Russian 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.