Valentina Cuden

Valentina Cuden

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

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«''Her experience and natural stage presence shone through in a performance of Ophelia’s aria from Hamlet. She then sang a highly entertaining version of Glitter and be Gay''»
Shelagh Williams for the national capital opera society newsletter Mar 2017 (2017)
«Valentina čuden as lisa, the tavern owner, shaped her character beautifully through her acting as well as her singing. she particularly captivated her audience with her effortless coloratura bravuras.»
marko mihevc, Večer, slovenian newspaper, APril 2018 (2018)
2018Puccini: La BohèmeMusetta
2018Verdi: La Forza del DestinoCurra
2018Verdi: NabuccoAnna
2017Donizetti: Don PasqualeNorina
2017Loewe: My Fair LadyEliza Doolittle
2017Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2017Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina
2017Bernstein: CandideCunegonde
2017Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2017Wagner R.: Das RheingoldWellgunde
2017Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk DistrictAksinya
2017Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLucia Di Lammermoor
2016Monteverdi: L'incoronazione Di PoppeaAmore / Valletto
2015Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaBerta
2015Mozart: Die Zauberflöte2. Dame
2014Bizet: CarmenFrasquita
2014Verdi: AidaUna sacerdotessa
2013Puccini: Gianni SchicchiNella
2013Puccini: Suor AngelicaSuor Genoveffa
2013Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreGiannetta
2012Verdi: RigolettoLa Contessa di Ceprano
2010Mozart: Der SchauspieldirektorMadame Herz


Valentina has been singing with the National Slovene Opera House of Maribor since 2009. Her roles include Norina (Don Pasquale), Musetta (La Boheme), Lisa (La Sonnambula), Eliza (My Fair Lady), Frasquita (Carmen), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Suor Genoveffa/Nella (Il Trittico), Giannetta (L'Elisir d'amore), Aksinya (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Kate Murphy (Titanic - The Musical), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Flora (La Traviata), Amore (L'Incoronazione di Poppea), Sacerdotessa (Aida), Anna (Nabucco), Olga (The Merry Widow), 2nd Lady (Die Zauberflote), and many more. At the National Opera House of Ljubljana, Valentina sang the role of Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor) and Leonora (Black Masks). She has sung in various children's operas, including three world premieres, 'Hope never dies' (Slovenia), 'The Pomegranate (Slovenia), and 'Snow White' (Canada). She has worked with many notable conductors including Marko Letonja, Francesco Rosa, Loris Voltolini, Simon Robinson, Stefano Romani, Farhads Stade, Egon Mihajlovič, Tara Simoncic, and stage directors Filippo Tonon, Pier Francesco Maestrini, Paul-Emile Fourny, Gabor Tomba, Krešimir Dolenčič, Dora Ruždjak-Podolski, Bruno Berger-Gorski, among others. Valentina has performed in two separate tours of Japan as Frasquita (Carmen) and The High Priestess (Aida), and has performed in concerts in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, and Canada. Her mentors include Yoriko Tanno, Stuart Hamilton, and Luis Camacho. She has attended various masterclasses with Dunja Vejzović, Pia Brodnik, Daniel Ferro, Stephen Delaney, and Ulf Bästlein. Valentina holds a Bachelor degree in piano performance from Carleton University where she graduated with Highest Honours under the tutelage of Verna Jacobson. For her musical and academic achievements Valentina received the University Medal of Music in 2004. 

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail Osmin SNG Maribor 2019
Puccini: La Bohème Musetta Immediately Slovenian National Theatre Maribor 2018
Verdi: La Forza del Destino Curra 24 hours Slovenian National Theatre Maribor 2018
Verdi: Nabucco Anna Immediately National Slovene Theatre Maribor 2018
Donizetti: Don Pasquale Norina Immediately Slovenian National Theatre Maribor 2017