Larisa Rudakova is one of the most famous Russian opera singers, the prima of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia and a lyric coloratura soprano. A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, she started her career at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1992. For more than 16 years her career has been closely connected with the Bolshoi Theatre where she has sung almost all the leading parts for the lyric coloratura soprano.
Larisa Rudakova has won many prestigious awards including: 1st Prize of the 1st International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (St.Petersburg,1994); Special "Gold Egg with a Brillian Harp" prize for the best stage performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's works (1994); Grand Prix of the 32nd International Francisco Viniance Competition (Barcelona, 1994). In 1995 the BBC named her one of the world's top five young opera vocalists. She has also been awarded the Medal of Friendship (2001) and the Medal for the Development of Culture (Poland).