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Agunda Kulaeva

Mezzo / Alt

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Biography highlights

RECENT & UPCOMING

Amneris in Aida, Olga in Eugene Onegin (Novaya Opera Theatre), Lyubasha in The Tsar's Bride (Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Theater an der Wien, Novaya Opera Theatre, Hong-Kong, and Amsterdam), Laura in The Stone Guest, Title part in Carmen, Mezzo Soprano in Verdi’s Requiem, The Spring in Snow Maiden, Eboli in Don Carlos, Marguerite in Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust and The Snow Queen in Banevich’s The Story of Kai and Gerda (all at Bolshoi Theatre Moscow), Konchakovna in Prince Igor (Dutch National Opera and Ballet, Amsterdam, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow), among others.

 

OTHER ENGAGEMENTS

As a regular guest soloist at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, Agunda Kulaeva performed Konchakovna in Prince Igor, Carmen, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Polina in The Queen of Spades, and Lyubasha in The Tsar's Bride


Other engagements include Carmen (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bolshoi Theatre, Arena di Verona), Countess in The Queen of Spades, Lel in The Snow Maiden, Ratmir in Ruslan and Lyudmila, La Cenerentola, Fenena in Nabucco, Santuzza, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Flora in La traviata, Myrtale in Thais, Page in Lohengrin, and Marfa in Khovanshchina (Novaya Opera), Carmen, Eboli in Don Carlos and Amneris for Varna Summer Opera Festival, Amneris in Aida (Sofia National Opera and Ballet Theater, Novaya Opera).


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August 2018
1619:00

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Novaya Opera, Moscow

Yuri Alexandrov, Stage Director

Evgeny Samoilov, Conductor

2019:00

Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride - Lyubasha

Novaya Opera, Moscow

Yuri Grymov, Stage Director

Felix Korobov, Conductor

September 2018
1619:00

Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride - Lyubasha

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Julia Pevzner, Stage Director

1919:00

Dargomyzhsky - The Stone Guest - Laura

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Anton Grishanin, Conductor

Dmitry Belyanushkin , Stage Director

2218:00

Verdi - Aida - Amneris

Novaya Opera, Moscow

Evgeny Samoilov, Conductor

October 2018
1419:00

Verdi - Messa da Requiem - Mezzo Soprano

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

February 2019
0720:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

0813:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

0920:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

1120:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

1220:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

1420:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

1513:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

1620:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

1718:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

2020:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

2213:00

Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Ulrica

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Michal Znaniecki, Stage Director

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December 2017
1719:00

Verdi - Requiem - Mezzo-Soprano

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

September 2017
2719:00

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Pavel Klinichev, Conductor

Yuri Lyubimov, Stage Director

2919:00

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Pavel Klinichev, Conductor

Yuri Lyubimov, Stage Director

June 2017
2519:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Alexei Borodin, Stage Director

2719:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Alexei Borodin, Stage Director

2919:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Alexei Borodin, Stage Director

March 2017
0319:00

Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride - Lyubasha

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Alexei Bogorad, Conductor

Julia Pevzner, Stage Director

0514:00

Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride - Lyubasha

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Alexei Bogorad, Conductor

Julia Pevzner, Stage Director

2219:00

Verdi - Don Carlo - Princess Eboli

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Adrian Noble, Stage Director

2419:00

Verdi - Don Carlo - Princess Eboli

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Adrian Noble, Stage Director

2614:00

Verdi - Don Carlo - Princess Eboli

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Adrian Noble, Stage Director

February 2017
0718:30

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Stanislav Kochanovsky, Conductor

Dmitri Tcherniakov, Stage Director

1018:30

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Stanislav Kochanovsky, Conductor

Dmitri Tcherniakov, Stage Director

1318:30

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Stanislav Kochanovsky, Conductor

Dmitri Tcherniakov, Stage Director

1718:30

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Stanislav Kochanovsky, Conductor

Dmitri Tcherniakov, Stage Director

2018:30

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Stanislav Kochanovsky, Conductor

Dmitri Tcherniakov, Stage Director

2318:30

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Stanislav Kochanovsky, Conductor

Dmitri Tcherniakov, Stage Director

2614:00

Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Stanislav Kochanovsky, Conductor

Dmitri Tcherniakov, Stage Director

December 2016
0619:00

Verdi - Don Carlo - Princess Eboli

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Adrian Noble, Stage Director

0819:00

Verdi - Don Carlo - Princess Eboli

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Adrian Noble, Stage Director

1114:00

Verdi - Don Carlo - Princess Eboli

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Adrian Noble, Stage Director

November 2016
0219:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Alexei Borodin, Stage Director

0419:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Alexei Borodin, Stage Director

0614:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Alexei Borodin, Stage Director

May 2016
1919:00

Dargomyzhsky - The Stone Guest - Laura

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Anton Grishanin, Conductor

Dmitry Belyanushkin , Stage Director

2119:00

Dargomyzhsky - The Stone Guest - Laura

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Anton Grishanin, Conductor

Dmitry Belyanushkin , Stage Director

April 2016
0119:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Alexei Borodin, Stage Director

0314:00

Bizet - Carmen - Carmen

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Tugan Sokhiev, Conductor

Alexei Borodin, Stage Director

0819:00

Dargomyzhsky - The Stone Guest - Laura

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Anton Grishanin, Conductor

Dmitry Belyanushkin , Stage Director

March 2016
1119:00

Dargomyzhsky - The Stone Guest - Laura

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Anton Grishanin, Conductor

Dmitry Belyanushkin , Stage Director

2419:00

Verdi - Don Carlo - Princess Eboli

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Adrian Noble, Stage Director

2619:00

Verdi - Don Carlo - Princess Eboli

Bolshoi Theatrе, Moscow

Keri-Lynn Wilson, Conductor

Adrian Noble, Stage Director

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Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar’s Bride, Lincoln Center New York

The most outstanding soloists were Elchin Azizov, in the role of Grigory Gryaznoy, and Agunda Kulaeva, as Lyubasha, his jealous mistress. Azizov displayed a robust baritone in his dramatic solo scene that begins the opera, and showed no signs of fatigue throughout the evening as he performed this demanding role.

 

More impressive still was Kulaeva, whose plush mezzo-soprano made her the perfect Lyubasha. The character’s a cappella entrance aria is unique for any opera. A mere 52 measures, this sorrowful song tells of a young woman as she prepares to consummate an unwanted, arranged marriage with an older man. Because the singer, unaccompanied, must perform “naked” in a sense, this moment in the opera is all the more intimate. Though the piece could easily become indulgent, Kulaeva’s interpretation was nuanced and restrained.

- Stephen RaskauskasRead the article


Dutch National Opera - Prins Igor - Kontsjakovna

Beau succès également pour la mezzo russe Agunda Kulaeva, sombre et voluptueuse Kontchakovna, aussi tentatrice qu’une Dalila et aussi volontaire qu’une Marina.

- Opera Online, Emmanuel AndrieuRead the article

De tenor van Pavel Cernoch (Vladimir) matchte uitstekend met de fraai resonerende stem van de voortreffelijke mezzo Agunda Kulaeva’s (Kontsjakovna).

- Olivier Keegel, Opera Gazet, 2016/17Read the article


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