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Moldavian-born Valentina Naforniţa is considered to be one of the most sought-after sopranos of her generation. Shortly after graduating from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, Valentina Naforniţa won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and started her international career as an opera singer. As a member of the young ensemble of the Vienna State Opera she was able to develop a broad repertoire. Her Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute was followed by several remarkable debuts, including 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). Her debut as Zerlina at the Salzburg Festival in the summer of 2014 was followed by performances at the Opéra national de Paris, the Opéra de Lausanne, the State Operas of Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, La Scala in Milan as well as at the Vienna State Opera.
At the beginning of the 2019/2020 season, the soprano celebrated a great success with her role debut as Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Vienna State Opera, but a large part of the projects planned for this season fell victim to the measures taken in the fight against the Corona Pandemic. In 2020/21, a further important role debut is on the program: Micaela in Carmen at the Opéra national de Paris.
She was heard as Musetta on the stage of Teatro Liceo in Barcelona. Upcoming projects in 2021/22 include Così fan tutte in Florence under the baton of Zubin Mehta, role debut of Contessa in Lausanne and in Versailles, Fledermaus (as Rosalinde) and Romeo et Juliette at the Maggio Musicale in Florence.
The artist regularly works with leading conductors such as Bertrand de Billy, Guillermo García Calvo, Karel Mark Chichon, Gustavo Dudamel, Ádám Fischer, Louis Langrée, Cristian Mandeal, Ingo Metzmacher, Kazushi Ono, Evelino Pidò, Peter Schneider and Franz Welser-Möst, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Simone Young and Massimo Zanetti. Her debut album Romance was released in January 2020 by Alpha Classics and received enthusiastically by critics.