Watch Venera’s acclaimed 2014 performance of Violetta at Glyndebourne in cinemas & online by Florence Eves

Venera’s acclaimed performance of Violetta La traviata at Glyndebourne in 2014 is being broadcast in UK cinemas and online on Thursday 8 June.

Critics called Venera’s performance “a sensation” (Observer) and “a remarkable, touching Glyndebourne debut” (Guardian). This beautiful production was directed by Tom Cairns and conducted by Sir Mark Elder, with Michael Fabiano as Alfredo. 

Click here to find a screening in the UK. The performance will also be broadcast online at 8pm BST on the Daily Telegraph website – the video will appear on this page shortly before 5.30pm BST.

Venera reprises Queen of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel in Madrid by Florence Eves

Venera returns to the role of Queen of Shemakha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel on 25 May at Teatro Real in Madrid, with further performances on 28, 31 May, 3 and 6 June.

The production is by Laurent Pelly and is a co-production with La Monnaie and Opéra National de Lorraine. Venera sang in the La Monnaie performances of the same production in December last year, to rapturous reviews:

“Venera Gimadieva embodies the tsarina with the desired sensuality.”
Les Echos

“A perfectly controlled voice, capable of acrobatics as well as the most delicate arabesques.”
Forum Opera

“You'll be overwhelmed by the incredibly poignant soprano Venera Gimadieva.”
Concert News

This is Venera’s first return to Madrid since her debut last year, when she made a role debut as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani.

Find out more about The Golden Cockerel at Teatro Real here.

Venera to perform a recital at the Edinburgh International Festival in August by Florence Eves

It has been recently announced that Venera will perform a recital with pianist Pavel Nebolsin at Edinburgh International Festival on 25 August 2017 at The Queen’s Hall. This will be Venera’s debut at the Edinburgh International Festival.

The programme will be made up of songs and piano music from their homeland of Russia, with works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glière, Vlasov and Vasilenko. Pieces include the Serenade and Lullaby by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov’s Pied Piper, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Enslaved by the Rose’.

The concert will be broadcast live in the UK on BBC Radio 3.

For more information and tickets, visit the festival’s website.

Photo credit: Lena Fainberg

Photo credit: Lena Fainberg

Venera makes her debut in China as Lucia by Florence Eves

Venera makes her China debut in two performances on 9 and 11 April singing the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. The performances are at Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, and are a co-production between the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing and the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

The shows are directed by Yannis Kokkos and conducted by Valery Gergiev. Starring alongside Venera are Stefano Secco as Sir Edgardo of Ravenswood and Marco Caria as Lord Enrico. More information is on the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center website.

To mark her Chinese debut, Venera has launched a digital media project #BackstageSercets, in which she aims to have a direct conversation with her audience. In the first episode, she is talking about her feelings towards the role of Lucia.

A preview of the new production in Beijing:

Venera as Lucia in Zurich in February:

Venera sings the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor in Zürich by Florence Eves

Venera returns to the role of Lucia in Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor at Opernhaus Zürich on 4 February. 

She stars alongside Levente Molnár as Lord Enrico Ashton and Ismael Jordi as Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood. The production is directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Nello Santi. Performances are on 4, 7, 10, 12, 15 and 19 February. 

Venera previously sang Lucia at Opéra de Rouen, Opéra de Reims and Opéra de Limoges in a run of performances in October 2015. Reviewing her performance in Rouen, Forum Opera wrote:

“Venera Gimadieva is beautiful, passionate and sensual in the title role, shining out amongst a cast of young talented and committed singers…The Russian singer seems to electrify her partners - both in moments of love and in violence. A great lyric soprano, her excellent technique and purity of tone allows her to move easily in the lower midrange. Her charm moves as much as it impresses alongside her virtuosic singing until the last climax, when failing to meet Eros, she eagerly jumps into the arms of Thanatos.”

Following Lucia, Venera returns to Moscow for Bel Canto, a concert of music from famous bel canto works, on 25 February at the Bolshoi Theatre. She will sing arias by Bellini and Donizetti. Visit the Bolshoi website for more information.

Don't forget to become a fan of Venera on Facebook to see behind the scenes photos. 

Venera dazzles in her house debut at La Monnaie by Florence Eves

Venera’s performance as Queen of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel for her house debut at La Monnaie has dazzled audiences and critics.

The Golden Cockerel La Monnaie

Read some of the reviews:

“Venera Gimadieva embodies the tsarina with the desired sensuality. “
Les Echos 

“A perfectly controlled voice, capable of acrobatics as well as the most delicate arabesques.” 
Forum Opera

“You'll be overwhelmed by the incredibly poignant soprano Venera Gimadieva.”
Concert News  

Directed by Laurent Pelly, the production opened on 13 December and Venera's future performances are on 21, 23, 28 & 30 December

Click here to see more backstage images from the production. 

A house debut for Venera at La Monnaie in Brussels by Florence Eves

Venera makes her house debut at La Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium, on 13 December. She will reprise the role of Queen of Shemakha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, which she has previously sung at the Bolshoi Theatre.

In Brussels, Venera stars alongside Pavlo Hunka as Tzar Dodon, Alexey Dolgov as Tzarevich Guidon and Konstantin Shushakov as Tzarevich Afron. The production is directed by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Alain Altinoglu. 

Venera’s performances are on 13, 18, 21, 23, 28 and 30 December

Venera joins José Carreras for Life in Music tour by Florence Eves

Venera joins the legendary Spanish tenor José Carreras on tour around Germany during October. Beginning on 12 October at the Berlin Philharmonie, they travel on to Leipzig (15 October), Stuttgart (17 October), Hamburg (20 October), Munich (25 October), Dresden (29 October) and Mannheim (31 October).

Ahead of the tour, Venera said she was honoured to join Carreras:

“With 160 recordings, including 50 complete operas, and over 75 million records sold, Jose Carreras is one of the most prominent singers in the recent history. I am honoured to participate his tour Life in Music around Germany in October - Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Munch, Dresden, Mannheim.”

For ticket links, visit the Performances page.