LA Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor, starring Albina Shagimuratova, to be broadcast on KUSC

June 13, 2014

kuscTomorrow, KUSC will broadcast LA Opera’s spring production of Lucia di Lammermoor, starring Albina Shagimuratova in the title role. The broadcast is offered as part of the Southern California classical station’s LA Opera On Air, a weekly series of performances recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

“Shagimuratova provided a show by herself,” wrote the OC Register of Albina’s performance. “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.”

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Albina Shagimuratova gives concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow

May 7, 2014

1688401_592910604117257_597336402_nThis month, following performances of La traviata at the Bolshoi Theatre, Albina Shagimuratova can be heard in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre and Mariinsky II in a series of concerts.

On May 8, the Russian soprano will be heard with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra for a concert as part of the Moscow Easter Festival. The next week, Albina takes the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre with the house’s resident orchestra and conductor Christian Knapp for a concert featuring Mozart arias on May 14. Finally on May 25, Albina is reunited with Maestro Gergiev at the Mariinsky’s newest house, the Mariinsky II, for a performance that also includes pianist Boris Berezovsky.

Albina Shagimuratova returns to the Bolshoi Theatre for La traviata

April 30, 2014

preview_Traviata-12-photo-by-Damir-YusupovOn May 1 and 3, Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova returns to the Bolshoi Theatre for La traviata, reprising the role of Violetta Valéry in Francesca Zambello’s production. Conducted by Laurent Campellone, the performances also star Alexei Dolgov as Alfredo Germont, Violetta’s lover, and Vasily Ladyuk as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father.

A noted interpreter of Verdi’s tragic heroine, Albina has earned acclaim for her account of the role. Her performances of Traviata in Houston was deemed “a genuine tour de force” by the Houston Chronicle. Likewise, Houston Culture Map wrote: “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.”

(Photo: Damir Yusupov)

After a winter of Lucia di Lammermoor, Albina Shagimuratova spends spring with La traviata

April 5, 2014

albina-175x175Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova’s winter season was bookended  by two landmark performances as Lucia di Lammermoor at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and the Los Angeles Opera. Looking forward to spring, Albina will be seen in Moscow and Madrid  as Verdi’s eponymous heroine in La traviata.  Her previous portrayal of the role at Houston Grand Opera earned the following acclaim from the Houston Chronicle:

“Shagimuratova imbues Violetta with a tragic dignity befitting a heroine of indomitable spirit and all-too-vulnerable flesh…she is spirited and worldly–yet always aware of the dark shadow waiting to engulf her.”

On May 1 and 3, Albina sings Violetta when she revisits Francesca Zambello’s production for the Bolshoi in Moscow. Laurent Campellone conducts. Later in the month, Albina returns to the role in concert under Thomas Sanderling at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid on May 29.

For more information on Albina’s schedule, click here.

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