Internationally acclaimed Tenor, James Valenti has a voice of Italianate luster which is continually compared to some of the greatest tenors of the post World War ll era such as Franco Corelli, Giuseppe di Stefano and Carlo Bergonzi. The sought after 6’5” tenor, has built a global reputation for his elegant musicianship, commanding stage presence and ardent vocal style.
At age 25, Valenti made his professional debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, where he played Rodolfo in the Franco Zeffirelli production of La bohème. 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 – Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Sydney Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), Salzburg Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Opernhaus Zürich and Minnesota Opera. He has showcased his vocal ability and acting versatility in a variety of roles such as 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 Romeo et Juliette and Doctor Faust in Faust. Valenti has also had the pleasure of working alongside some of the greatest opera voices and maestros in the industry including Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Bryn Terfel, Plácido 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.
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.
In July, Valenti took on the challenging title role in Verdi’s Don Carlos at the Caramoor Festival which The New York Times noted his “dark-centered, expressive tenor.” Recently, Valenti performed as a guest soloist during Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Currently, Valenti is expanding his musical repertoire and preparing for a number of exciting roles for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In March 2014, he will be making his debut as Italian film star, Rudolph Valentino in the new biographical opera, The Dream of Valentino. He is also scheduled to perform as Cavaradossi in Tosca, Don José in Carmen and will be making his triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera as he performs in Madama Butterfly in April 2014.
When Valenti is not performing, he gives his time to many organizations close to his heart such as Children International (of which he is currently a celebrity ambassador), UNICEF, Greenpeace, PBS and NPR. Also, Valenti always tries to make time in between his rigorous performance schedule to give back to young emerging artists. He has been invited to give master classes at University of Texas, University of Arizona, Northwestern and University of Minnesota.