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#1 abatt

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 07:41 PM

Ballet  performances will include “The Legend of Love,” choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, and the world premiere in March 2015 of a new staging of “Hamlet,”  with choreography by Radu Poklitaru. Also, the world premiere of a ballet based on Mikhail Lermontov’s “A Hero of Our Time,”  is scheduled for June 2015, choreographed by  Yuri Possokhov.

 2015 tours to  Hong Kong and São Paulo, Brazil.

 

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#2 Helene

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 07:52 PM

Yikes -- Poklitaru choreographed the drecklich "Romeo and Juliet" that the Bolshoi brought to Seattle. 



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 11:55 AM

Yikes -- Poklitaru choreographed the drecklich "Romeo and Juliet" that the Bolshoi brought to Seattle. 

 

Oh yes...ITA with you.  That "R & J" was inexplicable. 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:43 AM

I hope this isn't a stupid question, but does anyone know whether the autumn 2014 performances have already sold out, or are they not on sale yet?

 

To explain the question -- I logged into the web site (http://www.bolshoi.ru/en/), and navigated to the list of September and October performances. In the column at the right for every performance are the words "no tickets." I tried clicking on the name of one of the performances ("The Taming of the Shrew" - October 5), and was rewarded with another page that has a "Tickets" link. But when I click that link, the site then takes me to a seating plan for the show's premiere on July 4.

 

I know there are alternatives to buying tickets from http://www.bolshoi.ru/en/, but I just want to understand it -- if they'll have tickets here later, I will keep an eye on it and try to buy them this way.

 

thanks a lot for any insights!

Sasha

 

 



#5 Birdsall

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 04:26 AM

I can't give you much insight but maybe some hope. The same problem you had with the seating plan for the premiere was what I had every time I looked for casting. It would take me to the premiere until recently when my show (July 10 Onegin) was finally the only performance of the show left. Then, it took me to the correct casting. But before it did, there was always an option to look at the listing to the right and choose the date. It just would not go to July 10 casting immediately. So maybe look to the right hand side. Usually no matter what show you are looking at (for example, I clicked on July 10 Onegin and it took me to the info but when I clicked on casting it took me to the premiere so then I looked to the right of that and saw a whole list of Onegin and clicked on the right date in the list) there is a listing of all the performances of that ballet or opera and you can choose the date. 

 

But I think buying tickets through one of the middlemen (sites) is going to cost a lot more. I think buying directly is always better. There will be a record of the purchase and a ticket certificate to print out (the Bolshoi doesn't seem to allow printing out tickets like the Mariinsky does). 

 

I do think that they have "no tickets" set until they are ready to sell them, and I suspect next season is not on sale yet. I could be wrong, but I think that they did not have Sept. or Oct. listed until this week, and it would not sell out that fast. I think June and July "no tickets" really means "sold out" but for Sept. and Oct. it means they are not ready to sell tickets yet so be patient. Every show in Sept. and Oct. would not be sold out this soon, so I am 99% sure it simply means they are not on sale yet. 



#6 sasark

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 12:05 PM

hi Birdsall,

 

Thanks a lot for the info. I think you are right -- upon closer inspection, I see that the details on the page for my show are very sparse, with no "Cast" link and other elements missing. So I think the tickets must not have gone on sale yet. I really hope so, because I'm still recovering from the heartbreak of realizing I planned my trip in such a way that I will not get to see the Mariinsky at all. I've consoled myself with Mikhailovsky tickets, but a Bolshoi ticket would certainly help speed the recovery process!

 

Sasha



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 12:57 PM

The Bolshoi usually posts tickets about two months in advance so the tickets for September should go on sale all in one batch at the beginning of July - check back every day around the end of June/beginning of July and you should see a bunch. August tends to mess up that schedule a bit, so October tickets might appear in July as well. 

 

The casting, on the other hand, won't appear until late August or September. And even after that it can change, so you just have to cross your fingers and hope you get someone good. Often if you wait for the casts, you can still get seats, but they're the most expensive ones - around $200-400. 

 

I have a guide to first-time attendees at the Bolshoi on my website that I think you might find helpful (http://itinerantball...first-time.html)

 

Good luck with the tickets!



#8 sasark

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:54 PM

Thank you!!



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:40 PM

hi Birdsall,

 

Thanks a lot for the info. I think you are right -- upon closer inspection, I see that the details on the page for my show are very sparse, with no "Cast" link and other elements missing. So I think the tickets must not have gone on sale yet. I really hope so, because I'm still recovering from the heartbreak of realizing I planned my trip in such a way that I will not get to see the Mariinsky at all. I've consoled myself with Mikhailovsky tickets, but a Bolshoi ticket would certainly help speed the recovery process!

 

Sasha

 

 

The Mikhailovsky is worth seeing. Most of the dancers are Vaganova trained and not necessarily "lesser" dancers. In fact, some are better than some Mariinsky dancers. And it is a pretty theatre. 

 

But one day return and go to the Mariinsky Theatre. I can't explain the soft glow of that theatre. It is simply amazing. And, of course, seeing the dancers in that theatre is like being in a magical world for me. If I were you I would see an opera if no ballet is playing during the time you are there. Just being in the theatre is a dream come true. I am really, really worried about the impending renovation.....some say 2015; some say 2016......there is no telling what will be changed and/or what disaster could happen once they start working on it. I have no idea if they do tours of the theatre during the daytime. I never thought about that.  If they do tours, maybe you could do that if there is nothing you can attend. 



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 07:56 AM

hi Birdsall,

 

Thanks again for the info. I had actually been toying with the idea of going to see La Traviata at the Mariinsky Theatre -- I am not really an opera person, but I figure I should give it a try, and this may be the perfect time!

 

I definitely want to go back for a ballet there. I'm applying for a three-year visa, and I live relatively close (the Czech Republic), so hopefully another trip will work out.

 

thanks again,

Sasha



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 10:52 AM

The Bolshoi posts the dates that tickets go on "pre-sale." If I understand the rules correctly (no guarantee there!), the tickets should go on sale to the general public the following day.

 

The "pre-sale" dates are:
June 21 - Swan Lake, (Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin)

June 28 - Flames of Paris, (The Maid of Orleans)

July 5 - Taming of the Shrew, (La traviata)

July 12 - La Sylphide (The Enchantress, The Tsar's Bride)

July 19 - (Così fan tutte)
July 26 - Legend of Love, La Fille mal gardée [Moscow Ballet School], (La Sonnambula)

 

Point #3: http://bolshoi.ru/visit/buyingnew/



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:19 PM

hi Birdsall,

 

Thanks again for the info. I had actually been toying with the idea of going to see La Traviata at the Mariinsky Theatre -- I am not really an opera person, but I figure I should give it a try, and this may be the perfect time

 

thanks again,

Yvonne

 

La Traviata is one of my favorite operas. There is one waltz after another in the score. Because Violetta is trying to live life to the fullest. It is one of the most human characters in opera, and I never tire of it. 

 

I have a theory that it is as challenging as Norma and should be approached by sopranos with a sense of awe the way they approach Norma (Norma is the Mount Everest of soprano roles). But because Traviata is such a popular opera it is common to play it often and throw in almost any type of soprano willing to sing it, but it is a long role (like Norma), requires coloratura, lots of dramatic acting, all different emotions, etc. A really good Traviata/Violetta is as rare as a really good Norma. 

 

I could go on and on about various moments in the score that almost bring tears to my eyes. It is such an incredibly lovely work. I have "Dite alla giovine" running through my mind as I type this!!! 

 

And a great Violetta will make you cry when Alfredo shows up and throws the money he wins from gambling at her in an attempt to insult her (after he has been hurt) and basically call her a prostitute. 

 

So I vote for you to go see Traviata!!! One of the most beautiful works ever composed. 



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:37 PM

I agree that Traviata is one of the most beautiful operas in the world. I strongly suggest, however, that you see it somewhere other than the Mariinsky. The opera company there is quite simply not very good. I saw them perform Traviata four years ago (a while, so granted things might have changed). It was massively underrehearsed in the orchestra and the chorus. The blocking had probably been patched together during intermission, and the staging, while lovely, was not exciting. Unless there are soloists performing that you really want to see I would skip the opera and see the ballet instead. 



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:07 AM

I agree that Traviata is one of the most beautiful operas in the world. I strongly suggest, however, that you see it somewhere other than the Mariinsky. The opera company there is quite simply not very good. I saw them perform Traviata four years ago (a while, so granted things might have changed). It was massively underrehearsed in the orchestra and the chorus. The blocking had probably been patched together during intermission, and the staging, while lovely, was not exciting. Unless there are soloists performing that you really want to see I would skip the opera and see the ballet instead. 

 

 

I do have to admit that when I walked by the Mariinsky last summer and overheard a soprano rehearsing Violetta's first act cabaletta through upstairs windows, I cringed. 

 

However, the issue at stake is that sasark is going when there is no ballet. The Mariinsky Ballet is the non plus ultra in ballet (my own opinion), but the Mariinsky Opera is not up to international standards most of the time as you imply (despite Gergiev's paying more attention to it). 

 

But I think it is a shame for sasark to be right there and not see the inside of the historic theatre, so I was suggesting opera just to be able to see a performance there at least one time. And she MIGHT luck out and get a good performance. I tend to think the Mariinsky Opera is best with the Russian operas, but if I were in St. Petersburg and there wasn't a ballet playing and I was only there for a couple of days I would probably go see anything just to get inside. My feeling is that we have no idea what might happen to that gorgeous theatre once renovation begins, so anyone in St. Petersburg should go pronto! 



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:33 AM

Thanks to all of you for the great information. Thank you especially, Birdsall, for the compelling synopsis of "Traviata." I'm quite excited to see it now!

 

The issue of where to see it may be resolving itself. I realized that, while I am in St. Petersburg, the Mariinsky will be performing it in the new theater. (I mis-read the schedule before.) However, when I am in Moscow, the Bolshoi will be performing "Traviata" in their historic theater. Since I was also having problems figuring out how to see a performance at the historic Bolshoi theater, it seems like maybe "Traviata" in Moscow is the right option. (Does anyone have an opinion on the Bolshoi's opera company?)

 

Separately, I'm still struggling with whether or not I should go to "extreme measures" to see the Mariinsky while I am in Moscow. I'm actually thinking about taking the fast train back to St. Petersburg, seeing the Mariinsky's season opener ("La Sylphide") in the historic theater, then returning to Moscow on the night train. Of course, that would be expensive and possibly exhausting, and to be honest, "Sylphide" is not my favorite work (with the disclaimer being that I have only seen it once, and it's possible I just didn't like what that company did with it -- I'm guessing it would be better at the Mariinsky). The Mariinsky will also be doing the "The Little Humpbacked Horse" during that same week, so, as an alternative, I could make an extreme side trip to see that performance, thought it would be in the new theater. But at least I would get to see the company perform before leaving Russia.

 

I have to admit, it has also crossed my mind to push the whole trip forward two weeks in time so I can see more of the Mariinsky. But I had separate reasons for wanting to be in St. Petersburg in September, and I'm also now kind of curious to see the Mikhailovsky performances slated for when I'm there. And I notice it's easier to get front-row seats at the Mikhailovksy.

 

Thanks again, everyone, for the helpful input. I love this forum!

 

Sasha
 




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