|G. F. Handel||Oreste||Oreste|
|S. Prokofiev||The Love for Three Oranges||Linetta|
|G. Rossini||L’italiana in Algeri||Isabella|
|P. I. Tchaikovsky||Eugene Onegin||Olga|
Mezzo-soprano Aytaj Shikhalizada recently joined the new ensemble at the Theater Dortmund, where she made her house and role debut as Rosina in a new production of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in October 2018. Her upcoming roles in Dortmund include Nefertiti in a new production of Philip Glass's Akhnaten, and in December 2018 she also appears as Linetta in a new production of Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges at the Stuttgart State Opera. In summer 2019, she makes her debut at the Bregenz Festival.
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.
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
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.conitnue
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.conitnue