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Aida Garifullina

“…Garifullina is equally talented and beautiful and commanded the stage with her vocals and looks…” (Las Vegas Sun, December 2015)

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Introduction

In the 2017/18 season, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will return to the Opéra national de Paris as Musetta in a new Klaus Guth production of La bohème, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The season will also see returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for La bohème and Rigoletto; as well as her Gran Teatre del Liceu debut in the title role of a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

Recent highlights include her sensational Opéra national de Paris debut in the title role of a new production of The Snow Maiden; solo gala concerts at the Prague Smetana Hall and the Moscow Conservatoire; concerts with Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the Grafenegg Festival and with Lawrence Brownlee at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées; recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Vienna Musikverein; a tour of the USA with Andrea Bocelli; a role in the feature film Florence Foster Jenkins, and the 2016 Bastille Day concert in Paris.

Aida is an exclusive recording artist for Decca Records – her stunning self-titled debut album was released globally in February 2017 to unanimous critical acclaim and has been awarded a prestigious ECHO Klassik award.

Aida was the winner of the 2013 Operalia Competition and is a former ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper between 2013 -2016.

 


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  • 12 Jun 17 DIE WELT
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    “Aida Garifullina ist der neue Stern am Opernhimmel.”
    Die Zeit

  • 15 Apr 17 OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS - DÉBUT The Snow Maiden - Snegurochka
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    “Aida Garifullina, making her Opéra de Paris debut, scored a notable triumph as Snegurochka, her limpid, bell-like soprano crystal clear, her acting thoroughly moving as the girl struggling to comprehend human love. She sculpted phrases of cool marble and – dare one say it – melted hearts.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack

    “Flocon” léger dans la vocalisation quoiqu’assez dense de timbre et joliment vibré, la soprano russe Aida Garifullina, teint de porcelaine et taille de brindille, fait des débuts à l’Opéra de Paris attendus et acclamés.”
    Loic Venance, Le Parisien

    “Aida Garifullina (…) est une Snegourotchka inoubliable. Son premier aigu soulève d’emblée des applaudissements (que ne saurait interrompre la volonté du chef de poursuivre). Preuve de son immense maîtrise vocale, la soprano russe (pas encore trentenaire) module même son vibrato avec ses lignes et émotions. Elle sait bouleverser aux larmes, de ses sanglots et halètements toujours lyriques et sonores, toujours prononcés avec la plus infime délicatesse. Les passages du bout des lèvres, ou soulevés dans un aigu tel une stalactite, sont des sommets. Ancré jusque dans ses vocalises, passant harmonieusement d’une voyelle l’autre, son chant se nimbe de tristesse et de drame avec les frémissements de l’orchestre.”
    Charles Arden, Olriyx

    “Au centre, une fille de neige qu’interprète la jeune et merveilleuse soprano Aida Garifullina … la chanteuse tatare charme d’alacrité juvénile, de clarté et de virtuosité.”
    Christophe Candoni, Sceneweb.fr

  • 28 Feb 17 DEBUT ALBUM REVIEWS DECCA
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    “… sung with fierce intelligence and utter conviction, Garifullina’s voice unfazed by the fiendishly high writing.”
    Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

    “Kazan soprano Aida Garifullina shows she has a fine future ahead of her with this excellent debut album featuring an alluring combination of arias.”
    David Mellor, Daily Mail

    “Her intonation and phrasing are pitch-perfect, and she handles the most difficult passages with total aplomb. All things considered, the beauty of her singing voice blows me away.”
    Tom Schnabel

    “…establish her coloratura credentials… she demonstrates plenty of fizz in Juilette’s Je veux vivre, which is giddy with excitement … there’s seductive charm and gilded upper notes…”
    Mark Pullinger, Grammophone

    “Garifullina is in superb voice. She has real intensity, buoyancy and freshness … [her] soprano soars effortlessly to the high register. In the Bell Song from Delibes’ Lakmé, such a splendid vehicle for coloratura display, she is sultry, dark tinged and atmospheric … this ravishingly sung album of soprano songs and arias is even more remarkable as this is Aida Garifullina’s debut release”
    Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International

  • 21 Feb 17 Italian articles
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  • 05 Dec 15 Andrea Bocelli USA tour
    MGM Grand Garden Arena
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    “It would be difficult to steal the spotlight from Italian superstar Andrea Bocelli, “the world’s most beloved tenor,” but 28-year-old Russian soprano Aida Garifullina nearly did so Saturday night during the “Cinema World Tour” stop at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Garifullina is equally talented and beautiful and commanded the stage with her vocals, looks and ball gowns solo and with Bocelli through riveting and show-stopping numbers including “Je Veux Vivre” from “Romeo and Juliet” and the duets with Bocelli on “Il Canto Della Terra” and “Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye).”
    Don Chareunsy, Las Vegas Sun 

  • 03 Dec 14 WIGMORE HALL DEBUT RECITAL
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    “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.”
    Tully Potter, Classical Source

    “The second half found Garifullina completely at home in two Rachmaninov songs. ‘Lilacs’, with Burnside providing the perfect background, was thoroughly idiomatic and ‘How Fair This Spot’ was the highlight of the evening for me, perfectly poised with a superbly judged climax.”
    Tully Potter, Classical Source

    “For such a young singer (barely 27), Garifullina displayed remarkable composure. There is an impressive, calm confidence in her stage manner…”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack 

    “…she could develop into a superstar in the operatic firmament. “Celeste Aida” indeed.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack

  • 16 Jul 14 Prokofiev War and Peace
    Mariinsky II
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    “As Natasha and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, Aida Garifullina and Andrei Bondarenko impress as major new talents, especially the limpid-voiced Garifullina. The reunion of Natasha and the dying Andrei, in which they recount their lost love, is devastating.”
    George Loomis, Financial Times

    “However all singing throughout was second to none with heart-rending appeal from superb soprano Aida Garifullina, a fine match for her prince, sung with that rich unique Russian tone by Andrei Bondarenko.”
    Maggie Cotton, Birmingham Post

    “(..)the true revelation was Aida Garifullina as Natasha. Her voice sounded strikingly beautiful and free-flowing.”
    Nora Potapova, OperaNews.ru