Russian-born mezzo Natasha Novitskaia debuts at the Mythos Festival as Amneris in the coming summer after being chosen as a winner of their competition this past January. She will also perform in the Mascagni gala on August 12 singing the Ave Maria (honoring Fiorenze Cossotto) and returns in summer 2019 for Amneris once again. In 2018-19 she performs her first Santuzza for Opera Connecticut in 2019. A recent success was in the annual Sergio Franchi Memorial Gala in front of 4,000 people in Stonington, CT last year.
Her other recent successes were at a duo concert with Zoya Gramagin in an art institute in NYC , 2017. Just prior, she made her Carnegie Hall debut where she was featured guest artist in an opera gala honoring the great Italian tenor Giuseppe Giacomini last spring. She will appear in Italy next season in a similar gala.
Having begun her career as a spinto soprano, her voice transitioned to dramatic mezzo-soprano about four years ago, and she is now on her way to an important career as a true Verdian mezzo, also excelling in repertoire such as Dalila, Santuzza, and Lyubasha and in many of the important Russian mezzo roles as well as the works of Wagner (Erda, Fricka, and Waltraude).
Her early music education was in classical piano and singing, and she received her degree from St. Petersburg University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Vocal Performance. Her first teacher in the United States was Ellen Faull, former Professor of Voice at the Juilliard School. Subsequently she has worked with Martina Arroyo, Steve Crawford, Grace Bumbry, Sherrill Milnes, and Marcello Giordani and is working currently with William Schuman, Jonathan Kelly of the Met, Craig Ketter, and Richard Barker in Italy. In January, she won the Taormina Competion in Rome, Italy. This past fall, she was a finalist in the Altamura Caruso International Voice Competition in NYC. Additionally, she was a prizewinner of the 2011 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition and semifinalist in the American Prize Vocal Competition.
Natasha has performed Amneris, Fricka and Carmen with New York Opera Forum, Azucena with One World Symphony in New York City and at St. Thomas Acquinas in Brooklyn; Santuzza with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera at the Players Club in New York. In 2015 she sang the Principessa (Suor Angelica) in the Tuscia Operafestival 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. Additionally, in New York, Natasha has performed at Carnegie Hall, American National Opera Center, Liederkranz Foundation, and Merkin Concert Hall. 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 Rachmaninoff’s Kashchie the Immortal plus additional songs by Rachmaninoff.
Last year Natasha performed Azucena in a concert performance of Il Trovatore at the Liederkranz Foundation and received a standing ovation. This performance followed her appearance with the Mercury Orchestra as soloist in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky for mezzo, chorus, and orchestra. (“In the heart wrenching ‘The Field of the Dead’…her oboe-like voice reached out [to the audience].”) Last March she performed at Opera America’s Scorca Hall with soprano Olga Zhuravel Maselli in a concert entitled “Romance and Beauty of the Spring.” After the Giacomini Gala she was in Italy presenting master classes in Russian at the Accademia di Belle Arte di Firenze and has just returned from presenting a second round of classes there. Last summer, in addition to the Franchi Gala, she presented a song recital in NYC with soprano Zoya Gramagin and pianist/composer Natalia Medvedovskaya.
As noted earlier as a result of winning the Taormina Competition in Rome this past January, she was chosen to perform her first Amneris at the Taormina Festival on Aug 24, 2018 when they honor the 10th anniversary of the passing of the great Giuseppe DiStefano. She is also on hold for Marina in a new Boris Godunov in Tokyo in 2020-21.