Irina Viktorovna Telpugova, Honored Artist of Russia, was born on October 9, 1959. After graduation from Lunacharsky State Institute for Theatre Arts (today known as the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts - GITIS) course of M.O.Knebel, she was invited to join the Maly Theatre’s company. Since the very first days of work on Moscow’s oldest drama stage, Irina managed to create a number of distinctive and memorable characters.
Telpugova made her stage debut in Friedrich Schiller’s legendary play «Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa», where she played Bertha, an innocent young girl, daughter of a gloomy republican Verrina, who is seduced by Gianettino Doria the governor of Genoa. The actress created a complete and touching image, thus raising her heroine to the heights of the ancient tragedy.
For 35 years of work in the theatre Irina has played more than 20 roles. The artist's creative possibilities and talents are almost endless. She created lyrical and touching images of Elena Morozova and Chekhov's Anya. Trying to seduce the priest Charlotte Goodall is similar to Nabokov's Lolita. Irina’s little humpbacked horse is ardent and mischievous and her Nastasya Pankratyevna, a fidgety wife of the merchant-tyrant Bruskov, turned out to be surprisingly grotesque and funny.
With the uniform good taste, delicacy, imagination, impeccable taste, a special noble restraint and grace, which have eminently distinguished her professional behavior, combined with diligence and determination, - all these remarkable qualities let Irina create many memorable roles thus winning over audience.
Roles in the Maly Theatre:
1981 - Bertha, «Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Leonid Kheyfets
1981 - Princess, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov
1981 - A guest, «Before Sunset» by Gerhart Hauptmann, directed by Leonid Kheyfets
1981 - Masha, «Balzaminov’s Marriage» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Sedov
1982 - Victoria, «The Choice» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev and Vladimir Beylis
1983 - Olya, «The Wild Angel» by Aleksey Kolomiyts, directed by Vladimir Sedov
1983 - Katya, «Vanyushin's Children» by Sergei Naidenov, directed by Mikhail Tsaryov, Viktor Ryzhkov and Vladimir Sedov
1984 - Anya, «The Cherry Orchard» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Igor Ilyinskiy
1985 – The little humpbacked horse, «The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov, directed by Roman Sokolov
1985 - Anuta, «From the Memoirs of the Idealist» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vladimir Beylis
1985 - Stepka, «The Zykovs» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Leonid Kheyfets
1987 - Pavla, «The Zykovs» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Leonid Kheyfets
1988 - Yulya, «The Wood Demon» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Boris Morozov
1989 - Charlotte Goodall, «The Night of the Iguana» by Tennessee Williams, directed by Theodore Mann (USA)
1995 -Olya, «The Feast of the Victors» by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, directed by Boris Morozov
1996 - Elena, «Prince Serebrenni» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov
1999 - Tsaritsa, «The Tale of Tsar Saltan» by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov
2000 - Princess Tugoukhovskaya, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Sergey Zhenovach
2001 - Maria Grigorievna, «Tsar Ivan the Terrible» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Dragunov
2002 – The merchant’s wife, «The Deep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov
2004 - Nastasya Pankratyevna, «All the Days Are Not Alike» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov
2013 - Elikonida, «The Village of Stepanchikovo and Its Inhabitants» by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, directed by Anton Yakovlev
2014 - First lady of the court, «Cinderella» by Evgeny Schwartz, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov