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The programme included Iolanta's Aria from the opera Iolanta and the lied Ia li v pole da ni travushka bila by Piotr Ilici Tchaikovsky, Lucia's Cavatina from Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, Spanish Song by Joaquin Turina, Lauretta's Aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi, Magda's Aria from the opera La Rondine and Mimi's Aria from the opera La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, the lied Les filles de Cadix by Leo Delibes and Elena's Bolero from the opera Les vêpres siciliennes (The Sicilian Vespers) by Giuseppe Verdi.
Valentina Naforniță finished her studies at the 'Ștefan Neaga' Music College of Chișinău and since 2006 she has been a student of the Bucharest National University of Music, in the vocal performance class. She has given concerts at the National Philharmonic and the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Chișinău, under the baton of conductors Cristian Mandeal, Tiberiu Soare, Adrian Butterfield and Daniel Jinga. She was a laureate in competitions such as 'The Orange Prize for Young Musicians', 'Mariana Nicolesco', 'Mihail Jora', 'Marțian Negrea', 'Ionel Perlea', 'Musical Holidays in Piatra Neamț', 'Ion Dacian'.
For some performances, she has collaborated with the Romanian National Opera House, the Bulandra Theatre, the Little Theatre, and now she is a lyrical artist of the 'Accoustic' Chorus.
The guest of the evening, tenor Vlad Miriță, performed the canzonet Core' ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo, Pinkerton's Aria from the opera Madame Butterfly by Giaccomo Puccini, and then, together with soprano Valentina Naforniță, the duet O soave fanciulla from the opera La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini.
The two artists were accompanied by Alexandru Petrovici, who studied piano and vocal performance at the National University of Music Bucharest. He continued with postgraduate studies of piano and orchestra conducting as well as master classes with soprano Mi Soun Choi, pianist Günter Ludwig, soprano Mariana Nicolesco and conductor Alberto Zedda. He has won numerous prizes in competitions, as soloist, but also as accompanist. He has given many recitals, inside the country and abroad, and has had an intense activity as an accompanist.
In 1997, Alexandru Petrovici was hired as accompanying pianist at the National Opera House of Bucharest and since 1998, he has taught at the National University of Bucharest. He has recorded for the radio, released CDs and has collaborated with great artists such as Franco Zefirelli, Alberto Zedda, Roberto Alagna, Ludovic Spiess, Eduard Tumagian, Mariana Nicolesco and others.
In the evening of March 30th 2010, on stage of the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, soprano Valentina Naforniță succeeded in giving an exceptional recital which proved rare natural talent as well as obvious meticulousness involved in the performance, coming, of course, from very hard work. Her voice, bright and equal all along, has been attended by uncommon sensitivity, naturalness, but also by rare talent for acting. Of course, the careful and sensitive performance of pianist Alexandru Petrovici has had its contribution to the success of the recital. Such talent, like that of soprano Valentina Naforniță, is very rare and therefore extremely valuable.
Translated by Andrea Niculae and Valentina Tache
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University