Live from the Mariinsky

May 15 to 20, 2017

From May 15 to 20, Stingray Brava broadcasts five new productions. Live from the Mariinsky features Valery Gergiev wielding the baton over the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in exhilarating performances of operas by Prokofiev, Shchedrin, Strauss and Verdi. They are joined by the Mariinsky Ballet for a masterful staging of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Stingray Brava’s Mariinsky special concludes with Sacred Stage, an insightful documentary about the Mariinsky Theatre’s eventful history. 

Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre opened its doors in 1783. The building boasts a rich history: many of the world’s greatest operas had their world premiere here. It was here that Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and Iolanta, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet were applauded by thrilled audiences for the first time.  

Through the years, the theatre has been known under several names. Throughout most of the Soviet era, it was known as the Kirov Theatre. As a consequence, the Mariinsky Ballet is still colloquially referred to as the ‘Kirov Ballet’ in classical music circles.

Valery Gergiev has wielded the baton over the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra since 1988. Under his guidance, the Mariinsky’s ballet and opera company has become one of the classical music world’s top-tier companies - one that operates on the same level as London’s Royal Opera House and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.  


Monday, May 15 at 21:00 CEST | Prokofiev - The Gambler

Sergei Prokofiev’s music flows through the veins of the Mariinsky Theatre’s musicians, and has done so for a long time. Under the baton of Valery Gergiev, the orchestra and opera company have repeatedly performed all of Prokofiev’s symphonies, concertos and operas. In the current staging of Prokofiev’s 1917 opera The Gambler, the orchestra explores the work’s full gamut of refined senses, emotions and sounds. The lively action and Gergiev’s inherent magic testify to the company’s full understanding of both the text and subtext of the piece.

Conductor: Valery Gergiev  
Soloists: Sergei Aleksashkin, Tatiana Pavloskaya, Vladimir Galuzin, Larisa Dyadkova, Nikolai Gassiev  
Performers: Mariinsky Opera, Orchestra and Choir Producer: EuroArts Music International  
Location: Mariinsky Theatre, Russia  
Year: 2012  


Tuesday, May 16 at 21:00 CEST | Shchedrin - Dead Souls

Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre stages Rodion Shchedrin’s 1976 opera Dead Souls. This opera, one of the indisputable operatic masterpieces of the 20th century, is inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s satirical 1842 novel of the same name. Shchedrin (*1932) premiered Dead Souls at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1977. More than 30 years after the opera’s first run, a brand new, bright and expressive staged version sees its premiere at Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Vasily Barkhatov.  

Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Soloists: Sergei Aleksashkin (Sobakevich), Sergei Semishkur (Nazdroyov), Sergei Romanov (Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov), Larisa Dyadkova (Korobochka)  
Performers: Mariinsky Opera, Orchestra and Choir  
Stage Director: Vasily Barkhatov  
TV Director: Henning Kasten Producer: EuroArts Music International  
Location: Mariinsky Theatre, Russia
Year: 2012  


Wednesday, May 17 at 21:00 CEST | R. Strauss - The Woman without a Shadow

Richard Strauss’ 1919 opera The Woman without a Shadow (Die Frau ohne Schatten) requires huge forces, boasting what’s perhaps Strauss’s most sumptuous score. The music poignantly illuminates the magic, mystery and earthy warmth of Hugo von Hofmannsthal's characters. Russian conductor Valery Gergiev leads this epic production from Saint Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre. Two British artists – director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown – collaborate to bring this spectacular and opulent dramatic tour de force to life, radiantly evoking the contrasts between the spirit world and human existence.


Thursday, May 18 at 21:00 CEST | Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s eternal classic, The Nutcracker, is in the right hands - choreographer Vasily Vainonen creates a colourful and sensuous dance production, combining perfection of movement with a mastery of modern technology. The results are spectacular. Under the direction of Andreas Morell, this unique version of The Nutcracker guarantees a breathtaking experience.

Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Performers: Mariinsky Opera, Orchestra and Choir  
Soloists: Mikhail Makarov, lldar Abdrazakov, Anna Markarova, Sergei Skorokhodov, Timur Abdikeyev, Vladislav Sulimasky  
Producer: EuroArts Music International  
Location: Mariinsky Theatre, Russia  
Year: 2012


Friday, May 19 at 21:00 CEST | Verdi – Attila

Based on Friedrich Werner’s Attila, King of the Huns, this powerful and atmospheric opera puts the spotlight on celebrated Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Set in the mid-5th century, Attila focuses on the collapse of the Roman Empire and is a dramatic reflection on freedom, courage and hope.

Conductor: Valery Gergiev  
Performers: Mariinsky Opera, Orchestra and Choir  
Soloists: Mikhail Makarov, lldar Abdrazakov, Anna Markarova, Sergei Skorokhodov, Timur Abdikeyev, Vladislav Sulimasky  
Producer: EuroArts Music International  
Location: Mariinsky Theatre, Russia  
Year: 2012
 


Saturday, May 20 at 21:00 CEST | Sacred Stage – The Mariinski Theatre

The documentary Sacred Stage is set against the backdrop of Saint Petersburg’s magical White Nights Festival. The film features the best in Russian symphonic music, ballet and opera at Russia’s premier theatre - the Mariinsky, also known as the Kirov. Sacred Stage explores what the theatre has meant to Russian and Soviet culture, and how it has maintained its artistic excellence through war, revolution and the collapse of Communism… No documentary about Russia’s music scene is complete without a look at the life and work of the Mariinsky’s artistic and theatre director, maestro Valery Gergiev, as well as the scene’s other characters - artists, socialites, financiers, politicians and celebrities.