Kristina Larina was born in Leningrad. Graduated from the School of Arts and Creative Industries of London South Bank University and completed a postgraduate study at the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS, Faculty of Musical Theatre, workshop of Dmitry Bertman).
Made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2007 as director of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Kashchey the Immortal. Between 2009 and 2012 at the Stars of the White Nights festival she staged the operas Aleko, Kashchey the Immortal, Pagliacci and Iolanta at Vyborg Castle (as part of the project Open-Air Opera). As an assistant stage director she worked on rehearsals of the gala concert in honour of the opening of the new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in 2013.
Has worked with Dmitri Tcherniakov on a production of Berg’s opera Wozzeck (2010) and the opening ceremony of the historic stage of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia (2011). As an assistant to Daniele Finzi Pasca she was involved in preparations for the closing ceremony of the ХХII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (2014). Has worked as an assistant to directors including Graham Vick, David Pountney, Alain Maratrat, Vasily Barkhatov and Alexei Stepanyuk.
In 2020 she staged Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok).
She is currently responsible for the stage direction of concert programmes at the Mariinsky Theatre. In the spring of 2021 she directed Les Contes d’Hoffmann (semi-staged performance).