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Kirov Opera and Ballet

14th March 2005

Dear All

Received from Victor Hochhauser

Best wishes
Ute

Dear Victor Hochhauser Emailing List Member,

As a member of the Victor Hochhauser Emailing List we are pleased to send you advance details of the new Kirov Opera & Ballet season. Details are included below.

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VICTOR HOCHHAUSER PRESENTS

The Kirov Opera & Ballet
Artistic & General Director of The Mariinsky Theatre:
Valery Gergiev

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Monday 18 July – Saturday 6 August 2005

– Ballet highlights include the return of Uliana Lopatkina in Swan Lake, an all-Forsythe programme and a new Balanchine triple-bill.

– Valery Gergiev conducts all seven performances of Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina and Turandot.

The acclaimed Kirov Opera and Ballet companies return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for a three-week season (18 July – 6 August 2005) presented by Victor Hochhauser.

THE KIROV BALLET (18 – 30 July)

Uliana Lopatkina, acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, opens The Kirov Ballet’s two-week season (18 – 30 July) in the role with which she has become most closely associated – that of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake.

The Company displays its enormous versatility with a sensational programme of William Forsythe ballets – Steptext, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Approximate Sonata and In the middle, somewhat elevated – and a Balanchine triple-bill comprising La Valse, Prodigal Son and Ballet Imperial. The Kirov will present both programmes for the first time in London.

Two of the most cherished ballets in the Kirov’s repertoire, Lavrovsky’s Romeo & Juliet and Petipa’s La Bayadère, in the much-loved 1941 production, complete the repertoire.

The Kirov’s three reigning prima ballerinas, Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva and Daria Pavlenko appear throughout the season, together with the Company’s finest male principals – Igor Zelensky, Igor Kolb, Daniil Korsuntsev and the young Leonid Sarafanov, who made such an impact during The Kirov Ballet’s last visit to London in 2003. There are also opportunities for many gifted newcomers to make their mark with London audiences, including Viktoria Tereshkina, Evgenia Obraztsova, Alexandra Iosifidi, Mikhail Lobukhin and Vladimir Shishov.

THE KIROV OPERA (1 – 6 August)

Valery Gergiev, internationally acclaimed as one of today’s truly great conductors, will direct The Kirov Opera in all seven performances during their visit to Covent Garden (1 – 6 August). His artistic leadership of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre with its two resident companies – The Kirov Opera and The Kirov Ballet – has produced an era of unrivalled artistic supremacy.

The Kirov, with its superlative ensemble of soloists, its wonderful chorus and world-famous orchestra, will be seen at the Royal Opera House in three operatic masterpieces from the Company’s vast repertoire: Mussorgsky’s two great historical operatic dramas, Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina, and Puccini’s late masterwork, Turandot.

Boris Godunov, perhaps the greatest of Russian operas, opens The Kirov Opera’s season at Covent Garden on 1 August, and is here presented in Mussorgsky’s 1869 original version, in a powerful production first performed in 2002.

The renowned Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina heads a glittering cast in the role of Marfa in The Kirov Opera’s incomparable interpretation of Khovanshchina. The breathtaking beauty of its sets, the magnificence of its chorus and the splendour of The Kirov Orchestra under Valery Gergiev have been acclaimed the world over.

The sensational Russian tenor Vladimir Galuzin recreates one of his most celebrated roles as Calaf in The Kirov’s stunning production of Puccini’s glorious and exotic opera, Turandot.

All casting is subject to alteration.
Public Booking opens on 26 April 2005.

The Kirov Opera & Ballet season is supported by The Daily Telegraph.
The Forsythe programme is supported by Kultur-Stiftung der Deutschen Bank.
The Balanchine programme is supported by Mrs Bettina von Siemens and presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust.
Boris Godunov is supported by Vneshtorgbank.
Turandot is supported by Delzell Foundation (USA)

More details will become publicly available from 25th March at: www.victorhochhauser.co.uk

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