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Aigul Akhmetshina

Mezzo / Alt

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RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina joined the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House from the start of the 2017/18, where her roles include sensational debut as Carmen, Preziosilla La Forza del Destino, Flora La Traviata, Mercedes Carmen, the title role of Carmen in La Tragédie de Carmen and Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

 

She has a busy series of engagements in the coming seasons and will debut among others at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Wexford Festival Opera and Israeli Opera.


CONCERT ENGAGEMENTS

On the concert platform her recent and upcoming debuts include West Side Story with Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Maestro Pappanoconcerts with National Russian Orchestra with Maestro Spivakov, and with London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Dvorak's Stabat mater with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Bath Abbey, Carinthian Symphony Orchestra during Carinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria.​


AWARDS

Grand Prix at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, third prize in the Sonora International Opera Competition Francisco Araiza, Hermosillo, bronze medal in the Youth Delphic Games, Russia, the Talented Youth Support Award from the Russian Federation 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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September 2019
0419:30

Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur (in concert) - Mademoiselle Dangeville

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Michelangelo Mazza, Conductor

0719:30

Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur (in concert) - Mademoiselle Dangeville

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Michelangelo Mazza, Conductor

October 2019
2220:00

Massenet - Don Quichotte - Dulcinea

Wexford Festival Opera

Timothy Myers, Dirigent

Rodula Gaitanou, Regisseur

2520:00

Massenet - Don Quichotte - Dulcinea

Wexford Festival Opera

Timothy Myers, Dirigent

Rodula Gaitanou, Regisseur

2920:00

Massenet - Don Quichotte - Dulcinea

Wexford Festival Opera

Timothy Myers, Dirigent

Rodula Gaitanou, Regisseur

November 2019
0120:00

Massenet - Don Quichotte - Dulcinea

Wexford Festival Opera

Timothy Myers, Dirigent

Rodula Gaitanou, Regisseur

December 2019
1120:00

Tchaikovsky - The Queen of Spades - Polina

Teatro di San Carlo, Napoli

Juraj Valčuha, Dirigent

Willy Decker, Regisseur

1320:00

Tchaikovsky - The Queen of Spades - Polina

Teatro di San Carlo, Napoli

Juraj Valčuha, Dirigent

Willy Decker, Regisseur

1419:00

Tchaikovsky - The Queen of Spades - Polina

Teatro di San Carlo, Napoli

Juraj Valčuha, Dirigent

Willy Decker, Regisseur

1517:00

Tchaikovsky - The Queen of Spades - Polina

Teatro di San Carlo, Napoli

Juraj Valčuha, Dirigent

Willy Decker, Regisseur

March 2020
2013:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

2013:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

2320:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

2320:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

2620:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

2620:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

2821:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

2821:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

April 2020
0118:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

0118:00

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin - Olga

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniele Callegari, Dirigent

Jean-Claude Auvray, Regisseur

1020:15

Dvořák - Stabat Mater - Soloist

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest

James Gaffigan, Dirigent

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July 2019
0219:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

Julia Jones, Dirigent

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

0519:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

Julia Jones, Dirigent

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

2113:30

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance - Soloist

Royal Opera House, London

Noa Naamat, Regisseur

2520:00

Recital

Carinthischer Sommer Festival

Patrick Milne, Klavier

June 2019
2619:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

Julia Jones, Dirigent

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

May 2019
10

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre

Artem Makarov, Dirigent

Dmitry Belyanushkin, Regisseur

April 2019
0313:00

Recital at Lunch - Soloist

Royal Opera House, London

Patrick Milne, Klavier

1218:30

Verdi - La Forza del Destino - Preziosilla

Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano, Dirigent

Christof Loy, Regisseur

1718:30

Verdi - La Forza del Destino - Preziosilla

Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano, Dirigent

Christof Loy, Regisseur

2218:30

Verdi - La Forza del Destino - Preziosilla

Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano, Dirigent

Christof Loy, Regisseur

January 2019
1419:00

Verdi - La Traviata - Flora Bervoix

Royal Opera House, London

Antonello Manacorda, Dirigent

Richard Eyre, Regisseur

1719:00

Verdi - La Traviata - Flora Bervoix

Royal Opera House, London

Antonello Manacorda, Dirigent

Richard Eyre, Regisseur

2119:00

Verdi - La Traviata - Flora Bervoix

Royal Opera House, London

Antonello Manacorda, Dirigent

Richard Eyre, Regisseur

2319:00

Verdi - La Traviata - Flora Bervoix

Royal Opera House, London

Antonello Manacorda, Dirigent

Richard Eyre, Regisseur

2612:00

Verdi - La Traviata - Flora Bervoix

Royal Opera House, London

Antonello Manacorda, Dirigent

Richard Eyre, Regisseur

3019:00

Verdi - La Traviata - Flora Bervoix

Royal Opera House, London

Antonello Manacorda, Dirigent

Richard Eyre, Regisseur

December 2018
0419:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Dirigent

0819:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Dirigent

1119:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Dirigent

1419:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Regisseur

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

1912:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Dirigent

2219:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Dirigent

November 2018
3019:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Dirigent

October 2018
0619:00

Gala concert

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia

1220:30

Bernstein - West Side Story - Rosalia

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Antonio Pappano , Dirigent

1318:00

Bernstein - West Side Story - Rosalia

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Antonio Pappano , Dirigent

1418:00

Bernstein - West Side Story - Rosalia

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Antonio Pappano , Dirigent

2613:00

Meet the Young Artists 2018 Concert - Mezzo soprano

Royal Opera House, London

David Gowland, Klavier

2713:00

Meet the Young Artists 2018 Concert - Mezzo soprano

Royal Opera House, London

David Gowland, Klavier

August 2018
0118:00

Verdi - Rigoletto - Maddalena

Opera de Bauge

Philip Hesketh, Dirigent

Bernadette Grimmett, Regisseur

0418:00

Verdi - Rigoletto - Maddalena

Opera de Bauge

Philip Hesketh, Dirigent

Bernadette Grimmett, Regisseur

July 2018
1515:00

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2018

Royal Opera House, London

Nick Fletcher, Dirigent

James Hendry, Dirigent

2620:00

Recital

Carinthischer Sommer Festival
2918:00

Verdi - Rigoletto - Maddalena

Opera de Bauge

Philip Hesketh, Dirigent

Bernadette Grimmett, Regisseur

April 2018
1219:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano, Dirigent

Richard Jones, Regisseur

1719:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano, Dirigent

Richard Jones, Regisseur

2019:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano, Dirigent

Richard Jones, Regisseur

2419:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano, Dirigent

Richard Jones, Regisseur

2719:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano, Dirigent

Richard Jones, Regisseur

2819:00

Stabat Mater - Mezzo Solo

Bath Philharmonia

Gavin Carr, Dirigent

2916:30

Russian Opera Gala - Mezzo solo

International Russian Song Festival

Graham Jones, Dirigent

3013:00

Lunchtime Recital

Royal Opera House, London

David Gowland, Klavier

March 2018
0819:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Jakub Hruša, Dirigent

1219:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Jakub Hruša, Dirigent

1619:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Jakub Hruša, Dirigent

1819:30

Dmitri Hvorostovsky Memorial Concert

Royal Opera House, London
2019:00

Concert for HRH Duke of Kent

London Philharmonic Orchestra | Windsor Castle
February 2018
1612:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Jakub Hruša, Dirigent

2512:00

London Philharmonic Orchestra Anniversary Concert

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Jamie Phillips, Dirigent

2719:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House, London

Barrie Kosky, Regisseur

Jakub Hruša, Dirigent

November 2017
0319:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

James Hendry, Dirigent

Gerard Jones, Regisseur

0419:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

James Hendry, Dirigent

Gerard Jones, Regisseur

0719:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

James Hendry, Dirigent

Gerard Jones, Regisseur

0819:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

James Hendry, Dirigent

Gerard Jones, Regisseur

1019:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

James Hendry, Dirigent

Gerard Jones, Regisseur

1119:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

James Hendry, Dirigent

Gerard Jones, Regisseur

1319:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

James Hendry, Dirigent

Gerard Jones, Regisseur

1419:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House, London

James Hendry, Dirigent

Gerard Jones, Regisseur

October 2017
0213:00

Meet the Young Artists Week: Recitals

Royal Opera House, London

David Gowland, Klavier

0417:00

Meet the Young Artists Week: Recitals

Royal Opera House, London

David Gowland, Klavier

0814:00

Meet the Young Artists Week: Juke Box

Royal Opera House, London

David Gowland, Klavier

Nick Fletcher, Klavier

0818:30

Meet the Young Artists Week: Juke Box

Royal Opera House, London

David Gowland, Klavier

Nick Fletcher, Klavier

August 2017
0318:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Cenerentola

Opera de Bauge

Konstantinos Diminakis, Dirigent

Bernadette Grimmett, Regisseur

0618:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Cenerentola

Opera de Bauge

Konstantinos Diminakis, Dirigent

Bernadette Grimmett, Regisseur

July 2017
3018:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Cenerentola

Opera de Bauge

Konstantinos Diminakis, Dirigent

Bernadette Grimmett, Regisseur

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Habanera from "Carmen" by Bizet
Aigul Akhmetshina. Christmas Special from the BBC Radio Theatre
An introduction to the opera (Mezzo Soprano)
Habanera
Habanera
Aigul Akhmetshina - extracts from "Nacqui all'affano", La Cenerentola
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Royal Opera House, London - La Forza del Destino - Preziosilla, April 2019

Aigul Akhmetshina was a superbly alluring Preziosilla, executing her song-and-dance numbers with panache and displaying some great low-register vocal technique along the way. She’s a talent to look out for.

- David Karlin, BachtrackRead the article

Aigul Akkmetshina did everything that was asked of her as Preziosilla, which is a lot, ranging from attempted seduction of Don Alvaro, to creating a series of musical-theatre style dance numbers for the final scene of Act Three. Akhmetshina has a high, bright mezzo-soprano voice and is perhaps not a conventional Preziosilla but she shone here with a winning personality and I look forward to her in further roles.

- Planet HugillRead the article

Jette Parker Young Artists’ Program member Aigul Akhmetshina was a technically secure and often exciting Preziosilla with a youthful and agile voice. Even more remarkably, this mezzo from Bashkortostan threw herself with gusto into the highly choreographed dance sequences, a mix of chorus line, belly dancing and burlesque. I don’t envy her A-cast colleague who needed to compete with the moves of this multi-talent. 

- Philip Eisenbeiss, Interlude.hkRead the article

The star of the evening was undoubtedly Aigul Akhmetshina, whose vivid, vocally lustrous Preziosilla should really have been chosen for the cast. This singer is clearly going places.

- Hugh Canning


Royal Opera House London - Lunchtime Recital

TALENT SPOTTER 

Aigul Akhmetshina, a 21-year-old Russian mezzo-soprano, is the real deal. She was discovered as a 19-year-old by David Gowland, the artistic director of the Jette Parker Young Artists programme, who proudly and skilfully accompanied her in a lunchtime recital at St Clement Danes in London. Akhmetshina began with Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, sounding much more mature than 21 (already a Brangäne for Tristan und Isolde), although there's a charming naivety about her. She has the beauty in her voice for this music but also darkness and blade, with an intense vibrato. She's innately musical - and instinctive - which was revealed in Shostakovich's Spanish Songs. Her resonant lower register and easy top combine a 'cool hotness' - perfect for Carmen, which she's covering at ROH next year. Akhmetshina is heading for the major mezzo roles, and deserves to be a big star. 

- Opera Now, Louise Flind


Royal Opera House London - Dmitri Hvorostovsky Memorial Concert

"Apart from the stellar performers who shared the spotlight with him over the years, however, we also wanted to include three emerging Russian talents: Aigul Akhmetshina, just 21 years old and one of the brightest members of the our Jette Parker Young Artists Programme"

- Peter Mario Katona, Directer of Casting, The Royal Opera


Royal Opera House London - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen, November 2017

All the young singers performed admirably, but Aigul Akhmetshina stole the show as a sultry, devastating Carmen. She was absolutely stunning. She was a vixen, but her sensuality was brilliantly balanced with a heartbreaking awareness of her own impending death. Her singing was gorgeous - a rich voice full of colour and flexibility that blossomed into an unexpectedly full, gorgeous sound in the top. She navigated the role with confidence and ease, bringing the audience easily into her tragic world.

- Vivian Darkbloom, SchmoperaRead the article

Most memorable of the lot, thought, was Aigul Akhmetshina's Carmen, her voice skilfully tailored to the venue size, her tone rich dark chocolate all the way down, her ease of movement and control of the stage space truly authoritative. Glissandos galore, her Carmen was more cabaret chanteuse than opéra-comique gypsy. 

- Opera Magazine

The Russian mezzo Aigul Akhmetshina is only in her early 20s, but she has got it all: striking good looks, a vibrant stage presence and a great voice. ‘The new Netrebko’

- David Mellor, Daily MailRead the article

Aigul Akhmetshina, whose slinky mezzo-soprano is just right for Carmen, is a star in the making.

- Financial Times

That quibble apart, the passion, power and drive of this intense production is breathtaking, with a performance in the title role by Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina to rival any on the musical stage in London, wonderfully sung, dazzlingly danced and acted, and, in this intimate and exposed space, unflinching in its command of one of the best known operatic roles. And she is 21 years old. Catch her while you can: she is going places fast.

 

Fortunately, London will be Akhmetshina's home for another two years, as she takes part in the Royal Opera House's prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists scheme. 

- Claudia Pritchard, Culture WhisperRead the article

Aigul Akhmetshina certainly did cause hearts to flutter. Indeed, she seemed to have more fun flirting with the audience than with her Don José at times. Her sultry Carmen is the real deal and she's destined to perform the full role many times in her career. Her mezzo is ripe and syrupy, seductive in her habanera – where she has to entrance José by slowly peeling a satsuma! – and full of allure. 

- Mark Pullinger, BachtrackRead the article

Aigul Akhmetshina makes a lushly sensual Carmen, sinuous in the Habanera and sultry in the Seguédilla.

- Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph Read the article

The best all-round performance comes from Russian mezzo Aigul Akhmetshina as Carmen herself, her mezzo velvety and insolent, throwing off a cool habanera while peeling a satsuma. 

- Erica Jeal, The GuardianRead the article


Royal Opera House London - Carmen - Mercédès, February 2018

"[...] though as Frasquita and Mercédès, respectively, Jacquelyn Stucker and Aigul Akhmetshina offer brightness and vivacity to complete Carmen’s dark allure, and give energetic, committed performances."

- Opera Today, Claire SeymourRead the article


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