Hibla Gerzmava

Hibla Gerzmava has established herself as one of the most sought after sopranos of her generation, having met critical acclaim at such theaters as the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Rome Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. She has appeared at the Ludwigsburg Festival in Germany and BBC Proms and has performed recitals in Sweden, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Greece, the United States and Japan. This season, Gerzmava will make her role and house debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Recently, she returned to the Opera Bastille in Paris and to the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre in Moscow as Desdemona in Otello. Next season, the soprano will return to the Metropolitan Opera as Liù in Turandot and to Covent Garden as Elisabeth in Don Carlos.

Hailed by the New York Times as “the warm-voiced soprano with affecting poise and strong-willed intensity,” Hibla Gerzmava made three house debuts last season in three different Verdi roles: Elisabeth at the Opera Bastille in Paris, Desdemona at the Semperoper Dresden and Leonora in La forza del destino at the Opernhaus Zürich. In the fall of 2016, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. In the same season, she made debuts at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as the title role in Anna Bolena and at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Elisabeth. Gerzmava also returned to Covent Garden as Liù and toured North America with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

Gerzmava’s engagements for the 2015/16 season included Liù, Desdemona and Donna Anna at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as her solo debut at Carnegie Hall. In the 2014/15 season, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Antonia and Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann, sang Donna Anna at the Vienna State Opera and Frankfurt Opera, and appeared in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass at the 68th Edinburgh International Festival. In February of 2014, Gerzmava took part in the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, performing the final song Olympic Waltz with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, under Valery Gergiev. In July of the same year, she sang Verdi’s Requiem at London’s Royal Festival Hall under the baton of Antonio Pappano. She also performed on the stages of the Prague Philharmonia and Vienna Musikverein. Gerzmava’s engagements for the 2012/13 season included Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Liù at the Metropolitan Opera, and Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito for her debut at the Vienna State Opera.

In 2012, Gerzmava returned to the Royal Opera House as Donna Anna and sang Mimì in La bohème for her debuts at the Rome Opera and Bavarian State Opera. In 2011, she made her triumphant debut on the stage of the Palais Garnier at the Opéra National de Paris as Vitellia in Willy Decker’s production of La clemenza di Tito. That same year, Gerzmava sang at the BBC Proms Opening Night, returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La bohème, and took part in the Mariinsky Theatre’s tour of Japan, singing the role of Liù at the NHK Hall in Tokyo. In 2010, her performance as the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor brought her the highest Russian theatrical award, the Golden Mask, as well as the Casta Diva Critics Award and Moscow Government Award for achievement and contribution to the world of arts and culture. That same year, Gerzmava made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Stella and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. She made her Royal Opera House debut as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin in March of 2008, appearing there again in 2009 as Mimì.

A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory’s Vocal Department, Hibla Gerzmava’s professional breakthrough came in 1994 when she was awarded the Grand Prix at the Tchaikovsky International Competition, becoming the first and only vocalist in the competition’s history to achieve such a feat. Since 1995, Gerzmava has been a soloist of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre in Moscow, where she has sung such roles as Donna Anna, Lucia, Mimì, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Violetta in La traviata, Antonia/Olympia/Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and the title role in Médée, for which she was awarded the Golden Mask.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Gerzmava has sung the soprano solos in Mozart’s Requiem, Great Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass, Vesperae solennes de confessore, Haydn’s Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Additionally, she has appeared in recitals throughout Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Japan, and the USA.