Internationally Acclaimed Tenor, James Valenti has a voice of Italianate lustre and is part of the long-standing tradition of great Italian tenors. The sought after 6’5″ tenor, has built a global reputation for his elegant musicianship, commanding stage presence and ardent vocal style.
Valenti trained at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and, at age 25, made his professional debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma where he played Rodolfo in the Franco Zeffirelli production of “La Bohême.” Since his debut, he has scored one triumphal role after another and has had the opportunity to perform in many of the most celebrated citadels of Opera in the world including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House London, Opera National de Paris, Sydney Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera House Munich, Salzburg Festival, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Opernhaus Zürich. In addition, Valenti has performed at the Caramoor Festival, Salzburg Festival, Ravinia Festival, St. Bart’s Music Festival and was a guest soloist during the 2013 Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He has showcased his vocal ability and acting versatility in a variety of roles such as Alfredo Germont in “La Traviata,” Duke of Mantua in “Rigoletto,” Lt. Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly,” Maurizio in “Adriana Lecouvreur,” Edgardo in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Werther in “Werther,” Roméo in “Roméo et Juliette” and Doctor Faust in “Faust,” Lt. Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly” and Rudolph Valentino in “Dream of Valentino” where his critically acclaimed smoldering portrayal of the sex symbol captured his diverse talents. Valenti has performed with some of the greatest opera voices and maestros in the industry including Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Bryn Terfel, Placido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, Maestro Antonio Pappano, Maestro Daniele Gatti and Maestro Carlo Rizzi to name a few. Valenti has recorded with fellow opera star, Angela Gheorghiu at Abbey Road Studios in London for her “Tribute to Maria Callas” CD on Virgin/EMI.
In the coming months, Valenti will expand his musical repertoire as he takes on two new roles as Cavaradossi in “Tosca” and Don Jose in “Carmen.” He will be performing with fellow opera star, Anna Netrebko in the Baden-Baden Festival in Germany and will also participate in the Napa Valley Festival del Sole. Additionally, Valenti will travel to Prague to record his debut album with world-renowned Maestro Steven Mercurio.
Valenti has received a number of accolades in his young career including the New York City Opera’s Outstanding Debut Artist Award in 2008, the Maria Callas Debut Artist Award in 2009 and the Richard Tucker Award in 2010. When Valenti is not performing, he gives his time to many organizations such as Children International (which he is currently a celebrity ambassador), UNICEF, Greenpeace, PBS and NPR. Valenti always makes time in between his rigorous performance schedule to give back to young emerging artists and has given master classes at University of Texas, University of Arizona, Northwestern, St. Olaf College, University of Minnesota and at his undergraduate alma mater, West Virginia University where he recently received the honor of the Distinguished Alumnus Award 2014.