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In the upcoming 2019/20 season the celebrated soprano Valentina Nafornita will return to Lausanne as Adina in Donizettis L’ELISIR D’AMORE and to the wonderful DON PASQUALE by Irina Brook in Vienna. (A video with interviews and excerpts from Valentina in Vienna State Opera can be seen here). This production was a milestone in her career as it was her debut as Norina in Vienna alongside Juan Diego Florez in 2011. In October 2019 Valentina will sing Helena the new production of A Midsummer Night´s Dream by Britten in the Wiener Staatsoper.
On 09. Nov 2019 Valentina Nafornita will sing Adina (L’elisir d’amore – Der Liebestrank by Gaetano Donizetti) at a festive Performance in Mannheims Nationaltheater in Germany.


Valentina Nafornita successfully opened the “Wiener Opernball 2018” together with Tenor Pavol Breslik singing “Lippen schweigen”. Read more here.
Valentina was also featured in the news on Austrian State Television ORF.
Before she also had great success last autumn singing “Valencienne” in Franz Lehár`s Die lustige Witwe at the Opera National de Paris.
Upcoming engagements include touring with the show The world of Hans Zimmer, “Musetta” in La bohème at Vienna State Opera and “Musetta” also in Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as well as “Adina” in L’elisir d’amore at the Opéra National de Paris.

News 06 March, 2017

On March 18, 2017, Valentina will perform at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf) at the Festliche Operngala für die Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung.

Valentina will give a concert with José Carreras on March 22, 2017 at the Wiener Konzerthaus under the baton of David Giménez with the Ambassade Orchester Wien in Vienna.
Visit the Wiener Konzerthaus here.

State Opera Hamburg: Valentina will have her first apperance at Hamburgische Staatsoper as Adina in L`Elisir d’ Amore by Donizetti on March 30, 2017. She will perform in the production of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle under director Gregor Bühl alongside Dovlet Nurgeldiyev (Nemorino), Kartal Karagedik (Belcore), Tigran Martirossian (Dulcamara) and Narea Son (Giannetta). Visit State Opera Hamburg here.

Valentina will also star at the Gala Concert titled “A Visit to the Vienna State Opera” at the International Opera Festival Litomyšl (Czech Republic) on June 17, 2017.


Susanna Le nozze di Figaro & Norina Don Pasquale / Wiener Staatsoper

Valentina reprises the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Norina in Don Pasquale at the Wiener Staatsoper in October, with performances of Susanna on 15, 18 and 21 October, and Norina on 28 and 31 October. Valentina made her role debut as Susanna in this same production, by Jean-Louis Martinoty, in June this year in Vienna.

In Le nozze di Figaro, she stars alongside Mario Cassi as Figaro, Miriam Albano as Cherubino, Peter Mattei as Conte d’Almaviva and Dorothea Röschmann as Contessa d’Almaviva. Don Pasquale also stars Michele Pertusi as Don Pasquale, Dmitry Korchak as Ernesto and Alessio Arduini as Malatesta.

Visit the Staatsoper website for tickets and more information.

Grafenegg Festival

Valentina begins her 2016/17 season with a performance at the Grafenegg Festival in Switzerland. She sings Mozart concert arias with the Cologne Radio Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste on 8 September.

Following this, Valentina will sing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Wiener Staatsoper, conducted by Ádám Fischer from 15 October. This will be Valentina’s first season as a resident artist at the Wiener Staatsoper.

Highlights in Valentina’s 16/17 season include a New Year Concerts tour with Tonkünstler Orchestra, International Opera Festival, Semtanova Litomyšl, Prague Philharmonia, Mozart Concert Arias with WDR Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and various productions at the Wiener Staatsoper including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Norina in Don Pasquale, Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.

See Performances for full concert listings and ticket information.

Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Salzburg Festival

Valentina returns to the Salzburg Festival this summer to reprise the role of Zerlina in a revival of Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s popular production of Mozart Don Giovanni, opening 4 August 2016. Alain Altinoglu conducts the Vienna Philharmonic and an all-star cast including Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role and Luca Pisaroni as Leporello.

Praise for Valentina’s Zerlina at the Salzburg Festival in 2014:

“Nafornita has astonishingly mature vocal colors and firm control over her expressive pipes. Her performance was highly nuanced, full of radiant surges, devout hushes and exquisite soft phrasings” Opera News

Valentina has just wrapped up a busy season at the Wiener Staatsoper with performances as Susanna in Mozart Le nozze di Figaro and as Adina in Donizetti l’Elisir d’amore. She can next be seen in concert at the Grafenegg Festival this September with the WRD Symphony, before returning to the Wiener Staatsoper in October.

Debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Wiener Staatsoper

Valentina makes her role debut as Susanna in Mozart Le nozze di Figaro this month at the Wiener Staatsoper from 22 June 2016, singing alongside Luca Pisaroni as Almaviva, Alessio Arduini as Figaro and Marianne Crebassa as Cherubino. Cornelius Meister conducts Jean-Louis Martinoty’s production, which will be streamed live on the Staatsoper Live website on 28 June.

Naforniţa received rave reviews for her Norina in Wiener Staatsoper’s April production of Don Pasquale:

“Valentina Naforniţă sparkled as a glamor girl with courage and a vocally strong performance, where she expertly used the drama in her voice.”
Wiener Zeitung

“Valentina Nafornita, lovely as can be, with the vocal charm of a Graziella Sciutti and a delightful stage presence, gave him a sparkling counterpart in Norina”
Opera Online

Valentina finishes the season with a return to the Salzburg Festival in August to reprise the role of Zerlina in their popular production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role and Luca Pisaroni as Leporello, conducted by Alain Altinoglu.

Sophie in Werther at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Valentina Nafornita joins Juan Diego Flórez and Joyce DiDonato as Sophie in Massenet’s Werther at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees on 9 April 2016. Together they perform alongside the Orchestre National de France and conductor Jacques Lacombe in this concert performance of Massenet’s popular opera.

Valentina is in the middle of another busy season at the Wiener Staatsoper, having just appeared as Musetta in La bohème as well as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Later in April she returns in the role of Norina in Irina Brook’s production of Don Pasquale, which she premiered last season alongside Juan Diego Flórez as Ernesto.

Musetta La boheme / Wiener Staatsoper

Valentina returns to the Wiener Staatsoper this month as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. The popular Zeffirelli production returns under the baton of Simone Young, and also features Maria Agresta as Mimi and Jean-Francois Borras as Rodolfo. For the Staatsoper this season, Nafornita has also sung Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Marzelline in Fidelio, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, and will return to the role of Norina in Don Pasquale later in the spring. In April she can be seen as Sophie in Les Grandes Voix’ concert presentation of Massenet’s Werther, also starring Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez.

La bohème will be performed on 19, 22, and 26 March. For more information visit Wiener Staatsoper’s website.

Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Wiener Staatsoper

Valentina returns to the Wiener Staatsoper this month to take the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte from 23 January 2016. Her previous interpretation of the role, also at Wiener Staatsoper, received widespread critical acclaim:

“[Nafornița] 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 were the highlights of the show.”
Merker Online, January 2015

Following the opening night, there are further performances of Die Zauberflöte on 23, 27 and 30 January.

Earlier in the month, Valentina sings Marzelline in Beethoven Fidelio, also at Wiener Staatsoper. Nafornița performs under the baton of Peter Schneider alongside Albert Dohmen, Klaus Florian Vogt and Anja Kampe. Performances are on 7, 11 and 14 January.

Valentina appears in Christmas in Vienna at Wiener Konzerthaus

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 sings Enescu with the Wiener Philharmoniker

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.

Edinburgh International Festival Recital 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.

Valentina Naforniţa makes her Teatro Liceu Barcelona as Norina in Don Pasquale

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.

Wiener Staatsoper 2015/16 season launch

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.

Don Pasquale / April 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.

Jesús López Cobos conducts Don Pasquale starring Valentina Naforniţa at Wiener Staatsoper

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.

Pamina / Die Zauberflote / Wiener Staatsoper / Jan 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.

New Year’s Eve concert with Russian National Phil

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).

Tour with Villazón / Aalborg / November 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.

Musetta / La boheme / Wiener Staatsoper / October 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).

August 2014 news story – Sazburg live stream

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).

Don Giovanni / Salzburg Festival / July 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.

Gala concerts with Garanca / July 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.

Pamina / Die Zauberflote / Wiener Staatsoper / June 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.

Servilia / La clemenza di tito / Wiener Staatsoper / 15 May

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.

Adina / L’elisir d’amore / Wiener Staatsoper

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.

Gilda / Rigoletto / April 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.



Musetta / La boheme / Wiener Staatsoper March performances

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.

Rusalka / Wiener Staatsoper

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.

News story, 4 December 2013: Musetta La boheme at 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.

News story, November 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.

News story, October 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 2013 news story

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.

News story, August 13

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 2013 news story

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 2013 news story

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.

Second news story

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.

First news story

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.