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Valdis Jansons
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Latvian baritone, Valdis Jansons, made his opera debut in 2004 under the direction of Antonello Allemandi. Winner of many international competitions (Giuseppe Di Stefano 2006, As.Li.Co. 2009 etc.), he has sung in more than 30 theaters all over the world. Among them: Teatro alla Scala in Berg's Lulu, directed by Peter Stein and conducted by Daniele Gatti in 2011; Teatro Carlo Felice di Genoa as Capulet in Romeo et Juliette, directed by Jean Louis Grinda and conducted by Fabio Luisi in 2012; Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro Regio di Parma, SÃo Carlos Theater of Lisbon, Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, Theater an der Wien, NCPA in Beijing, Lincoln Center in New York. Mr. Jansons will soon be heard at the Montecarlo Theater in Rusalka as well as in his hometown, at the Latvian National Opera House as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Mr. Jansons has covered several times the opera "stars" (Leo Nucci as Rigoletto, Rolando Panerai and Juan Pons as Gianni Schicchi, Roberto Servile as Marcello in La Bohème ). Besides his opera career he often dedicates himself to chamber music specializing in the Russian repertory.

The following critics acclaimed him:

"Beautiful voice, great vocal line, stylistically focused already since the beginning of a "role-monster" for basses and baritones, considerable interpretation intentions in his varied and nuanced phrasing, as well as in the word articulation of a perfect and well marked Italian. All this added to his tallness and elegant gait, envisages him as an element that, after having successfully metabolized and having run in the role, will give a hard time to many 'prominent rivals. "
Andrea Merli (Don Giovanni at National Opera of Macedonia, taken from the monthly magazine "L'Opera", June 2011)

"The brightest ornament of the group was baritone Valdis Jansons, whose Henry was both elegant and memorable. Precisely this artist was the highlight of the performance and turned out to be the best amongst all others who came to Moscow this time around."
Piotr Pospelov ( Lucia di Lammermoor at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow - Newspaper "Vedomosti" 12.02.2013)