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Mariinsky Gala – Opening of the New Mariinsky II Opera House in St. Petersburg

The WFMT Radio Network announces a new two-hour radio special of the Opening Gala for the new Mariinsky II Opera House in St. Petersburg.  The concert, which took place on May 2, 2013, marked the opening of one of the largest and most acclaimed performing arts centers in the world and is available for broadcast starting July 15, 2013.

This program features Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra and a host of renowned vocalists and instrumentalists including Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, René Pape, Denis Matsuev, Leonidas Kavakos, the Mariinsky Children's Chorus and many others and also features exclusive interviews gathered by WFMT producers with Valery Gergiev and other key figures behind the creation of this celebrated new theater (designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects from Canada).

Works featured in the program include:
Prokofiev: Montagues and capulets from Romeo and Juliet
Bach: Ave Maria
Rossini: La calunnia from The Barber of Seville
Ginzburg: Fantasy on Figaro's Cavatina
Mussorgsky: Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov
Tchaikovsky: internval programme from Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky: Ballet Etudes
Bizet: Chanson boheme from Carmen
Stravinsky: Excerpt from The Rite of Spring
Gounod: Mephistopheles' couplet from Faust
Saint-Saëns: Dalila's aria from Samson et Dalila
Wagner: Winterstürme, Siegmunds' aria from Die Walküre
Tchaikovsky: Diamonds from the ballet Jewels
Verdi: Lady Macbeth's Cavatina, from Macbeth
Mozart: La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni
Tchaikovsky: Final Chorus from Iolanta
This 2-hour special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations July 15, 2013, and you are allowed 3 broadcasts before December 31, 2013.

For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: or Carol Martinez at 773-279-2112, email: