Venera sings the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in three French cities this autumn, starting on 2 October 2015 at the Opéra de Rouen. Venera sings the role at Opéra de Reims and the Opéra de Limoges in November and December.
Venera made a triumphant French debut when she sang Violetta La traviata at the Opéra de Limoges in 2012. Critics wrote of her French debut:
“The production was made extraordinary by Venera Gimadieva’s Violetta. This very young singer, house artist at the Bolshoi since 2010, was a revelation. With her captivating timbre, her flexible yet powerful voice, her strong stage presence, and her true physical beauty (which never hurts), she will be a star before long … This production will be revived in Reims and in Rennes. It’s really worth the detour”.
“Aix-en-Provence may have adored Natalie Dessay, but Limoges now venerates Venera Gimadieva... Neither Callas nor Sutherland could have done a better job. There are many who bewail in specialist music publications that there are no more true Violettas, but Venera Gimadieva proves them all wrong.”
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Venera also gives a recital at the Opéra de Limoges on 16 October, comprising Bel Canto arias by Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi.
Lucia di Lammermoor opens in Rouen on 2 October, conducted by Antonello Allemandi and directed by Jean-Romain Vesperini. It then runs in Limoges from 1–5 November and Reims from 27 November – 1 December.
Review of Venera's performance in Rouen from Forum Opera:
“Venera Gimadieva is beautiful, passionate and sensual in the title role, shining out amongst a cast of young talented and committed singers. … The Russian singer seems to electrify her partners - both in moments of love and in violence. A great lyric soprano, her excellent technique and purity of tone allows her to move easily in the lower midrange. Her charm moves as much as it impresses alongside her virtuosic singing until the last climax, when failing to meet Eros, she eagerly jumps into the arms of Thanatos.”