“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


August 4, 2015

Ahead of her performance at the Enescu Festival in September, Valentina presents a recital of Lieder and songs at the Edinburgh International Festival on 12 August. Valentina will be accompanied on piano by Roger Vignoles, performing works by Fauré, Liszt, Bartók, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák. Roger Vignoles is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians of today. He regularly partners the finest singers in major venues around the world and is regarded as a leading authority on the song repertoire. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

June 5, 2015

Following her success as Norina in Donizetti Don Pasquale at the Wiener Staatsoper in May, Valentina makes her Teatro Liceu debut as Norina on 16 June 2015. Lorenzo Regazzo sings the title role alongside with Juan Francisco Gatell as Ernesto and Mariusz Kwiecien as Doctor Malatesta in a new production directed by Laurent Pelly. Valentina’s recent performances as Norina at the Wiener Staatsoper were acclaimed by the press: “She also sings with great ability to modulate all high notes and coloratura necessary.” Opernnetz, May 2015. “Brilliant top notes.” Wiener Zeitung, April 2015. "Her top notes are already of precious value… the coloratura is liquid.” Der Standard, April 2015. Pelly’s staging is a co-production between the Liceu and Santa Fe Opera, where it premiered in 2014 to rave reviews. “Pelly’s production was an absurdist feast…. At the end, one left the theater quite giddy.” Opera News, November 2014. After the opening on 16 June, further performances will take place on 18, 20, 22, 25 and 27 June, under the baton of Diego Matheuz.

April 9, 2015

The Wiener Staatsoper today announced its 2015/16 season, in which Valentina will be making her role debut as Gretel in a new production of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, to be directed by Otto Schenk. In another major role debut, Valentina will sing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro opposite Luca Pisaroni and Alessio Arduini. She will also reprise her acclaimed Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore opposite Stephen Costello, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Musetta in La bohème. There will also be further performances of the new production of Don Pasquale, which she will premiere later this month as Norina alongside Juan Diego Flórez. Click here for a full list of Valentina's dates.

March 13, 2015

Valentina begins rehearsals next for Don Pasquale at the Wiener Staatsoper, where she will sing the role of Norina, alongside Juan Diego Flórez's Ernesto. Jesús López-Cobos conducts Donizetti's opera, which is directed by Irina Brook.

The production opens on 26 April, and runs until 11 May. Click here for more details.

February 19, 2015

Jesús López Cobos returns to Wiener Staatsoper on 26 April to conduct a new Irina Brook production of Don Pasquale, starring Valentina as Norina. This will be the first time that Don Pasquale has been performed at Wiener Staatsoper in three decades, and also marks 25 years since López Cobos made his debut at the opera house. As well as Valentina, the cast includes Juan Diego Flórez as Ernesto, Alessio Arduini as Dr. Malatesta and Michele Pertusi in the title role. Also in the 2014/15 season López Cobos will conduct concerts with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and will be the president of the jury of the Géza Anda International Piano Competition in Zurich. This season, Valentina has sung Gilda Rigoletto, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Musetta La bohème, Najade Ariadne auf Naxos for the Vienna Staatsoper, garnering praise for performances in which “she steals the show” (Merker Online). After opening on 26 April, Don Pasquale runs until 11 May.

January 6, 2015

Valentina will sing Pamina in two performances of Die Zauberflöte at the Wiener Staatsoper on 7 and 11 January. Valentina previously sang the role at the Staatsoper in June 2014, and this time will perform alongside Franz-Josef Selig, Benjamin Bruns, Markus Werba, and Iride Martinez in this production designed by Christian Fenouillat and directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. Adam Fischer will conduct.

December 16, 2014

Valentina sings at Svetlanovsky Hall at Moscow’s International Performing Arts Centre on 31 December as part of the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve Gala. Conducted by Vladimir Spivakov and also featuring tenor Dmitry Korchak, the concert will include duets from La traviata and L’elisir d’amore, as well as arias from Don Pasquale and Romeo et Juliette. Following her appearance in Moscow, Valentina will perform two gala performances alongside tenor Saimir Pirgu in Budapest (1 January) and at the Vienna Konzerthaus (4 January).

November 12, 2014

Valentina will step in at late notice to perform with renowned tenor Rolando Villazón tomorrow evening, 13 November, in concert in Aalborg, Denmark, as part of Villazón's European tour. She will perform a selection of much-loved arias and duets with Villazón from operas by Massenet, Gounod, Bizet, Puccini, Cilea, Donizetti, Delibes and Moreno.

Read more about the concert on the Musikkens Hus's website.

October 6, 2014

Valentina reprises the role of Musetta in the Wiener Staatsoper’s production of La bohème in two performances on 29 and 30 October. She performs alongside Dmytro Popov as Rodolfo, Krassimira Stoyanova as Mimì and Alessio Arduini as Marcello.

Valentina's previous performances of Musetta at the Staatsoper have received much acclaim for an interpretation that is “characteristically energetic, feisty and full of wit” (Daniel Wagner, Wiener Zeitung, March 2014).

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.

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 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.

Recent highlights outside of Vienna for Valentina include her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele as Zerlina Don Giovani, her house debut at Staatsoper Berlin as Oscar Un ballo in maschera, Musetta with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Marzelline with Opéra de Lyon at Edinburgh International Festival, her debut recital at Wiener Musikverein, and an appearance at the AIDS Operngala in Bonn. She also went on an extensive tour to China with the BBC Concert Orchestra with a televised broadcast in Beijing.


Sala Palatului, Bucharest

September 16 2015

Wiener Philharmoniker / Enescu Festival

With Vienna Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov, conductor


Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

September 25, 28
October 1 2015

Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore / Adina

With Saimir Pirgu, David Pershall, Alfred Šramek
Guillermo García Calvo, conductor


Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

November 29 2015

Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel / Gretel

With Adrian Eröd, Janina Baechle, Daniela Sindram, Michaela Schuster
Christian Thielemann, conductor


Edinburgh International Festival Recital

Queen's Hall

“Hers is quite a rich voice, not at all thin, with a hint of luxury around the middle register and at times a touch of huskiness at the top… The sensual colour of her middle register makes her perfect for the alluringly seamless melodies of Fauré but, as her Liszt repeatedly showed, she also has a fantastic technique, with an ability to shade and temper her voice within a single note.”
Seen and Heard International, August 2015

“Listening to soprano Valentina Nafornita at The Queen’s Hall yesterday morning, it was abundantly clear why she walked off with the coveted BBC Cardiff Singer of the World title four years ago, aged just 24….Captivating and charming in her presentation, the voice is full-bodied, rich and at times sounded more like a mezzo in the opening four songs by Fauré.”
WOW247, August 2015

Norina – Don Pasquale

Wiener Staatsoper

“Valentina Nafornita stole the show, with a tantalizingly lush and expressive account that never lacked for dramatic inspiration or musical intelligence. With an alluring balance of girlish and mature colorings, she cast a seductive spell… She was by turns delicate, coy, frothy and brazen”
Opera News, August 2015

“The young Valentina Nafornita not only has a model’s figure… She also sings with great ability to modulate all high notes and coloratura necessary.”
Opernnetz, May 2015

“Valentina Nafornita as Norina, this time looks like a model, moving confidently on the catwalk of seduction…”
Kurier, April 2015

“Valentina Nafornita has obvious pleasure at the part of Norina, which Ms. Brook has reinterpreted as a young actress. The slender body hugged in vamp outfits, she is a beastly little whirlwind who switches on her brilliant top notes.”
Wiener Zeitung, April 2015

Pamina – Die Zauberflöte

Wiener Staatsoper

“There was a pleasant appearance from Valentina Nafornita – who was replacing the ill Genia Kühmeier. She crafted a self-confident, even vocally intense Pamina.”

“The Moldovian soprano was gorgeous – both vocally and theatrically! The great aria (finally thanks to Adam Fisher, was not too slow), the scene with Tamino, and the duet with Papageno (with men) were the highlights of the show.”

Merker Online, January 2015

Musetta – La bohème

Wiener Staatsoper

“Never the less it was a special treat to see the singer blossoming into an audience favourite…. She ‘steals the show’ as they say in English.”

“Nichtsdestotrotz war es ein besonderes Vergnügen, die Sängerin, die sich schön langsam zum Publikumsliebling… ‘she steals the show’, wie es so schön auf englisch heißt.”

Merker Online, November 2014

First Nymph – Rusalka

Wiener Staatsoper

“The smaller parts were also a joy: Gabriel Bermúdez (Heger) and Stephanie Houtzeel (Küchenjunge) presented a vocal luxury, as did the three perfectly matched Nymphs, led by Valentina Naforniţa.”

Merker Online, November 2014

Interview with Barbara Rett


Click here to watch an interview with Valentina about her performance as Zerlina Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival.

August 2014

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 Nafornita sings the aria of Norina "So anch'io la virtu " from Donizetti's Don Pasquale

Valentina sings Vedrai, carino from Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival

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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This website and the information contained herein is provided “as is”, and Valentina Naforniţa makes no express or implied representations or warranties regarding this website or the information in it. Without limiting the foregoing, Valentina Naforniţa does not warrant that the website or information in it will be error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. Valentina Naforniţa expressly disclaims all implied warranties, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, title, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

Your use of this website and information in it is at your own risk. You assume full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from the use of this website or information in it. None of Valentina Naforniţa or its affiliates, or any partners, principals, stockholders or employees of any thereof will be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages or any other damages whatsoever, whether in an action of contract, statute, tort (including, without limitation, negligence) or otherwise, relating to the use of this website or information contained in it.

If any of the foregoing is not fully enforceable for any reason, the remainder shall nonetheless continue to apply.

“Valentina Naforniţa” and the Valentina Naforniţa logo (and any of the foregoing used in any combination), product names and all pageheaders, footers and icons are trademarks or registered trademarks of Valentina Naforniţa. All other product names, Company names and logos mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Certain links in this website may lead to resources or information maintained by third parties over whom Valentina Naforniţa has no control. Valentina Naforniţa makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy of, or any other aspect relating to those resources.

Privacy statement and data protection

Valentina Naforniţa fully respects your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your clear permission. Any personal information, which you volunteer to Valentina Naforniţa, will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998. Valentina Naforniţa does not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information which you volunteer (for example by e-mailing us or by using our online forms). Any information, which you provide in this way, is not made available to any third parties, and is used by the Valentina Naforniţa only in line with the purpose for which you provided it.
Collection and use of technical information

Technical details in connection with visits to this website are logged by us for our statistical purposes. No information is collected that could be used by us to identify website visitors. The technical details logged are confined to the following items:

  • The IP address of the visitor’s web server
  • The top-level domain name used (for example: .com, .org, .net)
  • Click stream data which shows the traffic of visitors around this web site (for example pages accessed and documents downloaded)
  • The type of web browser used by the website visitor.

Valentina Naforniţa will make no attempt to identify individual visitors from the technical details listed above, or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual. It is the policy of Valentina Naforniţa never to disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to any third party unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law. The technical information will be used only by Valentina Naforniţa, and only for statistical and other administrative purposes. You should note that technical details, which we cannot associate with any identifiable individual, do not constitute “personal data” for the purposes of the Data Protection Act, 1998.