Title - 'Aida'
Artist - Aida Garifullina and Cornelius Meister and RSO
For those not in the classical know, Aida Garifullina is a Russian operatic soprano of Tatar origin. She was the winner of the 2013 Operalia competition and has featured in a number of productions staged at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg and the Wiener Staatsoper.
Indeed, Garifullina's career received a significant boost when she won first prize in the aforementioned Operalia 2013. At the contest, there were arias of Nanetta ("Falstaff"), Snow Maiden (the “Snow Maiden”), Susanna ("Le nozze di Figaro"), and Juliet ("Montagues and Capulets" Bellini). In October of that same year she was awarded the title "Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan" and a Commendation Certificate of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan.
During 2013 and 2014 she was featured in a number of prominent performances, alongside the likes of Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Dmitry Hvorostovsky. In 2014 she performed at the Rosenblatt Recitals held at the Wigmore Hall, London and in 2015 she signed a recording contract with Decca Records.
Indeed, since the beginning of the 2014/2015 season, she has been an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera. Her debut album of music, the self-titled Aida is a simply stunning work of musical art and showcases Aida's soaring vocals with tremendous clarity and smooth transition of notes. Simply put, this is an extraordinary album and deserves to be heard by lovers of classical music, of her, and of music in general.
Aida was just released on Feb 3rd, 2017 via Decca Records and includes music by Gonoud, Delibes, and from Russian composers Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. With a running time of 58:51 it also includes music from anonymous composers and has Cornelius Meister as conductor along with the RSO-Wien symphonieorchester.
Personally, I first got introduced to Aida via her work on the 'Florence Foster Jenkins' soundtrack, where she performs a stunningly beautiful version of "Delibes: The Bell Song". [She ALSO portrayed the French-American soprano star Lily Pons in the film, for those playing along at home]. Oh, and for the record, actors Meryl Streep and Simon Helberg follow it up with their own version on that track-listing, but nothing beats Aida's version - sorry, Meryl.
In closing, it has to be noted that Aida Garifullina's vocals, looks, attitude are all top notch and here work here on Aida will make the hairs stand up on your arms. She is as equally talented as she is beautiful and commands that as much truth and verve are embroiled evenly within every note she brings forth, each and every time.