Aida Garifullina

Aida
Garifullina
Soprano

Biography

Aida Garifullina was born in Kazan. When she was 13, she became a grant holder of Fyodor Chaliapin Fund and was awarded "Voice of the Year". In the same year Aida performed at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow during the festival in “Gifted Children of Tatarstan”. She studied voice in Nurnberg Siegfried Jerusalem and with Claudia Visca in Vienna.

During her studies and after she graduated, Aida was invited to various events and festivals.

2005

In 2005 she took part in the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Kazan, where she sang in front of numerous foreign delegations, the President of UNESCO, President of Turkey, as well three Russian presidents - Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.

2007

In autumn she continues studying vocal in the legendary University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, known as “Vienna Conservatory”, in the class of professor Claudia Visca

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2009

The students and staff of the University staged Mozart's opera "Così fan tutte” ("Everybody do so"), in which Aida made her debut, singing a part of Despina.

2010

Aida finishes her study in Vienna Conservatory. In October she participates in the Muslim Magomaev First International Competition of Vocalists in Moscow.

In 2010 Aida participated in the Muslim Magomaev’s First International Competition of Vocalists in Moscow, and began a creative collaboration with famed composer Walter Afanaseff.

2011

On November, 3 Aida performed “Phacelia” vocal cycle in the concert held in Modern music center and dedicated to 80 years anniversary of the outstanding modern composer Sofia Gubaidulina, in the presence and with the approval of the author.

On August, 23, Aida participated in the closing ceremony of the XXVI World Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.

2012

In 2012 Aida was lucky enough to act on the stage of one of the largest Opera festivals in Europe - the Arena di Verona in Italy, where she held her first meeting with Placido Domingo. Aida performed "Je veux vivre" from the Opera of Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet".

In the same year, at the opening of the Russian House at the XXX Summer Olympics in London, Aida got acquainted to Valery Gergiev, the art Director of Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

2013

In January 2013 Aida, at the invitation of Valery Gergiev, made her debut on the stage of Mariinsky Theatre in the role of Susanna in the Opera Buffa of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro". Later in the repertoire of Aida were included the roles of Gilda ("Rigoletto") and Adina ("The Love Potion").

In July, as the Ambassador of the Universiade, she sang at the opening Ceremony of Summer Universiade 2013 in her home city, Kazan. Aida also performed at the closing ceremony of "Cultural Universiade" with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. The concert was recorded for the Mezzo TV (France).

In August 2013 Aida again performed at the Arena di Verona, but at this time as a contestant of the Operalia-2013. Aida won the First prize at the International Competition of Opera Singers of Placido Domingo, Operalia-2013. At the contest, there were arias of Nanetta ("Falstaff"), Snow Maiden (the “Snow Maiden”), Susanna ("Le nozze di Figaro"), Juliet ("Montagues and Capulets" Bellini). 

It is definitely the turning point of Aida’s career. From that day the art life of young singer makes a great bounce: she receives numerous invitations from the most famous opera theatres of the world.

On the 16th October, Aida, was awarded the title "Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan" and was awarded a Commendation Certificate of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan. 

On the 30th October, 2013 Aida performed at a charity concert of Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, performing the Violetta-Germont duet together with Placido Domingo.

The fruitful 2013 was culminated by two performances at the Mariinsky theatre and a duet with the star of world Opera scene, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at the charity Gala concert "David Foster & Friends" in Toronto. 

2014

Performance at the World Economic Forum in Davos on 22nd January became the first event of the current year.

2014 promises to be a turning point in the career of the young singer. The leadership of Stats - Opera (Vienna) signed a contract for 2 years with Aida. She also signed a contract with the record company “DECCA Records” in London. Aida’s creative activity is from now becoming more organized and focused. 

Aida Garifullina took part at the annual festival "Hvorostovsky and Friends" of the well-known Russian baritone on the 15th in Saint Petersburg and 19th of March in Moscow.

In April Aida performed Great mass C minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart concerts in Madrid.

On 22nd of May Aida performed together with Placido Domingo in her native Kazan. One of the most famous Opera tenors was long-awaited in the capital of Tatarstan. In the end, the visit took place in the year of Culture.

On 15 and 16 of July Aida made her debut in the role of Natasha Rostova at the Mariinsky Theatre's premiere of Prokofiev's opera War and Peace. The performance, which was specially conceived for the possibilities of the new scene, was put by the famous British Director Graham Vick. The orchestra was directed by Valery Gergiev.

Aida has a rare beauty soprano, which was formed earlier enough. With a voice posed by nature, at 11 years Aida already could sing simple Opera arias. Tenderness, softness, warmth and depth make her voice today unmistakable. Its implementation always has an inherent impeccable taste, sense of style and restraint and severity in the expression of feelings, caused by its mentality. All of the above, in combination with her external beauty, youth and charm make her executable images, sometimes, simply irresistible.

Repertoire

  • S. S. Prokofiev«War and Peace» Natasha Rostova
  • W. A. Mozart«Le nozze di Figaro» Susanna
  • W. A. Mozart «Cosi fan tutte» Despina
  • W. A. Mozart «Die Zauberflöte» Pamina
  • G. Donizetti«L`Elisir d`amore» Adina
  • G. Donizetti«Don Pasquale» Norina
  • G. Verdi «Rigoletto» Gilda
  • G. Verdi«Falstaf» Nanetta
  • G.Verdi «Un ballo in maschera» Oscar
  • G. Puccini«La Boheme» Musetta
  • W. A. Mozart«C — Moll Mass»

Schedule

  • 11, 13, 16, 19 June 2015 Mozart: Don Giovanni (Zerlina) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 6 May 2015 Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (Adina) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 23 March 2015 Recital Musikverein. Vienna, Austria
  • 3, 7 March 2015 Halévy: La Juive (La princesse Eudoxie) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 30 January 2015 The 10th edition of the Semperopernball Semperoper. Dresden, Germany
  • 25 January 2015 Ensemble Matinee Concert Musikverein. Vienna, Austria
  • 3 December 2014 Rosenblatt Recital with Iain Burnside, piano Wigmore Hall. London, United Kingdom

Previous

  • 15, 16 November 2014 Concert: The creative evening of Igor Krutoy State Kremlin Palace. Moscow, Russia
  • 8 November 2014 Concert with Andrea Bocelli Wiener Stadthalle. Vienna, Austria
  • 4, 7 November 2014 Puccini: La Bohème (Musetta) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 26 October 2014 Concert Burgtheater. Vienna, Austria
  • 19, 25 October 2014 Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 15, 16 July 2014 Premiere! Prokofiev: War and Peace» (Natasha Rostova) Mariinsky II. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 9 June 2014 Concert: 2d Peace Arirang Concert Hall of Seoul Art Center. Seoul, South Korea
  • 31 May 2014 XXII MUSIC FESTIVAL STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS Mariinsky Theatre. Saint Petersburg,Russia
  • 24 May 2014 Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (Adina) Mariinsky Theatre. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 22 May 2014 Concert with Placido Domingo TatNeft Arena. Kazan, Russia
  • 25, 27 April 2014 Mozart: C-Moll Mass National Auditorium of Music. Madrid, Spain
  • 23 March 2014 Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (Adina) Mariinsky Theatre. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 19 March 2014 Concert: Hvorostovsky&Friends State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia
  • 15 March 2014 Concert: Hvorostovsky&Friends Oktyabrskiy Big Concert Hall. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 5 March 2014 Verdi: Rigoletto (Gilda) Mariinsky Theatre. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2 February 2014 Concert Vienna, Austria
  • 22 January 2014 Performance at World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland
  • 26 December 2013 Verdi: Rigoletto (Gilda) Mariinsky Theatre. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 5 December 2013 Concert with Adrea Bocelli Toronto, Canada
  • 29 November 2013 Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (Adina) Mariinsky Theatre. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 30 October 2013 Concert with Placido Domingo Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow, Russia
  • 14 October 2013 TV Show "Bolshaya opera" TV channel "Russia-Culture"
  • 5 October 2013 Concert with Placido Domingo Beijing Concert Hall. Beijing, China
  • 14 September 2013 Charity concert Cyprus
  • 24 July 2013 Concert in France Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Rising star. Great artists of tomorrow

25 November 2014

It's not every day that a young soprano is personally invited by conductor Valery Gergiev to make a debut at the Mariinsky Opera. But that's exactly what happened to Aida Garifullina after she met him in London.

'I waited in line to ask him If I could sing for him and he said yes,' Garifullina explains. 'I sang "Je veux vivre” from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and he said, "You could make a good Susanna". One week later I got a call from the Mariinsky Theatre inviting me to play Susanna in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro!'

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MARIINSKY MARRIAGE. Garifullina made her debut in Mozart's Figaro

After that Mariinsky debut, Garifullina went on to win First Prize in Placido Domingo's Operalia 2013 competition, which in turn has led to a two-year contract at Vienna State Opera, where upcoming roles include Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and Musetta in Puccini's La boheme. 'Because I greatly admired the voices of the other participants and felt that my performances were far from perfect, winning didn’t sink in for a long time,' she reflects modestly about her Operalia success. 'But I delivered each aria with my heart and soul, and maybe that was what touched the jury.'

Garifullina doesn't remember a time when she didn't want to be a singer. 'Throughout my childhood I was surrounded by music. My mother is a choral conductor, so she took me to lots of rehearsals and concerts when I was young. At five years old I sang in my first TV contest for young singers in Moscow.'

Her mother remains a huge inspiration to this day. 'When I was a little girl, she always believed in me and travelled all over the world to support me in masterclasses and competitions. She was the person who persuaded me to take part in Operalia.'

As well as the opera stage, the concert hall also features regularly in Garifullina's diary, and London audiences will have the chance to hear her when she makes her UK recital debut at Wigmore Hall this month. In the meantime, she says, there's still plenty to learn. 'I'm proud that I have learnt how to work hard. I try every day to improve, both as a singer and as an actress.'

Interview by Rosie Pentreath. BBC Music Magazine, Cristmas 2014
Aida Garifullina sings in a Rosenblatt Recital at Wigmore Hall on Wednesday, 3 December

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Contacts

General Management:

Jo Fry

Askonas Holt Ltd.
jo.fry@askonasholt.co.uk
+44-207-400-17-33

Mark Hildrew

Askonas Holt Ltd.
+44-207-400-17-30

Leila Garifullina

Management (Russia)
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