15 May 2021
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.
• Honoured Artist of Russia (2020)
• 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.
Principal since 2008.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
La Sylphide (the Sylph); choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen,
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;
Raymonda (Raymonda); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Michel Fokine’s ballets Chopiniana (Mazurka, Seventh Waltz), Schéhérazade (Zobeide) and The Swan,
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 III); ; 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, Apollo (Terpsichore), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania),
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Maria); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov,
Romeo and Juliet (Juliet); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
The Nutcracker (Masha); choreography by Vasily Vainonen,
Leningrad Symphony (the Girl); scenario and choreography by Igor Belsky,
Variations for two couples; choreography by Hans van Manen,
Sylvia (Sylvia); choreography by Frederick Ashton,
Carmen-Suite (Carmen); choreography by Alberto Alonso,
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), Cinderella (Cinderella), Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina), Seven Sonatas, choreography by Alexei Ratmansky;
Études (Soloist); choreography by Harald Lander,
Without; choreography by Benjamin Millepied,
Infra; choreography by Wayne McGregor,
and The Bronze Horseman (Parasha); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov, Yuri Smekalov.
Repertoire also includes
Concertino bianco – choreography by Dmitry Pimonov.
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).
In 2010 she made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Odette-Odile in the ballet Swan Lake (Rudolf Nureyev’s version). In 2011 she made her debut at the Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa in Warsaw as Nikia in the ballet La Bayadère (Natalia Makarova’s version). At the Teatro alla Scala in 2011 she appeared in a premiere of the ballet Jewels (Diamonds), in 2012 she made her debut in the ballet Excelsior (partnered by Roberto Bolle) and in 2014 she performed the role of Juliet in the ballet Romeo and Juliet with choreography by Kenneth MacMillan (partnered by Roberto Bolle).
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), a gala honouring Galina Ulanova (London, 2012), the gala concert Roberto Bolle and Friends (New York, 2013) and the gala concert The History of Russian Ballet (London, 2014).
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.