The Mariinsky II Opening Gala

With Valery Gergiev

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Vasily Barkhatov — Stage director

Zinovy Margolin — Production designer and costumes

Damir Ismagilov — Lighting designer

Alexei Markov — Baritone

Andrei Ilyushnikov — Tenor

Andrei Zorin — Tenor

Anna Kiknadze — Soprano

Anna Netrebko — Soprano

Daniil Shtoda — Tenor

Dmitri Voropaev — Tenor

Edward Tsanga — Bass

Ekaterina Semenchuk — Mezzo-soprano

Ildar Abdrazakov — Bass

Ilya Bannik — Bass

Irma Gigolaty — Soprano

Kira Loginova — Soprano

Larisa Yudina — Soprano

Program notes

How often do you get the chance to see marquee names like Anna Netrebko, Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, René Pape, Denis Matsuev, Leonidas Kavakos, and Valery Gergiev (just for starters!) all in the same evening? Legendary lineups like this come along once in a blue moon, and only in hallowed places like the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, which inaugurated its new complex with this astonishing gala event in 2013!

The jam-packed evening alternates iconic ballet numbers (such as Balanchine’s Jewels, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and all-time classic Romeo and Juliet), unforgettable operatic moments (Carmen with an intense Ekaterina Semenchuk, Anna Netrebko in a dazzling fragment of Macbeth, a solid Plácido Domingo as Sigmund in The Valkyrie), and rarely seen instrumental solos, like a very special duet with violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos and prima ballerina Ulyana Lopatkina! A blockbuster event worthy of the storied venue that has captivated audiences since its 1860 opening...

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