Soloist of the Opera
The mezzo-soprano Galia Ibragimova studied singing at the Moscow Conservatory (1988-92) and at the Gnesin Academy (1992-97). She has won several awards at international singing competitions; for example, Angelica Catalani (Italy, 1997), Belvedere (Vienna, 1996) and Vincenzo Bellini (Italy, 1995). From 1998 to 2011 she was a soloist of the Prague State Opera, where she created Bizet‘s Carmen, Verdi’s Maddalena (Rigoletto), Azucena (Il trovatore) and Amneris (Aida), Suzuki (Pucini: Madama Butterfly), Olga (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin),Alice (Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable), Gertrude (Thomas: Hamlet), and Dulcinée (Massenet: Don Quichotte). Since January 1, 2012 she has been a soloist of the Czech National Opera. Galia Ibragimova is a permanent guest of a number of world opera stages, rendering, among other roles, Verdi’s Amneris in Aida (a tour comprising 12 performances in the Netherlands, 2003; a 12-performance tour of Japan, with José Cura singing Radames, 2001; Yalil Theatre in Kazan, Russia, 2006; the title role of Bizet’s Carmen (a tour comprising 13 performances in the Netherlands, 2003; the National Theatre Brno Opera’s tour of Japan, 2005; Stralsund, 2006; Spain, 2006; Gars am Kamp, 2003; Boston, Atlanta, Savannah, 2005). She has also sung Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma (a 6-performance tour of the Netherlands, 2004), Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore (Japan, 2005), Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Gars am Kamp, 2004), the Governess in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and the Countess in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (Dublin, 2002). She has also enacted the roles of Dalila (Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila), Verdi’s Eboli (Don Carlos) and Ulrika (Un ballo in maschera), Santuzza (Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana),and the Witch (Dvořák: Rusalka). Her concert repertoire includes Mozart’s and Dvořák’s Requiem, Dvořák’s oratorio Stabat Mater and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.
Update: January 2012