Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Venera Gimadieva To Perform At Royal Festival Hall On April 1

"Leading Tartar soprano Venera Gimadieva introduces the music of Tatarstan. Following on from a performance that won her critical acclaim at Glyndebourne this summer ('a sensation' in the words of The Guardian), Gimadieva joins conductor Guerassim Voronkov and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra for a celebration of recent works by composers from Tatarstan, alongside vocal masterpieces by Sergey Rachmaninoff, himself of Tatar descent. Highlights include songs such as 'Vocalise' and 'Ne poy krasavitsa pri mne' and arias from Francesca da Rimini as well as Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden."[Source] Click here to purchase tickets. See the concert program, and learn more about Ms. Gimadieva, after the jump. Watch the soprano sing "Salammbô's Aria," by Bernard Herrmann from the movie score of Citizen Kane, in the video below.

Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Guerassim Voronkov conductor
Venera Gimadieva soprano

Nazib Zhiganov: Overture, Näfisä

Rezeda Akhiyarova: Symphonic poem, Monly sazym
Farid Yarullin: Ballade from Süräle
Rashid Kalimullin: Symphonic frescos
Sergey Rachmaninov: How fair this spot, Op.21 No.7
Sergey Rachmaninov: Daisies, Op.38 No.3
Sergey Rachmaninov: Sing not to me ..., Op.4 No.4
Sergey Rachmaninov: Introduction from Aleko
Sergey Rachmaninov: Intermezzo from Aleko
Sergey Rachmaninov: Women's dance from Aleko
Sergey Rachmaninov: Men's dance from Aleko
Sergey Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op.34 No.14
Sergey Rachmaninov: Prologue from Francesca da Rimini
Sergey Rachmaninov: Francesca's aria (Oh do not weep my Paolo) from Francesca da Rimini
Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Procession of the nobles (Cortège) from Mlada
Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Aria, To go berry-picking in the woods from The Snow Maiden

Venera Gimadieva at the Glyndebourne Festival where she 
sang Violetta in La Traviata during the 2014 season.
"Young Russian opera singer Venera Gimadieva, hailed as the star of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, is sought after as one of the most talented lyric coloratura sopranos in Europe. She has performed the role of Violetta in Verdi's La traviata at opera houses in France, Germany and Italy, including for her debut at La Fenice, Venice (where La traviata was first performed in 1853). Opéra magazine has described her interpretation of this role as, “extraordinary…with her captivating timbre, her flexible yet powerful voice, her strong stage presence, and her true physical beauty (which never hurts), she will be a star before long.” Venera sang Violetta for her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, UK in July 2014, following her successful UK debut at
The soprano styled by Pavel Vaan in a 
photograph by Leonid Semenyuk.
the 2013 BBC Proms, when she sang with the John Wilson Orchestra in a televised performance. Roles in future seasons include Venera’s first Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette opposite Juan Diego Flórez’s first Roméo in Lima, Peru, and the title roles of Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) and Manon (Massenet). Having studied on the Bolshoi Theatre’s young artists’ programme, Venera has been a member of the company since 2011, performing roles at the theatre including: Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride; Ksenia in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov; Amina in a new production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula; 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 Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel by Kirill Serebriannikov and conducted by Vassily Sinaisky; Sirin in Rimsky-Korsakov’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
The soprano performing at the Finals of the 2015 Paris Opera Competition 
at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. (Photo: Eric Mercier)
Concert Hall. Venera Gimadieva studied singing at the Kazan Music College and the St Petersburg State Conservatoire, later joining the St Petersburg Opera where her roles included the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Serafina in Donizetti’s Il campanello di note, and Genevieve in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She was a prize winner at the 2008 Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition in St Petersburg, the 2009 Competizione dell’Opera in Dresden, and the 2010 International Shalyapin Competition (first prize). In 2011, Venera was awarded the President's Prize for young cultural professionals by president Dmitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation." [Source]

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