Photo: Sian Richards

Diana Vishneva was born in Leningrad on 13 July, 1976.

In 1987 she entered the Agrippina Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. L. V. Belskaya was her first teacher, and during her last year she studied under L. V. Kovalyova.

Diana Vishneva graduated from the College in 1995 and was admitted into the Mariinsky Theater troupe. She officially becoming a soloist at the Mariinsky in 1996. Since 2005, she is also a principal of the American Ballet Theatre.



  • Kitri in "Don Quixote" (M. Petipa, A. Gorsky, staged by R. Noureev)
  • Masha in "The Nutcracker" (V. Vainonen)
  • Pas de Trois in "Swan Lake" (M. Petipa, L. Ivanov, staged by K. Sergeyeva)
  • 1st "Shades" variation in "La Bayadère" (M. Petipa)
    1st variation in "Paquita" Grand Pas (M. Petipa)
  • Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" (M. Lavrovsky)
  • Aurora in "The Sleeping Beauty" (M. Petipa, staged by S. Vikharev) / (M. Petipa, staged by V. Malakhov) / (M. Petipa, staged by K. Sergeyev) / (M. Petipa, staged by R. Noureev)
  • Clemance in "Raymonda" (M. Petipa, staged by K. Sergeyev)
  • Gulnara in "Le Corsaire" (M. Petipa, staged by K. Sergeyev)
  • The Girl in "Spectre de la Rose" (M. Fokine)
  • Fanny Cerrito in "Pas de Quatre" (A. Dolin)
  • The Firebird in "The Firebird" (M. Fokine)
  • Terpsichore in "Apollo" (G. Balanchine)
  • Carmen in "Carmen" (R. Petit)
  • Giselle in "Giselle" (J. Coralli, J. Perrot, M. Petipa)
  • Manon in "Manon" (K. MacMillan)
  • Zobeide in "Scheherazade" (M. Fokine)
  • Nikia in "La Bayadère" (M. Petipa, staged by V. Ponomaryov, V. Chabukiani) / (M. Petipa, staged by S. Vikharev) / (M. Petipa, staged by V. Malakhov)
  • Cinderella in "Cinderella" (A. Ratmansky)
  • Raymonda in "Raymonda" (M. Petipa, K. Sergeyev)
  • Frikke and Brünnhilde in "The Ring" (M. Béjart)
  • Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake" (K. McKenzie) / (M. Petipa, L. Ivanov, staged by K. Sergeyev) / (staged by R. Noureev) / "Swan Lake" (staged by J. Grigorovitch) / (P. Bart)
  • Mekhmeneh Bahnu in "The Legend of Love" (A. Melikov, Y. Grigorovich)
  • Sylvia in "Sylvia" (F. Ashton)
  • Anna Karenina in "Anna Karenina" (A. Ratmansky)
  • Carmen in "Carmen-Suite" (A. Alonso)
  • Marguerite Gautier in "Lady of the Camellias" (J. Neumeier)

Soloist in

  • "In the Night" (J. Robbins)
  • "Symphony In C" (G. Balanchine)
  • "Tchaikovsky Pas de deux" (G. Balanchine)
  • "Spring and Fall" (J. Neumeier)
  • "The Sounds of Empty Pages" (J. Neumeier)
  • "Now and Then" (J. Neumeier)
  • "Carmen" (I. Belsky)
  • "Bakhti" (M. Béjart)
  • "Miniature" (N. Kabaniayev)
  • "Adagio" (N. Kabaniayev)
  • "The Meaning of Reminiscences" (N. Kabaniayev)
  • "Adagio" (N. Kabaniayev)
  • "Romeo and Juliet" (C. McMillan)
  • "Le Poème de l'extase" (A. Ratmansky)
  • "Jewels" – Rubies (G. Balanchine)
  • "Steptext" (W. Forsythe)
  • "Ballet Impérial" (J. Balanchine)
  • "The Moon Sence" (Hauzer/Kononov)
  • "Les Bras de mer" (P. Zucka)
  • "Silenzio" (A. Moguchiy, A. Kononov)
  • "La Péri" (V. Malakhov)
  • "The Swan" (M. Fokine)
  • "Diana Vishneva : Beauty in Motion" (A. Ratmansky, M. Pendleton, D. Rhoden)
  • "Kazimir's Colours" (M. Bigonzetti)
  • "Le Parc" (A. Preljocaj)
  • "On the Dnieper" (A. Ratmansky)
  • "Thais" (F. Ashton)
  • "Vertigo" (M. Bigonzetti)
  • "The New Work" (E. Lock / La La La Human Steps)



Gold Medal and Grand Prix of the Prix de Lausanne
"La Divina" Prize
"Benois de la Danse" Prize for the role of Kitri in "Don Quixote"
"Golden Sophit" Prize for the solo role in "The Symphony in C"
"Baltika" Prize for Best Duet – with Farukh Ruzimatov
The State Prizes of the Russian Federation (for the title roles in the Mariinsky Theatre performances: "The Sleeping Beauty", "Manon", "Le jeune homme et la mort", "Sheherazade")
"Golden Mask" Prize for the title role in Balanchine's "Rubies"
"Best Dancer of the Europe" (Dancer of the Year) by "Dance Europe" magazine
"Spirit of dance" in "Queen of Dance" nomination by "Ballet" magazine
Recipient of a second "Golden Mask" in three categories – Best Female Role, Modern Dance/Female Role and Critics' Prize ("Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion" – project by Sergei Danilian, USA-Russia)
"Spirit of Dance" in "Ballerina of the decade" by Stars of the 21st Century

(Source: Homepage of Diana Vishneva)


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