Diana Vishneva (Rus. Диана Вишнёва) as Tatiana and Alexey Lyubimov (Rus. Алексей Любимов) as Prince N in Tatiana act 2 Ball scene. Ballet by John Neumeier after Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, music by Lera Auerbach. A commission by The Hamburg Ballet, the Hamburg State Opera and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. Musical Director Felix Korobov. Shot on 5.11.2014, main rehearsal in Stanislavsky Theatre.
Diana Vishneva (Rus. Диана Вишнёва) was born 1976 in Leningrad (now St Petersburg). She began to study dance at the age of six. At the age of eleven she entered the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, from which she graduated in 1995 (class of Professor Lyudmila Kovaleva). In 1994 Vishneva won her first victory at the International Young Ballet Dancers’ Competition in Lausanne where she took both the Gold Medal and the Grand Prix. This feat has never been repeated by any other competitor since that day. In 1995, while still a student at the Academy of Russian ballet, Diana Vishneva became a trainee at the Mariinsky Theatre and performed the title role in Cinderella as well as the roles of Kitri in Don Quixote and Masha in The Nutcracker. In 1996 Diana Vishneva made her debut at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia as Kitri and she continues to appear there in lead roles in the ballets Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Lost Illusions. In 1999, together with the Mariinsky Ballet Company she gave her first performance at the Metropolitan Opera, while in 2000 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty). Diana Vishneva’s international career as a guest soloist began in 2001 with her performance together with the Bayerisches Staatsballett.
Alexey Lyubimov (Rus. Алексей Любимов) is first soloist with Stanislavsky Ballet. He was born in 1981. He egraduated from Perm State Choreographic College (1996 – 1999) and joined Stanislavsky Theatre.
Photos by Jack Devant © with kind permission of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre, special thanks Irina Gorbunova.