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26 November 2018, 11:11 | Updated: 26 November 2018, 11:16
From her height and net worth to her performing schedule, here's everything you need to know about Russian operatic soprano and rising star Aida Garifullina.
Aida Garifullina is a Russian soprano, born in 1987 Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan.
She is best known for having performed 'Angels' with Robbie Williams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, and she currently has a recording contract with Decca Records.
Aida is also known for singing her signature aria 'Je veux vivre' from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.
At just 31 years old, she has a net worth of $1 million, and she is five feet five inches tall.
Aida studied with the renowned tenor Siegfried Jerusalem in Nuremberg, before making her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in January 2013. The Financial Times described her as a “major new talent”.
Aida had her first big break in the same year, when she won Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Since then, she has performed in some of the world’s most impressive opera houses, including Vienna State Opera (where she is a regular performer) and Wigmore Hall.
The Times called her “the songbird from Kazan with the world at her feet”.
She made a cameo appearance as the 20th-century soprano and actress Lily Pons, singing ‘The Bell Song’ – the famous aria from the opera Lakmé, which also features ‘The Flower Duet’.
Aida was cast by director Stephen Frears himself, who is apparently a fan of hers. Her scene was filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, which was transformed to look like New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Aida Garifullina - The Bell Song
Aida Garifullina features in a song on Andrea Bocelli’s new album Sì. ‘Ave Maria Pietas’ is a beautiful duet for soprano and tenor which marks the pair’s first official release.
The pair have, however, performed together in concert before, singing Andrea Bocelli’s well-known hit ‘Con te partirò’ (Time to Say Goodbye).
The 31-year-old soprano is one of today’s most popular Instagram opera stars, with 520,000 followers.
Aida revealed that she gained 20,000 Instagram followers in less than 24 hours, following her appearance with Robbie Williams at the FIFA World Cup in Moscow where the pair performed Robbie's song 'Angels'.
She told the Press Association: “It’s amazing, I see on social media so many pictures and videos of our performance with Robbie and I gained 20,000 followers today on Instagram and it’s a sign that people really, really loved and enjoyed that performance.”
On top of a busy schedule filled with concert and opera performances, Aida will make her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2019. Find out more about her schedule on her website.