Liudmila Konovalova

/ Russian born Prima Ballerina of the Vienna State Ballet, Austria

Liudmila Konovalova was born in Moscow (Russia). She graduated from Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy and joined the Russian State Ballet in 2002. In 2004 she was appointed First Soloist and danced the title roles in „Giselle“, „Don Quixote“, „Schwanensee“, “Dornröschen”, „Der Nussknacker“, „Dance of the hours” and „Paquita”. In 2007 she joined the Staatsballett Berlin and was appointed Soloist in 2009.

In Berlin she performed the title roles in Vladimir Malakhov’s „Dornröschen“, Patrice Bart’s „Schwanensee“ and „Der Nussknacker“, „Scheherezade“ (Fokin) as well as Pierre Lacotte’s „La Vivandière“ and Clark Tippet’s “Violin Concerto“ (Max Bruch Nr. 1) as well as other leading roles in Patrice Bart’s „Giselle“ and „Das flammende Herz“, Vladimir Malakhov’s „Cinderella“ and „La Peri“, „Paquita“ (Petipa), „Flower Festival in Genzano“ (Bournonville) and Frederick Ashton’s „Sylvia“. In 2010 she joined the Wiener Staatsballett as a Soloist. In 2011 she was appointed First Soloist.

In Vienna she performed Odette/Odile in Rudolf Nurejews “Swan Lake”, the title role and Bauernpaar in Elena Tschernischovas „Giselle“, Kitri, Königin der Dryaden und Erste Brautjungfer in Rudolf Nurejews „Don Quixote“, Prinzessin Aurora in Peter Wrights „Dornröschen“, Clara in Rudolf Nurejews „Der Nussknacker“, Olga in John Crankos „Onegin“, Titania in Jorma Elos „Ein Sommernachtstraum“, Lise in Frederick Ashtons “La Fille mal gardée”, Rudolf Nurejews “Raymonda” (Valse fantastique), Hamsatti in Rudolf Nurejews “Bayadère” (2. Act), Hauptpartien in George Balanchines “Allegro Brillante” and „Thema und Variationen“, Serge Lifars „Suite en blanc“, Harald Lander´s „Études“, John Neumeiers „Verklungene Feste”, Jerome Robbins’ „In the Night“ and “”The Four Seasons”, Hans van Manens “Adagio Hammerklavier”, John Neumeiers “Verklungene Feste”, Twyla Tharps „Variationen über ein Thema von Haydn“, Nils Christes „Before Nightfall“, William Forsythes „The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude“, Rudi van Dantzigs “Vier letzte Lieder”, Jorma Elos „Glow – Stop“, David Dawsons „A Million Kisses to my Skin“, Jirí Bubeníceks „Le Souffle de l’esprit“, Christopher Wheeldons “Fool’s Paradise” parts of Marius Petipas “Die Bajadere” (3. Act) and Victor Gsovskys „Grand Pas Classique“.

She has appeared as guest dancer in many European Countries and overseas. During the Season 2013/14 she joined the Ballet de l`Opera National de Bordeau, the Slovenské národné divadlo, the Teatro dell´Opera di Roma and the Toyko ballet as a guest soloist. She was awarded a diploma for her participation in the Red Cross Gala in Italy and for the Nurejew Festival in Russia. During the season 2014/2015 she appeared as a guest soloist in Vicenza, at the Nurejew Festivals in Ufa and Kasan, in „Swan Lake” at the Opéra National de Bordeaux (five performances) and at the Kreml Palast Moscow (21. September 2015). For the ORF DVD production of “The Nutcracker” she danced the mail role of Clara.

Awards and honours: 3rd Place: competition “Young Russian Ballet” in Krasnodar (2004), Special Price from the Serge Lifar Ballet Competition in Kiev (2006), 2nd Place: International Ballet Competition KIBC in Seoul and 1st Place: ÖTR-Contest in Vienna as well as in the Ballet Competition „Premio Roma“ in 2007.