Prize-winner at International Ballet Competitions (Varna, 1980; Moscow, 1985).
Golden Mask Jury of Musical Theatre Special Prize (2000).
Honoured Artist of Russia (2002).
Golden Mask Award (2008).

Сергей Вихарев


Born in St Petersburg. Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (class of Professor Semenov) in 1980.

Joined the Mariinsky Theatre in 1980. Soloist since 1986. Repetiteur from 2007-17.

Repertoire included, among others, the main parts in La Sylphide, Giselle, Napoli or The Fisherman and His Fiancee, The Naiad and the Fisherman, The Sleeping Beauty, Fokine's Chopiniana

He staged Leda and the Swan (1995), Hermitage Theatre, St. Petersburg and the ballet scenes in the opera La Gioconda (1997), Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa.

Principal Ballet Master at the Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet from 1999-2006, where he staged Giselle (after Perrot, Coralli and Petipa), Coppelia (reconstruction of the Mariinsky Theatre 1894 production, awarded a Golden Mask as best production), Don Quixote (after Gorsky and Petipa), Fokine's Chopiniana, Le Carnaval and Scheherazade and the dances in the opera Aida (directed by Dmitry Chernyakov).

At the Mariinsky Theatre he staged The Sleeping Beauty (1999, reconstruction of the 1890 production, Golden Mask jury prize), Pétrouchka (2000, reconstruction of the Benois-Fokine version), La Bayadere (reconstruction of Marius Petipa 1900 version), Le reveil de Flore (2007, reconstruction of Petipa-Ivanov 1894, Golden Mask Award), Le Carnaval (2008, reconstruction of Bakst-Fokine 1910) and dances in the opera A Life for the Tsar (2004, directed by Dmitry Chernyakov).

With the NBA Ballet (Tokyo) he has staged Fokine's Scheherazade, Polovtsian Dances and Carnaval (2007).
At the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Kazakhstan he staged Chopiniana, Le Carnaval and Polovtsian Dances (2006).

Productions at the BOLSHOI THEATRE 
Coppelia (2009, reconstruction of the Mariinsky Theatre 1894 production) Pétrouchka (2010, choreography by Fokine, new choreographic version)

Teatro alla Scala
Raymonda (2011, choreography by M. Petipa, new choreographic version)

Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre
La fille mal gardee by P. L. Hertel (2015, choreography by M. Petipa, L. Ivanov, new choreographic version)
Paquita (2018 г., premiered after his death; music by E.-M.-E. Deldevez and L. Minkus in free Y. Krasavin’s transcription, after M. Petipa production at the Mariinsky Theatre, 1881; new S. Vikharev and V. Samodurov’s choreographic version)

Died on June 2, 2017.