Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Malakhov in Giselle
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.
In 1994, being a student, she took part in the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne,where she won the gold medal and Grand Prix. Special for this contest the artistic director of Vaganova Academy Igor Belsky made "Carmen" miniature.
The last year of training Vishneva combined with study course in Mariinsky Theatre. She was only a trainee when she got the main role of Kitri in the ballet "Don Quixote". For this very role she was awarded "Benua de la Dance".
Diana graduated from the College in 1995 and was admitted into the Mariinsky Theater troupe.One year l after she officially became a soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre. Since then she has been working very hard, dancing the leading roles practically in all perfomances. Among her world-famous roles are:
Kitri ("Don Quixote") Masha ("Nutcracker") Juliet ("Romeo and Juliet") Aurora ("The Sleeping Beauty") Carmen ("Carmen") Odetta,Odilia ("Swan Lake") Cinderella ("Cinderella")