Venera Gimadieva

Venera Gimadieva (c) Lena Fainberg
Venera Gimadieva (c) Lena Fainberg

Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva has quickly become one of the most sought-after lyric coloratura sopranos in Europe. Having studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and on the young artist programme at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, she now performs regular y at prestigious opera houses and venues across Europe and the USA.

Gimadieva’s signature roles include Violetta in La traviata (the role in which she made her debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as her US debut with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl); the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor (Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Real, Madrid and for her debut at the Bavarian State Opera) and The Queen of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel (La Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Real, Madrid and for her US stage debut at Santa Fe Opera).

Other roles include Elvira in I puritani (Teatro Real, Madrid and for her debut at the Vienna State Opera); Giulietta in I Capuletti e I Montecchi (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Norina in Don Pasquale, the title role of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow­Maiden, Amina in La sonnambula (all for the Bolshoi Theatre) and Juliette in Romeo et Juliette (in Lima with Juan Diego Flórez) and Gilda in Rigoletto (Hungarian State Opera).

Engagements in the 2018/19 season include her debut at Washington National Opera (as Violetta) and returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin (as Amina) and Semperoper Dresden (as Violetta and as Marguerite in a new production of Les Huguenots).

Venera Gimadieva’s recital and concert repertoire features belcanto arias and Russian arias and song repertoire. She has given recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival (Russian repertoire by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov); the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow (as part of a concert of belcanto arias by Bellini and Donizetti);and Wigmore Hal (Russian repertoire by Gliere, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky) accompanied by her husband, pianist Pavel Nebolsin.

Venera Gimadieva has worked with conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, lvor Bolton, Evelino Pido, Tugan Sokhiev, Yves Abel, Domingo Hindoyan and Daniel Oren. She has worked with directors including Laurent Pelly, Paul Curran and Francesca Zambelo and singers including Jose Carreras, Aleksandra Kurzac and Roberto Alagna. She won the Golden Mask award for Best Female Performer in Opera for her performance as Amina La sonnambula (2014, Bolshoi Theatre), as well as First Prize in the 2010 International Shalyapin Competition and Second Prize in the 2015 Paris Opera Competition.