Languages: German, English, Swedish
Baritone Bernd Valentin received his singing training from Claudio Nicolai and Klesie Kelly at the Cologne Academy of Music. While still studying, as a prize-winner in several singing competitions he was invited to make his first radio and CD recordings.
For many years afterwards he had permanent engagements at the theatres in Kiel and Hagen, the Hanover State Opera and the German Opera Berlin. Later working freelance, he performed at the Komische Oper Berlin, the Tyrol Landestheater in Innsbruck, the Vienna Volksoper and at the opera houses in Basle, Berne, Bonn, Bremen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Kaiserslautern and Nuremberg. In the meantime he has sung over a hundred roles from the Italian, French and German operatic repertoire on stage.
As a concert singer Bernd Valentin was invited to perform in concerts in the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the Stuttgart Liederhalle and the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich. He has also appeared as a guest at festivals in Germany (Stuttgart, Berlin, Eutin), in Switzerland (Lucerne), in Turkey (Aspendos), in Sweden (Stockholm, Uppsala), Spain (La Palma), South Korea (Gwang Ju) and the USA (Oregon Bach Festival).
Recent engagements have included Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Tyrol Festival Erl, Tippett’s A Child of our Time in the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, the first performance of Ben-Haim’s Joram in Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – also available as a CD recording from IPO Helicon Classics – in chamber music by Xaver Paul Thoma in Haslach, in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus in the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich and in Gurlitt’s Drei politische Reden in the Handel Hall in in Halle.
In the last two seasons Bernd Valentin was to be heard as Mandryka in Arabella by Richard Strauss, as Sharpless in Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, as Falstaff in Verdi’s opera, Jakobäus in Verkündigung by Braunfels, Gellner in Catalani’s La Wally – a recording has recently been issued by Capriccio as a DVD – as Berg’s Wozzeck, Janáček’s Forester, and Zurga in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. Other recent performances include premieres as Don Carlos di Vargas in Verdi’s The Force of Destiny in Innsbruck, as Agamemnon in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide, and as Lescaut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in Kaiserslautern. He also gave guest performances as Mandryka in Nuremberg.
Bernd Valentin also attaches great importance to performing lied recitals. Besides the interpretation of song cycles such as Schubert’s Winterreise, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, Wolf’s Italian Song Book, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and the Wunderhorn Lieder, Martin’s Jedermann Monologues, Poulenc’s Le bal masqué and Reimann’s Dark and Shine, he particularly enjoys devising song recitals on a programmatic theme.
Bernd Valentin has taught a class for solo singing at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg since October 2014.