The internationally celebrated Russian soprano’s 2018/19 season began with La traviata at the Vienna State Opera, followed by Il viaggio a Reims at the Bolshoi and Rigoletto at the Mariinsky Theatre. Iconic coloratura roles in 19th-century Italian opera have been central to Shagimuratova’s career. In addition to Violetta (Houston, Moscow), she has triumphed as Lucia (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, role debut in Houston), and Gilda/Rigoletto (San Francisco, Berlin). Among her most acclaimed recent roles is Rossini’s Semiramide (Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, the BBC Proms, and on CD with Sir Mark Elder). After winning Moscow’s 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition, Shagimuratova debuted in Europe as the Queen of the Night (Salzburg Festival). She has reprised the role at 12 other venues, among them La Scala (DVD), Covent Garden, the Bolshoi, and the leading houses of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston. Recent successes onstage also include Konstanze (Met, role debut; Houston) and Lyudmila/Ruslan and Lyudmila (Bolshoi, DVD). Concert works have brought Shagimuratova to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Danish National Symphony. The soprano is a proud alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Previously at Lyric: Violetta Valéry/ La traviata (2018|19); Elvira/I puritani (2017|18); title role/ Lucia di Lammermoor (2016|17); Gilda/ Rigoletto (2012|13).
Last updated: February 16, 2019
Photo: Andrei Bogdanov