Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina joins the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from the start of the 2017/18 Season. In the 2017/18 Season her roles include Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen), Mercédès (Carmen) and Sonyetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk).
Akhmetshina was born in Bashkortostan. She trained at the SBEI UAC College and currently studies with Nelly Yusupova Gabdelhaevna. She is a member of the International Union of Musicians of the Interregional Shalyapin Centre (Ufa branch). Awards include first prize at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, third prize in the D. Kabalevsky International Competition, Samara, bronze medal in the Youth Delphic Games, Russia, the Talented Youth Support Award from the Russian Federation and first prizes in the B.T. Shtokolov Vocal Competition, St Petersburg, the Fedor Shalyapin International Vocal Competition, Ufa, and the New Opera Competition, Moscow.
Akhmetshina has participated in the Estate Stellare Festival, Italy, and in masterclasses with Ildar Abdrazakov, Barbara Frittoli and Delfo Menicucci.
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