Giuseppe Valentino Buzza was born in Catania, where he graduated from the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory in 2008. Over subsequent years, he participated in masterclass courses run by Leone Magiera, Edda Moser and Renato Bruson, among others.
He won several international singing competitions including the “Luciano Pavarotti Prize” for the Marcello Giordani Foundation (2016) and the First Prize at the “Tito Schipa” Opera Competition (2012).
Valentino participated in various opera productions at the Centre Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo in Valencia (Palau de les Arts’ Opera Studio), including La Bohème (Rodolfo) under the direction of Riccardo Chailly, Così fan tutte (Ferrando) conducted by Marco Guidarini, La Traviata (Giuseppe) and Turandot (Pang) both conducted by Zubin Mehta, Simon Boccanegra (Capitano dei balestrieri) alongside Plácido Domingo under the direction of Evelino Pidò, Vivaldi’s Incoronazione di Dario (title role) led by Federico Maria Sardelli.
Among his past career highlights are the title role in Mozart’s Sogno di Scipione for La Fenice under the baton of Maestro Sardelli; the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas under Stefano Montanari and Nemorino in Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore both at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Aristeo in D. Scarlatti’s Narciso at the Innsbruck Festival and in Valencia. Valentino has also appeared as Edmondo in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the São Paulo Theatro Municipal and as Pang in Turandot at the Torre del Lago Puccini Festival.
With the conduction of Fabio Biondi, he sang Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt for the Valencia Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.
Valentino recorded Puccini’s Turandot (cond. Zubin Mehta) and Manon Lescaut (cond. Plácido Domingo) for Decca, and Verdi’s Macbeth (cond. Fabio Biondi) for Glossa.
Recent and future engagements include the title role in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica for the Opera Barga Festival; Il Coniglio Bianco/il Ghiro in Matteo Franceschini’s Alice at the Teatro Regio di Parma; L’Abate di Chazeuil in Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur for the Bari Teatro Petruzzelli; Leonato in Handel’s Alessandro with the Kammerorchester Basel under the baton of Diego Fasolis in Basel, Göttingen International Handel Festival and Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; Pompeo in Vivaldi’s Farnace under Diego Fasolis and Monsieur Vogelsang in Mozart’s Schauspieldirektor under Federico Maria Sardelli both at La Fenice.