Vyacheslav Okunev

Set designer and costume designer

People’s Artist of Russia (2011)

Vyacheslav Okunev was born in Leningrad in 1957. In 1979 he graduated from the Stage Production Faculty of the Cherkasov Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Film (workshop of Ilya Segal).

As a set and costume designer he has worked on more than three hundred and fifty productions.

For many years he has collaborated with the Mariinsky Theatre. His works include Delibes’ Coppélia, Stravinsky’s Mavra and Les Noces, Alexander Tchaikovsky’s The Government Inspector, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kashchey the Immortal, Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges (1991), Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (1998) and Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus (2020; in 2021 at the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania Branch of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladikavkaz). Has revived the sets for Fyodor Fedorovsky’s productions of Khovanshchina (1989) and The Maid of Pskov (2008), Konstantin Korovin’s designs for Sadko (1993), Pyotr Schildknecht’s designs for Aida (1998) and Alexander Konstantinovsky’s designs for Prince Igor and Mazepa (2009).

Vyacheslav Okunev is Principal Designer of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Productions at the Mikhailovsky Theatre on which he has worked include The Tale of Tsar Saltan, The Tsar’s Bride, La traviata, Otello, Rigoletto, Tosca, Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Csárdásfürstin, Die Fledermaus, Faust, Don Giovanni, Iolanta, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Giselle and Spartacus among others. Productions he has designed also include works for the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre, the St Petersburg Chamber Opera and the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. The artist has collaborated with the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Rostov Musical Theatre. At the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia Vyacheslav Okunev has designed productions of La Sylphide, Russian Hamlet and Khovanshchina.

The artist has worked abroad a great deal, including at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, the National Opera of Greece, the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera (Warsaw), the National Opera of Hungary, the National Theater of Korea (Seoul), the National Theatre of Japan and New York City Ballet. Productions designed by Vyacheslav Okunev have been performed at such venues in Italy as the Teatro alla Scala, the Arena di Verona and the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.

Recipient of the State Prizes of the Republics of Moldova, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre award, in 2020 for his set and costume designs for Fiddler on the Roof directed by Lev Rakhlin (the Baltic House Theatre-Festival).
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