Valenti has been praised by critics for having a voice of Italianate lustre and is continually compared to some of the greatest tenors of the post-World War II era. The sought-after 6’5 tenor has built a global reputation for his elegant musicianship, commanding stage presence, ardent vocal style and striking good looks.
“I am incredibly honored and excited for this amazing opportunity to perform during the Christmas Midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” said Valenti. “Growing up as a Roman Catholic and serving as an altar boy, it has been a dream of mine to sing at St. Patrick’s.”
At age 25, Valenti made his professional debut at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma where he played Rodolfo in the Franco Zeffirelli production of “La Boheme.” Since his debut, he has scored one triumphal role after another and has had the opportunity to perform in many of the most celebrated citadels of Opera in the world including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House London, Opera National de Paris, Sydney Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Salzburg Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Opernhaus Zürich.
He has showcased his vocal ability and acting versatility in a variety of roles such as Don Carlo in “Don Carlo,” Alfredo Germont in “La Traviata,” Duke of Mantua in “Rigoletto,”
Valenti has received a number of accolades in his young career including the New York City Opera’s Outstanding Debut Artist Award in 2008, the Maria Callas Debut Artist Award in 2009 and the Richard Tucker Award in 2010.
Valenti recently took on the challenging title role in Verdi's “Don Carlos” at the Caramoor Festival in July, which The New York Times noted his "dark-centered, expressive tenor.” Currently, Valenti is expanding his musical repertoire and preparing for a number of exciting roles for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In March of 2014, he will be making his debut as Italian film star, Rudolph Valentino in the new biographical opera, “Dream of Valentino.” He is also scheduled to perform as Cavaradossi in “Tosca,” Don Jose in “Carmen” and will be making his triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera as he performs in “Madama Butterfly” in April 2014.
When Valenti is not performing, he donates his time to many organizations close to his heart such as Children International (of which he is currently a celebrity ambassador), UNICEF, Greenpeace, PBS and NPR. http://jamesvalenti.com/
ABOUT ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of New York and the seat of its Archbishop. Built by contributions large and small, it remains emblematic of the ascendance of religious freedom in the New World. As such, this international landmark is a beacon of hope for those who share the Catholic faith and a source of inspiration to the more than five million visitors of every religious denomination welcomed here each year.
The Cathedral has been a wellspring of hope and solace in times of peace and plenty and war and sorrow. In a city and nation of immigrants, it has greeted countless waves of people seeking freedom. St. Patrick’s Cathedral anchors us all to such basic human virtues as charity, love, decency, strength and justice. While the surrounding urban environment has seen constant change, St. Patrick’s Cathedral has stood strong, overlooking Fifth Avenue, since its dedication in 1879.
No single generation builds a cathedral. The vibrancy of its windows, the beauty of its music and the purpose of its charitable outreach call us to respond to our shared humanity – one in the image and likeness of God, saved by his Son, Jesus Christ, in the family of the Church. The heart of St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the faith, work and generosity of good people bringing God’s presence into the world, inspiring a conversation among the generations.http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/