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Commendatore Dino Valle

Commendatore Dino Valle, verdian baritone, a native of Italy, came to the United States some years ago. While studying voice(opera and drama) at the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts, he entered the Mario Lanza voice competition and won first prize. This Mario Lanza Award was given to him in recognition of his beautiful voice.

Mr. Valle was the star of his own TV show "Milleluci" for a year and a half, a program that showcased top Italian and American Talent, singers, dancers, local orchestras and geographical views of Italy.

Mr. Valle studied voice and music with Maestro Elio Gennari, a colleague of tenor Mario Del Monaco and Franco Corelli, at the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts, Madonna University, and Indiana University School of Music, where he had opera workshop and master classes with mezzo soprano Martha Lipton, Soprano Virginia Zeani and Metropolitan Opera coach, Joan Dorneman.

Mr. Valle made his operatic debut as "Conte Monterone" with the Michigan Opera Theatre production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto".

Mr. Valle was the featured baritone in the Toledo Operas outreach program, "Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana", directed by James Meena.

Mr. Valle has sang with the Allen Park Symphony, the Oakway Symphony, the Dearborn Symphony, the Warren Symphony, the Livonia Symphony and the Plymouth Symphony, the Birmingham - Bloomfield Symphony and the Rackham Symphony Choir, both were directed by Michigan Opera Theatre's conductor, Suzanne Acton.  In the production of La Traviata and L'Elisir D'Amore. Mr. Valle sang the roles of Germont and Dr. Dulcamara. Suzanne Acton commented, " these two roles were meant for Dino Valle". .

Mr. Valle has performed with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Leslie Dunner, in the concert version of "La Traviata" as "Giorgio Germont", The "Barber of Seville" as "Don Basilio", and "I Pagliacci" as "Tonio".

Mr. Valle was the featured baritone at Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall with sopranos Fidan & Huraman Kasimova from Baku Azerbaijan under the direction of Volodymyr Schesuik of the Livonia Symphony Orchestra.

Most recently, he has returned to Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, performing in the highly acclaimed concert "The 3 Baritones" with metropolitan opera legend, the late, Pablo Elvira along with Quinto Milito and Maestro Russell Reed of the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra. Pablo Elvira frequently commented about their two voices being undistinguishable.  Pablo Elvira was "The Barber" of our generation - an icon. Mr. Valle also performed at Detroit Opera House with legendary Basso, Michele Pertusi, along with the Parma Opera ensemble, in a rousing duet from Verdi's Attila. Thet duet was received with thunderous applause.

Commendatore Dino Valle is a recording artist with the Errante Label, having recorded more than fifty arias and classical Italian songs. Most sessions were recorded at Detroit's acoustic marvel, Orchestra Hall.

Mr. Valle is the host of the "Classical Radio Program", Sundays, on Michigan Catholic Radio,  1090 AM, 12:00 to 1:00PM, You can also listen on-line, by selecting www.michigancatholicradio.org.

Mr. Valle is the founder and Artistic Director of the "Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan" & "The Statue of Enrico Caruso Society" (The statue of Enrico Caruso is now on display at the Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theater), which are dedicated to the preservation and education of opera.

Commendatore Valle was knighted by the sovereign order of St. John of Jerusalem "Knights of Malta" and appointed "Commendatore Gerosomilitano of the Glorious Knights of Malta" by Cardinal Quattrini from Vatican City, for his contribution as a performer, broadcasting news, events, music, opera and culture and liturgical sacred music via concerts in the most beautiful cathedrals and churches in the world. and pilgrimages, performing in Saint Peter's Cathedral and Saint Mary Major, for Pope John Paul II and for Cardinal Edmund Szoka. Cardinal Szoka gave his blessing.   Also, during the grand opening of Michigan Catholic Radio, Mr. Valle wrote three sacred songs; an Ave Maria, Pater Noster and Agnus Dei . These were blessed with the Imprimatur of Cardinal Adam Maida.  He told Mr. Valle to take his voice to all the Churches in our diocese and evangelize our people. 

Mr. Valle performs regularly in Canada and Italy. Most recently he sang in Mozart's home town of Salzburg Austria. His "cherished performance' was for Pope John Paul II, in Vatican City, who called him "A true exponent of opera and fine arts". The Detroit Free Press says, "Valle has such a remarkable voice and sense of drama, his performances thrill opera devotees." Mr. Valle has been praised by, Luciano Pavarotti, Carlo Bergonzi and Sherrill Milnes "Bella Voce".