Venera has received outstanding reviews for her “thrilling” and “extraordinarily powerful” Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut as Violetta in La traviata. Read the reviews below:
"Even an earthquake could not have dislodged the extraordinarily powerful Venera Gimadieva from her richly toned sonorities, expressive penetration and superb stagecraft.
…the heart of this solid, enjoyable show remains the thrilling Venera Gimadieva."
“Her vibrato and coloratura are excellent, and her voice constantly carries an air of lightness about it. She very much looks the part, and has a natural presence meaning that she never has to indulge in histrionics in order to portray the social butterfly. She conveys all of the requisite emotions sensitively and effectively.”
"Violetta, and I've been busting to tell you this, is the glorious Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva who sang the same role with such radiance at Glyndebourne a year or two back. Here on her Royal Opera debut she surpasses even that achievement with a voice that blends Rossinian warmth and late-Verdian power, rock-solid technique and perfect intonation, together with a riveting stage presence. Gimadieva is the most moving Violetta I can recall: she inhabits the heroine's story arc with total commitment from her first-act set piece "È strano! È strano!" to her devastating death scene. It's no slight on the admirable Sakker to say that I'd love to have heard her with Pirgu."
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"Anyone who had seen the Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva in the role of Violetta at Glyndebourne a couple of years ago will have known they were in for a treat. Her good looks, great acting and magnificently full voice make her perfect for the role and this time she was even better than ever."
“…cut glass coloratura and superb intonation in ‘Sempre libera’ and wonderful ease at the top. However, Gimadieva also has the lyric soprano qualities to tackle Act II… There was initial vehemence in her response to Salsi’s bullish Germont, but she collapsed to deliver a moving ‘Dite alle giovine’ from the floor. In the final act, ‘Addio del passato’ was hauntingly fragile.”
"Gimadieva brought an undeniable truth to Violetta as well as incredible talent to the role...Cutting a striking figure in an almost luminescent white dress in the first scene, both alone and among her fellow courtiers, Violetta, her struggles and her secrets came to life in the spine-chillingly quality voice of Gimadieva. The only on-stage rival she faced for talent is Luca Salsi as Giorgio Germont.
An Act II duet between Gimadieva and Salsi, both making their Royal Opera debuts that night, was absolutely one of the highlights of the show. The two brought out incredible emotional responses from each other, and Salsi’s final notes by himself, unaccompanied by the orchestra even, prompted outbursts of “bravo!” from the audience."
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Pictured below: Venera as Violetta (© Royal Opera House / Photographer Tristram Kenton)