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Irina Voznesenskaya (Actor)

Honoured Artist of Russia.

Born in an acting family. After leaving school she joined the company of the Murmansk Region Drama Theatre where she performed minor roles in various productions in the theatre’s repertoire. In 1957 Irina Voznesenskaya entered the Leningrad Theatre Institute (course taught by the legendary actress and coach Yelizaveta Time. In 1961 after graduating from the institute the young actress was invited to join the Leningrad State Academic Pushkin Theatre. Her roles have included Diana (The Famous 702, 1962), Marina (Dances on a High Road, 1962), Lida (Plato Krechet, 1964), Ottilia (Before Sunset, 1964), Laura (Little Tragedies, 1965), Matilda (The Wild Captain, 1965), Lyuba Gabai (The Cause You Serve, 1967), Yulinka (A Profitable Post, 1968), Vernova (Man and the Globe, 1969), Ћilina (The Legend of Ulenspiegel, 1971), Irina Lavrovna (The Last Victim, 1971), Charlotta (The Cherry Orchard, 1972), Chernobrivtseva (The Hurricane, 1974), Harpie (Conversations with Socrates, 1976), Valeria (Alone without Angels, 1977), Babakina (Ivanov, 1978), Tanya (Airport, 1978), Lida (The Veranda in the Forest, 1979), Clytemnestra (My Love Elektra, 1980) and de Beausйant (Le Pиre Goriot, 1982) among others. Over her years at Russia’s oldest theatre, Irina Voznesenskaya has performed some seventy roles.

Her incredible sense of humour, sense of observation with regard to acting and her ability to paint a subtle psychological portrait and express a specific kind of personality have allowed the actress to create an entire gallery of comedy characters. Roles in recent years have included Mrs Prostakova (The Minor, 1990), Ariane (Blaise, 1992), Emilia (Othello, 1993), Assunta (Cap and Bells, 1993), Paulina (A Winter’s Tale, 1995), Mrs Higgins (Pygmalion, 1998), Anna Petrovna (A Pair of Bay Horses, 2000) and Lady Jedburgh (Lady Windermere’s Fan) among others. In 2006 Irina Voznesenskaya was awarded the prestigious Pushkin Medal government award.

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