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05 –08 June 2019

05 Jun
19:00–21:30
Concert: A Stradivarius Violin in Mikhailovsky Castle
The Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Castle (2, Sadovaya Ulitsa)
The evening's guests will be treated to a performance by one of the world's most outstanding young musicians, the violin virtuoso Kevin Zhu (USA), who will perform a Paganini concerto on a rare Stradivarius violin.
The event will also feature the talents of the soprano Olga Pudova, Mariinsky Theatre soloist and Golden Sofit laureate.
The concert will take place in Georgievsky Hall, one of the largest and most luxurious state rooms in St. Michael’s Castle. That evening, the Taurida State Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Lorenzo Tazzieri.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


06 Jun
18:30–21:45
The ‘Faceless’ Immersive Show
2, Moshkov Pereulok
‘Faceless’ is an alternate reality theatrical performance. There are no stages or curtains, and the main character is played by the viewer themselves.
In this immersive performance, theatregoers become a part of the action, space, and atmosphere and interact with characters that will help them seek answers to their innermost questions.
‘Faceless’ takes place over four floors of an over 300-year-old mansion in the heart of St. Petersburg.
Viewers will have the chance to meet 16 characters, traverse over 50 rooms, and, most importantly, see one of three simultaneous endings.
The script of ‘Faceless’ was inspired by the play ‘Ghosts’ by the playwright Henrik Ibsen. The performance is a prequel, describing the strange happenings that occurred five hours before the events of the play.
Directors: Migel, Mia Zanette.

A ticket is required to attend the performance and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


06 Jun
19:00–21:30
Melodies of Hollywood and Broadway. Concert
Jazz Philharmonic Hall (27, Zagorodny Prospekt)
The programme will include famous pieces from Hollywood films and Broadway musicals that the great jazz musicians of the past turned into the pillars of the genre. Performers will present their original interpretations of George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and many other renowned American composers.
The jazz parade brings together Elvira Trafova, Yulia Kasian, Tatiana Bubelnikova, Fyodor Durandin, and David Goloshchekin Jazz Ensemble.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.
Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


06 Jun
19:00–21:00
Concert of St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra
St. Petersburg State Academic Capella (20, Naberezhnaya Reki Moiki)
The concert will include musical pieces of different epochs and styles: from recognized classics such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky to outstanding contemporary composers like Gilliland and Shor. Solo: Julian Milkis, clarinet. Conductor: Alexander Chernushenko, People’s Artist of Russia.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


06 Jun
19:00–21:00
‘The Birth of Stalin’ Theatre Performance
Alexandrinsky Theatre (6, Ploshchad Ostrovskogo)
The Birth of Stalin is a play by Valery Fokin about spiritual and moral revival, about the transformation of the young revolutionary Joseph Dzhugashvili into a leader, about the disappearance of a man and the birth of a tyrant.
The performance is in Russian with simultaneous translation into English.
The legendary Alexandrinsky Theatre is the oldest national imperial theatre in Russia. It was established by Order of Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, on 30 August 1756. Alexandrinsky Theatre spawned Russian theatre as a whole, and the date of its foundation is considered the anniversary of Russian professional theatre.

This event is by ticket only, which can be ordered through the personal web office.

The ticket is paid by the participant separately.


06 Jun
19:30–22:30
Ballet: Don Quixote
Mikhailovsky Theatre (1, Ploshchad Iskusstv)
Colourful, vibrant, direct, spontaneous: all these epithets can be applied to Don Quixote, but none of them can fully convey the sense of joy that the ballet invariably arouses in the audience. The red capes of the toreadors, the strumming of guitars, the clicking of castanets, coquettish glances from behind open fans... The enchanting levity of the ‘ballet of Spain’ surges onto the Mikhailovsky Theatre stage. Each performer interprets this ballet in their own way. While it demands virtuosity and stamina, the dancers are given complete freedom of choice in the way they act the parts. It is possible to depict the sincerity and straightforwardness of the characters or present them as cunning deceivers; place an emphasis on simple domestic details, or portray fiery passions. The permutations are endless, and therein lies one of the secrets of the ballet’s phenomenal popularity.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


06 Jun
20:00–22:30
Le Corsaire
Mariinsky Theatre (1, Teatralnaya Ploshchad)
Ballet in three acts with a prologue and epilogue.
Music by Adolphe Adan, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo and Pyotr Oldenburgsky.
Libretto by Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier, edited by Yuri Slonimsky and Pyotr Gusev.
Choreography by Pyotr Gusev (1987) based on the composition and choreography of Marius Petipa.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


06 Jun
22:00–00:00
Late-night concert: Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (20, Ulitsa Pisareva – entry from 37, Ulitsa Dekabristov)
Soloist – Denis Matsuev (piano)
The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor – Valery Gergiev
Programme:
Claude Debussy – Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune;
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40;
Maurice Ravel – Boléro.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


07 Jun
18:30–21:45
The ‘Faceless’ Immersive Show
2, Moshkov Pereulok
‘Faceless’ is an alternate reality theatrical performance. There are no stages or curtains, and the main character is played by the viewer themselves.
In this immersive performance, theatregoers become a part of the action, space, and atmosphere and interact with characters that will help them seek answers to their innermost questions.
‘Faceless’ takes place over four floors of an over 300-year-old mansion in the heart of St. Petersburg.
Viewers will have the chance to meet 16 characters, traverse over 50 rooms, and, most importantly, see one of three simultaneous endings.
The script of ‘Faceless’ was inspired by the play ‘Ghosts’ by the playwright Henrik Ibsen. The performance is a prequel, describing the strange happenings that occurred five hours before the events of the play.
Directors: Migel, Mia Zanette.

A ticket is required to attend the performance and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


07 Jun
19:00–21:30
Le Corsaire
Mariinsky Theatre (1, Teatralnaya Ploshchad)
Ballet in three acts with a prologue and epilogue.
Music by Adolphe Adan, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo and Pyotr Oldenburgsky.
Libretto by Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier, edited by Yuri Slonimsky and Pyotr Gusev.
Choreography by Pyotr Gusev (1987) based on the composition and choreography of Marius Petipa.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


07 Jun
19:00–22:00
Musical: The Great Gatsby
St. Petersburg Music Hall Theatre (4, Alexandrovsky Park)
The musical The Great Gatsby premiered in October 2018. The St. Petersburg Music Hall was the first theatre in Russia and the world to stage a musical based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. This classic story about the Jazz Age, with its superficial frivolity, quests for wealth, unattainable dreams, and illusory goals in the face of all-encompassing love and idealism comes to life as a vivid and expressive piece of musical theatre on the Music Hall stage. This tale of an unhappy love unfolds against a backdrop of magnificent decorations, phenomenal video installations, stylish costumes, and original stage directions.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


07 Jun
19:00–21:30
A Night of Jazz Guitar, Gasan Bagirov and his band
Jazz Philharmonic Hall (27, Zagorodny Prospekt)
Gasan Bagirov is one of the most striking performers in St. Petersburg, a true virtuoso of several jazz styles as well as flamenco.
The programme includes famous musical pieces presented in various styles and special arrangements.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.
Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


07 Jun
19:00–21:00
Shakespeare in music. A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
St. Petersburg State Academic Capella (20, Naberezhnaya Reki Moiki)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: Sergei Stadler) is a romantic comedy and the most amorous of William Shakespeare’s plays. The reality becomes the most peculiar following the logic of dreams. The programme is built around the famous suite by Mendelssohn inspired by the magical world of fairies and elves. Masterpieces by Wagner and Mahler will become a special addition to the programme: although unrelated to the play, these works will help create the unforgettable atmosphere of a midsummer night.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.
Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


07 Jun
19:30–22:30
Ballet: Don Quixote
Mikhailovsky Theatre (1, Ploshchad Iskusstv)
Colourful, vibrant, direct, spontaneous: all these epithets can be applied to Don Quixote, but none of them can fully convey the sense of joy that the ballet invariably arouses in the audience. The red capes of the toreadors, the strumming of guitars, the clicking of castanets, coquettish glances from behind open fans... The enchanting levity of the ‘ballet of Spain’ surges onto the Mikhailovsky Theatre stage. Each performer interprets this ballet in their own way. While it demands virtuosity and stamina, the dancers are given complete freedom of choice in the way they act the parts. It is possible to depict the sincerity and straightforwardness of the characters or present them as cunning deceivers; place an emphasis on simple domestic details, or portray fiery passions. The permutations are endless, and therein lies one of the secrets of the ballet’s phenomenal popularity.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


07 Jun
19:30–21:00
Teatro Carlo Felice Philharmonic Orchestra (Genoa, Italy)
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (20, Ulitsa Pisareva – entry from 37, Ulitsa Dekabristov)
Performers:
Teatro Carlo Felice Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Giuseppe Acquaviva
Programme:
Gioachino Rossini
Overture to the opera Il signor Bruschino
Overture to the opera L’italiana in Algeri
Overture to the opera La cenerentola
Overture to the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia
Domenica Cimarosa
Overture to the opera Il matrimonio segreto
Niccolò Paganini
Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op. 6

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


07 Jun
20:00–22:00
SPIEF Music Fest: From Classical to Rock
Palace Square
The audience will get a chance to enjoy classical pieces performed by legendary Andrea Bocelli and Aida Garifullina (Vienna State Opera).

This event is open to Premium Package participants by invitation only.
More information about this event can be found in the personal web office.


07 Jun
20:00–22:30
Charity Gala concert featuring opera and ballet stars
Alexandrinsky Theatre (6, Ploshchad Ostrovskogo)
Opera and ballet stars will take part in a charity concert to support children and young people with severe disabilities.
This year, the audience will enjoy the following ballet performers: Farukh Ruzimatov, premier danseur of the Mikhailovsky Theatre; Leonid Sarafanov, leading dancers of the Mariinsky Theatre; Viktoria Tereshkina, Ekaterina Kondaurova, Oksana Skorik, Daria Pavlenko, Olesya Novikova, Igor Kolb, Andrey Ermakov, Alexander Sergeev, Alexey Timofeev, Roman Belyakov, as well as Vaganova Ballet Academy students. The opera programme will feature Yusif Eyvazov, soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Ekaterina Semenchuk, Maria Bayankina, Anastasia Kalagina, Oksana Shilova, Kiktoria Yastrebova, Yuri Vorobyov, and Dmitry Voropaev. Taurida State Symphony Orchestra of Leningrad Region will accompany the concert.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


08 Jun
13:00–16:00
Ballet: Don Quixote
Mikhailovsky Theatre (1, Ploshchad Iskusstv)
Colourful, vibrant, direct, spontaneous: all these epithets can be applied to Don Quixote, but none of them can fully convey the sense of joy that the ballet invariably arouses in the audience. The red capes of the toreadors, the strumming of guitars, the clicking of castanets, coquettish glances from behind open fans... The enchanting levity of the ‘ballet of Spain’ surges onto the Mikhailovsky Theatre stage. Each performer interprets this ballet in their own way. While it demands virtuosity and stamina, the dancers are given complete freedom of choice in the way they act the parts. It is possible to depict the sincerity and straightforwardness of the characters or present them as cunning deceivers; place an emphasis on simple domestic details, or portray fiery passions. The permutations are endless, and therein lies one of the secrets of the ballet’s phenomenal popularity.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


08 Jun
15:00–18:00
Circus Performance: EpiCENTER of the World
The Bolshoi State St. Petersburg Circus (3A, Naberezhnaya Reki Fontanki)
EpiCENTER of the World is a unique circus show staged by the Zapashny Brothers. Its plot centres on the adventures of fans travelling to the location of the FIFA World Cup 2018. This innovative show is built on beloved Russian circus traditions and an unshakable belief in treating its four-legged partners with respect. The circus ring will feature animals working with famous trainers, trapeze artists, acrobats, jugglers, and colourful clowns in the role of international football fans. EpiCENTER’s action will be accompanied by the inimitable vocals of Alice Vox and the rock stylings of Teo Sound.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


08 Jun
18:30–21:45
The ‘Faceless’ Immersive Show
2, Moshkov Pereulok
‘Faceless’ is an alternate reality theatrical performance. There are no stages or curtains, and the main character is played by the viewer themselves.
In this immersive performance, theatregoers become a part of the action, space, and atmosphere and interact with characters that will help them seek answers to their innermost questions.
‘Faceless’ takes place over four floors of an over 300-year-old mansion in the heart of St. Petersburg.
Viewers will have the chance to meet 16 characters, traverse over 50 rooms, and, most importantly, see one of three simultaneous endings.
The script of ‘Faceless’ was inspired by the play ‘Ghosts’ by the playwright Henrik Ibsen. The performance is a prequel, describing the strange happenings that occurred five hours before the events of the play.
Directors: Migel, Mia Zanette.

A ticket is required to attend the performance and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


08 Jun
19:00–21:30
Oleg Kuvaitsev and Leningrad Dixieland
Jazz Philharmonic Hall (27, Zagorodny Prospekt)
In 2017 Russia’s oldest traditional jazz band celebrated its 60th anniversary. The programme includes instrumental and vocal pieces from the American Dixieland repertoire, as well as beloved Soviet tunes presented in the band’s signature style. Dance seminar from Lubov Getsova school to follow after the intermission.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.
Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


08 Jun
19:00–20:30
Vladimir Shklyarov gala
Mariinsky II (34, Ulitsa Dekabristov)
Programme:
“The Young Lady and the Hooligan”
Ballet in seven scenes
Music by Dmitry Shostakovich
“5 Tangos”
One-act ballet
Music by Astor Piazzolla; the recording Astor Piazzolla and His Orchestra
Choreography by Hans van Manen
“Diamonds”
Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography by George Balanchine (1967)

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


08 Jun
19:00–21:00
Concert Celebrating Benny Goodman’s 110th Anniversary
St. Petersburg State Academic Capella (20, Naberezhnaya Reki Moiki)
A tribute to Benny Goodman, the King of Swing. The State Academic Capella symphony will perform hits from the Golden Age of swing. A screening of a film about the outstanding American clarinettist is planned.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


08 Jun
19:00–22:00
Circus Performance: EpiCENTER of the World
The Bolshoi State St. Petersburg Circus (3A, Naberezhnaya Reki Fontanki)
EpiCENTER of the World is a unique circus show staged by the Zapashny Brothers. Its plot centres on the adventures of fans travelling to the location of the FIFA World Cup 2018. This innovative show is built on beloved Russian circus traditions and an unshakable belief in treating its four-legged partners with respect. The circus ring will feature animals working with famous trainers, trapeze artists, acrobats, jugglers, and colourful clowns in the role of international football fans. EpiCENTER’s action will be accompanied by the inimitable vocals of Alice Vox and the rock stylings of Teo Sound.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


08 Jun
19:30–22:30
Ballet: Don Quixote
Mikhailovsky Theatre (1, Ploshchad Iskusstv)
Colourful, vibrant, direct, spontaneous: all these epithets can be applied to Don Quixote, but none of them can fully convey the sense of joy that the ballet invariably arouses in the audience. The red capes of the toreadors, the strumming of guitars, the clicking of castanets, coquettish glances from behind open fans... The enchanting levity of the ‘ballet of Spain’ surges onto the Mikhailovsky Theatre stage. Each performer interprets this ballet in their own way. While it demands virtuosity and stamina, the dancers are given complete freedom of choice in the way they act the parts. It is possible to depict the sincerity and straightforwardness of the characters or present them as cunning deceivers; place an emphasis on simple domestic details, or portray fiery passions. The permutations are endless, and therein lies one of the secrets of the ballet’s phenomenal popularity.

A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.


08 Jun
20:00–22:00
SPIEF Music Fest: From Classical to Rock
Palace Square
Festival attendees will witness legendary rock band Bi-2, accompanied by a symphony orchestra conducted by the Honoured Artist of Russia Felix Aranovsky, play their well-known hits.

This event is open to Premium Package participants by invitation only.
More information about this event can be found in the personal web office.


08 Jun
20:00–22:00
Olga Borodina recital (mezzo-soprano)
Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (20, Ulitsa Pisareva – entry from 37, Ulitsa Dekabristov)
A ticket is required to attend the event and can be ordered via the personal web office.

Participants are responsible for covering the price of attendance.