American bass Valerian Ruminski makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Rocco in Beethoven's Fidelio – a role he has previously performed with Manitoba Opera.
Recent engagements include Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin for Calgary Opera, the Sacristan in Tosca with Opéra de Montréal, and Luther/ Crespel in Les contes d'Hoffmann with Hawaii Opera Theatre. Upcoming engagements include Sparafucile in Rigoletto for Calgary Opera and Prince Gremin for the Danish National Opera.
Mr. Ruminski has performed with many of the great opera companies in the US and abroad including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Miami Opera, Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Ireland, Opéra de Monte Carlo, Birmingham Opera, Opéra de Québec, Vancouver Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, The Green Mountain Festival, and Festival de Belle-ile en Mer (France).
He can be heard on the Naxos label release of Night at the Opera with other singers who have debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as well as on the newly released Victor Herbert Collection on New World Records.
Mr. Ruminski has performed the roles of Figaro & Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Colline (La bohème), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Feniscio (Ermione), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), Sam (Un ballo in maschera), Ramphis and the King (Aïda), Zuniga (Carmen), Dr.Grenvil (La traviata), Inspector Budd (Albert Herring), Ratcliffe (Billy Budd), Frank (Die Fledermaus), First Soldier (Salome), Daland (The Flying Dutchman), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Dulcamara (The Elixir of Love), Garibaldo (Rodelinda), Il Re (Ariodante), Ligniere (Cyrano), Don Pasquale and Basilio (The Barber of Seville) among many others.
Mr. Ruminski is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He is the recipient of many prestigious grants and awards including the Lincoln Center Martin Segal Award, a Richard Tucker Grant, a William Mattheus Sullivan Foundation Grant, a Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant, and the 2000 MacAllister Award; he is winner of the NJ Verismo Competition, the NYSTA Coloratura Competition and the Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition sponsored by the Koscziuszko Foundation.
Since 2009 Mr. Ruminski has been the Founder and General Director of Nickel City Opera in Buffalo, New York.