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.
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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.