Галина Соловьева

Biography

Born in Leningrad. In 1975, she completed her studies at the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography (today the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts).

From 1976-91, she was costume designer for the Maryinsky Theatre, where she did the costumes for the following, among other, productions: Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, War and Peace, Evening of Old Choreography, The Fairy of the Ronda Mountains.

She has also worked for the Leningrad State Academic Maly Theatre of Opera and Ballet (today the Saint-Petersburg M.P. Mussorgsky Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet - Mikhailovsky Theatre) where she did the costumes for the following, among other, productions: Slonimsky’s Maria Stuart (1981, world premiere; in 1982, the production won the State Prize of Russia), The Queen of Spades (1982), Iolanta (1984), Eugene Onegin (1985).

She has designed the costumes for over 100 productions, mainly in music theatre. These include: Karayev's The Seven Beauties, directed by Vakhapzhan Salimbayev and Master and Margarita, to mixed music, directed by David Avdysh (both for the Perm Theatre of Opera and Ballet); The Snow Maiden (Moscow's Novaya Opera Company); The Cherry Orchard, Hamilton's Angel Street (Indianapolis Indiana Repertory Theatre), Chopiniana, La Sylphide and other ballets (Sofia National Opera), Amirov's One Thousand and One Nights, The Nutcracker, Firebird directed by Eldar Aliev, Interzone, directed by Vladimir Angelov, Giselle (Indianapolis Ballet Internationale); The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, directed by Oleg Vinogradov (The Universal Ballet, Seoul).
For several years, she collaborated with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

In 1999, together with Semyon Pastukh, she was a member of the production team for Prokofiev’s opera Semyon Kotko, at the Maryinsky Theatre, and in 2001, she worked on the Maryinsky Theatre production of Othello.
For her costumes for Semyon Kotko, she won Saint-Petersburg’s highest theatre prize the Golden Sofit (2000).

Her Bolshoi Theatre debut came in 1980, when she did the costumes for the production of Khrennikov’s ballet, The Ballad of a Hussar (choreographer Bryantsev). During the Theatre’s 2004-05, season, she was a member of the production team for Shostakovich’s Bolt. In 2008, she worked on the production of Desyatnikov`s Russian Seasons.

Since 1992, she has been living and working in New York.