Albina Shagimuratova (soprano)

Albina Shagimuratova’s Open Workshop will be held on August 13 (2 p.m., Organ hall)

Yakov Katznelson, piano

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Albina Shagimuratova has been hailed as the “Coloratura Wonder Woman” (die Welt), and by bachtrack as “a rare and exceptional talent; one that only occurs once a decade”. Since first coming to international attention as the Gold Medal winner in the 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Albina has performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, Lucerne Festival, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, plus the Mariinsky and Bolshoi theatres. She is regarded as one of the world’s leading interpreters of the role of the Queen of the Night since she made her European opera debut at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Riccardo Muti. “Every inch a queen” was the reaction to her role debut of Rossini´s Semiramide at the BBC Proms which was recorded for Opera Rara and won the ICMA award. “Shagimuratova’s voice appears to have no weak spots in tone, technique or strength” (The Times)

During the 2018/19 season, Albina returned to Bayerische Staatsoper as Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, as well as Wiener Staatsoper and Lyric Opera Chicago as Violetta (La traviata). In addition, Albina will return to the Mariinsky and Bolshoi theatres, by invitation of Valery Gergiev and Tugan Sokhiev respectively, for performances of Il viaggio a Reims, Rigoletto and Lucia di Lammermoor. In concert, Albina will perform Britten’s War Requiem with the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Daniel Harding.

Recent highlights include Die Zauberflöte (Queen of the Night) at the Salzburg Festival and at Sommerfestspiele Baden-Baden conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (for a recording with Deutsche Grammophon). Albina was invited to perform at the prestigious 2018 FIFA World Cup Opening Gala Concert on Red Square in Moscow with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and opened Moscow´s new concert hall.

The Russian coloratura soprano is a graduate of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, and has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Tugan Sokhiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton, Nicola Luisotti and Daniel Harding.

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