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“Romanian soprano Valentina Farcas had that same evenness, and something even more rare in what has to come over as a deceptively easy and ethereal sound – textural clarity in the upper register. Her fusion with the ineffable Bremen woodwind in the dying fall of her movement was a truly magical moment which the acoustics couldn’t muddy.”
– theartsdesk.com, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem in honor of 150th Anniversary of World Premiere in Bremen Cathedral, 10 April 2018
“Lunare Valentina Farcas nelle vesti di Nanetta. La voce cristallina corre perfettamente nella sala del Regio di Torino, permettendo al pubblico in sala di apprezzare tutte le sfumature della parte. Celestiale nella difficile aria finale, il soprano esalta con filature e smorzature la liricità della fanciulla innamorata. L’uso corretto della respirazione e del legato le hanno consentito di delineare una figura evanescente e onirica”
– L’ape Musicale, 18 November 2017 – Nanetta in Falstaff, Teatro Regio Torino
Valentina Farcas has worked with some of the foremost conductors and directors of our time including Maestros Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly, Kirill Petrenko, Jaap van Zweden, Nikolas Harnoncourt, Kurt Masur, Fabio Luisi, Rene Jacobs, Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Paavo Järvi, Jeffrey Tate, Bruno Bartoletti, Bertrand de Billy, Thomas Hengelbrock, Alessandro de Marchi, Riccardo Frizza, Christopher Hogwood, Jonathan Nott, Stefan Anton Reck, Kent Nagano among others and stage directors Robert Carsen, Stefan Heerheim, Damiano Michieletto, Barrie Kosky, Laurent Pelly, Daniele Abbado, Cristina Muti, Guy Joosten among others.
She has performed at the Opernhaus Zürich, Theater an der Wien, Salzburg Festival, Teatro Regio Torino, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Komische Oper Berlin, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony, Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Teatro Regio di Parma, Tokyo Symphony, Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Opera National de Lyon, Semperoper Dresden, Ravenna Festival, Savonlinna Festival, Spoleto Festival, Opera de Lausanne, Theatre de Champs-Elysees, Theâtre Capitole du Toulouse, Teatro Municipal Santiago Chile, and the Wiener Musikverein.
Upcoming concert engagements in the 2021-22 season and beyond include Bruckner Te Deum with the Orquesta Nacionales de España, Madrid and Maestro Xian Zhang, Mahler Symphony #2 with Maestro Fabio Luisi and the DR Symfoniorkestret in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mendelssohn Elias with Maestro Fabio Biondi at the Teatro Regio di Torino, a return to the Hong Kong Symphony with Brahms Requiem and Mahler Symphony #4, Beethoven 9th Symphony at the Sankt Pölten Musikfestival, Haydn Die Jahreszeiten at the Rheingau Festival, a return to Copenhagen for Brahms Requiem with Maestro Fabio Luisi and the DR Symfoniorkestret. The future also brings a return to the Dallas Symphony with Woglinde/Waldvogel in Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen in concert with Maestro Fabio Luisi.
Upcoming operatic engagements include a return to Opernhaus Zürich for the role of Despina in Mozart Cosi fan tutte.
Appearances canceled due the COVID lockdown included a semi-staged performances and professional recording of Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Maestro Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Symphony for NAXOS records, Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine, and Jenny in Der Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in a return to Opernhaus Zürich as wells concerts of Beethoven 9th Symphony with Maestro Yutaka Sado and the Tonkünstler Orchestra Wien at the Musikverein in Vienna and with Maestro Fabio Luisi for RAI Torino.
“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
Other recent engagements include the soprano soloist in Beethoven Missa Solemnis in the Beethovenfest Bonn and a nationally televised concert from the Kölner Dom conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano, Haydn Missa in tempore belli with Maestro Fabio Luisi and the Orquesta Nacionales de España, Madrid, Mahler Symphony #4 with Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal, her debut in the role of Zdenka in Strauss’ Arabella in a new production by Robert Carsen and conducted by Maestro Fabio Luisi for her debut at Opernhaus Zürich, Mahler Symphony #8 (Second Soprano) with Maestro Fabio Luisi with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, concerts of the Final Scene of Strauss Capriccio with NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and Maestro Paavo Järvi, Mozart c-moll Messe at the Bad Kissingen Festival with Maestro Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Soprano solo in Carmina Burana with the Nashville Symphony with Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, Beethoven 9th Symphony with NRD Hannover and Maestro Andrew Manze and again with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and Maestro Claus Peter Flor, Mahler Symphony #2 with Maestro Fabio Luisi in Florence, Amenaide in Rossini Tancredi with theTeatro Petruzzelli di Bari with Pier-Luigi Pizzi and Maestro Jose Miguel Perez-Sierra, Mendelssohn Paulus with Maestro Fabio Luisi at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Soprano Solo in the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Maestro Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for the 150th Anniversary of the Premiere in the Bremen Cathedral (broadcast via 3SAT to all German-speaking countries with baritone Matthias Goerne), Nanetta in Falstaff with the Teatro Regio di Torino, directed by Daniele Abbado, Bach St. Matthew Passion with Maestro Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony, the release of the CD of her Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Maesto Fabio Biondi from 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). Her role re-creation of Rautendelein from Respighi’s monumental La Campana Sommersa with Teatro Lirico di Cagliari with production by Pier Francesco Maestrini was recently released on Unitel / NAXOS DVD. Other recent engagements include her first Violetta in La Traviata with Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, Cleopatra in a new production of Handel's Giulio Cesare at the Komische Oper Berlin, her Japanese debut with Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Maestro Jonathan Nott and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (opposite Sir Thomas Allen), Nanetta in Falstaff with the Teatro Regio di Torino and Maestro Daniele Abbado, a return to Hong Kong with the Waldvogel in Siegfried with Maestro Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (released on CD on the Naxos Label), a concert of Handel arias with NDR Radiophilharmonie and Maestro Paul Goodwin, a series of 3 performances of Bach St. Matthew Passion with Maestro Jaap van Zweeden and the Dallas Symphony, 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, Adele in Die Fledermaus at the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, the Title Role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Oper Chemnitz in Germany, Mahler Symphony #2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow with Maestro Peter Oundjian, 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”, Liu in Turandot with the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Giulietta in Bellini 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, Die Schöpfung with the Bachchor Mainz, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Poland and Musikfest Bremen, Frau Fluth in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor with Opera de Lausanne Switzerland, 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, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Maestro Fabio Biondi at the Festival Reate di Rieti, 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 recent engagements include 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, a return to RAI Torino with Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with 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, 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 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 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, 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 frequent concert soloist, Ms. Farcas has sung Mozart's Solemn Vespers at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti and Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Wiener Musikverein conducted by Maestro Fabio Luisi. Her other recent performances of oratorio repertoire includes Handel's Messiah with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma. Her CD recording of Mozart's Mass in C minor has been released on Brilliant Classics. Other concert repertoire includes Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Bach's Weinachts-Oratorium, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Magnificat, Haydn's Die Schöpfung and Mozart's Requiem and Exsultate jubilate. 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.
Current as of November 2021