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Marat Safin's ex-girlfriend, Aida Garifullina is nominated for a Grammy


Russian singer Aida Garifullina (soprano) was nominated for the Grammy Award in the nomination "Best opera record" - for recording the part of the Queen of Shemakhan in the opera "The Golden Cockerel" by Rimsky-Korsakov (Mariinsky Theater).

Garifullina's career partly resembles a fairy tale; The role of the prince in her fate was played by the Placido Domingo's Operalia contest, which she won in 2013. "The decision was made by my mother, she registered me on the site as a participant of the contest," Aida recalled.

She was born in Kazan. Her mother is Lyalla Garifullina, director of the Center for Contemporary Music Sofia Gubaidulina. At age of 13 Aida performed at P.I. Tchaikovsky Concert Hall within the framework of the program "Gifted children of Tatarstan"; in 2005 she received a grant from the mayor of Kazan to study in Europe and entered the Higher School of Music in Nuremberg. After two years she passed the exams to the Vienna Conservatoire.

The singer herself recalled in an interview with Forbes Woman: "Vienna is an expensive city, I did not have enough grant money, I wanted to work in the Vienna Opera, I wanted to get a ticket seller job there to be able to listen to the performances, but did not pass the interview. I missed a single new opera performance, and for two hours I stood idle in line and bought a ticket for 4 euros for the standing seats of the stalls, I'm still sure that the standing places are the best places in the theater. " In 2014 she became a soloist of the Vienna State Opera - where seven years ago she had messed up her interview.

The winners of the "Grammy" will be determined at the ceremony in New York on January 28.

Recently, opera singer with Kazan roots Aida Garifullina won the ECHO Klassik award - "Grammy" European counterpart.

Modern classic

The ceremony of awarding the main prize of the German music industry ECHO Klassik - 2017, and a gala concert of the winners took place in Hamburg, on the stage of the newly constructed Elbphilharmonie. Adina.

"The Elixir of Love". Adina. "Elixir of Love". Photo: courtesy of the family Garifullin / Michael Pont

ECHO Klassik Award established the Federal Association of the German music industry 23 years ago. But unlike analog - a recording of the American Academy Award - it focuses on the classics. And thanks to it classic gets a modern and attractive image, not only for its traditional fans.

Three major awards ( "Best Female Singer", "Best Singer" and "Best Conductor") this year received the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (CD "War and Peace"), the German baritone Matthias Goerne (vocal part in "The Song of the Earth "Mahler) and Kent Nagano (" Alpine Symphony "R. Strauss to a symphony orchestra Gothenburg).

Award organizers are not distancing maestros from youth, and this mix adds further impetus to the live classical ceremonial act. A. Bocelli: "I was lucky to work with such a beautiful soprano." To take over the scene. Aida Garifullina managed to do what seemed impossible

"She always believed in me"

A native of Kazan Aida Garifullina is still very young, but her performance on stage of Elbphilharmonie was so brilliant that the audience accepted her immediately as "adult team" member of the opera world.

Yes, actually, and Aida  got  a very "adult" award: "solo album. Vocal "(and was in fact, and the category" young artist ").

The jury noted her album AIDA, recorded with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the control of Cornelius Meister. Album released British company Decca.

Presentation of the album took place in January at the Vienna State Opera House - it was then presented by the leading European media. Following the singer's concerts were held in Prague, Moscow, Almetyevsk. Musetta. In December, A. Garifullina sings in a new production of "La Boheme" at the Paris National Opera. Musetta. 

Aida learned that she became the winner of ECHO Klassik - 2017 just a few days before the ceremony.

Receiving the award, she thanked the jury, the company Decca, their agents, and addressed  especially kind words to mum, Lyailya Ildarovna. "She always believed in me, so today I am standing on this stage," - said the young diva, who has achieved success, about which many opera singers can only dream of.

And Aida's mother, as usual, was next to her. Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, Director, Center for Contemporary Music S. Gubaidulina Kazan Lyailya Garifullina , is trying not to miss important events in the life of her daughter.

She first heard an amazing voice of her daughter and from early childhood began to develop it. She put a lot of effort to develop daughter's talents and abilities to their fullest potential.

"Now I see that all the steps, multiplied by the great work and talent of my daughter, were in vain. And this award - a new stage, a new top ", - said L. Garifullina.

5/11 Photo courtesy of the Garifullina's family / Michael Pont 

Brilliant Lauretta-Aida

Gala-concert of winners consisted of 12 acts. The output of each artist preceded casual story about him by one of the famous European public persons.

by the way

"It seems impossible to seize the scene, singing with the Italian Andrea Bocelli - the world's favorite tenor. But the 28-year-old soprano Aida Garifullina of Russia did it, "- wrote in 2015 Las Vegas Sun about the concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena stadium.

"You should be proud of Aida Garifullina, because she is the real star of the opera stage, and I am sure that she will honor Kazan in the world", - said Placido Domingo last year, when a few years ago together with Aida he visited her home city.

Aida Garifullina. New Voice of Russia. Rising star of Russian opera Aida Garifullina

German actor Thomas Gottschalk , who represented her, spoke about the studies of Aida at the Higher School of Music in Germany, then in the University of Music and Performing Arts, as well as the victory in the competition Placido Domingo Operalia-2013 and a confident take-off on the Vienna scene, London, Paris. And about her subsequent performances in the gala concert the media had already written: "The public was immediately captivated by the sparkling highs of Soprano and, of course, the model look at the mind-blowing red dress."

She conquered the audience so much that it not just applauded but cheered her. And the public perceived her performance in a duet with a singer from South Africa Pretty Yendi verse from the musical "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein . "Upper Garifullina's voice sounded in it so loudly that even distant from the art of the musical conductor Nagano smiled" - writes 

ECHO Klassik Award was established in 1994 and is awarded in 22 categories.

The nominees are recognized as the world stars and young talents. In determining the winner not only score of eminent critics, but also the success of sales of music albums.

Last year, the "Singer of the Year" jury recognized the Russian singer Anna Netrebko.


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