“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
Valentina Nafornita joins a distinguished group of performers at the Wiener Konzerthaus on 19 December 2015 for the annual ‘Christmas in Vienna’ concert. Erwin Ortner conducts the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester and soloists that include mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, tenor Piotr Beczala, and baritone Artur Rucinski. The programme features both classical and popular selections, including Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, Handel’s Oh Lovely Peace, and John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War is over). In the New Year, Nafornita returns to the Wiener Staatsoper to sing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Musetta in La bohéme, and Norina in Don Pasquale. She also appears alongside Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, and John Chest as Sophie in Les Grandes Voix’s production of Massenet’s Werther at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
Valentina will join the Wiener Philharmoniker for two concerts this month, singing George Enescu’s 7 Chansons de Clément Marot, Op.15. On 16 September, the work will be performed at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, alongside Haydn’s Symphony No. 44 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, under the direction of Semyon Bychkov. On 18 September, Nafornita and Bychkov will repeat their performance at the Musikverein in Vienna, this time replacing Brahms’ symphony with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.