Final performances of 2017 in Amsterdam, Salzburg and Dresden by Florence Eves

Venera brings 2017 to a close with two concerts in December in Amsterdam and Salzburg, and two final performances of Lucia at Semperoper Dresden.

On 16 December, she returns to the role of Queen of Shemakha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel for a concert performance with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko at Amsterdam’s beautiful Concertgebouw. It marks the first time Venera has worked with Maestro Petrenko.

Then on 20 December, she joins José Carreras for a concert performance at the Salzburg Grosses Festspielhaus as part of José’s tour. Venera performed with him on a previous tour in 2016 at some of the great concert halls of Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonie and Leipzig Gewandhaus.

Her final dates as Lucia in Semperoper Dresden’s Lucia di Lammermoor take place on 8 and 22 December.

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Lucia di Lammermoor at Semperoper Dresden by Florence Eves

Venera returns to Dresden for her second performance at the Semperoper Dresden this season as Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

Lucia is one of Venera’s signature roles. Her recent performances of it include in Beijing in April 2017 for her Chinese debut and at Opernhaus Zürich in February 2017.

In Dresden, Giampaolo Bisanti conducts and the production is by Dietrich W. Hilsdorf. Venera stars alongside Aleksey Isaev and Simone Piazzola, who share the role of Lord Enrico Ashton, and Edgaras Montvidas as Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood.

Performances are on 18, 22, 25, 29 November, 8 and 22 December. Find out more and buy tickets from the Semperoper Dresden website.

Semperoper Dresden interviewed Venera about the performances:

A return to Semperoper Dresden to sing Violetta La traviata by Florence Eves

Venera returns to Dresden to sing Violetta in La traviata for three performances on 30 September, 7 and 12 October.

Conducted by Domingo Hindoyan and directed by Andreas Homoki, this staging also stars Wookyung Kim as Alfredo and Christoph Pohl and Donnie Ray Albert sharing the role of Giorgio.

In April 2016, Venera made her house debut at the Semperoper Dresden, before returning in August 2016 to sing Violetta in performances of Homoki’s production.

She will return in November for the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. 

Visit the Semperoper Dresden website for more information and tickets for La traviata.

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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.

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“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.