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Opening of new Mariinsky II Opera House in St. PetersburgMay 2-4, 2013


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#61 Cygnet

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:14 AM

Outstanding coverage right now online with ARTE. Excellent performance (so far) from all - the opening Shades, the Children's Chorus, Lopatkina, Nikitin in the opening scene and chorus of "Boris Godunov," the Vaganova students in "Etudes," and pianist Denis Matsuev. Brava Mariinsky Posted Image !

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:23 AM

Thank you for the link.



#63 Helene

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:24 AM

Kimin has lovely loft, but his feet were flapping in the double tours. I loved how the "Etudes" ballerina wasn't a waif.

Was that Vishneva in "Carmen"?

The baritone singing now has interesting hair.

The way the stage moves means that they can put different sets on each side of the conveyor and do very fast set changes. For the ballet, they may be able to utilize the space with temporary dressing areas like they showed at the Metropolitan Opera during the "Giulio Cesare" performances, but one side, at least, might be set-up for the next performance of the opera.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:25 AM

Is that Yuri Beshmet playing "The Dying Swan"? Who is the ballerina?

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:27 AM

Is this the link you are all using? http://liveweb.arte....nt_Petersbourg/

Once on that site, do you have to click anything? I've clicked through all the options...unblocked pop-ups, etc. Still getting a clock that it will start live in 90 minutes...anybody else having that problem?

#66 Helene

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:31 AM

I didn't have that problem but I had to try a few times before the connection would connect instead of hang.

Is that Evgeny Nikitin singing with the male chorus? There are some handsome dudes in that chorus.

Is that Plisetskaya next to Putin? She made some comments to him after "The Dying Swan."

Now the orchestra with "Rite of Spring."

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:31 AM

Is this the link you are all using? http://liveweb.arte....nt_Petersbourg/

Once on that site, do you have to click anything? I've clicked through all the options...unblocked pop-ups, etc. Still getting a clock that it will start live in 90 minutes...anybody else having that problem?


try this

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:33 AM


Is this the link you are all using? http://liveweb.arte....nt_Petersbourg/

Once on that site, do you have to click anything? I've clicked through all the options...unblocked pop-ups, etc. Still getting a clock that it will start live in 90 minutes...anybody else having that problem?


try this

Same ticking clock...I guess something in my ISP or perhaps my security software is blocking the transmission. I'll try later to see if they post a recording...I hope!

#69 Cygnet

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:51 AM



Is this the link you are all using? http://liveweb.arte....nt_Petersbourg/

Once on that site, do you have to click anything? I've clicked through all the options...unblocked pop-ups, etc. Still getting a clock that it will start live in 90 minutes...anybody else having that problem?


try this

Same ticking clock...I guess something in my ISP or perhaps my security software is blocking the transmission. I'll try later to see if they post a recording...I hope!


I suspect that there should be a dvd eventually; I'd be surprised if there isn't. IMO Maestro G. should have somehow gotten Ballet in Cinema to jump all over this once the opening date was decided, like the Bolshoi. Incidentally, for those who don't know, today (2 May) is his birthday.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:25 AM

Domingo is conducting Anna Netrebko in the Zerlina-Don Giovanni duet ("La ci darem la mano") with a big male cast.

Netrebko sang something before and is leading a big showpiece with chorus from Russian opera. I recognize both, but can't for the life of me remember what they are.

She is wearing a gorgeous bronze, silver, and black beaded, sequinned, glittery gown with huge silver heels.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:26 AM

My posts 57 and (especially) 59 give a blow-by-blow of the program. Alas, I missed anything shown after Domingo but it couldn't have been more than a couple of numbers. Assuming that Netrebko sang and that there was a grand finale?

Helene, that was 'Big Red' Kondaurova in Dying Swan. See post 59.

I love any chance to see Plisetskaya but...not sure about her affiliation with the Mariinsky, given that she was one of the great Bolshoi ballerinas. Couldn't they have found some great ex-Kirov/Mariinsky ballerinas to spotlight on this day?

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:29 AM

Kondaurova was marvelous. (I didn't think to go backwards in the thread.)

To end, everyone came back on stage, during the choral finale. Gergiev is holding half a florist's shop worth of flowers*, and I think the crowd and chorus just sang the Russian equivalent of "Happy Birthday" to Gergiev, who is beaming.

*Oops, from that angle, it looked like he was holding everyone else's flowers.

Edited to add: from what I caught of the credits, it looked like Netrebko sang Lady Macbeth's big aria, then Zerlina, and the closing piece was from Tchaikovskys "Iolanthe."

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:51 AM

[font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=4]Leaping finale of [/size][/font]Etudes[font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=4]. [/size][/font]Kolegova is the star ballerina here...I think it is she. WOW, Kim Kimin - extraordinary! Not sure who is the 2nd guy but he is good, too...doesn't look like Schklyarov.


I'm pretty sure that it's Anastasia Kolegova, Natalia. "WOW, Kim Kimin - extraordinary!" He Always Is !



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:59 AM

I watched the whole thing except the transmission on Arte dropped out after Domingo's "Winterstürme" (which made me so sad.....like a God falling and smashing to the earth), but I restarted my computer and got it going again. I saw on the ending credits that part of Jewels was shown. I assume after Domingo, b/c when I restarted I caught Netrebko in a very exciting Lady Macbeth aria "Nel di della vittoria.....vieni, t'affretta"......her full throttle, exciting sound is wonderful, but she had some problems with the coloratura, but this is a very, very difficult aria. Her steering toward more dramatic roles is quite exciting to me. She has also lost some of the baby weight she gained but still isn't the "opera hottie" she used to be, although still very attractive.

Loved Kolegova in Etudes. She is so lovely. Beautiful face and gorgeous dancing.

After having seen Kondaurova as Carmen, I find Vishneva's Carmen excerpt here too cutesy. Kondaurova is more of a biyatch and better at this role. I actually found Kondaurova's Dying Swan like a swan that would come back to life and punch out whoever killed her. I don't know why but I find her strong physique, strong face, and strong persona just doesn't work on fragile characters. I like her better as Carmen or as the Street Dancer in DQ. Don't beat up on me!!! I know I am in the minority on this view, but somehow I think she excels at strong women and doesn't do fragile very well, although there was nothing wrong with her Dying Swan, and I would take her over a lot of ballerinas outside of the Mariinsky anyday.

Rene Pape, who I have always loved, is beginning to have a very dry sound which makes him sound less powerful than he used to.

Olga Borodina is still a goddess. Even taking a breath between"responds" in the phrase "reponds, reponds a ma tendresse" during both verses, I still love her. Her best foot is not the high notes and the final one in "Je t'aime" was not great, but overall her voice, in my opinion, is velvet.

As I said above, I found Domingo's "Winterstürme" very sad after having seen him in his prime. It is like watching a God fall and his statue smash to pieces on the earth. It saddens me. He managed nice "Andiam"s later as he conducted Netrebko and the other men (each taking a verse of Don Giovanni's duet with her).

Overall, an entertaining show. I wonder why they didn't do it in two parts and give the audience a pee break! I would have died if I had been in the audience!!!! During Wagner operas I can't drink all day before a performance (I suck on candy) or take a few sips of drinks.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 11:05 AM

By the way, is it normal to sing "Happy Birthday" in English in Russia?

Was the Jewels excerpt after Domingo's "Winterstürme"? I don't remember seeing anything from Jewels so it must have been between Domingo and Netrebko when the transmission cut off momentarily and I had to restart my computer to get it going again.


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