Vyacheslav Okunev


People's Artist of Russia.

Born in Leningrad. Studied at the Leningrad Cherkasov State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema (studio of I. Segal). While still a student, he was invited to work with the Maly Opera (Mikhailovsky) and the Kirov Theatre (Maiinsky). Has worked as a set and costume designer on over three hundred productions since 1975.

Major works include: Prokofiev´s Love for Three Oranges, Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro, Delib´s Coppélia, Adam´s Giselle, Stravinsky´s Mavra, Les Noces, Petrouchka, Shchedrin´s Anna Karenina, A. Tchaikovsky´s The Government Inspector and Rimsky-Korsakov´s Kashchei the  Immortal at the  Mariinsky Theatre; Lovenskjold´s La Sylphide, Musorgsky´s Khovanshchina and the  ballet Russian Hamlet (choreography by Boris Eifman) at the Bolshoi Theatre; Tchaikovsky´s Eugene Onegin, Puccini´s Tosca, Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica at the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company; recent productions of the Boris Eifman State Academic Ballet Theatre; and Bizet´s Carmen, Verdi´s La traviata, Rigoletto, Otello, Rimsky-Korsakov´s The Tsar´s Bride, Tchaikovsky´s Swan Lake, Glazunov´s Raymonda and La Fille malgardée at the  Mikhailovsky Theatre.

Over the  years he has worked with companies including the  Theatre Royal in Glasgow, the Greek National Opera, the Theatre Wielki (Poland), Hungarian National Opera (Budapest), the National Theatres in Seoul and Tokyo, New York City Ballet and the Theatre Cagliari, La Scala and the Arena di Verona in Italy.

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