Soprano

Valeria Safonova

In the choir since 2004

CAN YOU IMAGINE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT MUSIC?
I think I could. I’m a mother, and my child is as important to me as my work. With time, I’ve come to the conclusion that the essence of life isn’t limited to success or occupation — although music certainly makes me happy. Music gives me the sensation of immortality. I fear death most of all — death, old age, disease. But when I’m totally immersed in your work, in music… I can’t even call it “happiness”. It’s pain, it’s joy, it’s tears. But that’s when I feel death doesn’t exist. Happiness is when two notes make a connection to your heart. Nobody can take this feeling away from you, and you don’t even need the stage or the audience to experience it.
WHAT IS THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER FOR A PERFORMER?
It’s hard to say for certain. A whole range of skills is required. First and foremost, it’s natural ability, of course. That alone is not enough though. Certain character traits — the ability to work hard, endure difficulties and present oneself — are just as crucial. I lack those traits: I can’t get over myself and be an active contender for certain roles or insist on auditions. I suspect such qualities can be even more important than talent for a successful career — at least for a soloist.
WHAT THREE MUSIC PIECES DO YOU CONSIDER THE PINNACLE OF MUSIC?
There’s a vast amount of music that I love. I can’t name just three, five or even ten pieces.

What I can say is that some pieces of music feel otherworldly and ingenious. They don’t require any work: you don’t have to suffer and struggle with them. All you have to do is set them free. Two names are sacred to me: Bach and Mozart. Two composers whose every note is ingenious
WHAT DO YOU VALUE THE MOST IN WORKING WITH MUSICAETERNA?
MusicAeterna is Teodor Currentzis: he had his musicAeterna before us, and he’ll probably have one after us, too. Teodor is a true musician for whom compromise is never an option. Working with him is never easy but always rewarding. Of course, you can only live a life of absolute creation when you’re young, free, strong and passionate. That’s what makes musicAeterna beautiful.

musicAeterna choir events

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998)
Choir Concert “Pushkin Wreath”

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

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An event of residency

Philippe Hersant
Choral Opera Tristia (2016)

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An event of residency

Dmitri Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Dmitri Smirnov
Prayers from St. John Chrysostom’s Liturgy for mixed choir