Aida Garifullina is an internationally celebrated artist. She is a regular guest artist of the world’s leading opera houses and concert venues, including the Royal Opera House, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Paris National Opera, Arena di Verona, and Salzburg Festival.
During the 2022/23 season Garifullina returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and to Monte-Carlo Opera for the role of Violetta Valéry La traviata. She will also give recitals at the famed Evian Festival in La Grange au Lac, alongside concerts, galas, festivals, and TV broadcasts throughout Europe and beyond.
Garifullina first rose to prominence as the winner of the 2013 Operalia Competition. Now a firm fixture on the world's leading stages, her career highlights have included performances at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Football World Cup, and at the 2018 Concert de Paris for Bastille Day – both events being broadcast live on television to millions worldwide. Garifullina's 2018/19 also saw sensational debuts at Staatsoper Berlin in a new Tcherniakov production of Prokofiev Betrothal in a Monastery conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and at the Metropolitan Opera in Don Giovanni. Garifullina also joined conductor Long Yu for special performances of Orff Carmina Burana in Shanghai and at the Forbidden City in Beijing, as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th anniversary celebrations which have since been released on CD and DVD.
In 2021/22, Garifullina returned to the Teatro alla Scala for the role of Adina in L'elisir d'amore, to the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich as Mimì, and the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin as Liù Turandot. On the concert platform, she gave solo gala concerts at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, and performed in the Last Night of the BBC Proms at Hyde Park in London. In 2019/20, she made anticipated debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in La bohème and at the Bayersiche Staatsoper in L'elisir d'amore.
Aida Garifullina's mother, the choirmaster Leila Garifullina, gave her music lessons and inspired her to be an opera singer. Later, she went on to study at the Nuremberg University of Music and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; subsequently joining the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper where she was a member from 2014 -2016. Garifullina played the role of Lily Pons in the feature film Florence Foster Jenkins.
The New York Times, November 2017
'Aida is fearless. She got to the point where the high notes just bloom.'
The Telegraph, January 2020
'Aida Garifullina made an auspicious house debut, gamely removing her drawers during ‘Quando m’en vo’, but finding humane dignity over Mimi’s deathbed.'