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Venera Gimadieva


Hailed as ‘the new voice of Russia’ and the star of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Venera Gimadieva has quickly become one of the most sought-after lyric coloratura sopranos in Europe. Her performances as Violetta La traviata have earned sensational reviews, with the Guardian describing her Glyndebourne Festival debut in the role as “thrilling…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.”

Engagements in the 2017-18 season include the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor (for returns to the Semperoper Dresden and the Teatro Real, Madrid, as well as her house debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper); Elvira I puritani (Wiener Staatsoper) and a recital at the Wigmore Hall.

Highlights of the 2016-2017 season included the Queen of Shemakha The Golden Cockerel (four house debuts at La Monnaie, Brussels and Santa Fe Opera, as well as a return to the Teatro Real, Madrid); the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor in Zürich and Beijing; and Violetta La traviata in Dresden.

Other recent highlights include Violetta La traviata for both her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and her USA debut at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra; Norina Don Pasquale at the Bolshoi; the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor in Limoges, Rheims and Rouen; Giulietta I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Elvira I puritani at the Teatro Real Madrid; her first Juliette Roméo et Juliette opposite Juan Diego Flórez’s first Roméo in Lima, Violetta La traviata (La Fenice, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Paris Opera, Opéra de Limoges, Opéra de Reims, Hungarian State Opera and Savonlinna Opera Festival), Gilda Rigoletto (Hungarian State Opera), and an appearance at the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra.

Until recently Gimadieva was a member of the ensemble at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, having studied on their young artist programme, as well as at the Kazan Music College and the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire. Her roles at the Bolshoi have included Gilda Rigoletto, Marfa The Tsar’s Bride, Ksenia Boris Godunov, Amina in a new production of La Sonnambula (a performance that won the 2014 Golden Mask award for Best Female Performer in Opera), Violetta in a new production of La traviata by Francesca Zambello, the title role of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow-Maiden, the Queen of Shemakha in a new production of The Golden Cockerel by Kirill Serebriannikov and conducted by Vassily Sinaisky, Sirin in Rimsky-Korasakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and Maiden Fevronia, and Serpina in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona. Concert performances in Moscow include Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.