Aida Garifullina

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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 (The Marriage of Figaro), Princess Eudoxie (La Juive), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Norina (Don Pasquale). She has also made regular guest appearances at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg (playing Natacha in a new Graham Vick production of War and Peace, Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna, and Adina). She has performed in concert at London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Dresden’s Semperopernball, Vienna’s Staatsoperball, the Salzburg Festival and at the Concert de Paris under the Eiffel Tower in 2016. The director Stephen Frears cast her in the role of Lily Pons in the 2016 film Florence Foster Jenkins in which she sang “The Bell Song” from Lakmé. Last season, she appeared in L’Elisir d’Amore, Rigoletto, and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Vienna Staatsoper. She also made her Paris Opera debut in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden. Aida Garifullina also performs in concert and recital (Dresden’s Adventkonzert, Prague’s Smetana Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, the Grafenegg Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Wigmore Hall). She recently sang the role of Musetta in La Bohème at the Vienna Staatsoper.

Projects: Roméo et Juliette for her debut appearance at the Liceu in Barcelona.