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Aida Garifullina was born in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, into a family of musicians (her mother, a chorus-mistress, gave Aida her first lessons and would play a major role in the development of her career). At the age of seventeen, she moved to Nuremberg where she studied with Siegfried Jerusalem, then, in 2007, she entered the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna ultimately earning a degree there in 2011. In 2013, she won first prize in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. From 2013 to 2016, she was a member of the troupe of the Vienna Staatsoper where she performed numerous roles, including Musetta (La Bohème), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Princess Eudoxie (La Juive), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Norina (Don Pasquale), and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette). She has also made regular guest appearances at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg (playing Natacha in War and Peace, Gilda in Rigoletto, as well as Susanna and Adina). Aida Garifullina made her Paris Opera debut in 2017 in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden and went on to perform the role of Musetta in La Bohème there. The following year, she gave her debut performance at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu debut in Roméo et Juliette and then at the Salzburg Festival in a concert version of Les Pêcheurs de perles. In 2018, she took part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup in Russia and appeared at the Concert de Paris. She made her Berlin Staatsoper debut in Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery and her New York Metropolitan Opera debut in Don Giovanni (as Zerlina). She recorded her first album with Decca in 2017 and earned the ECHO-Klassik Award. During the 2019-2020 season, she appeared on the stage of London’s Royal Opera House for the first time (as Musetta) in a production of La Bohème and she made her Bayerische Staatsoper debut in Munich in L’Elisir d’amore. She also sang the roles of Mimi (La Bohème) and Violetta Valéry (La Traviata) at the Vienna Staatsoper and appeared in concert at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and at the BBC Proms in Hyde Park.
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