As Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake.
Photo from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
As Prince Desire
in The Sleeping Beauty.
Maya Plisetskaya as Princess Aurora.
Photo from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
As Garmody in Igor Moiseyev’s Spartacus.
Photo from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
Opposite Galina Ulanova in Chopiniana.
Photo by V. Borisov
(postcard, 1960).
As Danila in Stone Flower.
Photo by Evgeny Umnov
(from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
As Armen in Gayane.
Photo by Evgeny Umnov
(from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
As Jose in Carmen Suite.
Photo from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum.
As Jose in Carmen Suite.
Maya Plisetskaya as Carmen
Photo by Georgy Soloviev
(from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum).
As Karenin in Anna Karenina.
In the title part — Maya Plisetskaya.
Photo by Georgy Soloviev
(from the Bolshoi Theatre’s museum).


1957 — Ist prize at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow

1958 — Prize from the Paris

1959 —Vatslav Nijinsky Prize, Paris Academy of Dance

1964 — People’s Artist of the RSFSR

1968 — Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland

1971 — The Order of the Red Banner of Labour

1976 — People’s Artist of the USSR

2003 — The Order of Honour

2004 — Prize from Galina Ulanova Foundation “For selfless service to the art of dance”

2004 — the Ballet magazine Soul of Dance prize (Maitre of Dance nomination)


British reviewers called Nikolai Fadeechev “an aristocratic communist” during the first historic tour of the Bolshoi Theater in London. At that time, in 1956 all Russian artists were communists for them, but only selected few received the title of aristocrats.

He was born in Moscow on January 27, 1933. He studied at the Moscow Choreographic School (now the Moscow State Choreographic Academy) under Alexander Rudenko. In 1952 he joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company and danced with it for twenty five years.

He starred in the film-ballet Swan Lake (director Z. Tulubyeva, TsCDF, 1957), in the film-concert Ballerina (director V. Derbenev, Mosfilm, 1969), in the TV film-concert Choreographic novellas (choreography by N. Kasatkina and V. Vasilev, directors V. Grave, V. Vasilev, c/a"The Screen“, 1973), in the TV adaptation of the ballet Raimonda (1973).

Ballerinas liked to dance with him because he was an excellent, “comfortable” partner. He danced with Galina Ulanova. For a long time he was actually a constant partner of Maya Plisetskaya.

In 1977 he finished his career as a dancer and became a teacher-repetiteur at the Bolshoi Theater. At present the Principals of the Bolshoi Ballet Andrey Uvarov, Sergey Filin, Nikolai Tsiskaridze rehearse under his guidance.


The Mouse King , Prince (Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky, choreography by V. Vainonen, 1951)

Grand Pas, Bernard (Raimonda by A.Glazunov. Choreography by M. Petipa, A. Gorsky in the version of L. Lavrovsky, 1953)

Opal (Stone Flower by S. Prokofiev, choreography by L. Lavrovsky, 1954)

Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky, production by E. Dolinskaya, after A. Gorsky, L. Ivanov, choreography in Act IY by A. Messerer, 1954)

Bluebird, Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty by P.Tchaikovsky, choreography by M. Gabovich and A. Messerer, 1955)

Youth (Laurencia by A. Crain, choreography by V. Chabukiani, 1956)

Albrecht (Giselle by A. Adam, choreography by J. Coralli, J. Perrot and M. Petipa in L. Lavrovsky version, 1956)

Frondoso (Laurencia , 1958)

Harmodius (A. Khachaturian’s Spartacus, choreography by I. Moiseev, 1958) — creator of the role

Soloist (Chopiniana to music by F. Chopin, choreography by M. Fokine, 1958)

Danila (Stone Flower by S. Prokofiev, choreography by Y. Grigorovich, 1959) — creator of the role at the Bolshoi theater

Romeo (Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev, choreography by L. Lavrovsky, 1960)

Jean de Brienne (Raimonda, 1960)

Vatslav (Boris Asafiev’s The Fountain of Bakhchisaray; choreography by Rotislav Zakharov, 1962)

Armen ( Gayane by A. Khachaturian, choreography by V. Vainonen, production by E. Kaplan, 1962)

Soloist (Class Concert to music by A.Glazunov, A. Lyadov, D. Shostakovich; choreography by Asaf Messerer, 1963)

Prince Désiré (The Sleeping Beauty by P.Tchaikovsky, choreography by M. Petipa, Y. Grigorovich’s version, 1963) — creator of the role

Prince Ivan ( The Firebird/ L’oiseau de feu by I. Stravinsky, choreography by M. Fokine, 1964) — creator of the role at the Bolshoi theater (on the stage of the Grand Kremlin Palace)

Ilyas (Asel by V. Vlasov, production O, Vinogradov, 1967) — creator of the role

Jose (Carmen Suite to music by Bizet-Shchedrin, A. Alonso production, 1967) — creator of the role

Soloist (Prelude to music of J.S. Bach, production by N. Kasatkina and V. Vasilev, 1967) — creator of the role

Prince (Swan Lake. In the version by Y. Grigorovich, 1969) — creator of the role

Karenin (Anna Karenina by R. R. Shchedrin, choreography by M. Plisetskaya, N. Ryzhenko and V. Smirnova-Golovanova, 1972) — creator of the role