Valentina Naforniţa was born in Moldavia and studied in Chisinau and Bucharest. She distinguished herself in several competitions including the European Competition for young opera singers, the Orange Prize and the Hariclea Darclee Voice Contest in Romania. In 2011, she won three prizes at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, including First Prize and the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize. From 2011 to 2016, she was a member of the troupe of the Vienna Staatsoper. During that time, she sang numerous roles, including Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Musetta (La Bohème), Marzelline (Fidelio), Norina (Don Pasquale), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Gilda (Rigoletto), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), and Adina (L’Elisir d’amore). In 2016, she played Sophie in Werther at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and made her Salzburg Festival debut (as Zerlina in Don Giovanni). During the 2017-2018 season, she made her Paris Opera debut in Die Lustige Witwe (Valencienne) and La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia). She also sang the role of Musetta in La Bohème at the Rome Opera. The following season, she played Adina and sang the title role in Iolanta at the Paris Opera, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at the Vienna Staatsoper and she made her role debuts as Ilia (Idomeneo) in Vienna and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) at the Lausanne Opera. During the 2019-2020 season, she sang the role of Helena (Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Irina (Peter Eötvös’ Three Sisters) at the Vienna Staatsoper and Adina at the Lausanne Opera.
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