Hailed by the press for her “astonishingly rich and open tone” (Financial Times), her “luxury instrument”, “clear, unforced high notes”, a “rich and creamy” voice (Bachtrack), Hulkar Sabirova figures among today’s leading dramatic coloratura sopranos, the rare voice type able to face the most challenging parts written by Bellini, Donizetti, Mozart, Rossini or Verdi.
Hulkar Sabirova started the 2021/2022 season as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where will make an important role debut in March 2022, singing her first Hélène in the premiere of a new production of Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes. Later this season, she returns to the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow as Madama Cortese in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims.
Recent highlights include her outstanding debut as Leonora in Il trovatore at the St. Gallen Festival, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Semperoper Dresden and the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Lucio Cinna in Lucio Silla and Elettra in Idomeneo at the Teatro Real Madrid, Rosina in a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Madama Cortese in a new staging of Il viaggio a Reims at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Further guest engagements led Hulkar Sabirova to the Aalto-Theater Essen, where she had a huge success as Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann and as Adele in Die Fledermaus, and to the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, where she sang Contessa de Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims. Of special attraction was Hulkar’s performance in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and her highly acclaimed debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Arena di Verona.
Hulkar Sabirova began her formal vocal training at the age of sixteen at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, also participating in masterclasses with Ks. Brigitte Fassbaender and winning a special prize at the Anneliese Rothenberger vocal competition. She started her musical education at the age of seven with piano and violin at the State Boarding School for musically talented children in her country of birth Uzbekistan.
As a scholarship holder of the ‚Weisweiler Foundation‘, she started her career at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and quickly became a principal of that company for three seasons, singing roles such as Königin der Nacht, Frasquita in Carmen or Soprano 1 in Helmut Lachenmann’s Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern, a part she subsequently portrayed at the Ruhrtriennale Festival.
With her outstanding interpretations of the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor and the soprano part in a staged version of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she rapidly established her status as a first-class soprano with corresponding guest engagements. Maintaining a strong relationship to her former principal company, she recently had a huge success there as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims. She also was a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheater Kassel for three years, where she made several acclaimed role debuts such as Rosalinde, Iphigénie in Iphigénie en Tauride, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, Konstanze and Norma.
Hulkar Sabirova has sung under the baton of conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Marek Janowski, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Donald Runnicles, Giacomo Sagripanti and Tugan Sokhiev and has worked with stage directors Jan Bosse, Robert Carsen, Claus Guth, Damiano Michieletto and Robert Wilson.