Saint Petersburg


It’s Festival Time


A vast number of festivals of various kinds begin in May in St. Petersburg: musical, museum, floral...

“Stars of White Nights”


The 25th “Stars of White Nights” International Music Festival opens on 26 May in Mariinsky-2 with a concert by the celebrated pianist Daniil Trifonov and the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. The festival continues until 23 July and includes over 100 operas, ballets and concerts featuring international stars. The premieres announced so far that deserve particular attention are Francesco Cilea’s opera “Adriana Lecouvreur” in a production by Isabelle Partiot-Pieri, Boris Tishchenko’s ballet “Yaroslavna” in Vladimir Varnava’s production and “The Seasons” to Max Richter’s music, directed by Ilya Zhivoy. 12+.

“Musical Collection”


Another major international classical music festival — “Musical Collection” — will be held in the Philharmonic Great and Chamber Halls. It opens on 21 May with a solo concert by Nikolay Lugansky, who will play music by Tchaikovsky and Chopin. The grand series of piano concerts will continue on 31 May with “Gravitation” — duets by Polina Osetinskaya and Anton Batagov. On 4 June the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Philharmonia will play under the famous Lithuanian conductor Juozas Domarkas. The programme includes works by Dvorak and Beethoven (the soloist is the outstanding Russian pianist Vladimir Mischouk). The closing concert of the festival and of the Philharmonic season on 30 June will again feature the Academic Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Yury Temirkanov. 6+.

“Meeting Halfway”


The 10th “Meeting Halfway” International Creative Festival will take place in the Northern Capital from 27 to 31 May. The Russian Museum and popular concert venues will be staging concerts, exhibitions, flash mobs and master-classes featuring children with restricted abilities from 62 regions of Russia. The opening ceremony on 27 May will take place on the steps of the Russian Museum. A city festival will be held in the Mikhailovsky Garden on 28 May. Those taking part will be soloists from the Mariinsky Theatre, the outstanding jazz saxophonist Igor Butman and the Terem Quartet. The festival winners will receive their awards in the Philharmonic Great Hall on 30 May. 0+.

“Musical Olympus”


From 28 May to 4 June St. Petersburg will host the “Musical Olympus” International Festival, whose founder and permanent director is the musician, producer and public figure Irina Nikitina. Every year the festival gives audiences in St. Petersburg a unique opportunity to hear the musical elite of the future: all the participants are winners of prestigious international competitions. Young conductors, pianists, violinists, singers, cellists, guitarists, horn players, alto saxophonists and vibraphone players will demonstrate their mastery in the Philharmonic Great Hall, the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall and the Cappella. 6+.

“Palaces of St. Petersburg”


The 25th “Palaces of St. Petersburg” International Music Festival opens in the Armorial Hall in the Winter Palace (the Hermitage) on 31 May. Artistic Director Maria Safaryants has chosen a concert performance of Pietro Mascagni’s opera “Cavalleria Rusticana” for this ceremonial evening. It will feature a combined choir of 120 (!) and star soloists from world opera: the brilliant Italian soprano Chiara Taigi and the famous Spanish tenor Sergio Escobar. The Tavrichesky Orchestra will be conducted by Marco Guidarini. The festival continues until 1 July. 6+.

Tulip Festival


Another unusual festival is the 5th Tulip Festival on Elagin Island (Central Park of Culture and Relaxation). This year the flowerbeds will occupy a total of 2,225 square metres and will include a record number of varieties — 120. The opening of the festival is planned for 13 and 14 May in the form of a historical promenade. On those days there will be several music and drama zones in the park near the palace devoted to various historical periods (baroque, rococo, classicism, Empire-style and modernism). 0+.

Science Fest


The Lumiere Hall (74 Nab. Obvodnogo Kanala. T: 407 1731) is staging a Science Fest on 27 and 28 May. The festival, whose motto is “It’s Fashionable to be Clever!”, will bring together software developers, businessmen, scientists and fans of IT in one place. Visitors can expect a mass of virtual reality diversions and attractions, tasty food and instructive papers from the world of science and technology. 6+.

Where St.Petersburg

March 2019

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