Agunda Kulaeva, mezzo-soprano. Agunda Kulaeva graduated from the Rachmaninov State Conservatory in Rostov as a choral conductor in 2000 and later as a singer (Professor Khudoverdova's class). In 2005, she graduated from the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center, where she sang Zibel in the production of Gounod's Faust, Lubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride, Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto and took part in concerts.
The singer's repertoire includes the following parts: Marina Mnishek in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Countess, Polina and the Governess in The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, Lyubasha and Dunyasha in The Tsar's Bride, Lel in The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov, Zhenya Komelkova in Molchanov's Dawns Are Quiet Here, Arsace in Rossini's Semiramida, Carmen in Bizet's Carmen, Delilah in Saint-Saens's Samson and Delilah, and the mezzo-soprano part in Verdi's Requiem.
In 2005, she made her debut at the Bolshoi Theatre as Sonya in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov. The singer is a guest soloist of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, where she has performed the following parts: Konchakovna in Borodin's Prince Igor, Carmen in Bizet's Carmen, Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Pauline in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, Lyubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride
She has given recitals in many Russian cities and towns and abroad. Agunda participated in the concerts in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg.
In 2012, the singer appeared as Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen and as Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Varna Summer Festival. The same year she performed Amneris in Verdi’s Aida at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Bulgaria. The highlights of 2013 include Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Fedoseyev’s Big Symphony Orchestra, Taneyev’s cantata At the Reading of a Psalm with the Minin Academic Choir and the Pletnyov Russian National Orchestra, participation in the 5th Mussorgsky International Festival in Tver and the 4th Star Parade at the Krasnoyarsk Opera.
Since 2005, she has been a soloist of the Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow. Since 2014, she has been a soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.
Awards and Honours
- Honoured Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania
- Prize-winner of the 14th Boris Christoff International Competition for Young Opera Singers (3rd prize, Bulgaria, 2009)
Roles performed at the Novaya Opera
Myrtale in Massenet's Thais
Marfa in Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina
Amneris in Verdi's Aida in concert
Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana
Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in concert
Mezzo-soprano parts in the productions Viva Verdi! and Vincenzo Bellini