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With leading-man looks, a fine figure and a well-schooled tenor voice, James Valenti would seem to have all the advantages.

Valenti’s repertoire encompasses the romantic leading roles of both Italian and French repertoire, including Puccini’s Rodolfo in La Bohème and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Verdi’s Duke of Mantua and Alfredo, and Gounod’s Roméo and Faust. He is equally at home with the bel canto roles of Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor.

The 2009/10 season marks Valenti’s debuts with the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, both as Alfredo in La Traviata opposite Angela Gheorghiu.

James Valenti made his debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala during 2008 as Rodolfo under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. He has sung this role at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Dresden’s Semperoper, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, in concert with the Minnesota Orchestra, and for his professional debut in 2003 at the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome.

His Salzburg Festival debut was as Alfredo in a new Willy Decker production of La Traviata opposite Anna Netrebko and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

James Valenti studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, performing a variety of roles, including the Duke and the title roles in Puccini’s Edgar and Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. In 2009 he was named Dallas Opera’s Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year, recognizing his outstanding debut in La Bohème. He is the recipient of many other awards, including the 2002 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2002 Licia Albanese-Puccini, 2003 Opera Index, 2003 Mario Lanza, 2004 Violetta Du Pont/Opera Florham, 2004 George London Foundation, 2004 Loren Zachary, and 2004 Caruso International voice competitions.

James Valenti's  official website:  http://www.jamesvalenti.com

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