Aida Garifullina

Aida
Garifullina
Soprano

Biography

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). Leila 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.

2005

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.

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 Prof. Claudia Visca.

2009

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.

2010

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.

2011

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 at 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
  • 25, 26 December 2014 Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel (Queen of Shemakha) Mariinsky II. Saint Petersburg, Russia

Previous

  • 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

Rosenblatt Recital at Wigmore Hall

8 December 2014

«Celeste Aida» (Heavenly Aida) — this is how one of the music critics expressed his impressions, after attending Aida Garifullina's solo concert «Rosenblatt Recital» on the 3rd December in London. On this day, on the stage of the legendary Wigmore Hall the young singer had her British debut. Aida was accompanied by the famous Scottish pianist Iain Burnside.

Aida Garifullina & Iain Burnside. Photograph: Jonathan Rose
Aida Garifullina & Iain Burnside. Photograph: Jonathan Rose

«Making her London debut in the prestigious Rosenblatt Recitals series, Aida Garifullina lived up to her first name with a resounding success. Lovely to look at, she exudes charm and, in her mid-twenties, already has complete platform poise, having won Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition last year and sung four roles at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. She now has a contract with Decca.Like the great Feodor Chaliapin, she hails from Kazan in Tatarstan, Russia’s ‘third capital’, but interestingly much of her musical schooling has been done in Nuremberg and Vienna. Despite this, German did not feature among the four languages she deployed at Wigmore Hall», - reviewed byTully Potter for The Classical Source. Read more.

Aida Garifullina & Iain Burnside. Photograph: Jonathan Rose
Aida Garifullina. Photograph: Jonathan Rose

«I could happily have listened to her Russian repertoire all evening. In the aria from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden, Garifullina immediately demonstrated that she is no soubrette canary. She possesses a bright, full sound from which she can draw a fine diminuendo, while in Rimsky’s The Nightingale enslaved by the rose, dusky lower notes were evident. The Queen of Shemakha’s ravishing ‘Hymn to the Sun’ from Le coq d’or was exquisitely seductive, Garifullina relishing the sinuous chromatic runs, though not always cleanly executed. Yet there was also that wistful Russian melancholy to the voice, perfect for the pair of Rachmaninov songs with which she opened the second half. There was radiant stillness in Siren (Lilacs), while Zdes’ khorosho! (How peaceful is it here!) found her golden-toned soprano gleaming in the upper line», - Classical Music and Opera Editor at Bachtrack Mark Pullinger writes. Read more.

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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

Lyalya Garifullina

Management (Russia)
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