Albina Shagimuratova sparkles in SF
Soprano Albina Shagimuratova, whose portrayal of Mozart's Queen of the Night "brought the house down" (San Francisco Chronicle) at the closing production of San Francisco Opera's 2011/12 season, proves that in addition to being "today's reigning Queen of the Night" (Houston Culture Map), she is also a riveting Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, which has opened San Francisco Opera's 2012/13 season. First critics wrote:
"Shagimuratova, who sang a remarkable Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute earlier this year, was my favourite. 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]
"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]
Excerpts of this production can be seen in this preview from San Francisco Opera on YouTube.
Albina can be seen and heard next as Violetta in a new production of La Traviata at the Bolshoi Theatre and as Adina in L'elisir d'amore at the Wiener Staatsoper.