Valerie Kraft is establishing herself as a sought after young artist in opera, oratorio and recital with her unique and exciting soprano voice. Recently, she was praised for her portrayal of the romantic role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Opera Slavica in New York City.
After graduating from the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Valerie made Boston her musical home. She could frequently be heard in the city and surrounding areas as a recurring soloist with the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, the Falmouth Chorale and Orchestra and Cape Cod Opera. She was also a member of the ensembles with Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston. Ms. Kraft was a regularly featured soloist with the First Congregational Church in Milton.
Valerie spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival as a recipient of the New Horizon Scholarship. While singing with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, she covered the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Rosina in The Ghosts of Versaille. She was heard singing excerpts of the great soprano heroines of Fiordigligi, Nedda, Alice Ford and Konstanze.
As a Young Artist with Kentucky Opera, Valerie sang Micaela in the company‘s educational tour of Carmen and then returned to Kentucky to sing and puppeteer in a puppet theater production of The Happy Prince.
Praised for her singing of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Chelsea Opera in New York, she has also sung Nella in the same opera with Opera del West in Boston. Proving to be a versatile performer she has shined in the comedic roles such as La Comtesse in Massenet‘s Cherubin with Opera New Jersey and the title role in Menotti‘s Amelia Goes to the Ball with Opera del West.
Now residing in Alexandria, Virginia, Ms. Kraft looks forward to delighting audiences in the Washington, D.C. metro area.