The Mariinsky Theatre has announced that its new state-of-the-art opera house, Mariinsky II, will open to the public with three celebratory days of star-studded musical and dance performances from 2 - 4 May 2013. Further defining the Mariinsky as one of the world’s premier centers for classical music, opera and ballet, the opening of the new hall marks the completion of the Mariinsky Cultural Complex in St. Petersburg’s historic Theatre Square and provides the legendary Russian organization with hopefully even greater artistic possibilities.
Opening Night Gala concert will feature Ildar Abdrazakov, Yuri Bashmet, Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, Ekaterina Gubanova, Leonidas Kavakos, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alexei Markov, Denis Matsuev, Anna Netrebko, Yevgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Semishkur, Vladimir Shklyarov, Diana Vishneva, Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, and Vaganova Ballet Academy
Highlights of Opening Events include Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta featuring Anna Netrebko; Balanchine’s Jewels featuring Ekaterina Kondaurova, Vladimir Shklyarov, Uliana Lopatkina and Danila Korsuntsev; Verdi’s Nabucco featuring Plácido Domingo and Maria Guleghina; and a performance honoring Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva.
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