Valerie Beney – judge of the Festival Musica Del Mar 2018
Swiss Soprano Valérie Beney grew up in Siders. She completed a post-certificate in recorder with Anne Casularo-Kirchmeier and took her first singing lessons with Norbert Carlen and Jean-Luc Follonier. Beney completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music with Prof. Barbara Locher at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. In 2013, Beney got her Master’s Degree in Singing Pedagogy with Opera as a minor from the Bern University of the Arts with Prof. Brigitte Wohlfarth. She completed a part of her education at the Swiss Opera Studio Biel. In 2015, she completed her Master’s Degree in Performance in Bern in Prof. Brigitte Wohlfarth’s class. Master classes with Angelika Kirchschlager, Mireille Delunsch and Marga Schiml top off her profile.
In 2012, Beney got a scholarship from the Friedl Wald Foundation Basel.
As a solo-artist, she participated in the following operas: Europera by John Cage, Un Carnaval à Savièze by Charles Haenni (as Françoise), Angelus Novus II by Helmut Oehring (Collage, the second soprano was specifically composed for Beney), Die Zauberflöte by Mozart (as Pamina). In addition to opera, she is very active regarding recital work and takes part in many concerts and festivals (FestiVal d’Anniviers, Flatus, Art et Musique, Musiques et Cimes). Valérie sang under the direction of Hansruedi Kämpfen, Richard Métrailler, Norbert Carlen, Pascal Crittin, Pascal Mayer, Lennart Dohms, Salvatore Cicero, Riccardo Bovino, Ruth Soland and Pierre Sublet. She has a large repertory and is often asked to interpret the contemporary repertoire. She regularly sings in Vienna and gave recently there a recital in the French Embassy.