Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House in September 2017. In the 2017/18 Season she sings Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen at Wilton’s Music Hall), Mercédès (Carmen) and Sonyetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk).
Akhmetshina trained at the Ufa Arts College, Russia, and continues to study with Nailya Yusupova. She is a member of the International Musicians’ Union of the Interregional Shalyapin Centre. She has participated in the Estate Stellare Festival, Italy, and in masterclasses with Ildar Abdrazakov, Barbara Frittoli and Delfo Menicucci. Her other opera engagements include the title role in La Cenerentola for Opéra de Baugé Festival, France.
Akhmetshina has won the Grand Prix at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, Third Prize in the Sonora International Opera Competition Francisco Araiza, Bronze Medal in the Youth Delphic Games, Russia, the Talented Youth Support Award from the Russian Federation and first prizes in the Shtokolov Vocal Competition, St Petersburg, the Fedor Shalyapin International Vocal Competition, Ufa, and the New Opera Competition, Moscow.
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Five singers were chosen from more than 365 applicants from 61 countries and will join the Company for two years of artistic development.
Haegee Lee, Aigul Akhmetshina and Sarah-Jane Lewis, Meet the Young Artists Dukebox
Gyula Nagy and Aigul Akhmetshina, Meet the Young Artists Lunchtime Recital
Aigul Akhmetshina, Meet the Young Artists Lunchtime Recital
Aigul Akhmetshina, Meet the Young Artists Rush Hour Recital
David Gowland, Jacquelyn Stucker and Aigul Akhmetshina, Meet the Young Artists Rush Hour Recital
Aigul Akhmetshina, Meet the Young Artists Dukebox
David Gowland, James Hendry, Nick Fletcher, Haegee Lee, Aigul Akhmetshina, Sarah-Jane Lewis, Jacquelyn Stucker, Francesca Chiejina, Angela Simkin, Simon Shibambu, Konu Kim and Dominic Sedgwick. Dukebox
David Gowland and Aigul Akhmetshina, Meet the Young Artists Rush Hour Recital
Jacquelyn Stucker and Aigul Akhmetshina, Meet the Young Artists Rush Hour Recital
Gyula Nagy, David Gowland, Nick Fletcher, James Hendry, Jacquelyn Stucker, Francesca Chiejina, Haegee Lee, Angela Simkin, Aigul Akhmetshina, Sarah-Jane Lewis and Konu Kim