“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 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 critical acclaim for her "wonderful" and "delicate" (Der Neue Merker) interpretation.
In Vienna she will be joined by renowned baritone Leo Nucci in the title role and Piero Pretti as the Duke of Mantua, and will be conducted by Jesús López-Cobos.
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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.
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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”.
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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).
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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.