One of the most celebrated voices of contemporary opera, the Wiener Staatsoper star Valentina Naforniţa winner of the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, graces our Belgravian musical stage with a gala recital honouring the National Day of Romania. The event, part of the "Enescu Concerts" Series, opens with introductory remarks by H.E. Mr Dan Mihalache, the Romanian Ambassador to the Court of St James's. Also featuring award-winning pianist Sergiu Tuhutiu.
Valentina Naforniţa won the coveted BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2011 where was also the recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize. In 2011/12 season she joined the Wiener Staatsoper and immediately became one of their brightest rising stars, acclaimed for her explosive vocal ability and irresistible stage presence. In 2012 she made a successful debut as Gilda in Rigoletto at Teatro alla Scala under Gustavo Dudamel and soon after she was called to sing the same role as her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Valentina made the news in Austria by singing in the prestigious Vienna Opera Ball, which was broadcast to over 1.5 million people. At Staatsoper, she featured in all great soprano roles such as Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Musetta in La bohème or Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. In August 2015, Naforniţa performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in a recital alongside Roger Vignoles, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. She has worked with such leading conductors like Bertrand de Billy, Guillermo Garcia Calvo, Karel Mark Chichon, Gustavo Dudamel, Ádám Fischer, Louis Langrée, Jesús López-Cobos, Cristian Mandeal, Ingo Metzmacher, Kazushi Ono, Evelino Pidò, Peter Schneider, Franz Welser-Möst, Simone Young and Massimo Zanetti. Recently, the fantastic soprano has toured China with the BBC Concert Orchestra and has appeared in a televised broadcast from Beijing. Born in Glodeni, Republic of Moldova, Valentina Naforniţa graduated from the Stefan Neaga Music College in Chisinau in 2006 and continued her training at the National University of Music in Bucharest under the tutorage of Maria Slatinaru-Nistor and Eleonora Enăchescu.