Venera brings her Violetta to Madrid / by Florence Eves

Stepping in at the 11th hour, Venera once again plays the part of Violetta, this time at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. The heroin of La Traviata is the role Venera is best known for after her Glyndebourne debut in 2014, where The Guardian described her as “a soprano of huge presence, compelling to watch, with a voice of thrilling security and range, and a special quality to her quieter singing that makes you hang on every note, a remarkable, touching debut”.

Venera has also performed La Traviata at the Bolshoi, her home theatre, and has received equally glowing reviews in Moscow, as she has in England and most recently Madrid.

“Venera Gimadieva , soprano third cast, responsible for giving life to the famous character (Violetta) was a real hero on stage. Her voice is moulded perfectly at all times, more agile and light in the first act of "É strano ... and ... Sempre libera", and firm and safe in the second act, with the delicious duet sung with Giorgio Germont "Pura siccome un angelo" without losing any life in the third act where the voice and vocal needs more body and weight.” GB Opera Magazine 

“The last change to the cast came just in time for Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva , with her rich voice, body and harmonics which allowed her to convey the abandonment of love.” Codalario 

Venera as Violetta in La Traviata, at the Teatro Real, Madrid.  (Credit Javier DelReal)

Venera as Violetta in La Traviata, at the Teatro Real, Madrid. 
(Credit Javier DelReal)

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