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THE MAGIC FLUTE/SARASTRO- THE LISMORE FESTIVAL- The Irish Times- Michael Dervan- June 2014

" Valerian Ruminski was sonorous, stately and authoritative. "



THE FLYING DUTCHMAN/DALAND- The Calgary Herald- Stephen Bonfield- 2/2/14

The role of Daland is always an opportunity for a basso profundo to take centre stage and Valerian Ruminski was great. Even better was his duet with Mr. Fink in Act I – where the deal is struck for the Dutchman to marry Daland’s daughter Senta. It was great stuff. And his timing in the opera’s only truly comic scene in Act III was well played.


Montreal-LaPresse- Claud Gingras-December 2013-VERDI GALA

"The most commanding moment came from the American Valerian Ruminski, an enormous bass voice capable also of suppleness as we heard in the 2008 Gala".



Bass Valerian Ruminski, who played Bartolo's friend Don Basilio, shares Pershall's comedic gifts. His deep voice was consistently interesting in his portrayal of Don Basilio. 



Even at the dress rehearsal, his energy jumped off the stage. His bass voice boomed. He has performed this role before, with Opera Hawaii, and is at home in it. He was always 150 percent engaged, up to something.



As Don Magnifico, Valerian Ruminski filled the role capably and with impressive vocal security. 
                                                    Bernard Jacobson, SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL 1/2012



"Apart from Zajick and the Chorale itself, the vocal thrill of this memorable evening was the immense bass of Valerian Ruminski, thundering forth impressively as the Archbishop. With a shade more seasoning, this Buffalo-born bass could clean up internationally in the great roles of the Russian repertory."
David Shengold, Opera News 5/2007


"Valerian Ruminski’s booming, sonorous bass and dramatic presence brought authoritative power to the Archbishop."
Janet Schweitzer, New York Times Feb 24 2007


"Valerian Ruminski was powerful as the Archbishop. "
Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times, NYC Feb 25, 2007


  I PURITANI- The Metropolitan Opera

" Valerian Ruminski was excellent as


Richard Martet- Opera Magazine- France 

Don Pasquale/Don Pasquale- Hawaii Opera Theatre

" Valerian Ruminski has a strong voice and was an excellent blustering fool"
Ruth Bingham- Star Advertiser  Feb 2012

Lucia di Lammermoor/Raimondo- Hawaii Opera Theatre

'Bass Valerian Ruminski was excellent throughout'
Ruth Bingham- Star Advertiser Feb 2011

Carmen- Hawaii Opera Theatre
" Zuniga was admirably sung and acted by  Valerian Ruminski".

                Ruth Bingham- Honolulu Advertiser  March 2009


RECORDING REVIEW- San Francisco Herald-Sean Martinfield 5/2012

Operatic Bass Valerian Ruminski shines in two arias from Herbert's first operetta, Prince Ananias (1894) – "Love Ne'er Came Nigh" and "The Time Will Come" – both in the neighborhood of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Mikado". Valerian softens his delivery and pulls out a brogue for the extremely poignant "Belle O'Brien". Seriously, have a kleenex ready by the third chorus of "Belle O’Brien.

Tales of Hoffman- Canadian Opera Company

American Bass Valerian Ruminski gave a fine performance as Luther. Paula Citron, Toronto critic

Barber of Seville- Rossini- Nickel City Opera (Buffalo)
Valerian Ruminski brought his usual vocal power and off-the-wall comedy to the role of Don Basilio.        

Carmen- Hawaii Opera Theatre

" Ruminski, last seen here in a semi-comic role, proves equally strong with straight drama."
                               John Berger, Honolulu Star Bulletin, Feb 2009


Macbeth-Opera Ireland

" Ruminski excelled in the second act aria preceding his murder."
                                                                         Irish Theatre Magazine- Wolfgang Marx  Nov 14, 2009

MANON LESCAUT- Hawaii Opera Theatre

"Valerian Ruminski seemed to merge into his role as Geronte, so that it was difficult to keep singer and actor separate. His voice suited Geronte perfectly, covering the "old-man-bass" range, but with a lighter, quasi-baritone timbre that conveyed aristocratic class."
                                              Ruth Bingham, Hawaii Advertiser  Feb 2009


         "Bass Valerian Ruminski delivered with facility the role of Geronte de Ravoir."
                                                                    Valeria Wenderoth, Hawaii Star Bulletin  Feb 2009


Marriage of Figaro- Hawaii Opera Theatre

"Valerian Ruminski rumbled along comically as Bartolo."
                        Ruth Bingham, Honolulu Advertiser  Jan 2010


The Magic Flute- Opera Lyra Ottawa


"Bass Valerian Ruminski was terrific as the great and wise Sarastro. His low notes were especially pleasing."
                                                                         Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen, September 14, 2009






"Ruminski was of high caliber. He rendered the long, sad monologue of Philip the Second from Verdi's Don Carlo in grave tones, in a voice round and deep and rich which filled the hall."
                                                                                                           Claude Gingras , La Presse Montreal Dec 2008



JUPITER IN ARGOS- Collegiate Chorale-Avery Fisher Hall
"Valerian Ruminski was a blustery if rich-voiced Licaone"
Allan Kozinn  -New York Times, April 30, 2008

" Valerian Ruminski has an outstanding coloratura facility.."
                         David Shengold- NEW YORK TIME OUT April 2008



'Other highlights included Mr. Ruminski's highly entertaining and neatly acted comic aria from
an opera by Moniuszko. This man has the most impressive and powerful bass voices I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.'
                                                                        William Martin, Lake George Chronicle, Aug. 7, 2008


RODELINDA- Handel- Portland Opera

"Valerian Ruminski turned in a winning performance as cynical Garibaldo."

David Stabler- THE OREGONIAN- Feb 2008

"Valerian Ruminski was so terrific as Garibaldo that I dearly wished the role were not so small. He tore up the stage with his solidly projected arias and theatrical conviction"

                       JAMES SOHRE- OPERA TODAY March 2008


Valerian Ruminski, worked his rich instrument with vigor to create the pivotal character, Monterone, whose curse drives Rigoletto over the edge." 
                                                                                               Sally Vallongo, TOLEDO BLADE- Nov 2008


AIDA- Opera Omaha

"Bass Valerian Ruminski, as the King of Egypt, sang with a positively thunderous voice."

John Pitcher- World Herald - April 2008


BARBER OF SEVILLE- Green Mountain Festival

"Bass Valerian Ruminski displayed the richest voice in the role of Don Basilio."

Opera Canada- Jim Lowe, August 2006


COSI FAN TUTTE- Seattle Opera
"Valerian Ruminski was a most enjoyable Don Alfonso."
Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times Feb 2006

"Valerian Ruminski (debut) showed us the bass line we had been missing on Saturday night. He possessed a powerful and supple voice, which he used most musically."
Rod Parke, Seattle Gay News

ROMEO & JULIET- Opera Lyra Ottawa
“Valerian Ruminski's Frere Laurent was particularly effective. His fine bass suited the character admirably, as did his staid but sympathetic demeanor.”
-Richard Todd, Opera Canada, 2005

THE MAGIC FLUTE- Opera Ireland
“Valerian Ruminski sings Sarastro with cavernous dignity…”
-Robert Thicknesse, London Times, 2005

“Resonant bass Valerian Ruminski (Fenicio) impressed with an excellent bel canto technique.”
-David Shengold, Opera National Magazine, 2004

IL TROVATORE- Michigan Opera Theatre
“As Ferrando, young bass Valerian Ruminski started off with an immaculate delivery of ‘Abbietta Zingara.’ Though this aria seems impractical writing on Verdi's part, requiring more suppleness than most basses can deliver, Ruminski proved Verdi knew precisely what he was doing. ”
-John Koopman, Opera News, 2002.

TURANDOT- Vancouver and Calgary Opera
" Valerian Ruminski's Timur showed off a powerful that ricocheted throughout the theatre. His acting , too, was vivid and sincere."
Opera Canada Magazine... Feb, 2006

“Inthe minor role of the King of Tartary, Valerian Ruminski made an impressive debut, with a rich voice and secure delivery.”
-David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun, 2005

AIDA- Montreal, Atlanta  and Florida Grand Opera
"Bass Valerian Ruminski was a grandly sonorous King of Egypt".
John Koopman, Opera News July 2006

"Bass Valerian Ruminski was a powerhouse as the king."
Montreal Gazette- Arthur Kaptainis, May 2006

'Valerian Ruminski brought a Slavic-toned authority to the king.'
Florida Sun Sentinal-Miami, Nov 2006

" Valerian Ruminski, as Figaro, has a heroic voice that easily could lead a revolution"

Steve Cohen- Philadelphia CITY PAPER  1998


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