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A VOICE FOR THE 21st CENTURY
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 Don José in Carmen””, Don Carlo in Don Carlo”, 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”, the title role in “Faust,” Lt. Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly” and Rudolph Valentino in “The 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, Ana Maria Martinez, 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.

The 2014/2015 season will see Valenti add two new roles to his expanding repertoire, Cavaradossi in “Tosca” and Don José in “Carmen” in performances at the Hamburg Staatsoper and for his debut at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires Argentina.  He will take part in the “BrAVA” Gala concert to celebrate The Academy of Vocal Arts 80th Anniversary.  This past summer Valenti made his debut at the prestigious Baden-Baden Festival performing in concert with fellow opera star, Anna Netrebko and also performed with the Napa Valley Festival del Sole.  Additionally, Valenti traveled 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.

 
 
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