American tenor, James Valenti has a voice of Italianate lustre 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 Boheme.” 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, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Opera National de Paris, Sydeney Opera House and Opernhaus Zürich. He has showcased his vocal ability and acting versatility in a variety of roles such as 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” and Doctor Faust in “Faust.” Valenti has also had the pleasure of working along side some of the greatest opera voices and maestros in the industry including Anna Netrebko, Angela Gheorghiu, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Maestro Antonio Pappano, Maestro Daniele Gatti and Maestro Carlo Rizzi to name a few.
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.
Currently, Valenti is expanding his musical repertoire and preparing for a number of exciting roles. He will be headlining as Don Carlos in “Don Carlos” at the Caramoor Festival in July as well as making his debut as Italian film star, Rudolph Valentino in the new biographical opera, “Dream of Valentino.” He is also scheduled to perform in “Tosca” and “Carmen” and will be singing in some fantastic venues such as the Lyric Opera House of Chicago, the Minnesota Opera and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In April of 2014, Valenti will make his triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera as he performs in “Madama Butterfly.”