Sad news: Great Bolshoi star has died

Sad news: Great Bolshoi star has died


norman lebrecht

November 04, 2014

Nina Timofeeva, one of the mid-century stars of the Bolshoi Ballet, has died at the age of 79.

Originally from Leningrad (St Petersburg),Nina joined the Bolshoi in 1956 and built her career on Odette-Odile in Swan Lake.

Her late husband, the composer Kirill Molchanov (1922–1982) wrote music for some of her ballets.

In 1991 she left her post as a choreographer at the Bolshoi and migrated to Israel with her daughter, Nadya, also a ballet dancer.

Ballerina Nina Timofeeva as Odette-Odile