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Aida Garifullina

Aida Garifullina
Born in 1987 in Kazan, capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Aida received her first singing lessons from her mother before studying with the renowned tenor Siegfried Jerusalem in Nuremberg and Claudia Visca in Vienna. She made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in January 2013 as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, subsequently singing Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Gilda (Rigoletto) before starring under Valery Gergiev as Natasha in Prokofiev’s War & Peace and as the Queen of Shemakha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel in 2014. The Prokofiev was broadcast globally and the Financial Times hailed her as a “major new talent”.

Aida’s greatest breakthrough happened in 2013 when she won Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Since then she has gone on to perform in opera houses and concert halls around the world – from Vienna State Opera (where she is a regular performer) and the Mariinsky Theatre to Wigmore Hall and the Vienna Musikverein. She has duetted with some of opera’s greatest stars, including Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Juan Diego Florez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Rolando Villazon.

As well as appearing in Stephen Frears’ film Florence Foster Jenkins, Aida has appeared on German, Austrian, French and Russian TV many times, including televised performances at Vienna and Dresden Opera Balls, Rolando Villazon’s Stars von Morgen on ZDF and the 2016 Bastille Day Concert in Paris at the Eiffel Tower, broadcast to millions.

Aida signed to Decca Classics in 2015 as an exclusive recording artist. She is delighted to release her debut album on the label: “It is a huge honour for me to join this incredible family of great artists and to share with you the truly beautiful music of my home”.

(Decca) 4788305

Track Listing Extract:
1. ‘Ah! Je veux vivre’ from Roméo et Juliette - Gounod
2. ‘Ou va la jeune Indoue?’ (The Bell Song) from Lakme - Delibes
3. Song of India - Rimsky-Korsakov
4. ‘The Snow Maiden’s Aria’ from Prologue to The Snow Maiden - Rimsky-Korsakov
5. Serenada, No.6 from 6 Romances, Op. 63 - Tchaikovsky
6. Lilacs (Siren), No. 5 from 12 Romances, Op.21 - Rachmaninov
7. Alluki - Trad.
8. ‘Maria’s Lullaby’ from Mazeppa - Tchaikovsky
9. ‘Hymn to the Sun’ from The Golden Cockerel - Rimsky-Korsakov
10. ‘Tsaritsa of Shemakha’s Dance of Seduction’ from The Golden Cockerel - Rimsky-Korsakov
11. ‘Zdes’ khoroso’ (How beautiful it is here), No.7 from 12 Romances, Op. 21 - Rachmaninov
12. Oriental Romance (The Rose and the Nightingale) Op.2, No.2 - Rimsky-Korsakov
13. Vocalise, No. 14 from 14 Songs, Op. 34 - Rachmaninov
14. Cossack Lullaby - Trad.
15. Midnight in Moscow - Soloviev-Sedoy

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