As Lyubasha in The Tsar's Bride.Photo by Damir Yusupov.
As Lyubasha in The Tsar's Bride.
Photo by Damir Yusupov.
As Princess Eboli in Don Carlo.Photo by Damir Yusupov.
As Princess Eboli in Don Carlo.
Photo by Damir Yusupov.
As Konchakovna in Prince Igor.Photo by Damir Yusupov.
As Konchakovna in Prince Igor.
Photo by Damir Yusupov.
In the title role in Carmen.Photo by Damir Yusupov.
In the title role in Carmen.
Photo by Damir Yusupov.
In the title role in Carmen.Photo by Damir Yusupov.
In the title role in Carmen.
Photo by Damir Yusupov.
As Laura in The Stone Guest.Photo by Damir Yusupov.
As Laura in The Stone Guest.
Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Nearest performances

Carmen 23 May


She won 3rd Prize at the 14th Boris Christoff International Competition for Young Opera Singers (Bulgaria, 2009).



In 2000, she graduated from the conducting-chorus department of the Rostov State Conservatoire. In 2005, she graduated from the vocal faculty. In the same year, she completed her studies at Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, where she performed the following roles: Siebel (Gounod’s Faust), Lyubasha (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride), Maddalena (Rigoletto).

In 2005-2014 she was Novaya Opera Company soloist.

She made her Bolshoi Theatre debut in 2005 in the premiere production of War and Peace singing the part of Sonya.
In 2014 she took part in the production of The Tsar’s Bride, singing the role of Lyubasha.

In November 2014 she joined the Bolshoi Theatre Opera Company.


At the Bolshoi:
Sonya (War and Peace)
Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride)
Princess Eboli (Don Carlo)
The Snow Queen (Banevich’s The Story of Kai and Gerda)
Polina (The Queen of Spades)
Konchakovna (Prince Igor)
Carmen (Carmen)
Laura (The Stone Guest)
Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust)
Spring (The Snow Maiden)
Marina Mnishek (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov)
Lyubov (Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa, concert version)

Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Countess, Governess (The Queen of Spades)
Lyubasha, Dunyasha (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride)
Lehl (Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden)
Arsace (Rossini’s Semiramide)
Carmen (Carmen)
Dalila (Saint-Saens’s Samson et Dalila)
Ratmir (Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila)
Fenena (Nabucco)
Page (Lohengrin)
Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana)
Zita (Gianni Schicchi)
mezzo-soprano part in Verdi’s Requiem


Toured in Itraly, Germany, France, Finland, South Korea, Cyprus, and Hungary, among others.
In 2012 she sang Carmen and Eboli in Don Carlos at the Varna Summer Opera Festival, Amneris in Aida at the Sofia National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
In 2013 she performed Verdi’s Requiem with Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano under the baton of Xian Zhang.
In 2016 she sang Carmen at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Arena di Verona.
In 2017 performed the role of Konchakovna in Prince Igor new production of the National Opera Amsterdam (conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky, directed by Dmitri Chernyakov).
In 2019, she took part in Bolshoi’s tours to Berlin (Alexander Nevsky/ mezzo-soprano) and France ( The Queen of Spades / Polina; conductor Tugan Sokhiev); appeared as Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) at the Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, and Preziosilla (La forza del destino) at the Deutsche Opera Berlin.
In 2019/20, she sang the title role in Carmen at the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre.

Agunda Kulaeva has given recitals in Moscow, St Petersburg, Tambov, Kazan, Perm, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Kaliningrad, Tver.
She took part in festivals such as the V International Mussorgsky Festival in Tver, the IV Stars Parade International Festival in Krasnoyarsk, International Feodor Chaliapin Opera Festival in Kazan, Russia.

In concert she performed mezzo-soprano part in Verdi's Requiem (Russian Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Dmitri Jurowski), mezzo-soprano part in Dvorak's Stabat Mater and mezzo-soprano and second soprano parts in Bach’s Mass in B minor (Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev), Taneyev’s cantata At the Reading of a Psalm (Russian National Orchestra, conductor Mikhail Pletnev).