Venera’s critically acclaimed performance as Violetta La traviata at the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival has been released commercially on DVD. The performance marked Venera's UK operatic debut and she was an instant sensation, earning rave reviews from critics:
“Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva is a beguiling and utterly believable Violetta… Only Ermonela Jaho has come close in recent memory to Gimadieva’s spontaneous warmth, and she has a vocal ease and facility that’s all her own. Gimadieva also has that rarest of instincts that sees her risk virtuosity and power for the drama of the moment.”
Independent, July 2014
“Venera Gimadieva is thrilling in this elegant update… She is a soprano of huge presence, compelling to watch, with a voice of thrilling security and range, and a special quality to her quieter singing that makes you hang on every note. It's a remarkable, touching Glyndebourne debut.”
Guardian, July 2014
“The alluring Venera Gimadieva, based at the Bolshoi, makes a most impressive Violetta, singing with a vibrant clarity that never wobbles, even at pianissimo – inevitably, she puts one in mind of Netrebko, but her musical discipline is superior.”
Daily Telegraph, July 2014
“This production has a sensation in Venera Gimadieva, whose voice seems limitless in its range of colour, from declamatory fortissimo to wafer-thin, consumptive pianissimo. And she looks fabulous.”
Observer, July 2014
“The other reason for joy is Gimadieva’s Violetta. In looks, acting ability and vocal timbre the young Bolshoi soprano inevitably invites comparison with Anna Netrebko…she sings with ravishing lyricism, has a pianissimo that could melt glaciers, the boldness to deploy it at crucial moments, and the intelligence to make every phrase convey expression.”
Times, July 2014
This new production of La traviata was directed by Tom Cairns and conducted by Sir Mark Elder, also starring Michael Fabiano as Alfredo and Tassis Christoyannis as Germont.
Purchase the DVD on Amazon here.