Aida Garifullina



Aida Garifullina was born in Kazan into a musical family. Her mother Lyalya Garifullina is an Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Tatarstan, currently the Director of the Centre of Contemporary Music n.a. Sofia Gubaidulina, a graduate of The Kazan State Conservatoire (a choir conductor). Lyalya from the very childhood had guided her daughter to classical musical art and has always been providing her with professional support. When Aida was 13, she performed at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow together with Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, next year she became a grant holder of Fyodor Chaliapin Fund.


In 2005, after having received a Grant of Kazan Mayor to study in Germany, Aida went to the High School of Music in Nurnberg, in class of academic vocal of Professor and Rector of the school, the famous tenor Siegfried Jerusalem. In the same year, she participated in a large-scale celebration of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan.


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 Prof. Claudia Visca.


The students and staff of the University staged Mozart's opera Così Fan Tutte in which Aida made her debut, singing a part of Despina.


In last year of education in Vienna Conservatory Aida participated in the Muslim Magomaev’s First International Competition of Vocalists in Moscow and became its laureate.


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.

In August as the Ambassador of the Universiade, Aida participated at the Closing Ceremony of the XXVI World Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.


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, who noted her beautiful and rare timbre.

A happy occasion brought Aida and Maestro Gergiev in London in summer. The Maestro believed in the young singer's talent and entrusted her with Susanna's part in the Mariinsky Theatre's The Marriage of Figaro.


In January Aida made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in the role of Susanna in the premiere Opera Buffa of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (Stage Director: Yuri Alexandrov). In spring the repertoire of Aida had already included the roles of Adina in The Love Potion.

In May Aida was honored to participate in the Opening of a new stage - the Mariinsky-II (Susanna’s part in The Marriage of Figaro).

Aida sang White Bird at the Opening Ceremony of Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan and also performed at the Gala Concert as part of Cultural Universiade which took a place in the Tatar State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre n.a. Musa Jalil.

In August Aida won the First prize at the International Competition of Opera Singers of Placido Domingo Operalia-2013 in Verona (Italy). At the contest, there were arias of Nanetta (Falstaff), Snow Maiden (The Snow Maiden), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Juliet (The Capulets And The Montagues 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.

Aida's taking part in this competition Operalia was not only important for winning. Also because she made interesting and creative projects with Placido Domingo. He offered her to take part in a charity concert, which she has done - on the 30th October Aida performed at the 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.


Aida Garifullina took part at the annual festival Hvorostovsky & Friends of the well-known Russian baritone in Saint Petersburg (Oktyabrskiy Big Concert Hall) and in Moscow (the State Kremlin Palace), sang twice in the Mariinsky Theatre: Gilda in Rigoletto and Adina in The Love Potion and performed Great mass C minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart concerts in Madrid.

In May was held the concert of Aida Garifullina and 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. Tatneft Arena Hall had a full house because of the success of the concert, attracting thousands of people. In the same time the part of Adina in The Love Potion was sung in the Mariinsky Theatre. Here, in the last day of May Aida could be heard in the concert of The XXII International Stars of the White Nights.

In the beginning of summer Aida Garifullina successfully performed at the Peace Concert Arirang in Seoul. This is the second concert dedicated to peace between North and South Korea. The concert took place in the Concert Hall of Seoul Art Center. Aida performed the aria Casta Diva from Vincenzo Bellini's Norma, Geuriun Geumgangsan and traditional Korean song Miryang Arirang together with Seoul Philarmonic Orchestra under the direction of maestro YunSung Chang.

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.

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.

In October she had her first concert in the biggest opera theatre in Austria — The Vienna State Opera. In the melodrama you already know Gaetano Donizetti «L'elisir d'amore» Aida played the role of Gianetta. In the same month she performed at the Burgtheater (Vienna) on Doors Open Day.

In November was staged the performance from Giacomo Puccini's opera «La bohéme». Aida performed the role of Musetta, the heroin of the play. In the same time a performance was held by Aida Garifullina and the legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. They were accompanied by the Ambassade Orchestra Vienna conducted by the American maestro Eugene Kohn. The concert took place in one of the biggest concert venues in Austria: the Wiener Stadthalle.

Two amazing concerts were held in Moscow in Nowember to celebrate the 60-years anniversary of the famous Russian composer Igor Krutoy. Gathered on the stage of Kremlin Palace were world class stars Andrea Bocelli, Lara Fabian, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sumi Cho, Yuri Bashmet and Jivan Gasparyan. Aida Garifullina specially flew in from Vienna, where she curently works, to do her performance to congratulate the maestro's anniversary.

In December in London at Wigmore Hall the Rosenblatt Recital took place. Aida made a great solo program consisting of arias from operas, songs and romances. In two parts of the concert foreign (Leoncavallo, Puccini, Gounod, Delibes) and Russian classics (Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff) were heard.

The year ended with a new production of the opera by Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel at Mariinsky-2. Aida Garifullina starred the Queen of Shemakha.

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.


  • W. A. Mozart «Don Giovanni» Zerlina
  • G. Rossini«L'italiana in Algeri» Elvira
  • F. Halévy«La Juive» Princess Eudoxie
  • N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov«The Golden Cockerel» Queen of Shemakha
  • 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»


  • 2, 4, 6 August 2016 Savonlinna Opera Festival. Puccini: La Bohème (Musetta) Olavinlinna. Savonlinna, Finland
  • 1 July 2016 Open air gala concert with Juan Diego Florez Chateau de Versailles. Versailles, France
  • 24, 29 June 2016 Donizetti: DON PASQUALE (Norina) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 6, 10, 13, 16, 18 March 2016 Eötvös: TRI SESTRI (DREI SCHWESTERN) Irina Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 23 December 2015, 2, 3 January 2016 Doderer: FATIMA ODER VON DEN MUTIGEN KINDERN (FATIMA) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 29 November 2015 Third Concordia Matinee Palais Ferstel. Vienna, Austria
  • 27, 30 November, 3 December 2015 Mozart: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Susanna) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria


  • 7, 9, 12, 15 November 2015 Puccini: La Bohème (Musetta) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 24, 27 October 2015 Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (Adina) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 18 October 2015 ENSEMBLEMATINEE AM SONNTAG 3 Wiener Staatsoper, Gustav-Mahler-Saal. Vienna, Austria
  • 6 October 2015 Rolando Villazón: The Stars of Tomorrow Stummfilmkino Delphi. Berlin, Germany
  • 6 September 2015 Open Day Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 30 July 2015 Gala Dinner & Concert: Celebrating the 40-year anniversary of Plácido Domingo's Salzburg debut Residenzhof Salzburg. Salzburg, Austria
  • 24 July 2015 Opening ceremony of the World Aquatics Championships 2015 TatNeft Arena. Kazan, Russia
  • 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
  • 18, 23, 27, 30 April 2015 Rossini: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI (Elvira) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 12 April 2015 JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ AND FRIENDS IN CONCERT FOR SINFONÍA POR EL PERÚ Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 23 March 2015 Recital Musikverein. Vienna, Austria
  • 23, 27 February, 3, 7 March 2015 Halévy: La Juive (Princesse Eudoxie) Wiener Staatsoper. Vienna, Austria
  • 12 February 2015 Wiener Opernball 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
  • 25, 27 December 2014 Premiere! Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel (Queen of Shemakha) Mariinsky II. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 3 December 2014 Rosenblatt Recital with Iain Burnside, piano Wigmore Hall. London, United Kingdom
  • 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


19 November 2015

"Feeling and touching time-proved Franco Zeffirelli’s La Boheme was staged in Wiener Staatsoper. Reliable Marco Armiliato is on the stage, Aida Garifullina outstandingly play Musetta, alongside with the fascinating couple – admirable Piero Pretti as Rodolfo and Marita Solberg as heart-piercing Mimi. The performance was full of tragedy that engulfed that very Paris that forms a vivid frame of Puccini’s drama.

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Foto: Michael Pöhn/Wiener Staatsoper.

No doubts that Aida Garifullina's Musetta is the best here, and she exactly complies with the name Marcel gave her in the heat of passion: Temptation. Russian soprano shows great individuality in both vocal and performance sides - she may be cowcattish and impudent, but also sentimental and caring when needed. Her singing is warm and tender, she perfectly controls her breathing, she has wonderful homogeneity of registers and phrasing ingenuity. The variety of colours and contrasts is also brilliant. As the curtain fell, a storm of applause were paid to everybody and, especially, to Aida Garifullina", wrote Andrea R. G. Pedrotti in the Italian musical magazine L'ape musicale.

"Aida Garifullina's Musetta leaves other performers behind. When she appears, it seems that a great hurricane comes over the stage; her voice is magnificent, from first notes to the last short sincere pray in the end",  shared her impressions Elena Habermann in Online Merker.


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  • Arias, romances


General Management:

Jo Fry

Askonas Holt Ltd.

Mark Hildrew

Askonas Holt Ltd.

Lyalya Garifullina

Management (Russia)