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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, her roles this season include Mercedes Carmen, the title role of Carmen in La Tragédie de Carmen and Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Her recent engagements include the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola at the Opéra de Baugé Festival in France. 


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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November 2017
0319:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House London

James Hendry, Conductor

Gerard Jones, Stage Director

0419:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House London

James Hendry, Conductor

Gerard Jones, Stage Director

0719:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House London

James Hendry, Conductor

Gerard Jones, Stage Director

0819:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House London

James Hendry, Conductor

Gerard Jones, Stage Director

1019:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House London

James Hendry, Conductor

Gerard Jones, Stage Director

1119:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House London

James Hendry, Conductor

Gerard Jones, Stage Director

1319:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House London

James Hendry, Conductor

Gerard Jones, Stage Director

1419:30

Brook - La Tragédie de Carmen - Carmen

Royal Opera House London

James Hendry, Conductor

Gerard Jones, Stage Director

February 2018
1612:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House London

Jakub Hruša, Composer

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

2719:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House London

Jakub Hruša, Composer

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

March 2018
0819:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House London

Jakub Hruša, Composer

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

1219:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House London

Jakub Hruša, Composer

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

1619:00

Bizet - Carmen - Mercédès

Royal Opera House London

Jakub Hruša, Composer

Barrie Kosky, Stage Director

April 2018
1219:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House London

Antonio Pappano, Conductor

Richard Jones, Stage Director

1719:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House London

Antonio Pappano, Conductor

Richard Jones, Stage Director

2019:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House London

Antonio Pappano, Conductor

Richard Jones, Stage Director

2419:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House London

Antonio Pappano, Conductor

Richard Jones, Stage Director

2719:00

Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Sonyetka

Royal Opera House London

Antonio Pappano, Conductor

Richard Jones, Stage Director

July 2018
1515:00

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2018

Royal Opera House London

Nick Fletcher, Conductor

James Hendry, Conductor

Matthew Scott Rogers, Conductor

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October 2017
0213:00

Meet the Young Artists Week: Recitals

Royal Opera House London

David Gowland, Piano

0417:00

Meet the Young Artists Week: Recitals

Royal Opera House London

David Gowland, Piano

0814:00

Meet the Young Artists Week: Juke Box

Royal Opera House London

David Gowland, Piano

Nick Fletcher, Piano

James Hendry , Piano

0818:30

Meet the Young Artists Week: Juke Box

Royal Opera House London

David Gowland, Piano

Nick Fletcher, Piano

James Hendry , Piano

August 2017
0318:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Cenerentola

Opera de Bauge

Konstantinos Diminakis, Conductor

Bernadette Grimmett, Stage Director

0618:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Cenerentola

Opera de Bauge

Konstantinos Diminakis, Conductor

Bernadette Grimmett, Stage Director

July 2017
3018:00

Rossini - La Cenerentola - Cenerentola

Opera de Bauge

Konstantinos Diminakis, Conductor

Bernadette Grimmett, Stage Director

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

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


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