Russian-born Natasha Novitskaia is a mezzo-soprano on her way to an important career as a true dramatic Verdi mezzo, excelling in repertoire such as Dalila, Santuzza, Azucena, Amneris, some Wagner and many of the important Russian roles for mezzo. She is an exceptionally exciting recent addition to the Laifer Artists Roster..Receiving early training in singing and classical piano, she holds Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Marylhurst University and a Master’s degree in Russian Literature from St. Petersburg University. Her first teacher in the United States was Ellen Faull, former Professor of Voice at the Juilliard School in NYC. She presently works with Bill Schuman.
Natasha is a prizewinner of the 2011 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. Though she began her career as a liricospinto soprano, her true voice was mezzo and she began singing mezzo roles about four years ago.
She has performed Amneris, Fricka and Carmen with New York Opera Forum. In 2015 she sang the Principessa in Suor Angelica in the Tuscia Opera Festival in Cordona, Italy. She also sang in a gala concert in New York City, “Opera Night”, where she performed arias and duets from Aida, Trovatore, and Carmen.
In 2015 she made her European solo recital debut singing Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Sviridov with pianist Sergey Neller, and in 2016 she sang a solo recital at the Russian Embassy in Berlin, performing arias from Samson et Dalila, Carmen, and Kashchie the Immortal by Rachmaninoff in addition to songs by Rachmaninoff.
She has worked with Martina Arroyo, Jonathan Kelly, Grace Bumbry, Sherrill Milnes, Marcello Giordani.
This past summer she performed with the Mercury Orchestra as the vocal soloist in Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky, composed for mezzo-soprano, chorus, and orchestra (“in the heart wrenching ΄The Field of the Dead΄… her oboe-like voice reached out“). In October, Natasha sang Azucena in a concert performance of Il Trovatore at the Liederkranz Society in New York. Most recently this winter she sang in a duo recital with soprano Olga Zhuravel Maselli at Scorca Hall at Opera America in NYC.
After her performing the Amneris/Radames duet from Act 4 in the Giacomini Gala concert at Carnegie Hall Natasha is then is off to Italia coaching and presenting a masterclass in Russian at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in conjunction with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Next season she will be making her Tokyo concert debut with orchestra in an all-Russian program and she will also debut with the Russian Chamber Arts Society in Washington at the Maison Francais.
We are very much looking forward to Natasha’s performing at the Giacomini gala and welcome her to Carnegie Hall. An exciting performer on her way!!