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Kharitonova Elena

People's Artist of Russia

Elena Germanovna Kharitonova, People's Artist of Russia. After graduating in 1987 from the Mikhail Semyonovich Shchepkin Higher Theatre School (course of Y.M. Solomin), a young actress was invited to work in one of the best ensembles of the country - Samara Academic Drama Theater named after M. Gorky, where she worked for over 7 years and where she played some of the best roles of domestic foreign classical repertoire: Grushenka («The Brothers Karamazov» by F.M. Dostoyevsky), Glafira («Wolves and Sheep» by A.N. Ostrovsky), Inken Peters («Before Sunset» by G. Hauptmann), Epifania («The Millionairess» by George Bernard Shaw), Finea («The Stupid Lady» by Lope de Vega), Sophia («Woe from Wit» by A.S. Griboyedov), Lady Milford («Love and Intrigue» by Friedrich Schiller).

In 1994 Elena Kharitonova joined the ensemble of the renowned Maly Theatre (the oldest dramatic theatre in Russia), where she has served for over 20 years now. The talented and gracious Elena Kharitonova ideally portrays romantic heroines. However, she is not afraid to experiment with different styles, genres, and ideas. Elena has shown her versatility in a range of roles – gentle Maria Nagaya («Tsar Ivan the Terrible» by A.K. Tolstoy), frivolous Smelskaya («Talents and Admirers» by A.N. Ostrovsky), cranky Princess Elsa («The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz), passionate Baroness Shtral, («The Masquerade» by M.Yu.Lermontov), ambitious Marina Mnishek («Dmitry the Pretender and Vasily Shuisky» by Alexander Ostrovsky), proud and independent Lady Milford («Love and Intrigue» by Friedrich Schiller), etc.

Elena’s signature role was Princess Marguerite of Navarre from «Secrets of the Madrid Court» by Eugène Scribe, Ernest Leguvé. The role of the French princess, who is trying to rescue her brother from the Spanish captivity and build her happiness, in the meantime arranging other people’s lives, allowed Elena Kharitonova to disclose the best features of her acting talent.«Secrets of the Madrid Court» toured extensively throughout Russia and continues to delight audiences nowadays. The remarkable beauty, talent and grace of Elena won over the hearts of the audience.

In 2016, the actress first appeared on stage in the role of Blanche DuBois in «A Streetcar Named Desire» by Tennessee Williams, directed by Sergey Potapov. Elena Kharitonova does not give Blanche the right to be a fractious dreamer. These traits are a consequence of her nervous illness. The actress is brilliant at portraying the piercing pain that penetrates her character. Her Blanche is «a fallen woman with the soul of an angel», as written by Natalia Vitvitskaya in an article devoted to Kharitonova’s acting.

Elena is also a prominent voiceover artist. She has given her voice to Katherine Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Sharon Stone, Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, Trine Dyrholm, Victoria Abril.

Elena Germanovna works a lot on television and radio. She is a regular participant of the Maly Theatre’s concert programs. In addition to that, she has been teaching scenic speech at the Department of Directing at the Samara Pedagogical Institute.

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1994 - (replacement) Glafira, «Wolves and Sheep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1995 - (premiere) Tsaritsa Maria Fyodorovna, «Tsar Ivan the Terrible» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

1995 - (premiere) Smelskaya, «Talents and Admirers» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1995 - (premiere) Princess Elsa, «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1996 - (premiere) Olga, «Queer People» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

1997 - (premiere) Marguerite, «Secrets of the Madrid Court» by Eugène Scribe, Ernest Leguvé, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1998 - (premiere) Lady Milford, «Love and Intrigue» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Yuri Solomin

1999 - (premiere) Vorontsova, «Chronicles of the Palace Coup» by Galina Turchina, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2001 - (premiere) Dorothea Lustig, «Happy End» based on Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s play «Getting Away with Murder», directed by Vladimir Beylis

2002 - (replacement) Ms. Mercadet, «Mercadet or the Speculator» by Honoré de Balzac, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2002 - (premiere) Anne of Austria, «The Cloak of the Cardinal» by Pavel Gusev, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2004 - (premiere) Popova, «Wedding! Wedding! Wedding» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2007 - (premiere) Marina Mnishek, «Dmitry the Pretender and Vasily Shuisky» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2008 - (premiere) Marya Semenovna Kosareva, «Kasatka» (Darling) by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov.

2013 - (replacement) Kharita Ignatyevna Ogudalova, «Without a Dowry» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Yuri Solomin

2014 - (premiere) Baroness Shtral, «The Masquerade» by Mikhail Lermontov, directed by Andrey Zhitinkin

2015 - (replacement) Betty Dorlange, «How to Cheat the State» by Louis Verneuil and Georges Berr, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2016 - (premiere) Blanche, «A Streetcar Named Desire» by Tennessee Williams, directed by Sergey Potapov

2017 - (premiere) Mary, «Little Tragedies» by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Vyacheslav Ezepov

2019 - (premiere) Bettina, «Before Sunset» by Gerhart Hauptmann, directed by Vladimir Beylis