James Valenti just completed a very successful run as Rodolfo in La bohème with Maestro Alberto Veronesi at Florida Grand Opera in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. He is currently in Hamburg performing L'elisir d'amore. In March, James performed Lt. Pinkerton with "ardent vigor" in Mark Lamos' Madama Butterfly at New York City Opera which was nationally televised on ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ on PBS.
In January 2008, James made a critically acclaimed debut as Romeo with The Minnesota Opera of which was written, "Valenti, the toast of the evening", "an ideal Romeo", "commanding stage presence", "noble instrument", "clear, ringing top that was thrilling". James finished 2007 making his San Francisco Opera debut as Lt. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Just prior he was in Seoul Korea where he had a huge success performing La traviata directed by the famous Pier Luigi Pizzi. In October James performed Madama Butterfly in Marseille France, of which was written, "strong and firm voice", "ideal Pinkerton...perfect delivery", "a gorgeous man."
In the summer of 2007 James also performed Madama Butterfly with Maestro James Conlon, soprano Patricia Racette and The Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival and La bohème with The Minnesota Orchestra where his reviews read, "tall, dark and handsome", "Valenti's performance was a vocal tour de force. He's an old-school tenor with a clear, crystalline, hall-filling voice and a natural acting style", "powerful instrument and an ardent interpretation". In June 2007 James made his Spanish debut at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as Alfredo in La traviata. In April James debuted with the Canadian Opera Company in La traviata where he "cuts a 1920's Hollywood leading-man dash" and "sings with rich bravado".
2007 commenced with James performing at the Dresden Semperoper in his signature role of Rodolfo in La bohème. He then "boasted a ringing, secure voice" and was "a gift to the tenor-starved world" as the Duke in Opera Carolina's Rigoletto, followed by Madama Butterfly for Palm Beach Opera where his Lt. Pinkerton "rang with honeyed fervor". In December 2006 James had a triumphant debut at the prestigious La Monnaie in Brussels in the Karl-Ernst and Ursel Herrmann's production of La traviata where his Alfredo was noted as, "the revelation of the evening”, “a seductive Valenti", "his voice is radiant, his projection natural and his musicality omnipresent". Just prior he returned to Hamburg for La traviata and in September 2006, James made his much anticipated debut with the New York City Opera as Rodolfo in James Robinson's La bohème, of which was written "ardent, penetrating voice, secure top notes and a lovely pianissimo", "one of those tenor voices that instantaneously captivates and establishes its own importance...his 'Che gelida manina' brought down the house".
2006 also saw performances at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste in La bohème, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova for Madama Butterfly, directed by Renata Scotto and conducted by Daniel Oren, and his London recital debut in March 2006 with the Rosenblatt Series. In fall 2005 he was Alfredo in a new La traviata which opened the season at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and was conducted by music director Daniele Gatti. Summer 2005 he made his debut at the prestigious Salzburg Festival, performing in a new Willy Decker La traviata with Anna Netrebko, Thomas Hampson and the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Carlo Rizzi. James had a great success in the spring 2005 performing the title role in David McVicar’s production of Faust in Trieste. James Valenti made his professional debut in the summer of 2003 at age 25 as Rodolfo in La bohème directed by Franco Zeffirelli at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
James Valenti studied at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where he performed a variety of roles including the Duke in Rigoletto, and the title roles in Puccini’s Edgar and Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz.
In his early career Mr. Valenti won many awards including 2002 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2002 Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition, 2003 Opera Index Competition, 2003 Mario Lanza Competition, 2004 Violetta Du Pont/Opera Florham Competition, 2004 George London Foundation Competition, 2004 Caruso International Voice Competition, 2004 Loren Zachary Competition, and he has received grants from the Singer’s Development Foundation, Sergio Franchi Music Foundation and the Sullivan Foundation. He has performed on German and Austrian national television, in Italy on RAI’s Prima della Prima and also in the USA on A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts. In July 2004 he was featured in Opera News magazine in Sound Bites.
Future Engagements include: La bohème for his exciting debut at La Scala in July 2008, also in Toyama Japan and with Dallas Opera; La traviata at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with Angela Gheorghiu, and also for his future debut at The Royal Opera Covent Garden; Madama Butterfly at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Pacific and in future seasons at the Opera National de Paris and Royal Opera Covent Garden; L'elisir d'amore at the Hamburgisch Staatsoper; Verdi's Messa da Requiem in Norway with the Bergen Philharmonic; Faust with Opera Carolina, Rigoletto with Palm Beach Opera and in the coming years he will also add Des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, Cavaradossi in Tosca and Viscardo in Mercadante's Il Giuramento to his repertoire. James Valenti continues to study with Maestro Bill Schuman.
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