Chorus Director Andrei Petrenko
Chorus Master Leonid Teplyakov
Chorus Master Pavel Petrenko
Accompanist Maria Ralko
Chorus Manager Alexandra Potemkina
With the opening of the Mariinsky theatre in 1860, a permanent Russian opera company was established, the most important component of which was the chorus. Mikhail Glinka’s music, which drew together the achievements of previous generations, became the foundation for the development of choral music in the Russian school of composition. The international significance of Russian opera was confirmed by the composers Alexander Borodin, Modest Musorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The rich and complex nature of life, embodied in the works of these composers, corresponds to the diverse types of operatic works and musical drama in general.
Eduard Napravnik also played a special role in the emergence and development of Russian choral music. It was under his direction that many famous Russian operas were first staged, the chorus playing a particularly important role.
The Mariinsky Theatre Chorus’s rich traditions of choral art and singing skills make it a unique ensemble today. It possesses the necessary skills to perform all genres of music, ranging from operas and cantata-oratorio works to a capella programmes. Its repertoire includes over 50 operas by Russian and European composers, as well as a huge number of cantata-oratorio works by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Sviridov, Gavrilin and Gubaidulina.
Today, the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus regularly takes part in world premieres and international festivals including the Stars of the White Nights and the Moscow Easter Festival, both of which were founded by Valery Gergiev.
The Chorus has been directed by Andrei Petrenko since 2000 after he was invited to the position by Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre. Under his direction, the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus has performed a capella programmes in Russia, Finland, Switzerland, the UK, Italy and Israel.
Soprano 1 Yulia Antonova, Rada Baklunova, Tatiana Bogdanova, Angelina Dashkovskaya, Elena Gulyaeva, Margarita Ivanova, Irina Khaustova, Olga Kuznetsova, Elena Lukonina, Natalia Orlova, Svetlana Petrenko, Svetlana Petukhova, Nadezhda Selyugina, Olga Shakhanova, Elena Shmyglevskaya, Larisa Shorikova, Lyudmila Stepanova, Lyudmila Tarasova, Tamara Yusupova Soprano 2 Alina Arzamastseva, Tatiana Balturina, Larisa Borisova, Anna Galichina, Zalina Gudieva, Galina Kulikova, Elina Lebedeva, Vera Pabuzina, Alla Papushina, Irina Shendevitskaya, Natalia Shubina, Tamara Stashevskaya, Viktoria Utekhina Alto 1 Tatiana Basharina, Irina Bystrievskaya, Natalia Inkova, Yulia Khazanova, Yulia Khramtsova, Marina Mareskina, Alla Martynenko, Elena Petrenko, Olga Semenova, Yevgenia Shalamova, Galina Stepanova, Elena Tilkeridi, Maria Uvarova Alto 2 Inna Alexeyeva, Olga Bakareva, Olga Chistiakova, Antonina Davydova, Lyudmila Ivanova, Natalia Kedrova, Nadezhda Khadzheva, Alla Kirichenko, Marina Kolesova, Bairta Kudinova, Viktoria Menkova, Tatiana Rentsova, Lyudmila Serova, Lyudmila Shamova, Galina Smirnova, Yekaterina Vorobieva Tenor 1 Viktor Antipenko, Alexander Bolotov, Alexei Burtsev, Alexei Dmitruk, Alexander Goroshkov, Nikita Gribanov, Sergei Kozlov, Yuri Kupreev, Alexander Martynov, Vitaly Shein, Valery Sobanov, Sergei Zavalin Tenor 2 Yuri Andrushko, Vladimir Fedorov, Roman Gibatov, Alexei Gromashev, Sergei Kamenev, Vladimir Knyazev, Andrei Leibov, Sergei Melenevsky, Artem Melikhov, Yuri Orlov, Igor Silakov, Daniil Vasiliyev, Sergei Yukhmanov Bass 1 Gennady Anikin, Alexei Baranov, Yuri Gavrilenko, Alexander Gorev, Andrei Khrapovitsky, Nikolai Kruk, Dmitry Kusov, Sergei Matveev, Mikhail Mozol, Vyacheslav Nizovtsev, Alexander Peretyatko, Konstantin Rylov, Fyodor Uvarov, Andrei Vasin Bass 2 Erikh Eglit, Anatoly Gryaznov, Yevgeny Kocheregin, Yuri Kovalenko, Mikhail Kornblit, Pyotr Kuznetsov, Edward Matveyev, Oleg Mitsura, Alexander Maximenkov, Yegor Pavlov, Sergei Pozdnyakov, Pavel Raevsky, Mikhail Romashin, Sergei Simakov