Aigul’s debut as Dulcinea in “Don Quichotte” was a tremendous success, acclaimed by the critics:
“Aigul Akhmetshina is very much the star attraction in the cast!” (Bachtrack)
“Aigul Akhmetshina ist optisch und stimmlich eine Idealbesetzung für die Partie der Belle Dulcinée” (Online Musik Magazine)
“Aigul Akhmetshina’s smoky tone and genuine emotional warmth set her up perfectly as Don Quichotte’s idealised innamorata Dulcinea” (The Stage).
Following the final performance of the production, Aigul was awarded Gerard Arnholm Bursary, as the most promising singer in the festival.