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Flavio in Norma, Metropolitan Opera

 

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Tenor, Eduardo Valdes made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as part of the ensemble in the production of Britten's Death in Venice during the 1993-94 season. Since, his assignments have included Der Rosenkavalier, Ghost of Versailles, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Merry Widow, Mefistofele, Il Trovatore, The Gambler, Le mamelles de Teresias, Sly, Norma, Il Pirata, Turandot, Les Trojens, Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco, and Otello, among others. He also performed the Duke in Rigoletto during the Met's parks season.

This season he debuted with the Spoleto Festival, USA as the Jester and the Prince in Respighi's rarety La bella dormente nel Bosco receiving rave reviews. 

The Charleston City Paper exclaimed:

"Tenor Eduardo Valdes as the Jester & the Prince has an ebullient personality that spills out in his singing which he makes appear so carefree. His voice floats off his tongue and rolls over the audience's heads so soothingly and naturally that if it were food it would be liquid chocolate."

This season also includes Met performances of Turandot, Carmen, Samson and Delilah, Nabucco, and Vespri Sicialiani. In 2002-03, he appeared in the Metropolitan Opera gala with Placido Domingo and Mirella Freni in the opera Fedora which was recorded for PBS and released in Video/ DVD. In 1997, Mr. Valdes sang 25 performances of Beppe in Pagliacci with the Metropolitan Opera including the Texaco Radio Broadcast, the Japan tour and the Met in the parks series.

In 1995-96 season he returned to the Met for Pique Dame, Alfredo in La Traviata with the New York City Opera and Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte with the Opera de Puerto Rico. He made his debut in Mexico as Rodolfo in  La Boheme and Alfredo in La Traviata  with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico under the Maestro Enrique Batiz. In the summer of 1997, he opened the Cassal's Festival with El Pessebre, which was telecast on A&E Network.

Senator Edward Kennedy invited Mr. Valdes to perform for the King and Queen of Spain at a dinner honoring the Royals in Boston. He returned to the Met for Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos; a debut with the Opera Carolina as the Duke in Rigoletto and recorded The Silver Messenger by Roberto Sierra with the Bronx Ensemble for New World Records.

Other appearances included Nemorino with El Paso Opera and Palm Beach Opera, Don Ottavio with Lake George Opera Festival, Duke of Mantua with Boston Lyric Opera, Alfredo at the Charles Ives Center under Mo. William Crutchfield, Lacouf in Les Mamelles de Teresias and Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with The Juilliard Opera Center, Lindoro in L'Italiana in algeri. With the Israel Vocal Arts Institute he performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Belmonte in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Tonio in La fille du regiment and Arturo in I Puritani and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Rhode Island Summer Opera.

On the concert stage he has sung L'enfant Prodigue with the Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico and Chaguin in Roberto Sierra's El Mensajero de Plata for the New York premier in Merkin Hall. Other appearances include Musica de Camara of New York in an all German Program, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the opening concert of the Art Song Festival in Cleveland in and all Spanish program.

Mr. Valdes hails from Puerto Rico and holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Mount Union College and a Master of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.

 

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