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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Saint Petersburg

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Postcard from St Petersburg

The Bronze Horseman - Peter the Great © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
With great music, exceptional palaces and unique architecture, if you have any pretensions to knowing the great cities of the world, Saint Petersburg just has to be on your bucket list.
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St PetersburgBeethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky

Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; Julian Rachlin; Sarah McElravy

St PetersburgSchubert, Strauss

Schubert, Strauss R.
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Nikolai Alexeev; Matthias Goerne

St PetersburgSchnittke, Beethoven

Schnittke, Beethoven
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Ignat Solzhenitsyn; Gidon Kremer

St PetersburgTchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Borodin, Balakirev, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov

Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Borodin, Balakirev, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov
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The epitome of Russianness: Boris Godunov at the Mariinsky

Edem Umerov (Boris) © Natasha Razina | State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
In Tarkovsky's venerable production, the Mariinsky orchestra and chorus are brilliant – but too brilliant for their soloists, including two replacement Borises for an indisposed Mikhail Petrenko.
***11
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Intoxicating, mystic, sacred, profane

Sergei Aleksashkin (Ivan) © Natasha Razina | State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
Rodion Shchedrin's opera mixes singing, choreography and storytelling to lend a potent sacred and mystic overlay to Nikolai Leskov's folk tale.
*****
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Netrebko takes on Adriana Lecouvreur at the Mariinsky

Anna Netrebko (Adriana) © Valentin Baranovsky | State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
Isabelle Patriot-Pieri's new production is a quirky mix of traditional and the opposite; Netrebko shows her star quality; Eyvasov impresses.
****1
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The Mariinsky celebrate Stravinsky's 135th

Mariinsky Concert Hall © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra celebrate Stravinsky with a gala that closes with an outstanding Firebird; young talent blooms in A Soldier's Tale
****1
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