Guest performer MARIA GULEGINA as Kundry, "Parsifal" (January 30, February 1)
After a successful career in the Italian repertoire, Maria Guleghina is excited to add German operas to her already large repertoire. Some future debuts include operas by Richard Wagner.
Maria Guleghina is considered one of the world’s leading dramatic Sopranos, the only one to have performed title roles in 16 new productions at Teatro La Scala including Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Macbeth, etc. Ms Guleghina has performed over 165 times at the Metropolitan Opera in New York the title roles in Aida, Turandot, Tosca, Norma, Macbeth, Nabucco, Andrea Chénier, Pique Dame, Cavalleria Rusticana, etc. The critically acclaimed “Queen of Opera” frequently performs in all important opera houses of the world such as Vienna State Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Teatro Liceu, Covent Garden, Opera Bastille, Teatro Colon, Bolshoi Theatre, etc.
The “Russian Soprano with Verdi in her Veins” is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including Premio Puccini 2009 – for Best Puccini Performance, Giovanni Zanatello Prize for her debut at the Arena di Verona, Maria Zamboni gold medal, 1999 gold medal at the Osaka Festival, 2001 Bellini Prize, the Arte e Operosità nel Mondo prize from Milan, etc. For her social engagement, she has been awarded the Order of Holy Olga, the Highest Order of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Alexis of Russia. Ms Guleghina is the honorary board member to the International Paralympic Committee as well as a Global Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF.
Some future plans include a new production of I Vespri Siciliani at the Mariinsky Theatre, Aida in Amsterdam as part of the Stadium Tour with Placido Domingo, as well as recitals all over the world including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and 15 other places.