Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva made her Royal Opera debut in 2016 as Violetta Valéry (La traviata).
Gimadieva studied singing at the Kazan Music College and the St Petersburg State Conservatory, going on to join St Petersburg Opera. She subsequently studied on the Bolshoi Theatre’s Young Artist Programme in Moscow and joined the Bolshoi Theatre as a company member, where her roles include Gilda (Rigoletto), Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), Xenia (Boris Godunov), Amina (La sonnambula), Violetta, the title role of The Snow Maiden, the Queen of Shemakha (The Golden Cockerel), Sirin (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya) and Serpina (La serva padrona. Engagements elsewhere include Violetta for La Fenice, Venice, Glyndebourne Festival, Paris Opéra, Hungarian State Opera, in Limoges and Rheims and at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland, Elvira (I puritani) for Teatro Real, Madrid, the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor in Rheims, Rouen and Limoges, Gilda for Hungarian State Opera, Marfa on tour in Hong Kong, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) opposite Juan Diego Flórez’s Roméo in Lima and Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) in concert for Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Gimadieva’s concert engagements include Ein deutsches Requiem with Russian National Orchestra, at the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra and Rachmaninoff and Tatar songs at the Royal Festival Hall. Her many awards include the President’s Prize for Young Cultural Professionals, awarded her by president Dmitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation in 2011, and the 2014 Golden Mask Award for Best Female Performer (Opera) for her Bolshoi performances as Amina.
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