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DETROIT ORCHESTRA HALL - TOSCA - MAY 31, 2015

“Valenti was in Glorious voice as Mario Cavaradossi”

May 31, 2015 – Classical Source

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LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY - TOSCA - APRIL 2015

“Valenti was a great Cavaradossi… This tenor does not go fuzzy when faced with the middle of the bass clef, he’s got it all. His ability to spin the highest notes into the softest, audible, sigh, caused listeners to beg for the note to continue forever. Alas, inhalation must occur.”

April 20, 2015 – Examiner

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80TH ANNIVERSARY GALA FOR THE ACADEMY OF VOCAL ARTS - PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 27, 2015

“Tenor James Valenti mesmerized with his volcanic interpretation of his tragic aria ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from Puccini’s Tosca.”

March 27, 2015 – Edge Media Network

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MALAYSIAN PHILARMONIC - KUALA LUMPUR - JANUARY 30, 2015

“His towering presence and deep register was magnetic and Valenti simply exuded the Herculean charisma inherent in his character…”

Jan 30, 2015 – The Star

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BADEN-BADEN FESTIVAL WITH ANNA NETREBKO - JUNE 10, 2014

““The baritonal sound of James Valenti’s strong voice was full of sonority and a perfect complement/addition to Anna Netrebko.”

June 10, 2014 – Pforzheim Zeitung

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MINNESOTA OPERA - THE DREAM OF VALENTINO - MAR. 1, 6, 8, 9, 2014

Valenti’s smoldering portrayal mesmerizes, and his chemistry with his female co-stars buoys the plot.

March 5, 2014 – Twin Cities Daily Planet

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James Valenti’s Valentino, appropriately handsome and charismatic, displaying a rich-sounding, husky tenor…

March 3, 2014 – Star Tribune

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Matinee idol looks…

March 2 2014 – Pioneer Press

 

Attractively sung by James Valenti

March 3 2014 – Wall Street Journal

AUSTIN LYRIC OPERA - DON CARLO - NOV. 16, 21, 24, 2013

Carlo, sung by tenor James Valenti, is just one of the production’s outstanding vocal talents.”

Nov. 18, 2013
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Nov. 18, 2013 – Austin360.com

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LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO - MADAMA BUTTERFLY - OCT. 15, 18, 23, 26, 30, 2013

Looking every bit a strapping naval officer and possessing a fluid, full-bodied tenor voice that could hardly be better suited to this opera, tenor James Valenti seemed completely at home in the role of Lt. B. F. Pinkerton.”

October 15, 2013 – Chicago Sun-Times

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STARS OF THE LYRIC OPERA AT MILLENIUM PARK CHICAGO - SEP. 7, 2013

James Valenti, a sonorous and powerful Pinkerton (he will star in Lyric’s Butterfly in October), proved the evening’s most affecting highlight.

September 8, 2013 – Chicago Classical Review

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A heartthrob, a diva, a beautiful night: Lyric at Pritzker…

September 10, 2013 – Chicago Reader

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CARAMOOR CENTER - DON CARLOS - JUL. 21, 2013

“Carlos was sung by James Valenti with a dark-centered, expressive tenor.”

July 21st, 2013 – The New York Times

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TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - VERDI REQUIEM - FEB. 18, 2013

“Tenor James Valenti soared to the highest point of his range, exhibiting a melting tenderness.”

February 18th, 2012 – Arizona Daily Star

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SCHUBERT CLUB INTERNATIONAL ARTIST SERIES - FEB.10, 2013

“Now that he’s singing romantic duets with major stars like Anna Netrebko and Angela Gheorghiu at the world’s top opera houses, we can say we knew him when…”

February 10th, 2013 – Twin Cities.com

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“He opened the second half with “Quando la sere al placido” from Verdi’s “Luisa Miller.” Here he took the performance to a whole new level. His larger, more open-throated sound thrillingly captured the drama.”

February 11th, 2013 – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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OPERA AUSTRALIA - LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR - OCT.1, 2012

“James Valenti as Edgardo is in every way an equal match, with a richly glowing sound full of nut-golden lights, powerful strength, impressive dramatic bearing, accuracy and stamina in reserve for the demanding final scene”.

October 1, 2012 – The Sydney Morning Herald

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‘…James Valenti’s tenor is like honey, while being as commanding as his physical stature. His, too, was a flawless performance, distinguished by theatrical capability and a voice as firm and handsome as his chiselled, Chesty Bond visage…’

October 2, 2012 – Crikey

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“James Valenti looks and sounds the perfect Edgardo”

October 2, 2012 – TimeOut Sydney

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TIVOLI FESTIVAL CONCERT REVIEW - JULY 2012

“Valenti is an amazing tenor – a huge and shiny voice that is born out of a sonorous baritone – when he’s in that (lower) register, the loveliest long sound waves resembling those of a cello, appear in the beginning of Flower Aria by Bizet….It sounds indeed strangely seductive, or should we say again, amazing, when he moves up in the higher register, a little over G and G sharp, throwing a veil of hazy mysticism of its tones, and his high C, such as the one in the famous Faust cavatina, sounds as if it comes from another world or just an unknown corner of the concert hall… As is the high B flat in the Flower Song… Valenti’s voice is shiny and unusual. His singing is… courteous and cultured; it leaves us with unanswered questions, however it is more than just static, impressive singing, he has always something to say in his roles on stage. And no wonder: it’s enough to look at his curriculum – he sings in numerous opera houses with partners such as Angela Gheorghiu and Anna Netrebko…”.

July 27, 2012 – Gregersdh (Danish)

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DALLAS OPERA LA TRAVIATA REVIEWS - APRIL, 2012

“American tenor James Valenti, sang with polish and power throughout the evening…”.

April 13, 2012 – Opera News

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“His mobile and highly expressive tenor can take on baritonal warmth in lower passages, then blaze on high…”

April 14, 2012 – Dallas News

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“As Violetta’s clueless lover, Alfredo, who doesn’t understand why his living with a courtesan would bother his conservative father, James Valenti skillfully portrays a young man who has just recently tipped over from what must have been a prolonged adolescence into manhood…”

April 14, 2012 – Theater Jones

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“When confronted with Violetta’s betrayal in Act II, Alfredo goes mad with jealousy, and wow, I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of Valenti’s fury…”

April 16, 2012 – Sulpher Spring News-Telegram

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“James Valenti, as her suitor Alfredo, literally brought tears to my eyes…”

April 23, 2012 – Pegasus News

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MINNESOTA OPERA WERTHER REVIEWS - JANUARY, 2012

“James Valenti has everything the role of Werther requires…”.

January 28, 2012 – Opera News

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“James Valenti and Roxana Constantinescu have electric chemistry in their portrayals of Werther and Charlotte…”

January 28, 2012 – Aisle say Twin Cities

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“As Werther, Valenti owns the evening…he now boasts a low register to rival his heroic top..”

January 30, 2012 – Star Tribune

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PALM BEACH OPERA - MADAMA BUTTERFLY - DECEMBER, 2011

“A clarion voice…”.

December 17, 2011 – Palm Beach Arts Paper

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“He brought an aching sense of desire to his love scene with Cio-Cio San and a lustrous warmth and anguish to the final act trio…”

December 17, 2012 – South Florida Classical Review

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“James Valenti is a Pinkerton beyond anything one gets nowadays…”

December 18, 2011 – Concerto Net

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“Addio fiorito asil was truly remarkable, thanks to his golden tone…”

December 18, 2011 – Palm Beach Daily News

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ROYAL OPERA HOUSE - LA TRAVIATA REVIEWS - OCTOBER, 2011

“James Valenti’s Alfredo is melodious…”.

October 4, 2011 – The Guardian

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“Genuine tenorial elegance as Alfredo…”

October 7, 2011 – The Telegraph

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