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Yaroslavna. The Eclipse tickets

 
 
Yaroslavna. The Eclipse

Venue: Mariinsky-2

 
ulitsa Dekabristov, 29
St Petersburg
Russia
 
 
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SYNOPSIS

I. Dissension 
Tempted by Div, Prince Igor dreams of "the first glory themselves kidnapped, and back themselves to share". 
One can hear the groaning of the Russian lands. Here there is intestine strife – nothing unusual. Murder comes as no surprise. Div is intoxicated by the smell of new blood. The heavens descend. The saints lament murder, but the people do not listen to them. 
Princess Yaroslavna, however, has seen a terrifying future through the eyes of the dead. 
All of the princes want power, but not all of them will receive it. And Igor's armed force is out for revenge. The young prince inspires them. Their blood boils. The young men join the irregulars and stand before Igor's banner in order to bring themselves honour and glory for the prince. The men of the campaign are assembled. Igor commands them to destroy the enemy – "Praise Igor!" 
Yaroslavna has too little time with Igor. She is unable to dissuade her husband who is convinced he is in the right. The prince gives the command for the campaign to commence. Div calls out, anticipating a blood-bath. 
The sun vanishes. It is an eclipse.

II. The Black Act 
The campaign continues. The army arrives in the darkened Polovtsian lands. The Steppe is stupefying. Here there are glimmers of past disasters and spectres of impending catastrophes. It is terrifying. But the first battle against the Polovtsians delivers an easy victory. Each gets his reward: Igor receives a trophy and the impassioned army can be entertained by the Polovtsian maidens. 
But when the warriors fall asleep a maiden carries in a bleeding sacrifice in order to announce her tribe. The Polovtsians' night-time premonitions are proved right. They all merge together in a shamanistic dance and pray to an idol. Div is content.

III. Salvation 
Upon awakening, the prince knows no peace. Igor convinces the remnants of his army to march onwards. 
Suddenly an oasis appears! How their dear friends meet the armed force! Everything the warriors have dreamed of on the road – here it is! Food, drink and women... And the most important gift is for the prince! 
But in fact it is an ambush. The second battle is lost ingloriously. The warriors are in the Steppe of death. 
The princess feels it: death is all around, but Igor is still alive. The wind brings in Yaroslavna's lament: she is ready to beg the gods, the waters and the earth if only her husband comes back. 
Igor is in captivity. The souls of dead warriors fly past in a flurry. 
Div is triumphant. He is prepared to arrange an escape so that Igor can assemble a new army. 
Yaroslavna is in despair. She is finished. She has neither energy nor hope. The boy promises that he will return. But Igor's return is overcast by grief. 
A new conscription is announced. The sword has been forged and the enemy is gathering. Shall we go? 
And what will the prayer be about – of future victories or of peace?

 
Program details
 

PERFORMERS

Cast to be announced

 

CREDITS

Music by Boris Tishchenko 
Libretto by Vladimir Varnava and Konstantin Fyodorov

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Conductor: Ivan Stolbov 
Choreographer: Vladimir Varnava 
Set and Costume Designer: Galya Solodovnikova 
Lighting Designer: Igor Fomin 
Video Graphics Designer: Ilya Starilov

 
Venue
 
Mariinsky-2
 

The building, covering 79114 m2, will be one of the largest theatre and concert venues in the world. The auditorium will seat up to 2000 people at full capacity. There new theatre has seven storeys above ground and three below. There is the main stage, a rehearsal stage and backstage premises; rehearsal rooms for the ballet company, the opera company and the orchestra; premises for 1000 various members of staff; chamber premises in the foyer which can house educational projects for children and young people; a rooftop amphitheatre which is to be a venue for the Stars of the White Nights festival; and underground car parking for staff. 


Alongside the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre, built in 1860, and the Concert Hall which opened in 2006, the Mariinsky II will form part of this theatre and concert complex, unique in its artistic and educational capabilities. This complex will reiterate the status of the Mariinsky Theatre as one of the world’s most important cultural institutions.

 

Exterior 
The exterior of the building is made of beige Jura limestone, interspersed with syncopated floor-to-ceiling windows of various sizes, and a metal roof. These windows will afford, from outside, a view of the theatre’s inner foyer and, from the inside, of the Kryukov canal. A glass and steel canopy extends over the main entrance to the theatre (the corner of Dekabristov St and the Kryukov Canal). 
A rooftop terrace and amphitheatre will offer breathtaking vistas of the entire city. In warmer months there will also be concerts of chamber music here.

Foyer 
The main foyer, with its two levels, features rear-lit onyx stone walls that surround the auditorium and Emperador marble floors. Jura beige limestone walls frame the various windows that look onto Dekabristov Street and the Kryukov canal. Thanks to the surrounding glass façade, the foyer will be illuminated during the day by an abundance of natural light. For evening performances, custom-designed Swarovski chandeliers will illuminate the space. The main foyer provides unique views of the Mariinsky Theatre across the canal. 
Public areas have been designed as an integral and complementary component of the building and create a sense of dramatic arrival and fluid movement. A variety of staircases thread through the foyer, including a dramatic 33-metre architectural glass staircase that traverses the north side of the foyer, connecting every above-ground level of the building. The foyer is split into several individual spaces of various sizes. 
The lobby amphitheatre, located on the 3rd floor, will serve as an additional space for educational projects, interactive programmes for children and young people, chamber music concerts and artistic exhibitions.

Auditorium 
While the auditorium is a contemporary hall, its principles are those of famous 18th and 19th century opera houses, with a horseshoe shape and three balcony levels. This configuration has proved to be ideal for intimacy, acoustics, sightlines, audience comfort and overall cohesion of the hall. 
The sculptured beech balcony fronts are shaped by acoustical demands. The use of three balconies instead of four allows for more height between levels and creates better sound dispersion, especially for the rows located farther back.

The production lighting meets the latest demands of artistic productions while Swarovski accent lights are studded in the balcony fronts and are designed to give sparkle to the hall, as small candelabras once did in old theatres. 
Carefully selected with acoustic considerations in mind, the floors of the auditorium are oak parquet on a wooden substructure with gypsum perimeter walls and ceilings. 
Auditorium seats are fabricated by Estel Group in Italy. The fabric was manufactured by Danish Art Weaving. 
The VIP box contains beech wood balcony fronts, leather walls and a Swarovski chandelier.

Stage 
The new hall will have a main stage and a rehearsal stage, along with ample supporting areas divided by acoustic doors and curtains. The three stage areas can merge to become a single stage or be used independently, depending on the scale and technical requirements of the performance.

Stage Equipment 
The stage machinery selected for the new theatre means that it will be utterly unique. The theatre can offer an essentially endless series of performances, rehearsals and installations of productions. The stage machinery has been designed and installed specifically to ensure this endless working process as well as the greatest possible functionality. 
When developing the concept of the stage space, the most exemplary contemporary analogies were used, as have been the best practices of recently built or recently renovated theatres throughout the world. The reconstruction practices and greatest technical solutions at London’s Royal Opera House, Copenhagen’s Royal Opera, Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet and many other theatres have been employed. 
The stage space has been broken down into individual zones, each of which fulfils its own strictly defined function. This includes the main stage, backstage, the side pockets, the rehearsal stage, the installation zone and the loading and unloading zone with its component assembly area. This division of space makes it possible to have the sets for at least four productions in the stage area at the same time. Moreover, at the same time, the main stage can be hosting the most technically demanding production in terms of sets, the rehearsal stage a full-scale rehearsal, the sets for the next performance can be assembled in the installation zone and other sets loaded or unloaded in the cargo dock. 
The stage is equipped with a system of rolling platforms and compensators, rising and falling platforms and fixed point hoists. All machinery elements are automated and are used via a control panel. This means the theatre will be able to host incredibly bold productions and the company will be able to work without any technical limitations whatsoever.

Orchestra Pit 
The orchestra pit is equipped with a moveable acoustic wall developed to allow for varying orchestral and acoustic needs. At full capacity, the pit is 170 m2 and holds up to 120 musicians. 
The pit is also equipped with three platforms: a smaller one in the rear and two larger ones in the front. These can be raised or lowered to different levels depending on the instrumentation and the desired sound.

Acoustics 
The Mariinsky II has been designed to create ideal acoustic conditions. At about 18000 m3, the hall has an ideal volume and is comparable to the world’s most renowned opera houses. 
The auditorium’s floor is separated from the concrete foundations by sound-absorbing wooden structures. 
Solid wood balustrades arranged in an overlapping sequence with embedded light fixtures are located throughout the auditorium to aid sound diffusion. 
Uniquely designed 2 to 3 metre pieces of concave plaster have also been installed throughout the auditorium to disperse sound the sound better. 
The modulated surfaces of these inclined wall claddings are a modern-day version of the decorative elements found in historic opera houses to improve acoustics.

Rehearsal Spaces 
The new theatre incorporates numerous spacious rehearsal areas, including ones for the ballet company, the orchestra and chorus as well as large multifunctional rehearsal rooms and additional individual rehearsal rooms. Rehearsal room walls and ceilings are clad in special veneered and sound-absorbing panels.

Rooftop Amphitheatre 
The rooftop amphitheatre provides panoramic views of St Petersburg and can accommodate up to 200 people. The amphitheatre will play an important role in the Stars of the White Nights music festival.

 
 
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