Venera announces her debut performance of songs and arias by Sergei Rachmaninov at the Royal Festival Hall / by Florence Eves

Following her spectacular debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in summer 2014, soprano Venera Gimadieva takes her inaugural steps on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall to lead a celebration of music by her fellow countrymen. For the first time in London, Tatarstan presents the Pearls of Tatar Music, its international initiative to give long-overdue recognition to its native 20th century composers. Whilst the first half of the program offers orchestral works well worth discovering, the second half is entirely devoted to songs and operatic excerpts by Sergei Rachmaninov, himself of Tatar descent, as well as a wink to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who Rachmaninov knew and admired.

Venera Gimadieva followed her studies in Kazan by becoming a member of the Bolshoi and accumulating international engagements that have increasingly brought her name to public attention. Besides starring in Glyndebourne’s La traviata, a signature role, and an unforgettable appearance at the BBC Proms in 2013, Venera Gimadieva has made notable debuts at La Fenice in Venice and the Savonlinna Opera Festival. “A real find,” according to the Daily Express.

Pearls of Tatar music is presented by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan and U-live.

For more information about tickets please visit southbankcentre.co.uk.