Valer Barna-Sabadus was born in 1986 in Arad -(Banat) in Romania and came to Germany as a late emigrant, where he has been living since 1991. He grew up in a family of musicians and received his first musical education (piano, violin) here. At the age of 17 he was accepted at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich because of his special talent and received lessons in singing, voice countertenor with Prof. Gabriele Fuchs from 2004 to 2006.
He has been a full student since Oct. 2006 and is currently in his 7th semester, specializing in concert and opera singing. Besides his successful participation in numerous concerts inside and outside the university, he sang the title role of Rinaldo in Haendel’s opera of the same name in St. Pölten with the baroque ensemble Capella Incognita in 2007 at the age of 21. As a member of the Bavarian Theatre Academy “August Everding”, he has already appeared in several opera productions, including the theatre festival Spielart in the production “Treffen” as an actor and singer, as well as at the Baroque Night Olching as Endimione in G. A. Bernabei’s chamber opera “Diana Amante” and as Puck in Henry Purcell’s Singspiel “The Fairy Queen” as an open air project with the Lower Bavarian Chamber Orchestra.
He also took on the role of the dead Gretchen in Jan Müller- Wieland’s dream scenes “Aventures Faust”(UA) at the reopening of the reactor hall in Munich. In 2009, at the age of 23, he made his debut at the Salzburg Pentecost Festival in the role of Adrasto in Niccolò Jommelli’s “Demofoonte” under the baton of Riccardo Muti and directed by Cesare Lievi with the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini” as a co-production with the Ravenna Festival and the Opéra National de Paris, and was subsequently named “Artist of the Month” by the world-famous music forum “Musical America”. Immediately afterwards he sang Enea in another Jommelli opera – “Didone abbandonata” – at an open-air concert at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart with the Klassische Philharmonie Stuttgart under Frieder Bernius and directed by Nelly Danker.
In autumn 2009 he took on the title role in Vivaldi`s opera “Orlando furioso” under the musical direction of Michael Hofstetter and the production of Christof Nel with the Neue Hofkapelle München as a project of the Bayerische Theaterakademie with the Prinzregententheater. Future engagements will take the young countertenor to Schwetzingen for the Mozart Summer 2010, where he will appear in the opera “La clemenza di Tito” as Sesto under Dan Ettinger and directed by Günter Krämer. Furthermore, he will make his debut at Oper Frankfurt in autumn 2010 as Ruggiero in the opera “Orlando furioso” by A. Vivaldi under the musical direction of Günter Krämer. Directed by Andrea Marcon and directed by David Bösch. He will return to this opera in the 2012/13 season in Cavalli`s “La Calisto” in the role of Endimione. Valer Barna-Sabadus has also already made a name for himself as an oratorio/concert singer. He has performed with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic, the Hofkapelle Munich and the Banater Philharmonic. On the occasion of the Ingolstadt Organ Days, he made several CD recordings with him: among others as a vocal soloist in the work “Omnia” by R.M.Helmschrott (UA), which will be released by the label Guild. Valer Barna-Sabadus is a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.