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Agunda Kulaeva

Mezzo / Alt

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RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

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), The Spring in Snow Maiden, Eboli in Don Carlos and The Snow Queen in Banevich’s The Story of Kai and Gerda (Bolshoi Theatre Moscow), Konchakovna in Prince Igor (Dutch National Opera and Ballet, Amsterdam), among others.


OPERATIC 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).


CONCERT ENGAGEMENTS

Missa solemnis Beethoven (Noord Nederlands Orkest), Requiem Verdi (Moscow City Orchestra, Verdi Orchestra Milano), Requiem Mozart, cantata Alexander Nevsky Prokofiev, 9th Symphony Beethoven, mezzo-soprano Stabat Mater Dvorak, mezzo-soprano, second soprano h-Moll-Messe Bach (Big Symphony Orchestra), cantata At the Reading of a Psalm Taneyev (Moscow State Chamber Choir, Russian National Orchestra)


CONDUCTORS

Mstislav Rostropovich, Alexander Vedernikov, Mikhail Pletnev, Dmitri Jurowski, Teodor Currentzis, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Jan Willem de Vriend


DIRECTORS

Yuri Alexandrov, Sergey Artsibashev, Kari Heiskanen, Ralf Långbaсka


AWARDS

14th Boris Christoff International Young Opera Singers Competition Bulgaria (3rd Prize, 2009)


STUDY

Rostov State S.V. Rachmaninoff Conservatory (Prof. Khudoverdova), Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center


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Borodin - Prince Igor - Konchakovna

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Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Stanislav Kochanovsky, Conductor

Dmitri Tcherniakov, Stage Director

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Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Stanislav Kochanovsky, Conductor

Dmitri Tcherniakov, Stage Director

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Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

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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

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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