Venera makes her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Violetta in a new production of La traviata / by Adnan Lalani


On 17 July Venera Gimadieva will make her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Violetta in a new production of Verdi’s La traviata by Tom Cairns. For these performances, which also star Michael Fabiano as Alfredo and Tassis Christoyannis as Germont, the London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Gimadieva makes this important debut having sung the role of Violetta in several other European houses, including the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow and Opéra Limoges.  Her interpretation of the role has been critically acclaimed, firmly establishing Violetta as one of her ‘signature roles’ and earning Gimadieva the highest praise from critics:

“Venera Gimadieva’s Violetta is devastatingly beautiful, both to the ears and to the eyes. Her voice has a velvety richness, and her expressiveness and temperament are already well established… this young Russian soprano’s future looks very promising indeed.” 
Concert Classic, May 2012

“Aix-en-Provence may have adored Natalie Dessay, but Limoges now reveres Venera Gimadieva. She was more than equal to the challenges of this role, which demands absolute vocal and theatrical mastery. A whole range of emotions, from love to hate and from joy to death, filtered through her tone. She let herself be carried by the arpeggios and trills, and reached the high C effortlessly. 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.” 
Le Populaire du Centre, April 2012

La traviata will be broadcast live at cinemas throughout the UK on 10 August at 17.30. Further performances at Glyndebourne take place on July 20, 24, 27, 30 and August 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 16, 20, 23.

 Click here for more information on the Glyndebourne Opera website