This week, Ira spoke with award-winning Venetian vocalist Giada Valenti. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Valenti talks about her career journey from Venice to Las Vegas (where she now lives); her health scare and the biggest lesson she learned in life; her three-times-a-week Facebook Live show; her welcome by the arts and entertainment community here; the challenges for artists during the spread of the coronavirus; and how she stays optimistic.
Valenti was born and raised in Venice, Italy, and showed musical promise as early as seven, when she began studying piano and vocals. As a child, she would perform in regional competitions.
She honed her skills studying piano and music theory at the Santa Cecilia music school in Venice, and later through achieving her music degree at the G. Tartini in Trieste.
After her formal education, Valenti rose to the top rung of Italy’s music artists, winning prestigious awards and charting with hit songs. After moving to New York, she earned the distinction of being the subject of two hour-long documentaries about her life by the Italian television networks Sky Italia and Rete 4.
Her PBS television special, “From Venice With Love,” is available as a CD and DVD.