Aida Garifullina ****
Wigmore Hall, 3rd December 2014
In the opera Boris Godunov, Varlaam, disguised as a monk, sings a drunken song about Ivan the Terrible’s siege of Kazan. The capital of Tatarstan was birthplace to one of the great Russian basses, Feodor Chaliapin (himself a great Boris and Varlaam) and a monument to him stands in the city. Whether a statue to Kazan-born Aida Garifullina will be erected, only time will tell, but the soprano is being touted as ‘the next big thing’ in the opera world.
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