Venera makes her Edinburgh International Festival debut by Florence Eves

On Friday 25 August, Venera makes her debut at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival. Accompanied by pianist Pavel Nebolsin, she will sing a selection of songs from their homeland of Russia, with works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov and more.

The concert, at 11am, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in the UK.

Held annually in August, the Edinburgh International Festival is one of the most significant arts festivals in the UK, especially for classical music. Each year, it hosts many of the world’s top classical performers in venues across Edinburgh. Venera’s recital will take place in the Queen’s Hall.

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

Venera Gimadieva credit Lena Fainberg 7.jpg

“A wonder to behold”: Santa Fe reviews round-up by Florence Eves

Venera’s performances in The Golden Cockerel at Santa Fe Opera’s come to a close on 18 August after a brilliant run and many outstanding reviews. Venera sang one of her signature roles, Queen of Shemakha, for her US opera debut, directed by Paul Curran.

"Gimadieva’s success in bringing the sense of peril to life — a matter of elegantly fluid vocal turns and saucy stage demeanour — was a wonder to behold"
SF Gate

"Venera Gimadieva was a standout as the Queen of Shemakha. It is a challenging part; she walks onstage for the first time in Act 2 and has to dominate the ensuing 35 minutes, which are filled with leaps and roulades"
Santa Fe New Mexican

"The Queen weaves her spell with showcase vocalism alternately slithery and flickering, impressively delivered by soprano Venera Gimadieva"
Dallas News

"Venera Gimadieva exudes seductive charm"
Chicago Tribune

"Making the most distinguished company debut of the season was Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva. As the Tsaritsa of Shemakha, the magical seductress who convinces Tsar Dodon to marry her, she deployed her ample, beautiful voice in a velvety legato... The top notes, especially the high E way off the staff near the end of the second act, were precise and brilliant."
The Classical Review  

"Impressive control of her instrument with an upper-register that gleams like jewellery"
Opera Wire 

Watch Venera speak to Santа Fe Opera about the role and about making her US opera debut:

Venera announces her first recording by Florence Eves

Venera has shared the exciting news that she will release her debut recording in September 2018.

The recording will be released on the British label Rubicon Classics, and will be a collection of bel canto arias by Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini. Venera will be recording with The Hallé and conducted by Gianluca Marcianò. The project will be produced by Artist Digital.

Make sure you’re a fan of Venera on Facebook to keep updated with news about the recording.

Venera makes her house debut at Santa Fe Opera by Florence Eves

Venera makes her Santa Fe Opera debut on 15 July, reprising the role of Queen of Shemakha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel.

Her fellow cast members include Tim Mix as Tsar Dodon, Barry Banks as the Astrologer, Kevin Burdette as Commander Polkan and Meredith Ardwady as Amelfa. Paul Curran directs and Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

Queen of Shemakha is now a staple of Venera’s repertoire: she recently performed it at Teatro Real, Madrid, and next season reprises the role in a concert version at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam conducted by Vasily Petrenko on 16 December.

Performances at Santa Fe Opera take place on 15, 19, 28 July, 3, 9, 18 August. Visit the Santa Fe Opera website for more information.

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: