Дианы Вишнёва (Diana Vishnova): “the People’s Artist of Russia”

Named as one of “the People’s Artist of Russia” Diana Vishnova is one of Russia’s most talented ballerinas and her exhibition in Saint Petersburg celebrating her 15th anniversary of performances is a testament to her talent and popularity.

(photo: Дмитрий Кощеев)

Born on 13 July 1976 in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Дианы Вишнёва (Diana Vishnova) commands a breathtaking presence on the stage–and off stages too. Her parents encouraged her interest in ballet from the age of six began and soon thereafter the young girl was accepted into the choreographic circle in the Palace of Pioneers, and in 1987 Diana entered the Academy of Russian Ballet.

(photo: Дмитрий Кощеев)

In 1995 she graduated from college and was accepted into the ballet troupe of the famous Mariinsky Theatre. Her list of credits include roles in “Manon” by Kenneth MacMillan, and Aurora in Rudolf Nureyev’s version of “Sleeping Beauty.” She has also performed as the regular guest soloist with the Berlin theater Staatsoper and as guest soloist with the American Ballet Theatre productions of “Swan Lake” and “Raymonda.”

(photo: Olaf Martens)

Her performances have been seen in major theaters across the world including the Bavarian Opera, the Grand Opera in Paris and in Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theatre. The exhibition is currently being staged in the State Museum of Theatrical and Musical Arts in St. Petersburg.

Vishnova in 2007 with then-President (now Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin.

The Diana Vishnova exhibition will be open until August 28 in Saint Petersburg and then relocated for a short time in Moscow. Profits go to the
Diana Vishneva foundation, a cultural and charitable organization operating in the U.S., Russia and Japan with the goal to bring the art of ballet to new audiences and to benefit retired ballerinas living in poverty.

Russian speaking readers may see her complete interview with Svetlana Mazurova in the “Российская газета” – www.rg.ru .