Even for a ballerina, in an art where physical evolution seems to move twice as fast as anywhere else, Somova is peculiarly flexible... Eye-catching she is; classical, beautiful, musically eloquent…
Alina Somova, who was awarded the Golden Mask for the role of the Tsar Maiden in The Little Humpbacked Horse, is already a ballet phenomenon.
• Prize-winner at the Vaganova-Prix International Ballet Competition (St Petersburg, 2002).
• Recipient of the Golden Mask (2009) in category – Best Female Role (Tsar-Maiden from the ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse)
Born in Leningrad (St Petersburg).
Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2003 (class of Professor Lyudmila Safronova).
In 2003 she was admitted to the Mariinsky Ballet and one year later was promoted to soloist.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Giselle (Giselle); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa;
Le Corsaire (Medora); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography of Marius Petipa;
La Bayadère (Nikia); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani;
The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Candide Fairy, Princess Florine); choreography by Marius Petipa, revival of the 1890 production;
The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev;
Swan Lake (Odette-Odile); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev;
The Swan; choreography by Michel Fokine,
Pas de deux from the ballet Le Papillon; choreography by Marie Taglioni, revival by Pierre Lacotte,
Don Quixote (Kitri, Queen of the Dryads, Variation in Act IV); ; choreography by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa,
George Balanchine’s ballets Serenade, Jewels (Diamonds, Rubies), The Four Temperaments, Symphony in C (I. Allegro vivo; II. Adagio), Theme and Variations, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Piano Concerto No 2 (Ballet Imperial), Scotch Symphony and Apollo (Terpsichore);
Romeo and Juliet (Juliet); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
The Nutcracker (Masha); choreography by Vasily Vainonen,
Variations for two couples; choreography by Hans van Manen,
Sylvia (Sylvia); choreography by Frederick Ashton,
The Legend of Love (Shyrin); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich;
Grand pas classique; choreography by Viktor Gzovsky;
In the Night; choreography by Jerome Robbins;
The Little Humpbacked Horse (Tsar Maiden); choreography by Alexei Ratmansky;
Études (Soloist); choreography by Harald Lander,
Without; choreography by Benjamin Millepied
and Infra; choreography by Wayne McGregor.
In 2004 she performed the role of Masha in the ballet The Nutcracker at the National Theatre in Tokyo. In 2006 she made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake (Rudolf Nureyev’s version).
In 2008 she danced at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake (Odette-Odile), a role she also performed at the Paliashvili Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Georgia (2009).
Alina Somova has performed at numerous concerts both in Russia and abroad, including a New Year gala at La Scala (Milan, 2005), Stars of the 21st Century (Toronto, 2006), Les Étoiles (Montreal, 2006, 2007), a gala concert dedicated to Marina Semyonova (Moscow, 2008), a Tamara Rojo gala (Spain, 2008) and a concert dedicated to Maya Plisetskaya (Spain, 2008).
She performs lead roles in numerous ballets and appears in all of the theatre’s tours, performing at the greatest ballet theatres in Western Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan and China.