Albina Shagimuratova, Biography
Albina Shagimuratova is a Russian coloratura soprano, particularly known for singing the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, which she has sung with Houston Grand Opera, the Salzburg Festival under Riccardo Muti, the Lucerne Festival, San Francisco Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Liceu and The Royal Opera, London. She first came to international attention as the winner of the Gold Medal in the 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow
Childhood and Youth of Shagimuratova
Albina Shagimuratova was born in Tashkent (former USSR) to a family of lawyers. Her parents supported her early musical interests, and at the age of five she began performing publicly to her father’s accordion accompaniment. The family later moved to Kazan where she studied choral conducting at Kazan Music College and Kazan State Conservatory of Music. She graduated with honors and a doctoral degree from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She is a proud alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Meanwhile, Shagimuratova has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras in a diverse concert repertoire. She made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos in both Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With the Houston Symphony under Hans Graf, she has sung both a program of Mozart’s concert arias and the Poulenc Gloria. She made her debut at the Maggio Musicale, Florence, with Mozart’s Requiem led by Zubin Mehta. She has also collaborated with James Conlon, Patrick Summers, Peter Schneider, Adam Fischer and Vladimir Spivakov.
In 2012 she won the 23rd Russian National Theatrical Golden Mask Award in the Best Opera Actress category for her portrayal of the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. She studies with Dmitry Vdovin in Moscow and Renata Scotto in New York.