The American bass, Valerian Ruminski, is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and of SUNY-Buffalo. He is the recipient of many grants and awards including the Lincoln Center Martin Segal Award, the William Mattheus Sullivan Foundation Grant, a 2004 Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant, 1st Prize in the 2000 MacAllister Vocal Competition in Indianapolis, 1st Prize in the NJ Verismo Competition and 1st Prize in the NYSTA Coloratura Competition in 2001. He is also an official winner of the Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition in NYC sponsored by the Koscziuszko Foundation.
Valerian Ruminski has performed with some of the great opera companies in the USA and abroad including The Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera de Montreal, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera de Monte Carlo, Opera Ireland as well as debuting at Carnegie Hall in a concert version of La Juive and on PBS for the 25th Annual Richard Tucker Gala.
Valerian Ruminski has performed the roles of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Ferrando(Il Trovatore), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Colline (La Boheme), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Feniscio (Ermione), Sarastro (Magic Flute), Sam (Ballo in Maschera), Ramphis & King (Aida), Zuniga (Carmen), King (Ariodante), Dr.Grenvil (Traviata), Prince Gremin (Onegin), Inspector Budd (Albert Herring), Lt. Ratcliffe (Billy Budd), Frank (Die Fledermaus), First Soldier (Salome) and Basilio (Barber of Seville).
Among his concert appearances include a Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic, a Verdi Requiem for the Verdi Festival in Forli Italy, Song of the Forest for the Bard School Festival of Shostkovich, Carmen in concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Haydn's Creation at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia and the Richard Tucker Gala on PBS in 1999 and 2000.
Upcoming roles include Friar Laurence (Romeo and Juliette) with Opera Lyra Ottawa, Timur (Turandot) with Vancouver and Calgary Opera companies, Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Seattle Opera, The King (Aïda) with l’Opéra de Montréal, and Masetto (Don Giovanni) with Opera Pacific.
Valerian Ruminski can be heard on the Naxos label release of 'Night at the Opera' with other young singers who have debuted at the Metropolitan Opera.