“Valeria Sepe seems to portray a Micaela in the wake of Mirella Freni's. The voice of the young Italian soprano is important in volume and sound, the timbre is very beautiful and is enhanced in the center and in the high. (...) her performance was overall excellent and appreciated by the public, for expressive sincerity that must be commended. Our hope is to see her soon in some role of Puccini, author for whom we think her voice was born."
Carmen - Micaela - Arena di Verona
Francesco Lodola - Ieri, Oggi, Domani, Opera!
Born in Naples (1985), Valeria Sepe won the "Oscar della lirica 2016" award as the best Soprano of the New Generation.
Sepe graduated from the Conservatory "G. F. Ghedini" in Cuneo and attended masterclasses held by Luisa Castellani, Mariella Devia, Luciana D’Intino, Bruna Baglioni, and Marcello Giordani.
She has apperead in leading roles at opera houses in Firenze, Napoli, Palermo, Parma, Catania, Verona, Roma, Sidney, Torino, Hong-Kong, Tokyo and worked with stage directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Giancarlo Del Monaco, Pier Francesco Maestrini, Davide Livermore, and conductors such as Daniel Oren, Renato Palumbo, Nicola Luisotti, Stefano Ranzani, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Andrea Battistoni, and Giampaolo Bisanti.
Highlights of her recent seasons include acclaimed performances as Mimì and Nedda at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo with conductor Daniel Oren, Liù at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, and Nedda at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Other notable performances include her portrayal of Liù in Turandot and her debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Bunkakaikan in Tokyo, Liù at the Hong Kong Opera, Manon Lescaut at Sao Paulo's OSESP, Micaela in Carmen at the Opera of Florence and the Arena di Verona, Nedda in Pagliacci at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and the Art Center of Seoul, Mimì in La Bohème at the Teatro Regio di Parma and the Opera of Florence, Liù at the XXX International Music Festival of Macao, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello at the Hong Kong Opera, La Bohème at Opera Australia, and Pagliacci at the Teatro Regio di Turin and the Arena di Verona.
Recently, she participated in "7 Deaths of Maria Callas" with performance artist Marina Abramovic at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, performed La Bohème at the Teatro Bellini di Catania, and played the role of Nedda in Pagliacci at the Teatro Regio di Parma.
“Valeria Sepe is a practically perfect Nedda: the quick and carefree figure has the provocative and provocative charm of the turn of the century femme fatale, while the delicately mottled voice is the flexible instrument that perfectly matches the needs of the role. Precious is the attack of the Ballatella with a trill of immaculate grace, delicious virtuosity that anticipates a dreamy and airy vocality like the free flight of birds, poetically evoked in the song "
PAGLIACCI - Nedda - Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Giuseppe Montemagno - Connessi allÓpera
"The cast triumphed in Valeria Sepe's Liù, greeted by the warmest applause on 22 and 23 January ... with its enthralling stage presence, the thickness and the intense tone of its beautiful wide and homogeneous voice, well projected forward and capable of subtle damping, and with an always appropriate and anxious accent, it was a memorable Liù."
Turandot - Liù - Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Eraldo Martucci - OperaClick
“Valeria Sepe is a pretty easygoing Nedda both scenically and vocally. The instrument has its strengths in the clear timbre and in a good projection, proving to be particularly full-bodied and full of colors when the texture beats in the central and acute area, as evidenced by the yield of "Screech up there". The soprano then proves he can phrasing with taste and giving the right accents to the character. "
Pagliacci - Nedda - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Filippo Antichi - Connessi all'Opera
“Valeria Sepe, specifically, was an intense Mimì, of considerable dramatic depth. A homogeneous and coloristically rich vocality, a solid technique, a beautiful singing line allows her to clearly convey the essence of the Puccini character, her conscious simplicity "
La Bohème - Mimì- Teatro Regio di Parma
Annunziato Gentiluomo - GB Opera
"La Sepe, strong of a beautiful and homogeneous vocality combined with a clear diction, mastery of the legate, has returned all the nuances of the role. "
La Bohème - Mimì - Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Giovanni Messina - GB Opera
"Valeria Sepe, young soprano with a beautiful pure lyric timbre in constant artistic growth: in shaping her Margherita she has shown her ability to use a wide palette of colors, to be moving and to modulate music without indulging in inappropriate magniloquent emphatic accents tragedienne: after all, a poor peasant woman dies, not a diva like Adriana Lecouvreur, and the exhausted, disillusioned, resigned, dignified simplicity with which she whispered "Enrico, mi fai ribrezzo“ came as a blow to the heart. Vocally the Sepe, in addition to the beauty of the timbre, is distinguished by a compact and compact acute register. "
Mefistofele - Margherita - Teatro Verdi di Pisa
Nicola Lischi - GB Opera