“A wonder to behold”: Santa Fe reviews round-up / by Florence Eves

Venera’s performances in The Golden Cockerel at Santa Fe Opera’s come to a close on 18 August after a brilliant run and many outstanding reviews. Venera sang one of her signature roles, Queen of Shemakha, for her US opera debut, directed by Paul Curran.

"Gimadieva’s success in bringing the sense of peril to life — a matter of elegantly fluid vocal turns and saucy stage demeanour — was a wonder to behold"
SF Gate

"Venera Gimadieva was a standout as the Queen of Shemakha. It is a challenging part; she walks onstage for the first time in Act 2 and has to dominate the ensuing 35 minutes, which are filled with leaps and roulades"
Santa Fe New Mexican

"The Queen weaves her spell with showcase vocalism alternately slithery and flickering, impressively delivered by soprano Venera Gimadieva"
Dallas News

"Venera Gimadieva exudes seductive charm"
Chicago Tribune

"Making the most distinguished company debut of the season was Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva. As the Tsaritsa of Shemakha, the magical seductress who convinces Tsar Dodon to marry her, she deployed her ample, beautiful voice in a velvety legato... The top notes, especially the high E way off the staff near the end of the second act, were precise and brilliant."
The Classical Review  

"Impressive control of her instrument with an upper-register that gleams like jewellery"
Opera Wire 

Watch Venera speak to Santа Fe Opera about the role and about making her US opera debut: