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Titova Lyudmila

People's Artist of Russia

Lyudmila Vladimirovna Titova, People's Artist of Russia, was born on February 28, 1960. In 1983, she graduated from Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School (the course of Yuri Solomin) and joined the Maly Theatre’s company.

Endowed with tremendous magnetism, imagination and confidence, Titova managed to reveal the many facets of her talent over the years. Lyudmila’s range is immense; she can do dramas, and comedies all with the class and intensity. Her rich inner world allows Titova to naturally exist in diverse roles and genres.

Titova is considered an actress of «character». Her Roxane in «Cyrano de Bergerac» by Edmond Rostand is gorgeous. With filigree precision Lyudmila plays one of the most difficult roles in the world’s repertoire - every gesture is fully defined finished, every intonation is well thought out, every impulse of a loving soul is expressive.

In «Two for the Seesaw» based on William Gibson's play, which ran on the Chamber stage of the Maly Theater and where the distance between the performer and the auditorium is reduced to a minimum and even the slightest actor's falseness is impossible, the audience was captivated by Titova’s performance. She managed to reveal Gittel Mosca’s rich inner world of morals, feelings, and ideals and expose an inescapable tragedy of loneliness, and the theme of the eternal pursuit of elusive happiness.

Titova’s portrayal of Elena Andreevna («The Wood Demon» by Anton Chekhov) perfectly blends into the unstable, uneven rhythm of the play. All her actions are logically justified and naturally determined. Titova feels exceptionally comfortable in the poetic world of Chekhov's drama.

Beautiful and talented actress shows off her comic talent in «Wolves and Sheep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, where she plays a charming and unscrupulous Glafira, seeking a rich husband. This work is the universally recognized benefit of Lyudmila Titova. The actress plays lightly, gracefully and cheerfully.

Titova’s aristocratic profile, her manners are especially evident in her portrayal of Yulia Tugina («The Last Sacrifice» by Alexander Ostrovsky). Abandoned by a young lover, she finds peace with an elderly merchant Flor Fedulich Pribytkov. This role brought Lyudmila a well-deserved success and recognition, as well as a Golden Lyre Award in the nomination «The Most Muscovite Actress». The duet of Titova and Vasily Bochkaryov, who played Pribytkov, many theatre critics branded as the best romantic duet of the season.

The role of Vassa Zheleznova in the early version of Maxim Gorky's play might be considered a key milestone in Lyudmila’s creative development as an artist. The tradeswoman played by Titova is a woman of iron will, whose family’s well-being is built on a crime. Her life motto - «The end justifies the means» - evokes both fear and compassion. «Vassa Zheleznova. The First Version» became a significant event in Moscow’s cultural life and its success should be credited to a large extent to its leading actress Lyudmila Titova.

Lyudmila Titova’s television and film credits include: «The Shore of His Life», «The Split», «Beauty salon»,«A Dear Friend of Long Forgotten Years...», «Balzac Age, or All Men are Bast...», «Life and Death of Lyonka Panteleyev», «The House on the Embankment,» «The Bride to Order,» «The Imperfect Woman,» «No One But Us,» and others.

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1983 - Princess, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1983 - Akulina, «Vanyushin's Children» by Sergei Naidenov, directed by Mikhail Tsaryov, Viktor Ryzhkov and Vladimir Sedov

1983 - Director, «Unripe Raspberries» by Jiří Hubač, directed by Alexander Burdonsky

1984 – Korobkin’s wife, «The Governmnet Inspector» by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Evgeniy Vesnik and Yuri Solomin

1984 - Sasha, «The Living Corpse» by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1984 - Nastya, «Ivushka neplakuchaya» («Non-weeping Willow») by Mikhail Alekseev, directed by A. Matveev

1985 - Lyuska, «Private Soldiers» by Aleksey Dudarev, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1985 - Princess Mstislavskaya, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1985 - The Bride, Masha, Maria Andreevna, Princess, «From the Memoirs of the Idealist» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1985 - Elena Stakhova, «On the Eve» by Ivan Turgenev, directed by Vladimir Sedov

1985 - Eleonora, ««From This Day’s News» by Georgiy Markov and Eduard Shima, directed by Evgeniy Vesnik

1985 - Aricie, «Phèdre» by Jean Racine, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1986 - Tanya, «The Painting» by Daniil Granin, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1987 - Masha, «The Living Corpse» by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1988 - Roxane, «Cyrano de Bergerac» by Edmond Rostand, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1988 - Gittel Mosca, «Two for the Seesaw» by William Gibson, directed by Alexander Shuyskiy

1988 - Elena Andreevna, «The Wood Demon» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Boris Morozov

1989 - Hannah Jelkes, «The Night of the Iguana» by Tennessee Williams, directed by Theodore Mann (USA)

1990 - Tatyana Nikolaevna, «And I Shall Repay» by Sergey Kuznetsov, directed by Alexander Chetverkin

1990 - Nicole, «The Bourgeois Gentleman » by Jean-Baptiste Molière, directed by Ilan Ronen (Israel)

1991 - Elizabeth, «The Murder of Gonzago» by Nedyalko Yordano, directed by Boris Morozov

1992 - Procula, «The King of the Jews» by Konstantin Romanov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

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

1995 - Galina, «The Feast of the Victors» by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, directed by Boris Morozov

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

1997 - Elena, «Queer People» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

1997 - Lidochka, «Krechinsky's Wedding» by Alexander Sukhovo-Kobylin, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1999 - Tsaritsa Irina Feodorovna, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1999 - Ekaterina Alekseevna, «Chronicles of the Palace Coup» by Galina Turchina, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2001 - Sarah, «Ivanov» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

2004 - Yulia Tugina, «The Last Sacrifice» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2005 - Toinette, «The Imaginary Invalid»by J.-B. Molière, directed by Sergey Zhenovach

2006 – Queen Elizabeth I, «Maria Stuart» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2008 - Lisa Protasova, «The Children of the Sun» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Adolf Shapiro

2011 – Madame Fiquet, «The Heirs of Rabourdin» Émile Zola, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2012 - Kharita Ignatyevna Ogudalova, «Without a Dowry» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Yuri Solomin

2015 - Augustine, «Eight Loving Women» by Robert Thomas, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2016 - Vassa, «Vassa Zheleznova. The First Version» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2017 - Claire Zachanassian, «The Visit of the Old Lady» by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, directed by Ilan Ronen (Israel)