Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva made her Royal Opera debut in 2016 as Violetta Valéry (La traviata). In the 2019/20 Season she sings Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor).
Gimadieva studied singing at the Kazan Music College and the St Petersburg State Conservatory. She subsequently studied on the Bolshoi Theatre’s Young Artist Programme in Moscow and joined the Bolshoi Theatre as a company member, singing roles including Gilda (Rigoletto), Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride), Amina (La sonnambula), Violetta, the title role of The Snow Maiden and the Queen of Shemakha (The Golden Cockerel). She now sings regularly at the world’s major opera houses, with appearances including Lucia di Lammermoor for Zürich Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Bavarian State Opera and Semperoper Dresden, Violetta Valéry for Bavarian State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Washington National Opera, Queen of Shemakha for La Monnaie, Brussels, Amsterdam Concertgebouw in concert and Santa Fe Opera, Elvira (I puritani) for Teatro Real, Madrid, and Vienna State Opera, Amina for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Marguerite de Valois (Les Huguenots) for Semperoper Dresden.
Gimadieva’s concert engagements include Ein deutsches Requiem with the Russian National Orchestra, Rachmaninoff and Tatar songs at the Royal Festival Hall, a concert for the Al Bustain International Festival of Music and Performing Arts, Lebanon, and the Berlin AIDS Gala Concert. Her many awards include the 2014 Golden Mask Award for Best Female Performer (Opera) for her Bolshoi performances as Amina, and the 2019 International Professional Music BraVO Award. In 2018 she released Momento Immobile, an album of songs by Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini.
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