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Guide to live classical music and opera in Russia

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Evening performance
Matinee performance
Tchaikovsky's Ballets
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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

MoscowThe Love for Three Oranges

Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges
Alexander Lazarev; Alexander Titel; Stanislavsky Opera; Vladimir Arefiev; Leonid Zimnenko; Roman Ulybin

MoscowThe Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)
Alexander Lazarev; Alexander Titel; Stanislavsky Opera; Sergei Barkhin; Maria Danilova; Ksenia Dudnikova; Natalia Zimina

St PetersburgFestival Closing

Beethoven, Mahler
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov; Rudolf Buchbinder
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The Bolshoi: Danish dancing with a Russian touch

© Damir Yusupov
The Bolshoi dancers Anna Tikhomiova and Artemy Belyakov shine in the stylish and poetic version of La Sylphide by Johan Kobborg.
****1
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Mieczysław Weinberg's The Idiot at the Bolshoi Theatre

Bogdan Volkov (Prince Myshkin), Pyotr Migunov (Rogozhin) © Damir Yusupov
Completed in 1985 and premièred in Mannheim in 2013, Mieczysław Weinberg's The Idiot is a true rarity. Seeing it revived for the first time, it's thrilling to see the opera given the vocal and musical treatment it desrves, lending a helping hand to its return from oblivion.
****1
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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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