It is with great pleasure that we welcome Aida Garifullina and Juan Diego Flórez  to perform at the Mirpuri Foundation Awards Gala Ceremony, where the three winners of this year’s Dance, Music and Theatre Awards will be revealed.

Soprano Aida Garifullina is a regular guest artist of the world’s leading Opera Houses, such as the Royal Opera House and La Scala. Aida has performed in important events like the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Concert de Paris for Bastille Day.

Juan Diego Flórez  is recognized as one of the finest tenors of all time, and is a common figure at every major international Opera House under the world’s leading conductors. He has recorded numerous solo albums and complete operas, and has received many honours and awards, including Peru’s highest distinction, the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Sol.

Taking place in São Carlos Opera House, on the 8th of July, the Mirpuri Foundation Awards Gala aims to recognize cultural activities of excellence and stimulate the quality of national and international artistic production.

More about Aida Garifullina
Aida Garifullina is the winner of the prestigious 2013 Operalia Competition. She is a regular guest artist of the world’s leading opera houses and concert venues, including the Royal Opera House (London), La Scala (Milan), the Metropolitan Opera (New York), Paris National Opera, Arena di Verona (Italy) and Salzburg Festival.“Aida is one of the most exciting opera divas of today and tomorrow.”– Placido Domingo Aida’s highlights include performances at the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup in Russia and at the 2018 Concert de Paris for Bastille Day – both events being broadcast live on television to millions worldwide. Season 2018/2019 also saw sensational debuts at Staatsoper Berlin in a new Tcherniakov production of Mussorgsky’s Bethrothal in a Monastery conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and at the Metropolitan Opera in Don Giovanni. Aida also joined conductor Long Yu for special performances of Carmina Burana in Shanghai and at the Forbidden City in Beijing, as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th anniversary celebrations which have since been released on CD and DVD. Aida’s stunning self-titled debut album was released globally by Decca Records in February 2017 to unanimous critical acclaim and has since been awarded a prestigious ECHO Klassik award. The 2021/2022 season sees Aida return to Teatro alla Scala for the role of Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, to Hamburgische Staatsoper for the role of Violetta Valéry in L a Trav i ata, to Staatsoper Berlin for the role of Liù in Turand ot, alongside prestigious concerts, galas, recitals, festivals, and TV broadcasts throughout Europe and beyond. In 2019/2020, Aida made anticipated debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in La Bohème and at the Bayersiche Staatsoper in L’Elisir d’Amore. Aida returned to the Wiener Staatsoper that season for role debuts as Mimi in La Bohème and Violetta Valéry in La Traviata. On the concert platform, Aida gave solo gala concerts at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires and across Russia – a highlight of Aida’s concert schedule was the Last of the BBC Proms at Hyde Park in London.Aida Garifullina was born and grew up in Kazan. It was Aida’s mother, the choirmaster Laylya Ildarovna, who gave Aida her first music lessons and inspired her to be an opera singer. Later, Aida went on to study at the Nuremberg University of Music and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; subsequently joining the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper where she was a member from 2013 -2016. Aida played the role of Lily Pons in the feature film Florence Foster Jenkins, and is an ‘Honoured Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan’.

More about Juan Diego Flórez 
Juan Diego Flórez was born in Lima in 1973 and began singing and playing Peruvian folk music and pop music at a very early age. He was 17 when he enrolled at Lima’s National Conservatory of Music and three years later won a scholarship to continue his vocal studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He made his professional stage debut in 1996 at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, stepping in at short notice to sing the leading tenor role of Corradino in Matilde di Shabran. Despite the short time at his disposal, his debut proved hugely successful and marked the start of a stellar career.His expressive voice and astonishing agility made Juan Diego Flórez an overnight sensation and led to his debut later that year, at the age of only 23, to launch the new season at La Scala, Milan, under Riccardo Muti. Since then he has appeared at every major international opera house under the world’s leading conductors. Having gained at the beginning of his career particular renown for his performances in the belcanto repertoire, his renditions of the French romantic heroes have currently given him great acclaim from the public and critic. His most recent role debuts include Raoul de Nangis (Les Huguenots) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia) in concert performances at the 2017 Salzburg Festival and in a staged production at the Bavarian State Opera, Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Ricciardo (Ricciardo e Zoraide) at the 2018 Rossini Opera Festival, Alfredo (La traviata) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Des Grieux (Manon) at the Vienna State Opera and, in March 2020, Rodolfo (La bohème) at the Zurich Opera.Juan Diego Flórez has recorded numerous solo albums and complete operas on CD and DVD. Since June 2016 he has been an exclusive artist with Sony Classical, releasing a disc of Mozart arias in 2017 and Bésame mucho, an album of Latin American songs, in 2018. He has been recognized by the BBC as one of the finest tenors of all time and has received many honours and awards, including Peru’s highest distinction, the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Sol. The Austrian government named him Kammersänger in 2012 and UNESCO appointed him its Goodwill Ambassador.In 2011 Juan Diego Flórez founded Sinfonía por el Perú, an inclusive social project inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, which runs orchestras and choirs throughout Peru to help the most vulnerable children and adolescents. In January 2014 Juan Diego Flórez received the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award in recognition of the foundation’s work.


Photo credits – 1) AFP; 2) Decca /Simon Fowler; 3) Manfred Baumann