David Lomeli, a tenor from Mexico who was singing the part of Alfredo in La Traviata, but had to withdraw because of illness, has worked with Shagimuratova before and describes her singing ability as incredibly powerful. “Albina, we are staging her aria, which is one of the most difficult parts not only in the opera but in the classical repertoire in the world, and most sopranos don’t even dream to finish it in the famous high note. But Albina not only did it once in the staging, she sang it 12 times in rehearsal full voice, and every single one hitting the final high note. It just is not real.” 7:30 p.m. January 27. The opera runs through February 12. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit www.houstongrandopera.org. $25 to $342.
Fri., Jan. 27; Sun., Jan. 29; Wed., Feb. 1; Sat., Feb. 4; Fri., Feb. 10; Sun., Feb. 12, 2012