Valerian Ruminski

Bass Valerian Ruminski has been lauded by Opera Today for his “solidly projected arias and theatrical conviction,” and by the Mercury News for “powerful lyricism.” A graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and of SUNY-Buffalo, the basso cantante has performed with 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, Opera de Montreal, Opera de Monte Carlo, Birmingham Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera de Quebec, Vancouver Opera, The Canadian Opera Company and The Green Mountain Festival (VT).  He can be heard on the Naxos label release of “Night at the Opera” as well as on the “Collected Songs of Victor Herbert,” available on New World Records.

​Mr. Ruminski has performed the roles of Figaro & Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Colline (La Bohème), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Feniscio (Ermione), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Sam (Un Ballo in Maschera), Ramphis & King (Aïda), Zuniga (Carmen), Dr.Grenvil (La Traviata), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Inspector Budd (Albert Herring), Lt. Ratcliffe (Billy Budd), Frank (Die Fledermaus), First Soldier (Salome), Daland (The Flying Dutchman), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Garibaldo (Rodelinda), Il Re (Ariodante), Ligniere (Cyrano), Basilio and Bartolo (Il Barbiere Di Siviglia). When he portrayed the title role of Don Pasquale, The Buffalo News raved, “[Ruminski] can always be counted on to be a ham, when the occasion demands it, and this one does. Even at the dress rehearsal, his energy jumped off the stage. His bass voice boomed…He was always 150 percent engaged, up to something.”

Ruminski’s recent solo appearances on the concert stage have included Handel’s Messiah with the Ithaca Symphony in New York and at the Lyrique en Mer Festival de Belle Île in France, Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall, Alexander Nevsky with the Philadelphia Chorale, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Honolulu Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic, four return engagements as a soloist in Opéra de Montréal’s annual gala and a performance with Ruth Ann Swenson at the Metropolitan Opera’s Richard Tucker Gala conducted by Julius Rudel.

Ruminski has been awarded numerous accolades 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 was a prizewinner of the NJ Verismo Competition, the NYSTA Coloratura Competition and the Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition sponsored by the Koscziuszko Foundation.

Since 2009 Ruminski has been the Founder and General Director of the acclaimed Nickel City Opera in Buffalo, NY for which he received an award from Opera America for 10 years of stewardship. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Westchester Community College in Valhalla NY.

February 2021