Valentina Farcas

Valentina Farcas

Soprano

"Farcas conjures every nuance possible in a soprano voice - like a diamond clear and bright"
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«“What Farcas created here – with no fewer than eight arias – was masterfully done. Each aria carried an emotional outburst. She is very clear in the center of the production and Farcas conjures every nuance possible in a soprano voice - like a diamond clear and bright, as well as pure sadness, against a wall of strings and bassoons.”»
– BZ BERLIN, CLEOPATRA IN HANDEL GIULIO CESARE, KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN, 2015 (2017)
«"Valentina Farcas’ two lines as “Mater Gloriosa” were one of the best moments of the evening, her words floating overhead a she sang from an elevated position behind the choir”»
Mahler Symphony #8 (performing Mater Gloriosa) with Maestro Riccardo Chailly (2017)
«"Una deliziosa Giulietta è stata quella di Valentina Farcas, vocalmente precisa nel rendere le rarefatte e perlacee mezze voci come i passaggi virtuosistici più impervi, la sua voce morbida e dolce, ma anche intensa ed delicatamente espressiva, è ideale per intrpretare il fascinoso dispiegarsi dell'elegiaca melodia belliniana."»
Bellini I Capuleto e i Montecchi, Reati Festival CD / Fabio Biondi and Vivica geneaux (2017)

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“What Farcas created here – with no fewer than eight arias – was masterfully done.  Each aria carried an emotional outburst.  She is very clear in the center of the production and Farcas conjures every nuance possible in a soprano voice - like a diamond clear and bright, as well as pure sadness, against a wall of strings and bassoons.” – BZ Berlin, Cleopatra in Handel Giulio Cesare, Komische Oper Berlin, 2015









Upcoming appearances include Nanetta in Falstaff with the Teatro Regio di Torino and Maestro Daniele Abbado, Carmina Burana  with maestro Giampaolo Bisanti and Adele in Die Fledermaus at the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari.







Recent engagements include Cleopatra in a new production of Handel's Giulio Cesare at the Komische Oper Berlin, concerts of Mahler Symphony #8 (performing Mater Gloriosa) with Maestro Riccardo Chailly and the Orchestra Verdi di Milano where the critics wrote "Valentina Farcas’ two lines as “Mater Gloriosa” were one of the best moments of the evening, her words floating overhead a she sang from an elevated position behind the choir”, a series of 3 performances of Bach St. Matthew Passion with Maestro Jaap van Zweeden and the Dallas Symphony, her Japanese debut with Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Maestro Jonathan Nott and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, a return to Hong Kong with the Waldvogel in Siegfried with Maestro Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (as part of a new complete Ring Cycle recording), a concert of Handel arias with NDR Radiophilharmonie and Maestro Paul Goodwin, a concert presentation of Hasse's Piramo e Tisbe at Palau de las Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia with Maestro Fabio Biondi, Mendelssohn Elias with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Utrecht and Maestro Marcus Creed, her first Violetta in La Traviata with Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Oper Chemnitz in Germany, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Poland and Musikfest Bremen, a last-minute performance-saving appearance as Eufelia in Paisiello’s La Grotta di Trofonio at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli with Maestro Alessandro De Marchi, Die Schöpfung with the Bachchor Mainz, Liu in Turandot at the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Mahler Symphony #2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow with Maestro Peter Oundjian, , Liu in Turandot with the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with the Stavinger Symfoniorkester and Maestro Fabio Biondi, Valencienne in Lehar's Die Lustige Witwe at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and Maestro Alfred Eschwe, Frau Fluth in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor with Opera de Lausanne Switzerland, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Maesto Fabio Biondi at the Festival Reate di Rieti (produced on CD by Glossa Musica – “Her silvery soprano lends a fragility to her character that Anna Netrebko doesn’t always manage” – Grammophone Magazine, 2016) , Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, her debut at the Semperoper Dresden as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, concerts of Bach St. Matthew Passion  with the Hong Kong Phiharmonic and Maestro Jaap van Zweden where TimeOut Hong Kong wrote "Valentina Farcas'...brilliant soprano particularly shone", her Chinese mainland debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Chinese National Opera in Beijing, Carmina Burana in Toronto, Canada with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Peter Oundjian, a return to the Salzburg Festival with Maestro Nikolas Harnoncourt as Sarah in Haydn’s Il Ritorno di Tobia, Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto with the Spoleto Festival and Maestro Ivor Bolton, the title role of Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda at the Konzerthaus Berlin, concerts of Mozart's Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots with Ivor Bolton at the Salzburg Festival,  Asteria in Glueck's Telemaco at Theater an der Wien with Maestro Rene Jacobs, her role debut as the title character in Lucia di Lammermoor at Palm Beach Opera, the world premiere of La Fenice at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as well an appearance on their 100th Anniversary Gala (also produced on CD and DVD), concerts of Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) at Theatre de Champs-Elysees with Maestro Kurt Masur,  Jenny in Der Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in a new production by Laurent Pelly at the Theâtre Capitole du Toulouse, France.







Other notable engagements include Mozart's Solemn Vespers at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti, Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Wiener Musikverein conducted by Maestro Fabio Luisi. RAI Torino with Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with Maestro Christopher Hogwood, Le Rossignol (Stravinsky) at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Opera Oviedo, Adina in L'elisir d'Amore at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam with Maestro Riccardo Frizza, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in the Opera-Gala at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Marzelline in Fidelio at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Carmina Burana with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a concert performance of Vivaldi's Gloria with Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Gilda in Rigoletto with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf,  Fire / Princess / Nightingale in L'enfant et les Sortileges with RAI Torino, her first Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with the ABAO Bilbao, Gilda in Rigoletto at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland, Gilda in Rigoletto with Leo Nucci at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo in Sicily, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera National de Lyon and the Florida Grand Opera in Miami, Adele in Die Fledermaus at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Musetta in La Bohème at Dallas Opera, Haydn's Il Ritorno di Tobia with Maestro Fabio Biondi at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Florida Grand Opera, Woglinde / Waldvogel in Der Ring des Nibelungens at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Adina in L'elisir d'Amore at Palm Beach Opera, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail directed by Damiano Michieletto with Maestro Jeffrey Tate at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and also at the Mozart Festival in La Coruna, Spain and as her debut with the Salzburg Festival (DVD Decca Classics) where the critics wrote “The petite soprano with the pliant voice threatened at times to physically and vocally upstage the real heroine”, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Genoa's Teatro Carlo Felice, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Teatro Municipal de Santiago Chile, Liu in Turandot at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Gilda in Rigoletto at the Macau International Music Festival, Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the opera companies of Ravenna (released on DVD), Cremona, and Brescia, Donna Farinella in Mozart's Pasticcio L'Ape Musicale at the Theater an der Wien with Maestro Bertrand de Billy, Solveig in a world premiere staging of Grieg's Peer Gynt at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste with Maestro Gerd Albrecht, Schubert's Gli Amici del Salamanca at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and a return to Teatro Regio di Parma as Musetta in La Bohème with Maestro Bruno Bartoletti.







While in the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin she sang numerous leading roles including Gilda in Rigoletto with Maestro Kiril Petrenko, Queen Schemacha in Rimsky- Kosakov's Le Coq d'Or, Hermione in Handel's Oreste with Maestro Thomas Hengelbrock (voted 2006 Production of the Year in Germany by Opernwelt and broadcast internationally on ARTE) as well as performances of Pamina, Blonde, and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier among others.







A prize winner in several international vocal competitions, she graduated with honors from the Folkwang Hochschule Essen, and also studied for a degree in piano performance from the Academy of Music in Bucharest.
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