• Prize-winner at the X International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (Tikhvin, 2016, 1st prize )
• Prize-winner at the International Pavel Lisitsian Vocal Competition (Vladikavkaz, 2016, 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Montserrat Caballé Vocal Competition (Zaragosa, 2012, 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch (2012, The Netherlands, 1st prize)
Graduated from the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov School of Music as a pianist. Studdied singing under Rimma Volkova (formerly a Mariinsky Theatre soloist and currently a teacher at the Rimsky-Korsakov School) and later at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from which she graduated with distinction in 2013 (class of Professor Sasja Hunnego.
In 2012 Gulnara Shafigullina trained at the Georg Solti Summer Academy (Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy), where she took master-classes with Richard Bonynge, Angela Gheorghiu and Dennis O'Neill. Trained at the Metropolitan Opera, rehearsing the role of Yaroslavna in Dmitry Chernyakov's production of Prince Igor. Since 2016 she has been a member of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Donna Anna (Don Giovanni)
Violetta (La traviata)
Magda (La rondine, concert performance)
Gulnara Shafigullina is a guest soloist of the Volkstheater Rostock in Germany. Over the past two seasons there she has appeared as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Leonora in Il trovatore, Anna in Rossini's Maometto II and the title role in Ermione (German premiere of the opera, conducted by David Parry). Engagements for the 2016–2017 season include her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre and Scottish Opera in the opera La traviata (Violetta), an appearance at the De Doelen concert hall in Rotterdan in Carmen (Micaëla) and a debut in Attila (Odabella) at the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern.
The soloist has performed the title role in the opera Lucrezia Borgia, sung as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin at the Dutch festival Opera aan Zee and Violetta in La traviata to mark twenty-five years of the Dutch national Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam and appeared with the London Philharmonia orchestra at the music festival in Newbury. Gulnara Shafigullina's concert repertoire includes the soprano roles in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mozart's Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Petite Messe solennelle and Poulenc's Gloria. The soloist performs chamber music programmes in Russia, The Netherlands, France and Germany.