Venera makes her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / by Florence Eves

Making her Royal Opera House debut, Venera takes the lead role in Richard Eyre’s classic production of La traviata on 16 January. Eyre, in collaboration with designer Bob Crowley, sets the production in the grandeur of nineteenth-century Paris. The cast includes Saimir Pirgu as Alfredo and Luca Salsi as Giorgio, with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House conducted by Yves Abel.

This is a major house debut for Venera, and sees her perform one of her signature roles. Her previous performances of Violetta have been described as “outstanding” (Sunday Times), “beguiling and utterly believable” (Independent) and “thrilling…remarkable, touching” (Guardian).

Venera has sung Violetta in several other European opera houses, including the Glyndebourne Festival (pictured below), Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow and Paris Opera, as well as for her critically acclaimed USA debut earlier this season with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Read more of her outstanding Glyndebourne reviews here. 

La traviata opens at the Royal Opera House on 16 January with further performances on 19, 22, 27, 30 January, 4 and 6 February. Read more about the production on the Royal Opera House website.