Today, Distinguished Artist of Russia Vera Velyaminova celebrates her jubilee.
Vera Velyaminova has dedicated more than sixty years of her life to servicing on the Alexandrinsky Stage. In 1952, then yet a student of the Leningrad Theater Institute, she was invited to play a bit-part role of a young gypsy girl in “The Living Corpse.” Surprisingly strong voice of the young actress, her sincere and inspired performing, stage temperament, beauty and charm immediately attracted attention to her. Later on, the actress impersonated Masha, one of the main characters, in the same “Living Corpse;” Nickolay Simonov was her partner in the role of Fyodor Protasov.
In the years of her service at The Alexandrinsky Theater, Vera Velyaminova had played more than seventy roles of the most various character – from lyrical to acute character and comedy roles. These include: Frazee Grant (“Running over the Waves ,” 1960), Maria Tudor (“Maria Tudor,” 1964), Paula (“Before the Sunset ,” 1962), Eurydice (“Antigone ,”1968), Kvashnya (“The Lower Depths ,” 1973), Tartagliona (“The Green Bird,” 1976), Vasilisa the Wise (“Live and Remember,” 1980), Vasilisa Yegrovna (“Captain’s Daughter,” 1984), Step Mother (“The First Ball of Cinderella,” 1988), Rakhmaninova (“The Bells,” 1989), Gang Leader (“Dreading Woes Will Never Have Luck ,” 1994), Fominishna (“Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours,” 1990), Mrs. Fielding (“The Cricket on the Hearth,” 1991), Lady Jedburgh (“Lady Windermere's Fan, 1998).