Russian soprano Aida Garifullina makes her Metropolitan Opera debut tonight as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She joins a cast that includes Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Donna Anna, Luca Pisaroni as Don Giovanni, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Leporello. Cornelius Meister conducts.
Speaking about the role in an interview with the Met’s Associate Editor Christopher Browner, Aida said: “Zerlina is a character that has so many colors. I love her purity. I don’t think that she plans to leave Masetto, but she wants to try something new. She’s young and doesn’t really know a lot about passion. So she wants to meet Don Giovanni and maybe explore these new feelings. But at the same time, she’s clever, and she has a sense of humor.”
This continues an exciting couple of seasons for Aida, who has sung Carmina Burana at the Forbidden City in Beijing with Long Yu, Toby Spence, Ludovic Tézier and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th anniversary, and at the opening and closing ceremonies of The World Cup in Russia, and at the Concert de Paris for Bastille Day – both events being broadcast live on television to millions worldwide. Later this season she will make her Staatsoper Berlin debut in a new Tcherniakov production of Prokofiev’s Bethrothal in a Monastery.
Watch Aida and Luca Pisaroni sing Don Giovanni and Zerlina’s Act I duet in the final dress rehearsal below, and find out more about the production on the Met Opera website.