Mariinsky II Delay Rumors Are Denied
Published: August 10, 2011 (Issue # 1669)
Mariinsky Theater artistic director Valery Gergiev dismissed rumors that the opening of the theaterТs second stage would be delayed until 2015 at a news conference last week.
Responding to media speculation that the new venue, which is currently due to open in a yearТs time, will not open its doors to spectators until 2013 or even 2015, Gergiev said that although the deadline for the end of the construction is currently being finalized, the maestro will personally make sure that no procrastination occurs.
УDo not believe the nonsense about the 2015 deadline; work is in full swing and we are keeping a close eye on the construction process to ensure that nobody works half-heartedly,Ф Gergiev said.
УThe troupe needs the new stage like every living creature needs oxygen. It is shameful that in the 21st century, the Mariinsky Theater has to close for at least five days to mount the sets for Andrei KonchalovskyТs staging of ProkofievТs opera СWar and PeaceТ.Ф
The MariinskyТs 228th season ended in July with soul-searching and experimenting, in the form of a premiere of Claudia SoltiТs mesmerizing take on BrittenТs opera УA Midsummer NightТs Dream.Ф
УWe had a most productive season, with more than 500 performances both on home soil and abroad,Ф Gergiev told reporters at the news conference.
УAt this stage, it is crucially important for the company to try new artistic ground and be involved in experiments that offer both the company and audiences daring new angles. That is why we have chosen to work with directors such as Daniele Finzi Pasca, whose productions for Cirque du Soleil have gained international recognition, and Claudia Solti, who has an extensive background in filmmaking.
УFinzi Pasca, who staged VerdiТs СAidaТ for the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, is renowned for his unique way of communicating with audiences, regardless of their cultural background or country of origin, and we very much hope that his production will become a bestselling hit,Ф Gergiev added.
The theaterТs next season opens on Sept. 26 with Finzi PascaТs УAida.Ф The next day will see a concert by the eminent pianist Denis Matsuev alongside the Urals Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gergiev at the Mariinsky Concert Hall.
Opera premieres to look out for in the coming season include the musical УMy Fair LadyФ by Loewe, originally produced by Robert Carson for the Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, and Graham VickТs take on MussorgskyТs УBoris GodunovФ (a joint project with the Baden-Baden Opera Theater). Another operatic treat looks set to be DebussyТs УPelleas et MelisandeФ which will be staged by Daniel Kramer, who was responsible for the production of BartokТs УDuke BluebeardТs CastleФ for the Mariinsky last year.
In June, St. Petersburg co-hosted the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition for the first time in the history of the contest, which until now had only been held in Moscow. In the new season, the Mariinsky Concert Hall will organize a series of concerts by the competitionТs winners and finalists, especially by pianists and cellists, who competed in Moscow and could not therefore be heard by local audiences.
Ahead of the start of the new season, the companyТs opera and ballet companies and its orchestra have embarked on extensive tours abroad. Upcoming engagements include performances at the Rotterdam International Festival on Sept 8 and 9 of two operas Ч WagnerТs УParsifalФ and BerliozТs УLes TroyensФ Ч after which the company will appear at the International Music Festival in Bucharest on Sept. 11 and 12.
In the meantime, the Mariinsky ballet troupe is heading to Brazil for a tour from the end of August through the first half of September, before the dancers move on to perform in Singapore and Bangkok from Sept. 16.