Toi toi toi to Russian bass Mikhail Petrenko who returns to the role of Ivan Chovanskij in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina at Teatro alla Scala this week. The production, with staging from Mario Martone, will be under the musical direction of Valery Gergiev, with whom Mikhail has worked closely for many years, both at the Mariinksy Theatre and elsewhere. Most recently, they collaborated at the grand opening of Moscow’s Zaradye Concert Hall, performing “Zdorovo, detki” from Khovanschina with members of the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus.
Between performances, Mikhail will also continue on the last leg of a European run of Shostakovich Symphony No. 13, with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin; on 21 and 22 March in Rotterdam, 23 March in Paris, and 24 March at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. Later this season, he performs Die Walküre (Act I) with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Netherlands for Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Khovanshchina opens on Wednesday 27 February and will run until 29 March. The premiere on 27 February will be broadcast live on RAI-Radio3 in Italy, and on Euroradio in Serbia and Slovakia. A pre-recorded broadcast will be available in Spain, Russia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Slovenia, France, Turkey and Czech Republic.