Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will make her debut at the Mikhailovsky Opera, as a special guest star for their 100th anniversary gala on Wednesday 21 March. Though the Mikhailovsky Theatre dates back to 1833, the birth of the Mikhailovsky Opera came on 6 March 1918, with a staging of Il barbiere di Siviglia.
The programme includes selections from the company’s repertoire that have marked milestones in the theatre’s history, including Puccini’s Tosca, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, and Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. There will also be performances of works by Rossini, Offenbach, Léhar, Krenek, Prokofiev, Kabalevsky, Slonimsky and Shostakovich.
Aida will perform a variety of scenes from The Golden Cockerel, War and Peace, and Falstaff.
Other performers will include both the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s own soloists and guest stars Sergei Leiferkus, Nina Romanova, and Mikhail Agafonov. Vladimir Jurowski conducts.
This engagement follows Aida’s sensational run of performances at the Liceu Barcelona in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, with critics calling her portrayal of Juliette “magnificent” (Mundo Clasico)
Read more about the gala in this press release from the theatre.