Reviews

Reviews:

“Der rumenishe 'Lohengrin'- eine Erfolgslandung! ............
Ein richtiger Heudegen mit dunklem, durchsclagskraftigen Heldenbariton stand ihr bzw. agierte Valentin Vasiliu zur Seite. Die gemainsamen Szenen hatten viel Feuer....”
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- Der Neue Merker, by Sieglinde Fabigan

“Vasiliu had a dark, rich sound that was dramatic and foreboding.”

- The Washington Post, by Grace Jean

“In the first act, the bass-baritone Valentin Vasiliu, combined his commanding voice and imposing stage presence to create a figure who really fit the part of the murderous Pizarro.”

- The Chattanoogan, by Eva Holder

“On the other hand, listening to Vasiliu's Gerard was pure joy.  He sang with great tonal dimension and sculpted with distinction the role of the servant/French Revolutionary hero hopelessly in love with Maddalena.”

- The Greenville News

"Bass-baritone Valentin Vasiliu possessed a golden voice..."

- The Washington Post, by Bob Waters

"Valentin Vasiliu possesses the kind of plush, rolling bass that's just right for the Mephistophelean nemeses who destroy Hoffmann's women."

-The Washington Post, by Joe Banno

"Orff's best writing for male voice belonged to Vasiliu and he made more than the most of it. He filled the hall even orchestra and chorus were playing and singing in full force. His dominance... was impressively powerful, including a truly voluptuous last two quatrains. Adding comic skills to vocal agility he was a delight..."

- Alexandria Gazette, by Brad Hathaway

"...baritone Valentin Vasiliu gave a strong, expressive and convincing reading."

- The Washington Post, John Pitcher

"...as Nourabad, Valentin Vasiliu fulfilled the condition of excellence..."

- Galeria Agora, by Dumitru Avachian

"And lastly, there is the wonderfully lecherous and evil Baron Scarpia, sung by Valentin Vasiliu. Mr. Vasiliu was the quintessential bad guy, and he played and sang the part with great vigor and obvious delight as he imposed himself on those around him and sang delightfully of how he took no pleasure in love , but did enjoy the conquest of others. We believed him. Scarpia is a major figure in this opera, and Vasiliu proved up to the part with fine singing and acting and commanding stage presence the part requires. I can think of a couple Verdi roles that would fit his demeanor and voice just perfectly- and if I can, others will no doubt will, too. Fine job! "

- Operaonline.us, by Paul Joseph Walkovski

"Vasiliu brought bulk, menace, authority, calculated ugliness and lush bass/baritone sound to his part.... Vasiliu as Scarpia weighed into his evil with lip curling delght, dominating the stage and pouring out his bile of violence, rape and sadism with delicious, exaggerated enthusiasm. He provided a perfect foil for Tosca's aria. The soaring purity of Foster's tone played wonderfully off Vasiliu's rumbling depth."

-Telegram & Gazette, by John Zeugner

"The beautiful baritone solos that grace Baker's work were performed by Valentin Vasiliu, a singer of international reputation who is a native of Romania. ... His major contribution to the 'Requiem' was to bring a realistic life to all the emotions expressed by the work. He is a performer as well as a singer."

- The Advertiser, by Ray Bloom