Agunda Kulaeva

Mezzo-soprano
Agunda Kulaeva

She graduated from the Rachmaninov State Conservatory in Rostov as a choral conductor in 2000 and later as a singer (Prof. Khudoverdova's class). In 2005, Agunda graduated from the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center, where she sang Zibel in the production of Gounod's Faust, Lubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride, Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto and took part in concerts.The singer's repertoire includes the following parts: Marina Mnishek in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Countess, Polina and the Governess in The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, Lyubasha and Dunyasha in The Tsar's Bride, Lel in The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov, Zhenya Komelkova in Molchanov's Dawns Are Quiet Here, Arsace in Rossini's Semiramida, Carmen in Bizet's Carmen, Delilah in Saint-Saens's Samson and Delilah, and the mezzo-soprano part in Verdi's Requiem.

In 2005, she made her debut at the Bolshoi Theatre as Sonya in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov. The singer is a guest soloist of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, where she has performed the following parts: Konchakovna in Borodin's Prince Igor, Carmen in Bizet's Carmen, Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Pauline in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, Lyubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride.

She has given recitals in many Russian cities and towns and abroad. Agunda participated in the concerts in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg.

In 2012, the singer appeared as Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen and as Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Varna Summer Festival. The same year she performed Amneris in Verdi’s Aida at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Bulgaria. The highlights of 2013 include Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Fedoseyev’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Taneyev’s cantata At the Reading of a Psalm with the Minin Academic Choir and the Pletnyov Russian National Orchestra, participation in the 5th Mussorgsky International Festival in Tver and the 4th Star Parade at the Krasnoyarsk Opera.

Since 2005, she has been a soloist of the Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow. Since 2014, she has been a soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. 

Awards and Honours:

  • Honoured Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania
  • Prize-winner of the 14th Boris Christoff International Competition for Young Opera Singers (3rd prize, Bulgaria, 2009)

Roles performed at the Novaya Opera:

Countess, Milovzor in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades
Konchakovna in Borodin's Prince Igor
Lel in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden
Lyubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride
Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
Ratmir in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila
Cenerentola in Rossini's La Cenerentola
Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco
Lola in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana
Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto
Zita in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi
Flora in Verdi's La Traviata
Myrtale in Massenet's Thais
Page in Wagner's Lohengrin
Amneris in Verdi's Aida
Marfa in Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina
Amneris in Verdi's Aida in concert
Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana
Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in concert
Mezzo-soprano parts in the productions Viva Verdi! and Vincenzo Bellini
Parts in the productions: Tribute to Evgeny KolobovTen Sopranos (gala concert ), Romances by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergey Rachmaninov (concert), Bravissimo! (opera mix), Rossini (musical divertissement), This is Opera! (dramatized performance), Opera&Jazz (New Year's Eve Show)

Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Irina Kostina as Giulietta, Agunda Kulaeva as Romeo. January 19, 2016. Photo by Daniil KochetkovBellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Capellio – Mikhail Pervushin., Tebaldo – Aleksey Tatarinrsev, Romeo – Agunda Kulaeva. January 19, 2016. Photo by Daniil KochetkovVerdi's Aida (in concert) at the Moscow International House of Music on November 18, 2014. Photo by Alexander ShvartstensteinVerdi's Aida (in concert) at the Moscow International House of Music. November 18, 2014.Mezzo-Sopranos at Novaya Opera. Agunda Kulaeva. Conductor Valery Kritskov. February 24, 2014. Photo by Daniil KochetkovOpera&Jazz (New Year's Eve Show). Agunda Kulaeva. December 31, 2012. Photo by Daniil KochetkovFinal gala concert of the Epiphany Week Festival 2014. Agunda Kulaeva, Oleg Dolgov, conductor Vasily Valitov. January 24, 2014. Photo by Daniil KochetkovMussorgsky's Khovanshchina. January 26, 2012. Photo by Yu. PomelovMusic of Love. Concert of agunda Kulaeva and Aleksey Tatarintsev. December 25, 2013. Photo by Daniil KochetkovMusic of Love. Concert of Agunda Kulaeva and Aleksey Tatarintsev. Conductor Andrey Lebedev. December 25, 2013. Photo by Daniil KochetkovMusic of Love. Concert of Agunda Kulaeva and Aleksety Tatarintsev. December 25, 2013. Photo by Daniil KochetkovMusic of Love. Concert of Agunda Kulaeva and Aleksey Tatarintsev. December 25, 2013. Photo by Daniil KochetkovMusic of Love. Concert of Agunda Kulaeva and Aleksey Tatarintsev. December 25, 2013. Photo by Daniil KochetkovConcert of Agunda Kulaeva and Aleksey Tatarintsev. December 25, 2013. Photo by Daniil KochetkovVerdie's Rigoletto. Agunda Kulaeva as Maddalena, Nurlan Bekmukhambetov as the Duke. Two Worlds of Two Maestros festival to the Bicentenary of Verdi's and Wagner's Birth. October 25, 2013. Photo by Daniil KochetkovMascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. Agunda Kulaeva as Santuzza. September 19, 2013. Photo Nadezhda TitovaTchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Agunda Kulaeva as Olga, Aleksey Tatarintsev as Lensky in Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin on 21 August 2013Agunda Kulaeva and Aleksey Tatarintsev on 11 February 2013. Photo Daniil KochetkovBorodin's Prince Igor. Agunda Kulaeva as Konchakovna, Aleksey Tatarintsev as Vladimir Igorevich in Borodin's Prince Igor on 13 February 2013. Photo Vasilisa FenikVerdi's Aida. Verdi's Aida in concert. Agunda Kulaeva as Amneris, Avgust Amonov as Radames. January 20, 2013. Photo by Daniil KochetkovKarl Jenkins. ADIEMUS: Songs of Sanctuary. April 14, 2011Karl Jenkins' ADIEMUS: Songs of Sanctuary. April 14, 2011Wartime Songs (Concert). Agunda Kulaeva and Aleksey Tatarintsev. Photo Vasilisa FenikTribute to Evgeny Kolobov. Agunda Kulaeva. Photo by Daniil Kochetkov

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