Albina Shagimuratova

Soprano

Biography

Dazzling Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova has been hailed by Opera News as “a phenomenon that must be heard to be believed” and by the New York Times for her “riveting Lucia.” She first came to international attention as the Gold Medal winner in the 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. This was followed quickly by her European opera debut as the Queen of the Night at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Riccardo Muti. She has come to be regarded as the world’s leading interpreter of the role, from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and has sung it with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala (available on DVD), Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera, Bolshoi Theater, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Hamburg Staatsoper, and the Lucerne Festival, among others.

Ms. Shagimuratova’s 2016-17 begins with a festival and role debut at the BBC Proms as the title character in Rossini’s Semiramide conducted by Sir Mark Elder at the Royal Albert Hall. The performance will be broadcast and recorded by the Opera Rara label for release in 2017. She then returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for performances of her signature role as the title character in Graham Vick’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor under Enrique Mazzola. The remainder of the 2016-17 season finds the coloratura soprano performing a quartet of Mozart operas that includes Die Zauberflöte (Opéra Bastille, Wiener Staatsoper), Don Giovanni (Wiener Staatsoper), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Houston Grand Opera) and Mitridate, re di Ponto (Royal Opera House). Last summer, she portrayed the legendary soprano Adelina Patti in a new film version of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, slated for a 2017 release.

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Reviews

“With the return of Lucia di Lammermoor to the Met Opera stage last night, Albina Shagimuratova is one of the best things now going for Donizetti. The Russian soprano captivated a first night audience with her bravura performance as the doomed Scottish lass, culminating in a heart-stopping Mad Scene that can take its place among those of the storied singers who have made the role a signature of their virtuosity… Shagimuratova, singing in only her second role at the Met, hits every note squarely with ringing brilliance.”

Wilborn Hampton

The Huffington Post

“In her first starring role at the Met after two runs as the stratospheric Queen of the Night in “Die Zauberflöte,” the Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova reached Lucia’s highest notes with crystalline ease.”

Zachary Woolfe

The New York Times