Russian culture will be in the spotlight of this year’s Budapest Spring Festival, which will feature classical music concerts, opera, dance and theatre performances and jazz shows between April 5 and 22. The festival will open in a highlight event with a performance of Mussorgsky’s second and last completed opera Khovanshchina in the Palace of Arts (Müpa). Another highlight event is a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s last opera, Iolanta, by St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Orchestra with renowned conductor Valery Gergiev on April 20. Gergiev will also be conductor at the two performances of Prokofiev’s Cinderella by the Mariinsky Theatre’s Ballet Company in the Erkel Theatre on April 22. The festival this year will celebrate Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo with an exhibition showing thirty of his drawings in the Museum of Fine Arts. On the spring festival’s sidelines the Budapest Art Week will offer 70 exhibitions.