American tenor James Valenti has been hailed for having a voice of Italianate beauty, for his handsome stage presence, ardent singing and for his elegant musicianship in performances with the leading opera companies of the world. He studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and made his professional debut at the age of 25 as Rodolfo in La bohème (Rome Opera). Other performances include Alfredo Germont in La Traviata (Royal Opera House London and Japan Tour with Anna Netrebko, Simon Keenlyside and Antonio Pappano, Metropolitan Opera New York with Angela Gheorghiu and Thomas Hampson, Canadian Opera Company Toronto, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Salzburg Festival), Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (Maggio Musicale Florence, Dallas Opera, Palm Beach Opera), Rodolfo (La Scala Milan with Gustavo Dudamel, Dresden Semperoper, Miami, Santander Spain, Tokyo Japan), Werther (Opera de Lyon in Tokyo), Faust (Trieste), Lt. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Royal Opera House filmed in 3D on DVD, Paris Opera Bastille, Genoa, Marseilles, Chicago, Vancouver, San Francisco and on a PBS ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ telecast), Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur (Washington DC). James has recorded for Virgin/EMI records with Ms. Gheorghiu. Considered one of the brightest rising stars of his generation, James was the winner of the prestigious 2010 Richard Tucker Award and 2009 Maria Callas Award. Plans include concerts in Toronto, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg Russia, Alfredo (Royal Opera House London with Marina Poplavskaya and Leo Nucci, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Dallas Opera), Faust (Royal Opera House London with Rene Pape and Dimitri Hvorostovsky), Werther (Minnesota Opera) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Australia Sydney). He looks forward to future debuts in Zurich, The Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera and a return to The Met.