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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Saint Petersburg

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St PetersburgMozart, Mahler

Mozart, Mahler
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Eliahu Inbal; Miroslav Kultyshev

St PetersburgMendelssohn, Tchaikovsky

Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; Benjamin Glassberg; Nikolai Mazhara

St PetersburgBeethoven, Brahms

Beethoven, Brahms
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Elisabeth Leonskaja

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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