Venera spoke to French website Il Tenero Momento before her Paris debut as Violetta in La traviata last month. They touched on lessons learnt from La traviata at Glyndebourne, her musical childhood and her plans for the future.
ITM: Can you tell us about what decided you to sing and about your debut?
VG: I started singing when I was 11 years old, just for fun, for myself and without any expectations. But a music teacher in my school noticed me and offered singing lessons. I don’t quite remember my very first debut. From time to time, we had some music competitions and little concerts organised by my school. I always wanted to take part and used to win some of the competitions. I was very lucky in my teachers. They changed one another, carefully passing me on as a kind of relay, they looked after my voice and technique before I could do it myself right up to my entering the Bolshoi Theatre…
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