times has given this brand-new production a 5-star review, praising the ‘superb cast’ and the ‘sterling performances’ from chorus and opera. Here’s the link to the full review by opera critic George Loomis

It was the premiere performance last night at the Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg and cinema audiences across Europe are in the very privileged position of being able to watch the second night live on the big screen! Find a venue and book tickets HERE

La Bayadère Live on the big screen

La Bayadère LiveLast night saw the first of this week’s two Mariinsky On Screen events take place with the stunning ballet La Bayadère broadcast live from the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg to cinemas across Europe. In true Mariinsky style it was an impeccable and spellbinding performance with Act III’s Kingdom of the Shades a ballet scene of mesmerising beauty. As always it’s great to get an immediate reaction from the cinema audience on Twitter:

‘Countless Bayaderes seen but still got goose bumps when Tereshkina’s veil was removed! Love seeing so much expression closeup’ @GWDanceWriter

‘From St Petersburg to Suffolk, UK: beautiful live Russian ballet on the big screen’ @felicidades00

‘Fantastic first acts watching La Bayadere in Reading live from St. Petersburg’ @The MECIFI

‘Beautiful escapism with Mariinsky Theatre’s #MTBayadere at Fellinis Ambleside. Classical ballet at its finest.’ @CumbriaPR

Mariinsky Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre

Gergiev by Alexander Shapunov_305x305Mariinsky Opera UK Tour: Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery
Concert Performance at the Wales Millennium Centre
Sun 2 November 2014
Full of infectious melodies and wickedly funny characters, Prokofiev’s comic opera is rarely performed in Western Europe but is one of Gergiev’s favourites and in this concert performance we can expect it to be conducted with his characteristic wit and vigour.For full details of this concert (and also of another performance by the Mariinsky Chorus later that same week: Rachmaninov’s Vespers) please visit the Centre’s website:    

Mariinsky Opera at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Die Walkure from the Mariinsky OperaMariinsky Opera UK Tour: Birmingham Hippodrome
Wednesday 5 November 2014 – Das Rheingold
Thursday 6 November 2014 – Die Walküre
Saturday 8 November 2014 – Siegfried
Sunday 9 November 2014 – Götterdämmerung

Birmingham Hippodrome will present Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle conducted by Valery Gergiev with his world-famous Mariinsky Opera, making their Hippodrome debut, in four performances over five nights in November 2014. Marking the UK-Russia Year of Culture in 2014, Birmingham Hippodrome is celebrating the occasion by hosting this world-class company in the UK’s second largest city.  This will be the largest Midlands event in the UK-Russia Year of Culture programme and the first fully-staged Ring Cycle in Birmingham in decades.  Gergiev will be bringing soloists from his outstanding company of singers, brimming with young talent.  More than 250 artists will be travelling from St. Petersburg to Birmingham, along with 10 trucks of scenery.

Adding further international prestige to the city’s acclaimed cultural scene, the Mariinsky Opera’s Ring Cycle will be one of the biggest productions to visit the Hippodrome reaffirming the venue’s commitment to presenting the finest artists and musicians from around the world. More information and tickets HERE

Mariinsky Opera at the Barbican

valery_gergievMariinsky Opera UK Tour: Boris Godunov
Mon 3 Nov, 7pm, Barbican Centre
‘Weep, weep, O soul; soul of poor Russia’. Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: the story of a ruler and the ruled, of splendour and suffering, and the all-too human price of power. It’s one of the supreme achievements in Russian opera; and this concert performance by the Mariinsky company under Valery Gergiev – surely the greatest living conductor of Russian opera – is the first of two very different operas being performed in the Mariinsky’s Barbican residency: a nation looking deeply inwards, just as Shchedrin’s The Left-Hander looks to the West. More information and tickets HERE

Mariinsky Opera: The Left-Hander
Tue 4 Nov, 7pm, Barbican Centre
After Boris Godunov, Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky forces present a Russian opera from the opposite extreme of the Russian soul. Rodion Shchedrin’s Levsha (The Left-Hander) is a comic tale of Russians and Englishmen, of new technology, old traditions, and strong drink. Specially written for Gergiev and the Mariinsky – who gave its premiere in July 2013 – this is the first UK performance of this exuberant, savagely funny satire in the tradition of Gogol and Shostakovich. More information and tickets HERE

Mariinsky Opera UK Tour

valery_gergievAs well as the opportunity to watch two stunning productions broadcast live to cinemas from the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Mariinsky Opera company is visiting the UK in August and November to perform at venues in Edinburgh, London, Birmingham and Cardiff.

We’ll be posting more information shortly, but here’s the Tour schedule.

28-30th Aug Mariinsky Opera Les Troyens Edinburgh International Festival
2nd Nov Mariinsky Opera Betrothal in a Monastery Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
3rd Nov Mariinsky Opera Boris Godunov (in concert) Barbican Centre, London
4th Nov Mariinsky Opera Levsha (in concert) Barbican Centre, London
5th Nov Mariinsky Opera Das Rheingold Birmingham Hippodrome
5th Nov Mariinsky Chorus Chimes Barbican Centre, London
6th Nov Mariinsky Opera Die Walküre Birmingham Hippodrome
6th Nov Mariinsky Chorus Rachmaninov Vespers Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff
7th Nov Stradivarius Ensemble Mixed Programme Town Hall, Birmingham
8th Nov Mariinsky Opera Siegfried Birmingham Hippodrome
8th Nov Mariinsky Chorus Rachmaninov Vespers Town Hall, Birmingham
9th Nov Mariinsky Opera Götterdämmerung Birmingham Hippodrome

A touchstone production for the Mariinsky Ballet

Bayadere_GoldenIdol_305x305La Bayadère is a ballet inherently connected with Russia and the Mariinsky Theatre. When the company last performed the production in London at the Royal Opera House in 2011, it received a rapturous reception from critics and audiences alike. The three principals – Viktoria Tereshkina, Anastasia Matvienko and Vladimir Shklyarov – will be reprising their roles for the live broadcast, giving ballet fans nationwide the opportunity to watch the very pinnacle of Russian ballet at their local cinema.

are dancers touched by greatness’  Financial Times *****

’The 48-strong corps de ballet’s slow entrance in an unbroken line of arabesques stops the heart with its grace’  The Telegraph *****

 ’’It’s La bayadère that does the honours for showcasing the Mariinsky’s purest stylistic beauty’
The Arts Desk


Prokofiev’s War and Peace from Mariinsky II

Graham Vick_305x305War and Peace is widely believed to be Prokofiev’s most ambitious work, and is a huge challenge for opera companies with its lengthy series of dramatic scenes, plus the large-scale cast and chorus. This new production is being envisioned by the English director Graham Vick who has worked with many of the major opera companies around the world. He first staged War and Peace for the Mariinsky Theatre (or Kirov Theatre as it was then) in 1991 to mark the centenary of Prokofiev’s birth.  Twenty-three years later, after the world has seen extraordinary political and social change, he is returning to the work with a fresh take on this modern opera – a 20th century work re-interpreted with a 21st century viewpoint. The opera explores the preoccupations and concerns of the individual in a universal context.

Conceived as theatrically fast-moving and on a grand scale, it is fitting that it will be performed on the equally spectacular and state-of-the-art Mariinsky II stage. Alongside the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre, built in 1860, and the Concert Hall which opened in 2006, the Mariinsky II, which opened on 2 May 2013, forms part of a major theatre and concert complex reinforcing the status of the Mariinsky Theatre as one of the world’s most important cultural institutions.