Cherie Valaray, soprano
Cherie Valaray is a coloratura soprano. She is known for her vocal control and expression which allows her to sing the most difficult literature with ease. Her dynamic versatility enables her to perform in a wide range of repertoire and styles. Hungarian-born, Cherie Valaray moved to Los Angeles in 2010 after living in Sydney, Australia for eight years.
She received a Performing Artists degree from the Budapest Studio of the Hungarian Society of Musicians and Dancers where her primary teacher was Olga Sik. She also studied acting for two years in Budapest. Cherie studied also in New York City with Metropolitan Opera tenor, Gabor Carelli, and sang at sponsored charity concerts in the city. In Sydney, Australia, She studied with the internationally-known vocal coach, David Harper and Andrew Dalton, vocal coach for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Cherie studied with renowned Australian tenor, Jonathon Welch whose Tenor Australis included Cherie in their ‘Three Tenors and a Diva’ tour. She continues working privately in Los Angeles with Rakefet Hak, Director of Opera Studio, UCLA.
In 1999, Cherie Valaray performed Die Fledermaus and Gypsy Baron on tour with the Hannover Theater in Germany and Austria. In 2000, she sang at the Lehar and Kalman Operetta Festival in Hungary. Cherie toured throughout Australia with her “Dueling Sopranos” classical/comedy duo in 2004. In 2006 Cherie made her first of several appearances at Goethe Haus in Jakarta Indonesia for the Sydney International Cultural Centre. She was honored to perform at the annual budgetary dinner of the Federal Parliament House, Canberra, 2006. Cherie has also performed more than 30 times at the Sydney International Cultural Centre. In 2008, Cherie sang in Indonesia with Australian Conductor, George Ellis, at the opening of the JakArt08 International Festival, as well as for solo performances at the Adi Puri Cultural Center. In 2010 Cherie gave a solo recital at the Town Hall for The Performing Arts Christchurch, New Zealand, performing Opera, Operetta, Broadway and Baroque music. In 2010, she gave a solo charity concert at the Los Angeles Hungarian House.