Aigul Akhmetshina

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina is a former member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme (2017–19). Roles as a JPYA included Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen at Wilton’s Music Hall), Mercédès (Carmen), Sonyetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Dryad in a scene from Ariadne auf Naxos and Isabella in a scene from L’italiana in Algeri (JPYAP Summer Performance), Flora Bervoix (La traviata) and Preziosilla (La forza del destino). 

She trained at the Ufa Arts College, Russia and has participated in the Estate Stellare Festival, Italy, and in masterclasses with Ildar Abdrazakov, Barbara Frittoli and Delfo Menicucci. Recent appearances include Charlotte, Rosina, Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) for ROH, Carmen and Maddalena for the Metropolitan Opera, Olga (Eugene Onegin) for San Francisco Opera, Elisabetta for Dutch National Opera, Angelina (La Cenerentola) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Fenena (Nabucco) for Hamburg State Opera, Rosina and Carmen for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) for the New National Theatre, Tokyo and Varvara (Káťa Kabanová) for Glyndebourne Festival. Awards include the Grand Prix at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, Third Prize in the Sonora International Opera Competition Francisco Araiza 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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