“Valentina Naforniţa has a ravishing stage presence with a naturally vibrant voice, rich in the middle and silver at the top... a stamina that augurs well for a starry future.”

Opera magazine


July 31, 2014

UPDATE: Watch Valentina singing the role of Zerlina Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival in a free live broadcast on Sunday 3 August, at 18:00 (local time). Click here to watch the event online.

Christoph Eschenbach condutcts the Vienna Philharmonic in a production that also features Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna), Anett Fritsch (Donna Elvira), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporelleo), Tomasz Konieczny (Il Commendatore), Andrew Staples (Don Ottavio) and Alessio Arduini (Masetto).

July 22, 2014

Valentina makes her debut at the prestigious Salzburg Festival on 27 July as Zerlina Don Giovanni, with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

She sings alongside Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna), Anett Fritsch (Donna Elvira), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporelleo), Tomasz Konieczny (Il Commendatore), Andrew Staples (Don Ottavio) and Alessio Arduini (Masetto). They are joined for the performances by the Philarmonia Chor Wien.

June 25, 2014

Valentina joins internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča for two Gala performances on 2 July in Stift Göttweig (“Klassik unter Sternen”) and on 5 July in Kitzbühel (“Klassik in den Alpen”). Valentina and Elīna Garanča will sing a selection of popular arias and duets by Donizetti, Verdi, Bellini, Offenbach, Gounod and Bizet. The Wiener Sängerknaben will accompany them and Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

June 2, 2014

Valentina sings Pamina at the Wiener Staatsoper in a new production of Mozart Die Zauberflöte on 7 June. The production was premiered earlier this season and is directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, with Constantin Trinks conducting the performances. Naforniţa is joined in the cast by soprano Iride Martinez (Queen of the Night), tenor Benjamin Bruns (Tamino), baritone Nikolay Borchev (Papageno) and bass Brindley Sherratt (Sarastro). Valentina sings Pamina in further performances on 9, 13 and 16 June.

May 14, 2014

Valentina steps in at the last minute to make her role debut as Servilia La clemenza di tito at the Wiener Staatsoper on 15 May.

In director Jürgen Flimm’s production, Naforniţa joins tenor Toby Spence (Tito), soprano Véronique Gens (Vittelia) and mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier (Sesto), and is conducted by acclaimed Mozart interpreter, Ádám Fischer.

April 22, 2014

On 29 April, Valentina sings her role debut as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Wiener Staatsoper. The staging is a revival of Otto Schenk’s production of the work, and Valentina sings alongside Jinxu Xiahou as Nemorino, Alessio Arduini as Belcore and Ambrogio Maestru as Dulcamara. They will perform under the baton of conductor Guillermo García Calvo.

March 24, 2014

Valentina sings the leading role of Gilda in the Wiener Staatsoper’s Rigoletto on 1 April. She previously sang Gilda at Teatro alla Scala and the Bayerische Staatsoper, and received priase for her "wonderful" and "delicate" (Der Neue Merker) interpretation.

In Vienna she is joined by renowned baritone Leo Nucci in the title role and Piero Pretti as the Duke of Mantua. 

Click here to read more on the Wiener Staatsoper website.



March 11, 2014

Valentina returns to the role of Musetta La bohème at the Wiener Staatsoper on 19 and 22 March.

She has already received much acclaim for the first performances of Franco Zeffirelli’s production earlier this season, in December 2013. Reviewing La bohème in December, Die Presse wrote that "Valentina Naforniţa stood out from the rest of the ensemble.”

For these March performances, Valentina will be joined by tenor Ramón Vargas as Rodolfo and soprano Maija Kovalevska as Mimì, under the baton of Wiener Staatsoper music director Franz Welser-Möst.

February 21, 2014

On 28 February, Valentina sings Pamina in two performances of the Wiener Staatsoper’s Die Zauberflöte für Kinder, an abridged version of Mozart’s work. The performances, aimed at introducing opera to a younger audience, take place at 14.30 and 17.00.

Click here to read more on the Wiener Staatsoper website.

January 16, 2014

Valentina begins 2014 by singing First Nymph in the Wiener Staatsoper’s production of Dvořák's Rusalka on 26 January. The production will be conducted by Jirí Belohlávek and features Krassimira Stoyanova in the title role and Michael Schade as Der Prinz. Valentina is joined by Lena Belkina and Ilseyar Khayrullova, who perform the parts of Second and Third Nymphs.

Further performances take place on 30 January, 3, 6 and 9 February, and on 9 February the performance will be broadcast live by the Wiener Staatsoper.

December 4, 2013

Valentina returns to the role of Musetta in La bohème today, 4 December, at the Wiener Staatsoper. She is one of a celebrated cast that includes soprano Angela Gheorghiu in the role of Mimì and Vittorio Grigolo in the role of Rodolfo. Further performances take place on 7 and 11 December, and the production then returns to the Staatsoper in March 2014.

Valentina sang her debut as Musetta at the Wiener Staatsoper last December. Her performance was praised by the Wiener Zeitung, who said “she was perfectly cast as the much-courted Musetta, both visually and vocally”.

Click here for more details on the Wiener Staatsoper website.

November 15, 2013

Valentina sings in the premiere of new production of Die Zauberflöte at Wiener Staatsoper:

Due to a recent cast change, Valentina will sing the role of Papagena in the new production of Die Zauberflöte by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

Valentina will star as Pamina (her role debut) in the same production in June 2014. She will also work with Eschenbach at Salzburger Festspiele in a new production of Don Giovanni in July 2014.

Die Zauberflöte opens on November 17 with subsequent performances on 20, 24, 27, 30 November and 2 December. Click here for more information.

November 6, 2013

Announced today by the Salzburger Festspiele: Valentina will make her debut at the festival in summer 2014, as Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni. Click here for full details. 

October 17, 2013

Valentina will step in at late notice to make her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper tomorrow night, Friday 18 October. She will sing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto and this will be her debut in Munich!

Valentina will sing alongside George Petean’s Rigoletto and Saimir Pirgu’s Duca. Stefano Ranzani conducts the production, which is by Árpád Schilling.

Last season Valentina sang Gilda at Teatro alla Scala under Gustavo Dudamel to critical acclaim: “Naforniţa’s voice was crystal-clear, yet warm and expressive, and she struck her high notes as if on a glass harmonica,” (Opera Notes). 

Click here for more information on the Bayerische Staatsoper production.

September 4, 2013

Valentina sang the role of Susanna in a concert performance of Mozart’s Le nozze de Figaro on 3 September in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. For the opening of the Elbphilharmonie concert series, the guest performers from the Wiener Staatsoper were conducted by world-renowned Mozart exponent Adam Fischer.

The performance followed a busy summer for Naforniţa, who in July toured China with Barry Wordsworth, Julian Lloyd-Webber and the BBC Concert Orchestra, followed by performances in August of Marzelline Fidelio with Opera de Lyon at the Edinburgh International Festival.

August 1, 2013

Following a tremendous success in the tour to China, Valentina is excited to be making her debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in August.

She will sing the role of Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio, in a production by Opéra de Lyon conducted by Kazushi Ono. Contemporary media artist Gary Hill directs his first opera production and re imagines the story in future terms – on board the doomed spacecraft Aniara.

Fidelio opens on August 10 at the Festival Theatre with a second performance on August 12. Click here for full details.

July 3, 2013

Valentina travels to China in July with the BBC Concert Orchestra, joining the orchestra for four performances.

Beginning in Shanghai on 18 July, they then travel on to Shenzhen on 20 July, Guangzhou on 21 July and Beijing on 23 July.

In a programme inspired by the Last Night of the Proms, Valentina will sing operatic excerpts from Rigoletto, Romeo and Juliet and Rusalka.

June 6, 2013

Valentina is currently reprising the role of Clorinda in Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s production of Rossini's La Cenerentola in Vienna.

After two performances on 1 and 5 June, Valentina sings on 8 and 11 june at the Staatsoper, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. 

On June 22, Valentina will also appear in a concert with the Austrian Youth Orchestra, also in Vienna.

May 22, 2013

Valentina's performance of Musetta in a concert performance of La bohème on 27 April at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for the NTR zaterdagmatinee was a tremendous success.

Click here to watch a video of Valentina's performance.

Looking ahead, on 25 May, Valentina appears at the Theater Bonn for a gala concert for the Deutsche AIDS-Stitung.

April 22, 2013

On 27 April, Valentina Naforniţa makes her debut in the Netherlands singing the role of Musetta in a concert performance of La bohème with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, presented by ZTR Zaterdagmatinee. Karel Mark Chichon replaces an indisposed Edo de Waart as conductor.


A young singer on the verge of international stardom, soprano Valentina Naforniţa puts audiences under a spell with her stunning voice and striking stage presence. Born in Moldova and currently based in Vienna where she is a member of the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper, Valentina is the youngest ever winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. She also received the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize in 2011.

In February 2013, Valentina made the news in Austria singing at the prestigious Vienna Opera Ball, the broadcast of which was viewed by over 1.5 million people in the Austria/Bavaria region. Other recent successes include her debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, where she sang the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto (under Gustavo Dudamel) to major acclaim.

Valentina Naforniţa was born in Glodeni, Republic of Moldova. She graduated from the Stefan Neaga Music College in Kishinev in 2006 and continued her training at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, with Maria Slatinaru-Nistor and Eleonora Enăchescu. She currently studies with Sherman Lowe.

She has previously won the ‘Emerging Voice’ prize at the 62nd Annual Competition for Young Opera Singers of Europe, (Associazione Lirica Concertistica Italiana), Orange Prize for Young Musicians, Romania, and the second prize in the Hariclea Darclée Voice Competition. In 2012, she was invited to sing at the Paris International Opera Competition and was awarded the second prize.

Valentina’s 2012/13 season highlights included Musetta La bohème with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, her role debut as Marzelline Fidelio with Opéra de Lyon at Edinburgh International Festival, a debut recital at Wiener Musikverein, and appearances at the AIDS Operngala in Bonn, Llangollen International Eisteddfod and Petworth Festival. She also went on an extensive tour to China with the BBC Concert Orchestra with a televised broadcast in Beijing.

Valentina began the 2013/14 season with a house debut at Staatsoper Berlin as Oscar Un ballo in maschera to major acclaim. She also stepped in at very short notice to sing Gilda Rigoletto in her house debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Later this season at Wiener Staatsoper she sings a role debut as Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro in the company’s guest performance in Hamburg, and repertory performances of Adina L’elisir d’amore, Musetta La bohème, Marzelline Fidelio, Oscar Un ballo in maschera and Gilda Rigoletto.


Salzburg, Austria

July 27 2014
July 30 2014
August 3 2014
August 6 2014
August 12 2014
August 15 2014
August 18 2014

Zerlina / Don Giovanni / Salzburger Festspiele

Cond. Christoph Eschenbach
Prod. Sven-Eric Bechtholf
Donna Elvira: Anett Fritsch:
Don Giovanni: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Leporello: Luca Pisaroni

Vienna, Austria

October 29 2014
October 31 2014
November 4 2014
November 7 2014

Musetta / La bohème / Wiener Staatsoper

Cond. Dan Ettinger
Prod. Franco Zeffirelli
Rodolfo: Dmytro Popov
Mimì: Krassimira Stoyanova
Marcello: Alessio Arduini

Vienna, Austria

April 26 2015
April 29 2015
May 2 2015
May 5 2015
May 8 2015
May 11 2015

Norina / Don Pasquale / Wiener Staatsoper

Cond. Jesús López-Cobos 
Prod. Irina Brook 
Don Pasquale: Michele Pertusi
Ernesto: Juan Diego Flórez 
Dr. Malatesta: Alessio Arduini 



Vienna, Austria

June 17 2015
June 20 2015
June 23 2015
June 26 2015
June 30 2015

Gilda / Rigoletto / Wiener Staatsoper

Cond. Franz Welser-Möst
Prod. Pierre Audi
Herzog von Mantua: Piotr Beczala
Rigoletto: Simon Keenlyside
Maddalena: Elena Maximova


Zerlina – Don Giovanni

Salzburger Festspiele

“On the female side, the best voice of the evening was Valentina Naforniţa: She was iridescent, varying between the innocence of her straight tone and her veiled sensuality represented by the shimmering piano phrases.”
Die Presse, July 2014 

“and the Viennese rising star Valentina Nafornita. The attractive soprano from Moldova thrilled as Zerlina not only with erotic elegance but also with a wonderful range of sound – an international star is growing.”
Peter Dusek, Online Merker, July 2014

“Valentina Naforniţa as Zerlina is the second big surprise of this Salzburg opera season opening. Precise, slender, her soprano is cultivated and totally inspired.”
Christoph Schmitz, Deutschlandfunk, July 2014

“Valentina Naforniţa, however, is no soubrette. Rather, with her enlightened soprano, she enhances vocally the role of the socially significant Zerlina.”
Peter Hagmann, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, July 2014

“Perfect vocal sensuality exuded from Valentina Naforniţa as Zerlina… From the ladies, only Valentina Naforniţa’s sensual Zerlina offered a festival-worthy performance.”
Ernst Naredi-Rainer, Kleine Zeitung, July 2014

Gala Concert with Elina Garanča

“The rising star from the Vienna State Opera, Valentina Nafornita – the soprano from Moldova was a delightful Norina from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale”

Der Neue Merker, July 2014

Adina - L’elisir d’amore

Wiener Staatsoper

“Valentina Naforniţa, who is playing starring roles in Rigoletto and Don Pasquale next season, scores with her sympathetic, coquettish naturalness. Vocally, she copes with Adina with her distinctive soprano, that can also effectively bring out the main points at the top of the range.”

Die Presse, May 2014

Gilda - Rigoletto

Wiener Staatsoper

“Valentina Nafornita possesses the essential virtues for an ideal Gilda. Her sylph-like figure and youthful demureness, accompanied by her bright and pure soprano convince beyond doubt. In addition, she paces the role well, cleverly juxtaposing her registers and corresponding colour variations to good effect and generally providing adequate tone for the role’s big moments…a lovely performance.”

The Opera Critic, April 2014

Musetta – La bohème

Wiener Staatsoper

“Valentina Nafornita, characteristically energetic, feisty and full of wit, achieved success with her Musetta.”

Daniel Wagner, Wiener Zeitung, March 2014

Musetta - La bohème

Wiener Staatsoper

“Valentina Nafornita stood out from the rest of the ensemble.”

Die Presse, December 2013

Papagena – Die Zauberflöte

Wiener Staatsoper

“Valentia Nafornita leaves no wish unfulfilled…”

Die Presse, November 2013

Die Presse


“Valentina Nafornita made the leap from a small village in Moldova on the great opera stages of the world. Now she tells how that came about.”

Click here to read Austrian daily newspaper Die Presse’s interview with Valentina.

Die Presse, November 2013

Wien Exclusiv


Valentina was profiled in Wien Exclusiv Magazin. She talks about her career and performances at the Vienna State Opera ball and Vienna State Opera. Click here to read the feature. 

Autumn 2013

Gilda – Rigoletto 

Bayerische Staatsoper

“Valentina Naforniţa’s wonderful Gilda, with blooming soprano, was designed as a girlish, dreamy young woman who in search of an unprecedented mother’s love falls into the careless hands of the Duke, and eventually sacrifices herself for her great love. With very delicate, thin voice, she comforts the father and disappears in the darkness of the stage… massive cheering for Naforniţa at the curtain call… a worthy contribution to the Verdi year.”

Der Neue Merker, October 2013

Oscar – Un Ballo in Maschera

Berliner Staatsoper

“Valentina Nafornita’s performance was one of the highlights of the evening. The accuracy and the impact she puts into notes is literally fascinating.”

Forum Opera14 September 2013

Kronen Zeitung


Valentina has been profiled in Austria’s largest newspaper in a story titled ‘The new pop-star of opera’. Click here to read the article.

Kronen Zeitung, 7 June 2013

Clorinda – La Cenerentola

Wiener Staatsoper

“Valentina Nafornita and Magarita Gritskova were the beautiful daughters of this cryptic Buffo; both were vocally striking and agile, providing the lively and effervescent upper voices for the quintets and sextets.

Die Presse, January 2013

Wiener Staatsoper


Valentina has been profiled in the house magazine of the Wiener Staatsoper in an article titled ‘How to quickly feel at home anywhere in the world’. Click here to read the article.

January 2013

Gilda – Rigoletto

Teatro alla Scala

“For their last production of the 2011/12 season, Verdi’s Rigoletto, La Scala in Milan [...] cast Valentina Naforniţa, a rising star amongst sopranos, as Gilda. [...]

The performance on 8th November was the house debut at La Scala, Milan, for 25 year old Moldovian soprano Valentina Naforniţa , as well as her role debut as Gilda, who goes willingly to her death out of love for the duke. Winner of the renowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2011, and member of the Ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper since last year, Naforniţa’s voice was crystal-clear, yet warm and expressive, and she struck her high notes as if on a glass harmonica”.

Opera Notes, November 2012

Musetta – La bohème

Wiener Staatsoper

“Making her role debut, Valentina Naforniţa looked as if she had come straight out of a Dior advert. She was perfectly cast as the much-courted Musetta, both visually and vocally”.
“Musetta was also drawn from the ensemble: Valentina Naforniţa, the very incarnation of this figure, played and sang the role with a big heart and soul; this was a memorable debut”.

Wiener Zeitung, December 2012

Marzelline – Fidelio

Wiener Staatsoper

“Especially exciting is company member Valentina Naforniţa, the new Marzellina, singing in a light and brightly toned soprano voice with audibly explosive potential”.

Die Presse, October 2012

Lisa – La Sonnambula

Wiener Staastoper

“Naforniţa can boast the stature and grace of a ballerina which, coupled with her bell-like soprano and impressive stage presence, amply demonstrated that she is an ensemble member with undoubted promise for the future.”

Opera Critic, February 2012

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition

“Valentina Naforniţa… sent the audience into ecstasies in her earlier round: she is a ravishing stage presence with a naturally vibrant voice, rich in the middle and silver at the top. Her ability to suggest character made her ‘Regnava nel silenzio’ from Lucia di Lammermoor totally credible… suggested a stamina that augurs well for a starry future.”

Opera Magazine August 2011



Valentina sings Quando m'en vo from Puccini's La bohème at the Wiener Staatsoper

Valentina is interviewed by the Wiener Staatsoper

Valentina is Musetta in a concert performance of La bohème, Amsterdam Concertgebouw (skip to 43 minutes)

Valentina sings Donizetti in the final of the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition

Valentina sings Korngold in the final of the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition


Hear Valentina sing 'Te stiam numai din nume' by Moldovan-Romanian composer Eugen Doga. The pianist is Simon Lepper.
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Hear Valentina sing 'Te stiam numai din nume' by Moldovan-Romanian composer Eugen Doga. The pianist is Simon Lepper.

Hear Valentina sing 'Te stiam numai din nume' by Moldovan-Romanian composer Eugen Doga. The pianist is Simon Lepper.

Hear Valentina sing 'Les Filles de Cadix' by Delibes. The pianist is Simon Lepper.
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Hear Valentina sing 'Les Filles de Cadix' by Delibes. The pianist is Simon Lepper.

Hear Valentina sing 'Les Filles de Cadix' by Delibes. The pianist is Simon Lepper.

Hear Valentina sing 'Oh, quand je dors' by Liszt. The pianist is Simon Lepper.
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Hear Valentina sing 'Oh, quand je dors' by Liszt. The pianist is Simon Lepper.

Hear Valentina sing 'Oh, quand je dors' by Liszt. The pianist is Simon Lepper.


For management enquiries, please contact

Catherine Chan-Murphy
Intermusica Artists’ Management Ltd

Crystal Wharf,
36 Graham Street,
London N1 8GJ

Tel: +44 20 7608 9903


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