Tag Archives: Venera Gimadieva

Don Giovanni, Glyndebourne, May 2023

Mozart’s most renowned operas are the three he wrote in the late 1780s to libretti by Lorenzo da Ponte: Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte. Sadly da Ponte’s benefactor, the Habsburg Emperor Joseph II, died in February 1790, bringing the writer’s income to an end and effectively terminating his collaboration with Mozart. One wonders what …

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La Traviata, Glyndebourne, GFO, July 2014

A careful attention to musical detail renders this new, fairly minimalist production of Traviata by Tom Cairns extremely effective, helped enormously by the stunning performance of Venera Gimadieva as Violetta. Her softness and richness of tone reminded me of Ileana Cotrubas as she subtly brought Violetta’s multi-faceted character into play. In Act I after an introspective and …

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