White Night Stars Festival: an exceptional event in St. Petersburg

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A cultural party at the most famous musical theater in St. Petersburg becomes an exquisite decoration of the romantic season of “White Nights”.

According to its name, “Stars of White Nights” is collected at the end of May on the walls of the legendary “Mariinsky Theater” of opera and ballet celebrities from different countries. The festival was created in 1993 by Mariinsky’s artistic director and director, Valery Gergiev, as a “musical gift” for the northern capital of world cultural figures. During the existence of the project, high-art legends such as Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Yuri Temirkanov, Gidon Kremer, Alfred Brendel, Olga Borodina, Vadim Repin, Deborah Voight, James Conlon and Alexander Toradze participated. Many international art experts include the White Night Stars at the top ten cultural festivals in the world.

The theater festival program takes place in two main locations. It includes more than 160 performances and concerts, most of which are immortal works of classics such as Shostakovich, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Mahler from the repertoire of the main theater in St. Petersburg. During the day, the opera and ballet performances take place on the central stage and the new Mariinsky 2 stage, and at night, in the concert hall of the Mariinsky theater.

Since 2016, the famous cultural forum has received its logical continuation at the other end of Russia. After the end of their St. Petersburg program, the Stars move to the Primorsky stage of the Mariinsky Theater in Vladivostok, where the Mariinsky Festival opens in summer. Already the first ballet-opera symposium gathered under its auspices more than 300 leading artists from 12 countries, and more than 20,000 residents of Vladivostok became their audience.

The price of tickets for the performances of the opera and ballet festival “Stars of the white nights” is 800 rubles.

The Stars of the White Nights music festival is today one of the ten best festivals in the world. This is one of the most popular and ambitious musical forums in terms of design and scope. The initiator of its creation in 1993 was the artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater Valery Gergiev. According to the teacher, he conceived the first festival as a “musical gift” for the city of Mariinsky Theater staff, of the soloists who agreed to participate. For 18 years, the scope of the Stars of the White Nights festival has been extended from 10 days to 3 months.

Each year, the festival program includes the best opera and ballet performances of the theater, great symphonic canvases, chamber music masterpieces and new theater premieres. In recent years, the festival poster has included cycles of works by classical composers: interpretation of the Prokofiev symphonies, Beethoven symphonies and concerts, the opera ballet and the Tchaikovsky symphony music, as well as all Shostakovich symphonies and all Mahler’s symphonies. Each year, the Mariinsky Theater expands the limits of the festival, performing in Moscow and cities in the northwest region, and dominating the creation of performances in natural landscapes (outdoors).

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