Of the other performers, a particularly warm response went to Irma Dzhigolaty (the slave-girl Liù, who sacrifices her life for her master, Prince Calaf), who made not just those who should cry in line with the plot, but several of those sitting in the auditorium as well.
Of the performers of Purcell’s opera Irma Dzhigolaty stands out, having performed the role of Didon with dignity and yet, at the same time, with a touching charm.
• Honoured Artist of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania. Prize-winner at the Republican Performing Musicians’ Competition (1st prize; Tbilisi, 1999)
• Prize-winner at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (3rd prize; St Petersburg, 2002)
• Recipient of a diploma and special prize at the International Viñas Competition (Barcelona, 1999)
• Diploma recipient at the International Moniuszko Vocalists’ Competition (Warsaw, 2000) and the International Vocalists’ Competition in Geneva (2003)
Irma Gigolaty was born in Tbilisi. Graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 1998 (singing class of Professor S.V. Yegorova). Soloist with the Tbilisi State Paliashvili Theatre from 1997-2000. Completed her post-graduate studies at the Tbilisi Conservatoire in 2002.
Soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers from 2000.
Joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2008.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Gorislava (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Tamara (The Demon)
Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims)
Amelia (Simon Boccanegra)
Elisabeth (Don Carlo)
Nedda (I pagliacci)
Mimì (La bohème)
Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)
Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi)
Marcellina, The Countess (Le nozze di Figaro)
Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Donna Anna, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni)
First Lady (Die Zauberflöte)
Dido (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas)
The singer’s repertoire also includes the soprano roles in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem. In 2009 Irma Gigolaty took part in the VIII Moscow Easter Festival, during which she appeared in Yaroslavl as Corinna in a performance of Il viaggio a Reims. She has toured to Finland, Japan, the UK, France, Estonia and the USA.