On 8 March, 2018 International Music Foundation "St. Petersburg Palaces" presents a festive evening, dedicated to the International Women's Day «Music seasons at the Constantine palace»
Coming spring, joy, hope, beauty, ocean of flowers and smiles! We associate all this with a beautiful holiday – International Women’s Day, 8 March! And this year International Music Foundation St. Petersburg Palaces within the framework of the project «MUSIC SEASONS AT THE CONSTANTINE PALACE», which has already become traditional, will present a unique event to the St. Petersburg audience: a reception and a concert program full of surprises!
«On this festive day, 8 March, at the magnificent Marble Hall of the Imperial residence at the Constantine Palace the quests will meet with true constellation of the great artists, World’s opera stars! Badral CHULUUNBAATAR, Hovhannes NERSESIAN, Kristian BENEDIKT, Maria BAYANKINA – names of these artists can be seen on the posters of the leading opera houses of Europe and America. And we are very happy that this spring evening outstanding singers accompanied by the Taurida International State Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Region led by Mikhail Golikov will create truly festive, spring mood for our guests. The project «MUSIC SEASONS AT THE CONSTANTINE PALACE», which is well-known in St. Petersburg, has gained recognition among audience. Its concerts have become popular events in the rich cultural life of our city» – President of the International Music Foundation St. Petersburg Palaces, Honoured Artist of Russia Maria SAFARIANTS comments the coming event.
The concert, which will fill beautiful halls of the National Congress Palace with melodies from the popular operas, favouirte operettas and old romances, will become a main event of the festive evening. According to the established tradition, the evening will be continued at the stateroom of the Palace – the Blue Hall, where a festive reception with music accompaniment will be held.
Attention! Entrance to the Konstantinovsky Palace is provided through the Baltic Star Hotel (Baltyiskaya Zvezda)
Concert starts at 18:30
Kristian BENEDIKT (tenor, Lithuania) – «Kristian Benedikt is an ideal Otello. The tenor is endowed with a powerful voice, precise height and baritonal depth, he poignantly embodies Otello`s delusion, vulnerability and violence. He is virtually living Otello»; «Otello cuts into the chorus longing for peace and prosperity. And for the first time the audience gets to admire the vocal power and precision of Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt.» – Swiss newspapers Basellandschaftliche Zeitung and Baseler Zeitung wrote about brilliant talent of Kristian Benedikt.
Badral CHULUUNBAATAR (baritone, Mongolia) – Studied music at the Mongolia College of Music and Dance from 2006 to 2012. He then began his studies at the Gnessin Russian Music Academy, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2016. The baritone began his stage career in his native country of Mongolia. In 2014 he played Count di Luna in Il Trovatore at the Mongolian Theatre of Opera and Ballet, where in 2016 he also appeared as Valentin in Faust. In 2015 he took the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Theater of Opera and Ballet in Magnitogorsk (Russia). Badral is also a soloist in the Mongolian War Song and Dance Ensemble. He has already successfully participated in many competitions. Finalist of the 3rd season of the TV project The Big Opera. 1st Prize Winner of the 8th International Competition of Opera Singers «St. Petersburg» (2017).
Hovhannes NERSESIAN (bass, Armenia) – Prize Winner at the international vocal competitions, soloist at the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan. Thanks to Hovhannes’ participation in the famous music festivals such as St. Petersburg Palaces and St. Petersburg Embankments, our audience knows and appreciates deep rich timbre of the young Armenian singer, his lyricism and dramatic talent. And this festive spring evening his brilliant bass will enrich the concert program dedicated to joy and love.
Maria BAYANKINA, soprano – Prize-winner at the International Competitions. Graduated with distinction from the vocals faculty of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow (class of Evgenia Sheveleva). From 2007 she was a leading soloist with the Petit Opera creative group, where she performed lead roles in operas by Henry Purcell. In 2011 she became a grant-recipient of the Wagner Prize. Since 2010 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. In February 2013, Maria Bayankina made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre as Tsaritsa Militrisa in The Tale of Tsar Saltan, then as Violetta in La traviata under Valery Gergiev. In the concert program of 8 March Maria will be an only female soloist among three male singers. And of course she will not just congratulate ladies from the stage but also will accept congratulations from her colleagues.
Taurida International State Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Region
Artistic Director and Conductor – People’s Artist of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria Mikhail GOLIKOV
The Orchestra is a pursuant of the artistic and cultural heritage of the «Tavricheskaya» orchestra and choir, which has been established by an Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Governments – members of CIS in celebration of 220 anniversary of the Tavricheskiy Palace and formed after a fashion of the collective that served to atheling Gregory Potemkin.
The orchestra consists of bright virtuoso musicians; most of them are graduates from St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. Main goal of the orchestra is the promotion of the musical heritage of Russia and the world.
Duration time — 2 hours
Ticket cost — 3500 - 5000 rubles