About

tina-professional-shotSince 2009 Valentina has been singing with the Maribor Opera house. With the company she has sung various roles, including Norina in ‘Don Pasquale’,  Musetta in ‘La Boheme’, Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’, Lisa in ‘La Sonnambula’, Frasquita in ‘Carmen’, Flora in ‘La Traviata’, Wellgunde in ‘Das Rheingold’, Berta in ‘The Barber of Seville’, Amor in ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’, Nella in ‘Gianni Schicchi’, Suor Genovieffa in ‘Suor Angelica’, Giannetta in ‘L’Elisir d’amore’, High Priestess in ‘Aida’, 2nd Lady in ‘The Magic Flute’, Princess in ‘Puss in boots’, Contessa Ceprano in ‘Rigoletto’, Leonora in Marij Kogoj’s ‘Črne maske’ (Black masks), Olga in ‘The Merry Widow’ and Curra in ‘La forza del destino’. She has also been a part of two world premieres of Slovene children’s operas: As the Beast in ‘Kdor upa, ne odneha’ (Hope never dies) by Vitja Avsec and as the Princess in ‘Granatno jabolko’ (The Pomegranate) by Tomaž Svete. In 2014 she went on two tours of Japan with the SNG Maribor company. On the first tour she sang Frasquita in ‘Carmen’, on the second tour she sang the High Priestess in ‘Aida’.

She has also sung with the Ljubljana Opera house. In 2012 she sang the role of Leonora in Kogoj’s ‘Black masks’. In the 2009/2010 season, she sang the role of Madame Herz in Mozart’s ‘The Impresario’.

Valentina has performed roles under the baton of various conductors including Marko Letonja, Francesco Rosa, Simon Robinson, Loris Voltolini, Dan Kalousek, Egon Mihajlovič, Tara Simoncic, Benjamin Pionnier, Stefano Romani, Uroš Lajovic, Marko Hribernik, Igor Švara, and Aleksandar Spasić. She has shared the concert stage with artists such as Saša Olenjuk, Sabina Cvilak, Milena Morača, Janez Lotrič, Jure Ivanušič, Simon Dvoršak, Lucienne Lončina, Janez Dovč, Tomaž Kozlevčar, Marko Zaletelj, the vocal group ‘Katice’, Evelyn Greenberg, Frederic Lacroix, Prof. Deirdre Piper, Yannick-Muriel Noah and others. She has worked with various stage directors including Pier Francesco Maestrini, Paul-Emile Fourny, Stanislav Moša, Krešimir Dolenčič, Dora Ruždjak-Podolski, Dieter Kaegi, Filippo Tonon, Bruno Berger-Gorski, Igor Pison, Dr. Henrik Neubauer, Janez Burger, Guillermo Silva-Marin, and Stephanie Bogle.

In 2013 Valentina co-founded two groups, the ‘Čuden duo’ with Saša Olenjuk and the vocal trio ‘Serafine‘ with fellow singers Dada Kladenik and Mojca Potrč. Serafine have performed with the Maribor Big Band, ‘Toti Big Band‘, the Old Vine House, for the Golden Fox banquet in Maribor, and a feature length concert at the National Slovene Opera House of Maribor. 

In 2012 Valentina co-founded the group Movazs with fellow singer Mojca Potrč. The group consists of cellist Zsofi Klascman, pianist Simon Robinson and ballet dancers Evgenija Koškina and Sytze Jan Luske. They have performed at the Lent Festival in Maribor.

As a singer and pianist, Valentina has performed across the Slovenian coast, most notably at the Lifeclass Hotels, Hotel Kempinski and Hotel Bernardin.

Valentina has studied voice with Prof. Pia Brodnik in Ljubljana, Yoriko Tanno, Stuart Hamilton and Jose Hernandez in Ottawa and Toronto, Canada. She also attended various masterclasses with Croatian mezzo-soprano Dunja Vejzović, and Ulf Baestlein in Slovenia, Daniel Ferro in Italy and pianist Stephen Delaney in Austria. At the Kiwanis Music Festival as well as the NATS competitions in Ottawa, she received the highest awards and was also a finalist at the Canadian Music Competition. She also performed at the Ottawa Music Club concert series for young performers. 

Valentina has a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Carleton University where she graduated with Highest Honours in 2004. For her outstanding achievements during her studies Valentina received the Medal of Music. She studied with the renowned piano pedagogue Verna Jacobson.