Valentina Naforniţa © Dragosh Cojocaru

Valentina Naforniţa


Born in Moldova Valentina Naforniţa came from humble beginnings to become one of the most in demanded sopranos of her generation. Shortly after earning her degree in Opera at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, Ms. Naforniţa won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World launching her into the international opera scene. As a young member of the Wiener Staatsoper ensemble  she was afforded the perfect opportunity to hone her craft as she made several notable debuts. Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte marked her first of many performances which came to include Musetta (La bohème), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Norina (Don Pasquale), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), and Ilia (Idomeneo). She was also honored with opening the historic Wiener Staatsoper Ball first in 2013 and again in 2018, cementing her strong relationship with the house. In the summer of 2014 Ms. Naforniţa made the first of many important international debuts at the Salzburger Festspiele as Zerlina (Don Giovanni), where she was hailed as the “highlight” (Bachtrack) of the show. Shortly after she made her debut in France at the Théâtre Champs-Elysées, followed by debuts at Opéra national de Paris, Opéra de Lausanne, and Staatsoper Hamburg.

Upcoming projects in 2021/22 include Così fan tutte in Florence under the baton of Zubin Mehta, role debut as Contessa in Lausanne and in Versailles, Die Fledermaus (as Rosalinde) and Roméo et Juliette at the Maggio Musicale in Florence.

Additional highlights from her recent seasons include Fiordiligi in a new production of Cosi fan tutte at Opéra de Lausanne, Gilda in Rigoletto at Teatro alla Scala and the Bayerische Staatsoper, the title role in Iolanta and Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Opéra de Paris, Ilia in Idomeneo at the Wiener Staatsoper, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera at the Staatsoper Berlin, Lisa in La Sonnambula at the Wiener Staatsoper, Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Musetta in La bohème at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Norina in Don Pasquale at the Liceu Barcelona, Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Wiener Staatsoper a recital with Roger Vignoles at the Edinburgh International Festival, Sophie in Werther at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Juan Diego Florez in the title role and Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte, Musetta with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, her debut recital at Wiener Musikverein, and an appearance at the AIDS Operngala in Bonn and Düsseldorf. She also went on an extensive tour of China with the BBC Concert Orchestra, which was televised.

She has worked with such leading conductors as Bertrand de Billy, Guillermo Garcia Calvo, Karel Mark Chichon, Gustavo Dudamel, Ádám Fischer, Louis Langrée, Jesús López-Cobos, Cristian Mandeal, Ingo Metzmacher, Kazushi Ono, Evelino Pidò, Peter Schneider, Franz Welser-Möst, Simone Young and Massimo Zanetti. Her debut album, Romance, was released on January 10th, 2020.

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