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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.

Albina returns to the Royal Opera House in 2015 for Don Giovanni

April 1, 2014

albina-newsletterFollowing her 2013 debut as the Queen of the Night, Albina Shagimuratova returns to the Royal Opera House for another Mozart work, Don Giovanni. The Russian soprano can be heard at Covent Garden in the role of Donna Anna, paired with Rolando Villazón and Michele Angelini trading off in the role of Don Ottavio.

Albina stars in a production directed by Kasper Holten and conducted by Alain Altinoglu. Rounding out the star-studded company is Christopher Maltman as the titular rake, Alex Esposito as Leporello, Dorothea Röschmann as Donna Elvira, Julia Lezhneva as Zerlina, and Nahuel Di Pierro as Masetto. Performances take place June 12 through July 3.

Albina Shagimuratova’s Lucia in Los Angeles “an unambiguous triumph”

March 18, 2014

albina-lucia-lao-millardIn her return to Los Angeles Opera, Albina Shagimuratova’s performance as Lucia di Lammermoor was deemed by the Los Angeles Times a “go-to event.” The Times went on to dub the Russian soprano “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.”

OperaWarhorses.com concurred, deeming Albina’s Lucia “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.”

“Shagimuiratova provided a show by herself,” added The OC Register. “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.”

Albina was also featured by the Los Angeles Times in an interview that ran prior to Lucia’s opening night on March 15. Click here to read the story in full.

(Photo: Robert Millard/LA Opera)

Albina makes house and role debut in ‘Die Entführung aus dem Serail’ next season at Opéra National de Paris

March 7, 2014

albina-sqIn the coming 2014-15 season, Albina Shagimuratova will make her debut at the Opéra National de Paris, singing the role of Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the first time in her career. The Russian soprano stars in the composer’s Turkish-set opera opposite tenor Frédéric Antoun​ as her fiancé Belmonte and actor Jürgen Maurer as Pasha Selim. Noted French actress Zabou Breitman directs the production, which is conducted by Marius Stieghorst.

Performances take place at the Palais Garnier on January 21, 24, 26, 29 and February 1, 4, 7, 10, 12, 15, 2015. For more information, click here.

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