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Aigul Akhmetshina



Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House in September 2017. In the 2017/18 Season she sings Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen at Wilton’s Music Hall), Mercédès (Carmen) and Sonyetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk).

Akhmetshina trained at the Ufa Arts College, Russia, and continues to study with Nailya Yusupova. She is a member of the International Musicians’ Union of the Interregional Shalyapin Centre. She has participated in the Estate Stellare Festival, Italy, and in masterclasses with Ildar Abdrazakov, Barbara Frittoli and Delfo Menicucci. Her other opera engagements include the title role in La Cenerentola for Opéra de Baugé Festival, France.

Akhmetshina has won the Grand Prix at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, Third Prize in the Sonora International Opera Competition Francisco Araiza, 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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The Royal Opera announces new Jette Parker Young Artists for 2017/18

18 January 2017
The Royal Opera announces new Jette Parker Young Artists for 2017/18

Five singers were chosen from more than 365 applicants from 61 countries and will join the Company for two years of artistic development.