Liya Khaimova


Liya Khaimova is a Russian-American soprano and actress who has sung both nationally and internationally. She made her international debut in Viterbo, Italy at the Tuscia Opera Vestival where she sang the role of Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. She placed in 2nd for her division at the Russian Romance competition, Belaya Akatskiya, in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia in November 2011.

In January of 2017, Liya performed in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars, directed by the award-winning American theatre and opera director Anne Bogart. This production was in tandem with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Bogart’s SITI theatre company in New York. Liya was cast in the ensemble with a speaking role. She is currently one of the Walter Fox singers with The Verdi Chorus in Santa Monica, California, and the soprano soloist at First German United Methodist Church in Glendale, California.

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Liya moved to Atlanta, Georgia as in infant, making it her home. She danced ballet for ten years then began studying voice at 14. This earned her a scholarship to attend the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver for her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Liya then went on to obtain a scholarship to study voice at USC’s Thornton School of Music for her Master of Music degree.

Her most recent voice instructor has been mezzo-soprano and former voice faculty member at USC's Thornton School of Music, Cynthia Munzer. She has studied under vocal pathologist and instructor Kate Emerich-Gordon, and Kenneth Cox, the director of the Opera department at the Lamont School of Music.