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Anastasia Gulyaeva

In the choir since 2011

Anastasia Gulyayeva was born in Perm, Russia. She has been singing in a church choir since the age of 14. She graduated from Perm Music College in 1997 and from the Ural State Mussorgsky Conservatoire (specializing in academic choir conducting) in 2006. She is a laureate of the “Magical World of Backstage” International Contest of Vocal Arts (Saint Petersburg, 2011) and the winner of the “Young Conductors of Prikamye” competition (Perm, 1996).

In 2006 – 2009, Anastasia Gulyayeva performed with the choir of the Tchaikovsky Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since 2011, she has been part of the musicAeterna choir. Artistic statement: There are three things that make a great singer: the brain, the ears, and the vocal cords — in that particular order.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACE YOU HAVE EVER HAD TO PERFORM AT?
The Diaghilev Festival in Perm, during Anna Garafeeva’s body motion performance to Alexey Retinsky’s electronic music. Closer to the end of the performance, I had to say several lines that sounded more like hysterical weeping. Suddenly, I heard a lady whisper “Stop that!” Luckily, I did stop as it was the end of my part; otherwise, I would have probably been removed from the hall.
WHICH KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU FIND MORE EXCITING TO WORK WITH: MODERN OR CLASSICAL?
Modern for sure. It provides a lot of room for experiments with vocal techniques, mannerisms and styles. It might not even sound like singing but it is incredibly engaging. Modern music allows you to put in your own ideas rather than just follow the score. There is a certain flight of thought to it.
COULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL SCHEDULE ON THE DAY OF A CONCERT?
Nothing special really happens. I just have to spend time to warm up, get dressed, get focused, skim through the scores and remember all the notes I made. I do not have any special rituals. The same goes for the time after the concert: I just talk to my colleagues and share my impressions. Then I remember there is work to do the next day (or we have to go to a different city if we are on tour), so I just relax and have a good rest.

musicAeterna choir events

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Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
Opera Tristan and Isolde (1859)
Concert performance

Soloists:
Tristan — tba
Isolde — Elena Popovskaya

musicAeterna orchestra and choir
Conductor — Teodor Currentzis

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Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
Opera Tristan and Isolde (1859)
Opera in concert

Soloists
Tristan — Andreas Schager
Isolde — Brigitte Christensen
Brangäne — Eve-Maud Hubeaux
Mark — Matthias Goerne

musicAeterna orchestra and choir
Conductor — Teodor Currentzis