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Aida Garifullina. Who is she? Facts about the new first opera beauty of Europe


We tell about Aida Garifullina, the new first opera beauty of Europe.

Aida Garifullina / Photo: BUSINESS Online


The opening and closing ceremonies of world cup are a great opportunity for the host country to introduce a billion audience to its cultural achievements. 

Then we must remember that one of the main assets of the country are Russian women. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that it is the opera divas from Russia who become "cherries on the cake" of such ceremonies taking place in Russia. The anthem of the Olympiad-2014 was performed by the great Anna Netrebko, the song in the performance of the "best soprano of Moscow" Hibla Gerzmava was closing the Games in Sochi.

And now the time has come for Kazan's 30-year-old Aida Garifullina , whose rapid career development is a real occasion for the pride of the Tatars of the whole world. In general, the appearance of the singer at the opening of the World Cup in 2018 could surprise those who do not follow this musical genre, but hardly became a sensation for connoisseurs. Since the last seasons (they usually last for singers, as well as for football players, from autumn to summer) have become fantastically successful for soprano from Russia. Garifullina literally for a couple of years turned from a young star of the Vienna Opera to one of the really popular singers in Europe.

Organizing Committee of the World Cup 2018 decided that Garifullina would sing at the opening ceremony with Robbie Williams one of the hits of the British pop idol. There were no other performers at the stadium.


After opening of FIFA World Cup actress does not go on vacation. For this summer, she has planned the following performances: the title role in "Snow Maiden" at the Valery Gergiev Festival "Stars of the White Nights" at the Mariinsky Theater; a concert dedicated to the Bastille Day on the Champ de Mars in Paris, in the company of superstar colleagues  Joyce DiDonato and Matth ias Goerne, as w ell as the famous Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili ; opera gala in the German Ludwigsburg with the famous tenor Vittorio Grigolo.



Finally, at the end of August Garifullina will make her debut at the main opera festival of the world in Salzburg, where she will perform Leila in the concert version of Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. The well-known music critic Dmitry Renansky wrote that the appearance of the Tatar soprano at the Salzburg Festival is by no means accidental, the local leadership is seriously concerned about finding a new sex symbol since the long-held unofficial title Netrebko (she is 16 years older than Garifullina) has gradually passed into a new age category, remaining outstanding and unsurpassed. So the stunning eastern beauty from Kazan is suitable for this role, perhaps better than others.

Perhaps the first time Garifullina became known in 2012, when she sang a duet with Timati in the Russian preselection for Eurovision. As a result, "Buranovski grandmothers" went to the competition. The matter is that in the middle of 2000s young singer studied in Europe - first in Nuremberg, and then at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. The singer's father is a Kazan businessman, who avoids publicity, but her mother is well-known in the capital of Tatarstan, Lyalya Garifullina, a deputy of the Kazgorduma and director of the Center for Contemporary Music. Moreover, it is believed that Aida's mother became the main driver of her daughter's career, even now she constantly accompanies Aida and performs managerial functions.

In 2013 Garifullina, won the "Operalia" competition by Placido Domingo, and Valery Gergiev invited her to the female lead roles in the repertoire "Rigoletto" and "L'elisir d'amore" of the Mariinsky Theater. Then our heroine sang in the Mariinsky already in the premiere "War and Peace" (Natasha Rostova) and "The Golden Cockerel" (Shemakhan Tsaritsa). And in 2014 Domingo for a few days came to Kazan - this was one of the events of the year for the city. It all ended with a big concert at Tatneft Arena.

At the beginning of the journey, the singer in her homeland was often blamed for the fact that somebody had to be backing her career, but recently these conversations have faded. Garifullina sings in the Vienna Opera, the Paris Opera, the Theater "Liseo" in Barcelona ... In early 2019, the Russian soprano will make her debut at the main opera house of the Metropolitan Opera. And Garifullina becomes the brand actress of Dmitry Chernyakov - the world's most famous Russian opera director. His "Snow Maiden" in the Paris Opera and Garifullina in the title role was recognized as a success, and in April 2019 Chernyakov and Aida "Betrothal in a Monastery" by Prokofiev at the Berlin Opera.

Now times have changed - external data and physical form have become important attributes of a successful opera artist. One of them is Aida Garifullina, the new first opera beauty of Europe.

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