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Ulyana Lopatkina

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

(1973-10-23) 23 October 1973 (age 50)
EducationVaganova Ballet Academy
OccupationBallet dancer
Known forSwan Lake, Giselle
SpouseVladimir 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]

Performances and repertoire


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.[4][5]

Her repertoire includes: Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha),

Personal life


Lopatkina was married to architect and writer Vladimir Kornev until their divorce in 2010. They have a daughter, Masha, born 2002.[6][7]

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.[7]

Lopatkina is a tall ballerina: she is 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) and wears shoes size 10.5 US (8 UK). Lopatkina uses two pairs of shoes in each performance which are specially made for her.[8]



See also



  1. ^ a b c Ulyana Lopatkina – Short Bio at the Mariinsky Theatre site. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Dyukova, L. and Haegeman, M. Ulyana Lopatkina. www.ballet.classical.ru. (in Russian). Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Новости". Mariinsky.ru. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  4. ^ Bedell, Geraldine (16 August 2009). "Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake; Homage to Balanchine". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  5. ^ Crompton, Sarah (10 August 2009). "Swan Lake by the Mariinsky Ballet, Covent Garden – review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  6. ^ Dissanayake, Natasha. Interview with Ulyana Lopatkina. Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine Ballet Magazine, Jun/Jul 2005. (Retrieved 30 December 2007).
  7. ^ a b Cowley, Edward. Interview with Uliana Lopatkina. The Sunday Times, 17 July 2005. (Retrieved 1 January 2008).
  8. ^ Gilbert, Jenny. How Do IU Look? The Kirov's Uliana Lopatkina on her transformation. The (London) Independent, 23 June 2001. (Retrieved 1 January 2008).