The 21st Stars of the White Nights Festival supported by VTB Bank opened at the Mariinsky Theatre on 24 May. This is the first year that the festival will be held on three stages: the Mariinsky Theatre main stage, as well as its New Theatre and Concert Hall.
The festival opened with the premiere of a new production of Alexander Dargomyzhsky’s opera Rusalka (The Mermaid) staged by Vasily Barkhatov. The festival will run until 28 July 2013. VTB Bank is the title sponsor of the festival and the staging of Rusalka.
The main event of this year’s Stars of the White Nights Festival will be the global premier of Levsha (The Lefthander), an opera composed by Rodion Shchedrin on a commission by the Mariinsky Theatre for its new stage. The opera is dedicated to conductor Valery Gergiev, general director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre.
The festival’s ballet premiere will be Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH choreographed for the New York City Ballet to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2 in F Major.
The festival will also feature the first ever 3D broadcast of the ballet Swan Lake starring Yekaterina Kondaurova and shown at the original Mariinsky Theatre on 6 June 2013. The performance will be broadcast live to 1,200 movie theatres in 50 countries.
This year VTB Bank will also