• Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation (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 International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 2007, 1st prize)
• Prize-winner at the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition (Barcelona, 2005)
• Prize-winner at the International Glinka Competition of Vocalists (Chelyabinsk, 2005, 1st prize)
• Recipient of Russia’s national Golden Mask theatre prize (2012)
Albina Shagimuratova was born in Tashkent. Graduated from the Kazan Aukhadeyev School of Music as a choral conductor and entered the Kazan State Zhiganov Conservatoire. From her third year, she transferred to the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, class of Professor Galina Pisarenko. Graduated from the conservatory with distinction and undertook a trainee assistantship. Honorary graduate of the youth opera program of the 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, she 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, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the 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 (Semiramide), Elvira (I puritani), Violetta (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) and Anna Bolena (Anna Bolena) among others.
As a guest soloist she has appeared at the Glyndebourne Opera 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 reopened following reconstruction (the opera was recorded on DVD).
She made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2015 in a concert performance of the opera Lucia di Lammermoor. In the 2018–2019 season she joined the theatre’s opera company.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride, concert performance),
the Swan Princess (The Tale of Tsar Saltan),
Donna Anna (Don Giovanni),
Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor)
and Gilda (Rigoletto).
Has taken part in performances on tour with the company at a festival in Vladivostok and at 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 Russia’s national Golden Mask theatre prize as best female singer in opera for the role of Lucia in a production of Lucia di Lammermoor by the Tatar State Academic Musa Dzhalil Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2013 she received a nomination for the prize for the role of Lyudmila in the opera 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.