The NPR’s Russian Tour: St. Petersburg, Ivanovo and Nizhny Novgorod

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia continues its touring Russia as part of the All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons Project of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. From December 15 to December 18, the NPR will play in St. Petersburg, Ivanovo and Nizhny Novgorod (see Events). In the northern capital, Vladimir Spivakov's collective already performed in June 2011, fully approving the wonderful acoustics  of the new Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall. The NPR  will give there a concert on December 15 with soprano Anna Aglatova,  soloist of the Bolshoi Theater, three times the Golden Mask Prize nominee.

The program on the Mariinsky stage is aimed at a sophisticated audience: it features Ravel’s works - Shéhérazade (three oriental poems for voice with  orchestra to the words of Tristan Klingsor) and the famous choreographic poem Valse - as well as Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the philosophical Finale based on the children song Das himmlische Leben taken from the collection of German folk songs and ballads Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Vladimir Spivakov made Mahler's music part of the NPR's staple repertoire with the very first seasons as he regards it to be the measure of performing mastery of any music director and  orchestra.

In Ivanovo and Nizhny Novgorod, where the concerts will be held  within the framework of the All-Russian Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites ...”,  the maestro and the NPR will be joined by mezzo-soprano Polina Shamaeva, winner of the Big Opera TV Show, soloist of the E. Kolobov Novaya Opera Moscow Theater and the Hungarian State Opera House. In the first part of the concert, the singer will shine in arias from operas by Bizet and Saint-Saëns  (the full program is below), and in the second one, Vladimir Spivakov will treat music aficionados with Tchaikovsky's masterpieces: fragments from the ballets “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker”.

“Vladimir Sipvakov Invites…” Festival in Tyumen

From April 14 to April 16 the concert halls of the Tyumen Philharmonic Society will host the “Vladimir Spivakov Invites...” Festival, organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation within the frame of the “All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons” Project. The three-day edition of the Vladimir Spivakov Festival was first presented in Tyumen in March 2018 with the NPR, the Maestro and Timofey Vladimirov, Vassily Ladyuk and Vadim Eilenkrig as soloists.

This year, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia led by Vladimir Spivakov will become again the main participant of the Festival programs. Tyumen admirers of the musical art will also hear the Stradivarius violin played by the Maestro. At the Festival opening, Vladimir Spivakov together with the NPR's soloists Pyotr Gladysh (cello) and Zoya Abolits (piano) will perform chamber works by Schubert, Brahms and Shostakovich.
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The NPR Will Open the 80th Season of the Buryat Philharmonic Society

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov's baton will open the 80th Concert Season of the Buryat State Philharmonic Society. The Maestro and his collective will give two concerts within the “All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons” Project on the stage of the N.A. Bestuzhev Russian Drama Theater in Ulan-Ude on 4 and 5 September 2018 (see the programme below). They will be joined by mezzo Polina Shamaeva, the soloist of the E. Kolobov “New Opera” Moscow Theatre and the winner of the “Grand Opera” TV Show and of several international competitions,e.g., the Second Prize winner of the XV Tchaikovsky Competition, and cellist Alexander Ramm.

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L’âme russe déferle sur l’Alsace: Eugène Onéguine (extraits) – Colmar

L’art lyrique est peu représenté au Festival international de Colmar et c’est une version intrigante d’Eugène Onéguine, car tronquée, qui était présentée hier soir : une récitante narrait l’intrigue entre chaque moment clé de l’oeuvre – comprendre entre les grands airs et les grands passages symphoniques* – en version de concert au cœur de l’Eglise Saint-Matthieu par l’Orchestre Philharmonique national de Russie, sous la direction de Vladimir Spivakov.

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