23rd Stars of The White Nights Music Festival

03 August 2015

The Mariinsky Theatre has hosted the 23rd Stars of The White Nights Music Festival with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation from May 27 to August 2, 2015 in St. Petersburg. This is an annual summer parade of musical events, attracting the attention of all kinds of fans of classical music, opera and ballet.

Stars of The White Nights was dedicated to Tchaikovsky, whose 175th anniversary was celebrated this year throughout the world. Therefore, the ballet programme opened with Swan Lake and the opera with The Queen of Spades. All of the Tchaikovsky operas and ballets in the theatre’s repertoire were performed at the festival — Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, Mazepa, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

The Festival’s premieres included Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata directed by Claudia Solti, a concert performance of Dallapiccolla’s opera Il Prigioniero and Maxim Petrov’s one-act ballet Le Divertissement du Roi.

Among the special events of the festival were a show by Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra, which performed an unusual benefit performance created from the intersection between music and literature. Death and the Maiden by Schubert-Mahler and Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens wonderfully merged with Albert Camus’ Caligula. The role of the reader was performed by Konstantin Khabensky, an actor of the Moscow Art Theatre.

Traditionally, the northern capital was visited by a veritable constellation of stars, including: pianists Barry Douglas, Andrew von Oyen, Alexei Volodin, Daniil Trifonov and Denis Matsuev, cellists Lynn Harrell and Dmitry Ganenko, violinists Leonidas Kavakos and Pinchas Zukerman, organists Thierry Escaich and David Franke. World opera celebrities participating in the festival included Ferruccio Furlanetto, Rafal Siwek, Vitaly Kovalev, Oksana Dyka, Mikhail Kazakov, Albina Shagimuratova, Maria Guleghina, Tatiana Serjan, Marco Berti and others.

During just 68 days of the festival and only three main stages of the Mariinsky Theatre, 200 performances and concerts took place: 120 performances consisting of 58 operas and 62 ballets, three concert performances of operas and 52 chamber and symphony music concerts.

In addition, the festival saw performances by youth groups and singers’ in which they tested their skill at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. A gala concert of the winners was enjoyed by the audience at the Mariinsky Concert Hall.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is a regular partner of the Mariinsky Theatre, supporting its projects, organizing tours, festivals and other important events.

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