The Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra: Prokofiev's War and Peace
Saturday, March 6, 2010 - Sunday, March 7, 2010
The Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra returns with a full staging of Prokofiev's War and Peace, based on Tolstoy's epic novel and co-produced in 2000 with the Metropolitan Opera, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky and conducted by Valery Gergiev.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Series for Artistic Excellence War and Peace
Conducted by Artistic Director Valery Gergiev, the company presents a monumental opera event, their fully staged production of War and Peace. Prokofiev's two-act opera tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era, with a great number of characters caught up in a plot that covers war, peace, youth, marriage, age, and death. This 2000 production, based on Tolstoy's epic novel and co-produced with the Metropolitan Opera, features a cast of more than 200 and is directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Following the world premiere of this production at the Mariinsky Theatre, London's The Independent said, "Prokofiev's atmospheric music emerges in all its glory thanks to Gergiev's magic in the pit." The New York Times called it a "significant achievement."
Performance Timing: Approximately 4 hours, including one 45 minute intermission.
PRINCIPAL CASTING Prince Andrei Bolkonsky: Alexey Markov Natasha Rostova: Irina Mataeva Count Pierre Bezukhov: Alexey Steblyanko Field Marshal Kutuzov: Gennady Bezzubenkov (3/6) and Mikhail Kit (3/7) Napoleon Bonaparte: Alexander Nikitin Count Rostov: Mikhail Kit (3/6) andAlexander Morozov (3/7) Helene Bezukhova: Ekaterina Semenchuk Prince Anatole Kuragin: Sergey Skorokhodov