Aida Garifullina



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.


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.


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 Vissa.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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. 


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.

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.


  • 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»


  • 11 June 2015 Zerlina «Don Giovanni» by Mozart Vienna State Opera (11, 13, 16 , 19 of June)
  • 6 May 2015 Adina «L'elisir d'amore» by Donizetti Vienna State Opera
  • 3 March 2015 La princesse Eudoxie «La Juive» by Halévy Vienna State Opera (3, 7 of March)
  • 25 January 2015 A concert in Vienna Musikverein, Austria
  • 4 November 2014 Musetta «La Bohème» by Puccini Vienna State Opera (4, 7 of November)


  • 15 July 2014 Premiere! «War and Peace» by Prokofiev - Natasha Rostova Mariinsky II, Saint Petersburg (15, 16 of July)
  • 9 June 2014 2d Peace Concert Seoul, South Korea
  • 31 May 2014 XXII MUSIC FESTIVAL STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg
  • 24 May 2014 "L'elisir d'amore" by Donizetti Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg
  • 22 May 2014 Concert with Placido Domingo Kazan
  • 25 April 2014 W.A.Mozart C-Moll Mass Madrid (25-27 April)
  • 23 March 2014 "L'elisir d'amore" by Donizetti Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg
  • 19 March 2014 Hvorostovsky and Friends Concert Moscow
  • 15 March 2014 Hvorostovsky and Friends Concert St. Petersburg
  • 5 March 2014 Verdi "Rigoletto" as Gilda St. Petersburg
  • 2 February 2014 Concert in Austria Vienna
  • 22 January 2014 Performance at World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland
  • 26 December 2013 "Rigoletto" by Verdi Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg
  • 5 December 2013 Concert with Adrea Bocelli Toronto, Canada
  • 29 November 2013 "L'elisir d'amore" by Donizetti Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg
  • 30 October 2013 Concert with Placido Domingo in Moscow Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
  • 14 October 2013 TV Show "Bolshaya opera" TV channel "Russia-Culture"
  • 5 October 2013 Concert with Placido Domingo in China Beijing Concert Hall
  • 14 September 2013 Charity concert Cyprus
  • 24 July 2013 Concert in France Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

The Telegraph invites Londoners to local cinemas to watch War and Peace premiere

2 July 2014

On Wednesday, July 16, the Mariinsky Theatre’s spectacular new production of of Prokofiev’s War and Peace will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK from the new Mariinsky II stage. Directed by Graham Vick, the show comes from the annual Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, conducted by Artistic Director, Valery Gergiev. We’re excited to announce that Telegraph subscribers can purchase two-for-one tickets to screenings at more than 100 cinemas nationwide. 
Based on 19th-century novel by Leo Tolstoy, the opera of War and Peace tells the story of young Natasha (Aida Garifullina) who falls for dashing widow Prince Andrei (Andrei Bondarenko). His father disapproves of their proposed union, which causes the match to be postponed. Meanwhile Natasha’s head is turned by the charming Anatol Kuragin, who neglects to mention that he is already married. Soon the intimate love story is overshadowed by political events as Napoleon’s army closes in on Russia, making the prospects of war seem inevitable.


War and Peace is widely believed to be Prokofiev’s most ambitious work, and is a huge challenge for opera companies with its lengthy series of dramatic scenes, plus the large-scale cast and chorus. This new production is being envisioned by the English director Graham Vick, who has worked with many of the major opera companies around the world. He first staged War and Peace for the Mariinsky Theatre (or Kirov Theatre, as it was then) in 1991 to mark the centenary of Prokofiev’s birth. Twenty-three years later, and with the world having seen extraordinary political and social change, he is returning to the work with a fresh take on this modern opera – a 20th-centuary work reinterpreted wish a 21st-centuary viewpoint. 

Conceived as theatrically fast-moving and on a grand scale, it is fitting that it will be performed on the equally spectacular and state-of-the-art Mariinsky II stage. Alongside the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre, built in 1860, and the Concert Hall which opened in 2066, the Mariinsky II, which opened last year, forms part of a major theatre and concert complex. It has certainly reinforced the status of the Mariinsky Theatre as one of the world’s most important cultural institutions. This will be the first opera to be broadcast live to cinemas from Mariinsky II, and the first ever live opera cinema screening to the UK from either of the Mariinsky stages.

Mariinsky II
Mariinsky II, St. Petersburg

Sponsored by BP and Rostneft, this dynamic new production stars the exciting young Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko (winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the world –Song Prize 2011) as Prince Andrei. An increasingly familiar face in the UK, Bondarenko has performed the role of Eugene Onegin at the Glyndebourne Festival this season to critical acclaim. Bondarenko is joined by the young Russian soprano Aida Garifullina (winner of Operalia 2013), who makes her debut as Natasha. The live broadcast of War and Peace will be conducted by the internationally acclaimed Valery Gergiev, who has championed Prokofiev and the composer’s body of work since he became artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1998. 

The Mariinsky Theatre’s War and Peace is screening at cinemas across the UK on Wednesday, July 16, 6.30pm (Running time 235 minutes). The broadcast is part of the Mariinsky On Screen cinema season, distributed by London-based event cinema distributor More2Screen, in partnership with the French production company Telmondis.

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General Management:

Jo Fry

Askonas Holt Ltd.

Mark Hildrew

Askonas Holt Ltd.

Leila Garifullina

Management (Russia)