Ulyana Lopatkina

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Ulyana Lopatkina
Ульяна Лопаткина
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Lopatkina at the curtain call of Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House, 2009.
Ulyana Vyacheslavovna Lopatkina

(1973-10-23) 23 October 1973 (age 45)
EducationVaganova Ballet Academy
OccupationBallet dancer
Known forSwan Lake, Giselle
Spouse(s)Vladimir Kornev (div. 2010)
AwardsSelected: Honored Artist of Russia (2000), People's Artist of Russia (2006)

Ulyana Vyacheslavovna Lopatkina (Russian: Ульяна Вячеславовна Лопаткина; born 23 October 1973) is a Russian prima ballerina who performed with the Mariinsky Theatre from 1991–2017. She studied at the Vaganova Academy with Natalia Dudinskaya. Upon graduation Lopatkina joined the Kirov/Mariinsky Theatre Ballet in 1991, and was promoted to principal dancer in 1995.[1][2] Lopatkina did not dance during the 2016–2017 season due to injury, and her retirement from the Mariinsky was announced on the company's website on 16 June 2017.[3][4]

Performances and repertoire[edit]

Lopatkina excels in classic and dramatic roles. She is a perfect example of the Russian (Kirov) school with long limbs, great strength and a classical purity of line, as well as noted musicality.[5][6]

Her repertoire includes: Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha), Le Corsaire (Medora), La Bayadère (Nikia), Grand pas from Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy), Swan Lake (Odette-Odile), Raymonda (Raymonda, Clemans), The Swan, Scheherazade (Zobeide), The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Zarema), The Legend of Love (Mekhmeneh Bahnu), Leningrad Symphony (The Girl), Pas de Quatre (Маria Taglioni), Serenade, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 (Ballet Imperial), Symphony in C (2nd Movement), La Valse, Jewels (Diamonds), In the Night, The Nutcracker (highlights: Teacher and Pupil), Le jeune homme et la mort, Goya-Divertissement, Le Baiser de la Fée (Fairy), Le Poeme de l´Extase, In the Middle.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Lopatkina was married to architect and writer Vladimir Kornev until their divorce in 2010. They have a daughter, Masha, born 2002.[7][8]

Lopatkina revealed details about her daily life in an interview to The Sunday Times in 2005. She wakes up between 9am to 10am. At the Kirov she first attends a class with other dancers and followed this with a personal rehearsal with Ninel Kurgapkina, until the latter's death. After a break, Lopatkina has more rehearsals or helps teaching younger dancers.[8]

Lopatkina is a tall ballerina: she is 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) and wears shoes size 10.5 US (8 UK). Lopatkina uses two pairs of shoes in each performance which are specially made for her.[9]


Filmography and photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ulyana Lopatkina – Short Bio at the Mariinsky Theatre site (retrieved 30 December 2007)
  2. ^ a b c Dyukova, L. and Haegeman, M. Ulyana Lopatkina. www.ballet.classical.ru. (retrieved 30 December 2007, in Russian)
  3. ^ "Official webpage of Uliana Lopatkina". Uliana-lopatkina.com. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Новости". Mariinsky.ru. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  5. ^ Bedell, Geraldine (16 August 2009) Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake; Homage to Balanchine. The Guardian.
  6. ^ Crompton, Sarah (10 August 2009) Swan Lake by the Mariinsky Ballet, Covent Garden – review. The Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ Dissanayake, Natasha. Interview with Ulyana Lopatkina. Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine Ballet Magazine, Jun/Jul 2005. (retrieved 30 December 2007)
  8. ^ a b Cowley, Edward. Interview with Uliana Lopatkina. The Sunday Times, 17 July 2005. (retrieved 1 January 2008)
  9. ^ Gilbert, Jenny. HOW DO I LOOK? The Kirov's Uliana Lopatkina on her transformation. The (London) Independent, 23 June 2001. (retrieved 1 Jan 2008)

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