Valerie has sung countless operatic solo roles throughout the UK and abroad.
Valerie was born in Fife and studied singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow with Pat McMahon. Whilst there she won the Governors Recital Prize, two Caird Scholarships and the John Noble Award which with further support from the Friends of Covent Garden enabled her to undertake a years study at the National Opera Studio in London.
Valerie made her debut with English National Opera as Mercedes in the David Poutney production of Carmen, this was followed by further appearances as 2nd Lady in Mozarts Magic Flute, 3rd Nymph in Rusalka, Maddalena in Rigoletto, The Lady in David Sawers acclaimed new opera Morning to Midnight, Grimgerde in Die Walkure which was also performed at the Glastonbury Festival, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, Glasha in Katya Kabanova, The Grandmother in Juliette with Olivier Award winning director Richard Jones and Ann's Mother in the World Premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Other Operatic appearances include Dorabella ( Cosi Fan Tutte ), Cherubino ( The Marriage of Figaro ), Charlotte ( Grand Duchess of Gerolstein ) for Scottish Opera, Natasha in The Electrification of the Soviet Union for Music Theatre Wales, Carmen in Hong Kong, Rosina ( Barber of Seville ) at the Festival de la Vezere in France, Krobyle in the Richard Strauss Opera Des Esels Schaten with Sir Peter Ustinov at the Covent Garden Festival and Mrs Turner in Will Todds new opera The Blackened Man at the Linbury Theatre Covent Garden.
Valerie's recent concert platform appearances include the Verdi Requiem in Coventry Cathedral, Bury St Edmonds Cathedral, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Barbican Concert Hall, Mendelssohns Elijah in St Hellier, Barbican Concert Hall, Truro Cathedral, Elgars Dream of Gerontius in Dunblane Cathedral, St Albans Abbey, Elgars Sea Pictures in Athens, Mahlers 8th Symphony in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Midsummer Music with the English Sinfonia at Gibside.
Future plans for Valerie include a return to English National Opera for Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata, Pirates of Penzance, Queen of Spades and a new commission Between Worlds with composer Tansy Davies and director Deborah Warner, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance at the Grand Theatre Luxembourg and Theatre de Caen, Messiah in the APEX Concert Hall Bury St Edmonds, Dream of Gerontius in Dunblane Cathedral and further work with her students at the University of Sunderland.