• Honoured Artist of Russia (2017)
• People’s Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan (2009) and recipient of the Ğabdulla Tuqay State Prize of the Republic of Tatarstan (2011)
• Prize-winner at the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 2007; 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the 42nd Tenor Viñas Contest (Barcelona, 2005; 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 21st International Glinka Competition of Vocalists (Chelyabinsk, 2005; 1st prize)
Albina Shagimuratova was born in Tashkent. Graduated from the Kazan Music College named after I.V. Auhadeev as a choral conductor and entered the Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatoire. From her third year she transferred to the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, class of Professor Galina Pisarenko. Graduated from the conservatory with distinction and undertook an assistant traineeship. Honorary graduate of the youth opera programme of Houston Grand Opera (USA), where she studied from 2006 to 2008. Over the years she has taken lessons from Dmitry Vdovin in Moscow and Renata Scotto in New York. Whilst a student in Moscow, Albina Shagimuratova was a soloist at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre where she performed the roles of the Swan-Princess in The Tale of Tsar Saltan and the Queen of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov.
International acclaim came to the singer in 2007, when she won 1st prize and the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. One year later came the singer’s debut at the Salzburg Festival as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Riccardo Muti. She subsequently appeared in that role at the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), the Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera and the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia among other theatres.
Albina Shagimuratova’s repertoire includes roles in operas by Mozart and bel canto composers, among them Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Semiramide and Anna Bolena in the eponymous operas, Elvira (I puritani), Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Aspasia (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Gilda (Rigoletto), the Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims), Neala (Donizetti’s Il paria), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Amina (La sonnambula), Musetta (La Bohème) as well as Flaminia (Haydn’s Il mondo della luna), the title roles in Massenet’s Manon and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, the soprano parts in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Britten’s War Requiem among others.
As a guest soloist she has appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms and at major opera houses and concert halls in Europe and America.
In 2011 she performed the role of Lyudmila in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production of Ruslan and Lyudmila, with which the historic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia reopened following reconstruction (the production was recorded on DVD).
Albina Shagimuratova made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2015 in a concert performance of Lucia di Lammermoor. In the 2018–19 season she joined the theatre’s opera company.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride, concert performance)
Swan-Princess (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
Donna Anna (Don Giovanni)
Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Violetta Valéry (La traviata, Primorsky Stage)
Has sung in the premiere of a new Mariinsky Theatre production of Lucia di Lammermoor (2018). Has taken part in performances on tour with the company at the International Mariinsky Far East Festival (Vladivostok) and the Moscow Easter Festival.
In 2019 she headed the jury of the International Glinka Competition of Vocalists and was involved in the work of the jury at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Recipient of the Russian Opera Award Casta Diva for 2011. Recipient of Russia’s Golden Mask National Theatre Award as the best female singer in opera for the role of Lucia in a production of Lucia di Lammermoor by the State Opera of Tatarstan. In 2013 she received a nomination for the prize for the role of Lyudmila in Ruslan and Lyudmila, followed in 2020 by a nomination for the role of the Contessa di Folleville in a production of Il viaggio a Reims at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.