Venera was interviewed by OperaWire about the challenges a woman in opera faces when she decides to have a family.
Venera is back to Germany to perform her first Violetta at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. In this production by Günter Krämer Venera’s partners will be Charles Castronovo as Alfredo and Simon Keenlyside as Giorgio Germont, conductor Jader Bignamini.
For medical reasons, Venera would not be able to perform Francesca da Rimini in Amsterdam as previously announced. In her statement on social media Venera said: “This is the first cancellation in my career and is due to strict advice from my doctor. Please don’t be alarmed – I am OK but need to take it easy for now. I cannot tell you how sad and disappointed I am to pass this news to you. But hopefully I will be back on stage in no time and I rely on your continuous understanding and support.”
It is expected that Venera’s next stage appearance will be in Munich in La traviata by Bayerische Staatsoper.
On the 29 June Venera is performing the role of Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer for the first time. The opera is based on the events of the night in 1572 when French Catholics murdered thousands of their fellow protestant citizens and on the political situation around the period. The new production by Peter Konwitschny is conducted by Stefan Soltész.
Performing dates: 29 June 2, 4, 10, 13 July.
Watch Venera and her fellow soprano Jennifer Rowley (Valentine) talking about the production – The Making of Les Huguenots.
Royal Opera House has announced its 2020 season programme. Venera will return to London to perform the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor in the famous Katie Mitchell’s production. She will share the stage with Saimir Pirgu and Igor Golovatenko, conductor Giacomo Sagripanti.
Venera will replace Pretty Yende as Amina in La Sonnambula on the 19th and 25th May at Deutsche Oper, Berlin.
The traditional AIDS Gala concert in Berlin has become one of the highlights of the music calendar in Germany. Venera is regularly invited to sing at this prestigious charity event. Now you can enjoy the 25th edition of the Festliche Operngala on the newly released CD.
Venera received the International Professional Music BraVo Award as the best female vocalist of the year. Public success and appreciation of the audience is one of the main criteria for the judges of this prestigious award. Venera received the prize from the international tenor Vittorio Grigolo who called her “the most beautiful in the world” in Russian. Dame Hellen Mirren and John Travolta were amongst the guests. The ceremony took place on the historic stage of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.