Abkhazian/Russian soprano Hibla Gerzmava made her Royal Opera debut in the 2007/8 Season as Tatyana (Eugene Onegin). She has since returned to sing Mimì (La bohème), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) and Liù (Turandot). In the 2019/20 Season she sings Elizabeth of Valois (Don Carlo) for the Company.
Gerzmava was born in Pitsunda, Abkhazia, and studied at the Moscow Conservatory. She won the Grand Prix at the Tenth Tchaikovsky Competition. She is a member of the Stanislavsky Opera, Moscow, where her current repertory includes Desdemona (Otello), Lucia di Lammermoor, Mimì, Donna Anna, Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Cherubini’s Medea. Her other appearances include Donna Anna, Liù, Mimì and Desdemona for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Desdemona and Elizabeth of Valois for Paris Opéra, Desdemona for Semperoper Dresden, Leonora (La forza del destino) for Zürich Opera, Violetta Valéry (La traviata) and Elizabeth of Valois for the Bolshoi Opera, Leonora (Il trovatore) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Vitellia for Vienna State Opera, and Anna Bolena for La Scala, Milan.
Gerzmava’s concert apperances include Verdi’s Requiem under Pappano at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the opening night of the 2011 BBC Proms, Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass at the Edinburgh International Festival, a tour with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, a performance at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and recitals throughout Europe.