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Composer Opera Role
G. Bizet Carmen Carmen
P. Glass Akhnaten Nefertiti
G. F. Handel Giulio Cesare

Oreste

Giulio Cesare

Oreste

J. Massenet Werther Charlotte
S. Prokofiev The Love for Three Oranges Linetta
G. Rossini L’italiana in Algeri Isabella
P. I. Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Olga
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Aytaj Shikhalizada

2019/20 marks mezzo-soprano Aytaj Shikhalizada's first season as a member of the opera studio at the Staatsoper Berlin. Before starting in Berlin, she sang the role of Olga in a new Jan Eßinger production of Eugene Onegin at the Bregenz Festival in summer 2019, and is due to reprise the same role for her house debut at the Staatstheater Klagenfurt in December 2019. In early 2020, Aytaj travels to the New National Theater Tokyo for her house and role debut singing the lead role in Handel's Giulio Cesare.

The up-and-coming mezzo was an ensemble member at the Theater Dortmund in 2018/19 and made her house and role debut as Rosina in a new production of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in October 2018. Other roles last season included Nefertiti in a new Theater Dortmund production of Philip Glass's Akhnaten and Linetta in a new production of Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges at the Stuttgart State Opera.

The 24-year-old Azerbaijani made her professional European debut in June 2018, when she debuted the role of Isabella in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri at the Opera Royal de Versailles in a concert performance conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi. She is also under contract with Azerbaijani TV and Radio, and regularly appears in her native country on TV and on the concert platform.

The young mezzo-soprano pursued Master's studies in singing with the renowned Professor Claudia Visca at the University of Music and the Performing Arts Vienna. In Vienna, she performed the title role of Handel’s Oreste in January 2018, and previously appeared at the Schlosstheater Schonbrünn as Olga in Eugene Onegin, and at the Penzing Institute with scenes from Carmen as well as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther. For her studies in Vienna, she was the recipient of a scholarship from the Dr. Robert and Lina Thyll-Dürr Foundation.

Aytaj studied voice and piano at the Baku Music Academy from 2010 to 2014 and Bülbil Music School, and received a Young Performers Diploma with Honors. She is also the recipient of many prizes including bronze medal for 3rd place at the 2014 Muslim Magomayev International Vocal Competition in Moscow, Grand Prix at the IX Azerbaijan Republic Contest ‘’Springs of the Soul’’ in 2013, and the 'Hope Prize' at the 2012 Bulbul International Vocalists Competition. In 2017, she also competed in the Bertelsmann Neue Stimmen Singing Competition in Gütersloh, Germany.

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August 11, 2019

Shira Patchornik and Aytaj Shikhalizada debut as Tatjana and Olga at the Bregenzer Festspiele

Soprano Shira Patchornik and Mezzo Aytaj Shikhalizada make their debuts as sisters Tatjana and Olga at the Bregenzer Festspiele in Tchaikovsky’s classic Eugene Onegin. The premiere is tomorrow evening August 12th at 19:30. Toi toi toi ladies!

Conducted by: Valentin Uryupin

Stage Direction by: Jan Eßinger

Additional Performances: 13., 15., and 17., of August

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May 23, 2019

Aytaj Shikhalizada debuts as Nofretete in Philip Glass’s Echnaton

Mezzo soprano Aytaj Shikhalizada will make her role debut as Nofretete at the Theater Dortmund in a new production of Philip Glass’s minimalistic masterpiece Echnaton. The premiere is tomorrow, May 24th! Toi toi toi Aytaj!
 
Conducted by Motonori Kobayashi, Stage direction by Giuseppe Spota and Pasquale Plastino
Additional Perfromances: 26. May
01., 07., 09., 20., 21., 22., 29., June

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January 17, 2019

Baritone Neven Crnic, Soprano Carina Schmieger, and Mezzo-soprano Aytaj Shikhalizada to be featured in the Emmerich Smola SWR Young Opera Stars 2019 on January 19!

We are very proud to announce three of our young artists, Neven Crnic, Soprano Carina Schmieger, and Mezzo-soprano Aytaj Shikhalizada have been invited to participate in the 2019 Emmerich Smola Junge Opernstars Competition on January 19 at 19:00 CET!  Watch the livestream here
 

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December 6, 2018

Mezzo Soprano Aytaj Shikhalizada makes house debut at the Staatsoper Stuttgart!

This past weekend the talented azerbaijani mezzosoprano Aytaj Shikhalizada made her dazzling debut as ‘Linetta’ in the new production of Sergei Prokofiev’s opera Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen!  Dir. Axel Ranisch, Conducted by Alejo Pérez, additional performances 14, 17, and 19 December,  4 and 11 January, and  9, 14, and 22 of April.

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June 27, 2018

Mezzo-soprano Aytaj Shikhalizada makes her European Debut as Isabella at the Opera Royal de Versailles!

Azerbaijani mezzo-soprano Aytaj Shikhalizada, currently completing her masters at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, debuts on June 29th at the Opera Royal de Versailles as Isabella in G. Rossini’s Italiana in Algiers, conducted by J.C. Spinosi with the Ensemble Matheus. Aytaj also begins an ensemble contract at Theater Dortmund for the 18/19 season.

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