Ulyana Lopatkina


Ulyana was born on 23th of October 1973 in Kerch (Ukraine). From the early age Ulyana took dancing classes and was admitted to the Academy of Russian Ballet named after Vaganova (St.Petersburg) where she studied the art of dancing from Galina Novitskaya in primary school and Natalia Dudinskaya in higher school. Still being a student of the Academy, Ulyana took won at Vaganova-prix Competition (St.Petersburg, 1991).

After graduation from the Academy in 1991 Uliana joined Mariinsky theatre company (St.Petersburg). In 1994 Uliana successfully made her debut as Odette/Odille in the “Swan Lake” ballet in St.Petersburg, for which she was awarded with “Golden Sofit” as best debut in St.Petersburg. In 1995 Uliana was called the principal dancer of Mariinsky theatre where her teachers were Olga Moiseeva and Ninel Kurgapkina. Presently Uliana’s coach is Irina Chistyakova.

Among the leading roles of Ulyana are: Giselle, Medora in Corsaire, Nikya in La Bayadere, Raymonde, the Swan, Zobeida in Scheherazade, Mekhmeneh Bahnu in The Legend of Love,  Zarema in  The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, the ballets of Balanchine, Petit, Forsythe, Van Manen and many others. 
Ulyana danced at the most famous theatres of the world. Among them are the Mariinsky theatre in St.Petersburg, Bolshoi theatre in Moscow, Royal Opera House in London, Grand Opera de Paris, La Scala in Milan, Metropolitan Opera in New York , National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Helsinki, NHK hall in Tokyo.
Among achevements of Ulyana are the title of Honoured Artist of Russia (2000), People's Artist of Russia (2006).  In 1997 Uliana won the Golden Mask and Benois de la Dance, in 1998 - the prize of the critics of the “Evening Standard”, in 1999 she was awarded with the State premium of Russia. In 2010 Ulyana performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympics at Vancouver (Canada).  The same year upon personal invitation from Opera de Paris Uliana performed the “Swan Lake”. In 2011 Uliana took part in Gala devoted to Galina Ulanova (London) and international gala Italy-Russia (Rome).


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