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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 theaters 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 years 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.

Do 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, Gergiev said.

The 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 Konchalovskys staging of Prokofievs opera War and Peace.

The Mariinskys 228th season ended in July with soul-searching and experimenting, in the form of a premiere of Claudia Soltis mesmerizing take on Brittens opera A Midsummer Nights Dream.

We had a most productive season, with more than 500 performances both on home soil and abroad, Gergiev told reporters at the news conference.

At 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.

Finzi Pasca, who staged Verdis Aida 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, Gergiev added.

The theaters next season opens on Sept. 26 with Finzi Pascas Aida. 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 My Fair Lady by Loewe, originally produced by Robert Carson for the Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, and Graham Vicks take on Mussorgskys Boris Godunov (a joint project with the Baden-Baden Opera Theater). Another operatic treat looks set to be Debussys Pelleas et Melisande which will be staged by Daniel Kramer, who was responsible for the production of Bartoks Duke Bluebeards Castle 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 competitions 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 companys 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 Wagners Parsifal and Berliozs Les Troyens 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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the clubs website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBAs and Capital Legal Services event Arctic Expedition this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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