Valentina Nafor-nita

Valentina Naforniţă was born in Glodeni, Moldova, and studied at the Ștefan Neaga Music College, Chisinau, and at the Bucharest Conservatory of Music. She has performed around the world, and from 2011 to 2016 was an Ensemble Member of the Vienna State Opera – playing roles including Susanna, Oscar, Musetta, Marzelline and Norina. In 2011 the young singer won the world-renowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, taking first prize as well as the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize. Other awards include the Young Opera Singers of Europe competition, the Romanian Orange Prize for young musicians and the Hariclear Darclée competition.