Albina Shagimuratova

Introduction

To hear and see Albina as Lucia at La Scala click this link

The Russian coloratura soprano is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and has since appeared at Houston Grand Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Chicago Lyric Opera.

She has worked with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, James Conlon, Nicola Luisotti, Zubin Mehta, Patrick Summers, Vladimir Jurowski, Daniel Harding, Robin Ticciati, Edward Gardner, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Riccardo Muti.

Recent operatic highlights include Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala and LA Opera, her debut at Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Die Zauberflöte) and role debut as Antonida in Glinka’s Life for the Tsar at the Montpellier Festival Radio France, together with appearances at the Bolshoi Theatre (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Lucia di Lammermoor), Vienna Staatsoper(Die Zauberflöte), Houston Grand Opera (La Traviata), San Francisco Opera (Die Zauberflöte and Rigoletto), Chicago Lyric Opera (Rigoletto).

In 2014-2015, Ms Shagimuratova’s engagements include Opera de Paris (Die Entführung/Konstanze), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Don Giovanni) and the Met (Lucia di Lammermoor).



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Repertoire

OPERA

Bellini
I puritani Elvira*
La Sonnambula Amina
I Capuleti e i Montecchi Gulietta  
 
Donizetti
Don Pasquale Norina*
La fille du régiment Marie*
L’elisir d’amore Adina
Lucia di Lammermoor title role 
 
Rossini
Il Turco in Italia Fiorilla*
 
Glinka
Lyudmila and Ruslan Lyudmila
 
Haydn
Il Mondo della Luna Flaminia
 
Mozart
Entführung aus dem Serail Konstanze
Don Giovanni Donna Anna
Die Zauberflöte Königin der Nacht 
 
Rimsky-Korsakov
Tsars Bride Marfa
The Golden Cockerel Queen of Shemakhan 
 
Strauss
Ariadne auf Naxos Zerbinetta 
 
Verdi
Falstaff Nanetta
Rigoletto Gilda
Traviata Violetta
 
 
CONCERT

Gliere:
Concerto for voice
Rossini: Stabat Mater
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Mozart: Exultate, jubilate
Mozart: Requiem
Mendelsohn: A Midsummer Nights Dream
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Beethoven: Symphony No.9
Faure: Requiem
Mahler: Symphony 8 (Soprano 1)
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

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Rachmaninov

The Bells

BBC Proms

"It helped that he had three pitch-perfect soloists in Stuart Skelton, Albina Shagimuratova and Mikhail Petrenko (...) Shagimuratova plangently mingled rapture with disquiet in the "Mellow Wedding Bells" movement." Edward Seckerson for theArtsDesk.com

Britten

War Requiem

Usher Hall

"Albina Shagimuratova thrills as the voice of the angel. Magnificent." Gordon Parsons for the Morning Star
"A full-strength Festival Chorus sang the Latin text of the Mass, combining seamlessly with Shagimuratova’s golden soprano solos in Dies Ira and the Sanctus." Iain Gilmour for EdinburghGuide.com

Donizetti

Lucia di Lammermoor

LA Opera

“a dominant force, first among a cast of equals, as she reined in her power to skillfully delineate Lucia's increasing isolation and mental decline, seeming as fresh vocally in her climactic 16-minute mad scene as she was at the beginning of the opera. Perhaps she could have gone on for another virtuosic quarter-hour. She earned the thunderous ovation she got at its end.”
LA Times
“an unambiguous triumph… In this most lustrous of the coloratura diva roles, Shagimuratova was a phenomenon, handling the part’s serene legato passages effortlessly, while dashing off the coloratura trills and cadenzas with seeming perfection.”
OperaWarhorses.com
“Shagimuiratova provided a show by herself. (...) as Lucia, she negotiated Donizetti’s hire-wire somersaults with ease and knocked everyone’s socks off. It’s a gorgeous voice, opulent and bejeweled, with a surprising volume and penetration for all its basic delicacy.” The OC Register

Donizetti

Lucia di Lammermoor

Teatro alla Scala

"Shagimuratova performs with expressive virtuosity and intense involvement"

"Shagimuratova esegue con virtuosismo espressivo, e densità di partecipazione" Margherita Rubino for Il Secolo XIX

Mozart

Die Zauberflöte

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

"Albina Shagimuratova's show-stealing Queen of the Night is electrifyingly accurate" Tim Ashley for The Guardian
"Brindley Sherratt’s Sarastro is one of the best this production has seen. [...] Likewise with Albina Shagimuratova’s Queen of Night: every note is luminescent, star-bright and perfectly placed in the constellation." Hilary Finch for The Times
"Possessed of a large voice with laser like attack, she cuts a formidable vocal figure. She was also an imposing presence on stage." Sebastian Petit for Opera Britannia
"But the highest accolades go to Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night [...] she has real presence;  this was an exceptional performance. ‘Der Hölle Rache’ was a revelation combining sumptuousness, subtlety and accuracy in the execution of every note, and demonstrating impeccable phrasing." Sam Smith for Music OMH
"The cast is exceptional:  [...] Albina Shagimuratova’s lightweight but secure Queen of the Night" Simon Thomas for What's on stage
"Albina Shagimuratova, brings a magnificent stridency to that role. She only has two real arias in the opera but both are absolute raging show-stoppers, and Shagimuratova delivers them impeccably. I doubt that I have ever heard such a pure, crystal-shattering tone. With such a cast, McVicar's Flute really is Magic." William Hartston for the Express
"Albina Shagimuratova brought red-blooded force to her precisely-pitched coloratura passages." Mark Valencia for What's on stage
"Albina Shagimuratova, in her (house) debut, was a sparking Queen of the Night. She nailed all the coloratura and was supported by Jones in a rather large way, no small feat. Her second, more famous, aria “Der Hölle Roche” was excellent" Michael Migliore for Musical Criticism

Verdi

Rigoletto

Lyric Opera of Chicago

"And in Albina Shagimuratova, the superb Russian soprano who was making her Lyric debut as Gilda, the company has found a shining star indeed. She walked away with the show.

Gilda is, of course, one of the great coloratura soprano roles in Italian opera, and Shagimuratova fulfilled its every requirement thrillingly. She traced the florid phrases of "Caro nome" with meltingly expressive phrasing, ample colorings and a clear, shining, beautiful sound that carried easily over the orchestra. Where full-bodied lyricism was needed, notably in Gilda's two duets with her father, her singing went straight to the heart.

Indeed, Gilda's dying fade to a hushed pianissimo held the audience at rapt attention at the very end. Not for nothing did the soprano receive a rapturous standing ovation on opening night. Get used to the name; you can be sure Lyric will be inviting her back."

John von Rhein for Chicago Tribune
"Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, was utterly luminous as Rigoletto’s innocent, teenage daughter, Gilda. [...] A young soprano whose career is taking her to the major American and European operas houses, Shagimuratova was a thrilling Gilda. Her soprano is clear and pure, and in the dulcet aria “Caro nome,” her phrases blossomed and melted away like gentle caresses. She was every inch the innocent girl basking in the glow of her first real romance."

Wynne Delacoma for Chicago Sun Times

Rigoletto, September 2012

San Francisco Opera

"We were fortunate to have so vocally accomplished a Gilda as Shagimuratova. ... Gifted with a voice of tremendous size and power, she exhibited considerable control of it, at times tapering to a lovely pianissimo that drew me forward in my chair to hear the secure, pretty tone."

Jeffery S McMillan for Bachtrack,September 2012
"But Shagimuratova, who sang a remarkable Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute" earlier this year, was my favorite. She projects spectacularly, as few singers can. Her bright, rich voice filled the huge War Memorial in a seemingly effortless performance; she even sang her big, challenging aria "Caro nome" reclining on her back. "When you've got it, flaunt it," said the gesture."

Janos Gereben for San Francisco Examiner, September 2012
"Saturday's Gilda, Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, took a more traditional approach, delivering the score's coloratura flights with spotless precision and lustrous tonal beauty."

Joshua Kosman for San francisco Gate, September 2012

Magic Flute, June 2012

San Francisco Opera

“The audience favorite, though, was Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, in a bravura company debut as the Queen of the Night. She did well in her Act 1 aria, then brought down the house with a dazzling, pinpoint delivery of the Act 2 showpiece.”

Joshua Kosman for San Francisco Chronicle, June 2012
“Shagimuratova is simply breathtaking. Forceful and vehement in her lower range, she is remarkably, strong, focused, and spot on as she ascends to a high F above high C. She may not sound vengeful in the stratosphere, but she produces the Queen’s highest notes with a round, glowing brilliance you will be lucky to experience again in your lifetime. You absolutely must hear her."


Jason Victor Serinus for San Francisco Classical Voice, June 2012

La Traviata, February 2012

Houston Grand Opera

"Coming up through the ranks of HGO's studio program, soprano Albina Shagimuratova, like mezzo Joyce DiDonato, is a success story and house favorite. A natural coloratura, she can blaze through signature roles like Mozart's treacherously thrilling Queen of the Night in Magic Flute or early Verdi's warbler Gilda in Rigoletto. She can toss off high Fs with flawless technique, silkily maneuvering through rollercoaster roulades as if skiing blindfolded. There's no denying the beauty of her voice"


D.L. Grooverfor Houston Press, February 2012
"Friday night at Houston Grand Opera the unforgettable voice belonged to Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova as Violetta Valéry. Program notes describe her as “today’s reigning Queen of the Night” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She certainly reigned on the Wortham stage, Mozart or not, winning a heady standing ovation at the curtain call. If you saw her last year in HGO’s Lucia di Lammermoor, you know the experience. Shagimuratova’s Verdi, however, is just as thrilling as her Donizetti, perhaps even more.Shagimuratova changes voice and character as necessary to the action unfolding in each act, from a party gal at the beginning to a vulnerable wisp of half-dead beauty at the end."

Theodore Bale for Houston Culture Map, February 2012

Recordings

MOZART

Opus Arte DVD / Blu-Ray Disc DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (by WA Mozart)
La Scala Chorus and Orchestra & Roland Böer, conductor 

Albina Shagimuratova, Günther Groissböck,  Saimir Pirgu,  Genia Kühmeier, Alex Esposito,  Ailish Tynan,  Peter Bronder
William Kentridge, stage director

Release Date: 28/02/2012
Opus Arte

THEOFANIDIS

The Refuge (by Christopher Theofanidis)
cond. Patrick Summers, with Albina Shagimuratova, Liam Bonner and Ryan McKinny.

The Refuge tells the stories of hundreds of immigrants from the African, Central American, Indian, Mexican, Pakistani, Soviet-era Jewish and  Vietnamese communities who have made Houston their new American home.

Albany Records