In July 2016 mezzo-soprano Agunda Kulaeva, a principal singer at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, had her debut as Carmen at Deutsche Oper Berlin and as Marguerite in a concert performance of La Damnation de Faust at Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
In 2014 she debuted as Liubasha (The Tsar’s Bride) at Avery Fisher Hall in New York as well as at Theater an der Wien, the Cultural Center in Hong Kong and at Philharmonie 2 (Cité de la Musique) in Paris. Ms Kulaeva sang the roles of Amneris (Aida) at the Sofia Opera and Ballet National Theatre (Radames – Kamen Chanev), Carmen and Eboli at the Festival Varna Summer. At the Bolshoi Theatre, she sang Eboli (Don Carlo), Konchakovana (Prince Igor), Polina (Queen of Spades), Sonia (War and Peace – with Mstislav Rostropovich and Alexander Vedernikov). As a soloist at the New Opera in Moscow she sang Amneris (Aida), Fenena (Nabucco), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Konchakovana (Prince Igor), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Marfa (Khovanshchina).
In concert, Agunda Kulaeva has performed Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Xian Zhang, Vladimir Fedoseyev, and Dmitry Jurowski, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Jan Willem de Vriend, Bach’s B minor Mass with Fedoseyev, and Taneyev’s cantata “After reading the psalm” with Mikhail Pletnev. Ms Kulaeva was the winner of the Boris Christoff International Competition in Bulgaria in 2009. She graduated from the Vishnevskaya Opera Centre in Moscow and earlier from the Rostov State Conservatory as both a choir conductor and a singer.