"Even an earthquake could not have dislodged the extraordinarily powerful Venera Gimadieva from her richly toned sonorities [...] the heart of this solid, enjoyable show remains the thrilling Venera Gimadieva."
"Gimadieva dazzled with the agility of her voice and her ease on the high notes. The phosphorescent quality of her top register, which flutters in a myriad of colours, was perfectly suited to the character's flirty nature"
"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."
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 regularly at prestigious opera houses and venues across Europe and the USA.
In the 2021-22 season she sings the title role Lucia di Lammermoor for Staatsoper Hamburg and The Queen of Shemakha The Golden Cockerel at Adelaide Festival.
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Marguerite, Les Huguenots
Semperoper Dresden, July 2019
Venera Gimadieva was the Queen of Navarre, a somewhat silly character who tries to bring peace between the two religious sects. It is a classic coloratura soprano role, and Gimadieva dazzled with the agility of her voice and her ease on the high notes. The phosphorescent quality of her top register, which flutters in a myriad of colours, was perfectly suited to the character’s flirty nature.
Laura Servidei, Bachtrack, 1 July 2019
Venera Gimadieva is an attractive Queen Marguerite, secure in her coloraturas...
Roberto Becker, Concerti.de, 1 July 2019
Venera Gimadieva as Queen Marguerite successfully conquers the coloratura heights of her part.
Joachim Lange, Die Deutsche Bühne, 1 July 2019
Title role, Lucia di Lammermoor
Opernhaus Zürich, March 2019
For the final two performances of the run, Venera Gimadieva has assumed the title role, one that she has sung previously in the house. In the first act, Gimadieva was young, girlish and carefree, her voice fresh and sparkling. By the time she was coerced into marrying Arturo, incomprehension and fear were evident on her face, and her voice took on a distinct metallic edge. The Mad Scene was a descent into desperation, with all the tricks of a coloratura soprano’s trade at Gimadieva’s command, including spot-on intonation in her dialogue with the flute.
Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard International, 8 March 2019
The Hallé cond. Gianluca Marcianò / Momento Immobile
Rubicon; RCD1021 / release date 26 October 2018
Gimadieva tackles the coloratura with dexterity, presenting characterful interpretations throughout. [Both guest soloists] serve to highlight Gimadieva’s vocal pyrotechnics
BBC Music Magazine, January 2019
The Golden Cockerel, La Monnaie (DVD, BelAir Classiques)
La Monnaie / December 2016 (released March 2018)
Among the performers, Venera Gimadieva shines as the Queen of Shemakha, seductively wrapping herself like a tendril around the chromatic lines of her Hymn to the Sun
Mark Pullinger, Gramophone Magazine, June 2018
Appropriately stunning is the Queen of Shemakha, Venera Gimadieva, a big hit in Glyndebourne and Covent Garden’s Traviatas, who has exactly the right luscious but steely tones, and radiates outrageous sensuality and serpentine menace
Michael Scott Rohan, BBC Music Magazine, July 2018
Title role, Lucia di Lammermoor
Bayerische Staatsoper, May 2018
Venera Gimadieva was a perfect Lucia to Flórez’ Edgardo. Her voice exuded excitement and anticipation, with a brilliant, phosphorescent top register perfectly suited to the young girl in love.
Laura Servidei, Bachtrack
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