Russian-born Natasha Novitskaia is a dramatic mezzo soprano on her way to an important career as a true Verdi mezzo, excelling as well in repertoire such as Dalila, Santuzza, Lyubasha and many of the important Russian mezzo roles. 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 in New York City. She is a prizewinner of the 2011 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition and semifinalist in the American Prize Competition. Although she began her career as a lyric-spinto soprano, her voice transitioned from soprano to dramatic mezzo about four years ago.
She 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, and Santuzza with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera at the Players Club in New York. In 2015 she sang the Principessa in 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.
Natasha has performed at Carnegie Hall, Opera America National Center, Liederkranz Foundation, and Merkin Concert Hall, all in New York City. 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, Kashchie the Immortal by Rachmaninoff in addition to songs by Rachmaninoff.
She has worked with Martina Arroyo, Steve Crawford, Klaus Sallmann (Berlin), Grace Bumbry, Sherrill Milnes, Marcello Giordani and currently with Jonathan Kelly (Met), Richard Barker in Italia and Craig Ketter.
Natasha performed Azucena in a concert performance of Il Trovatore at the Liederkranz in NYC this past fall to a standing ovation! This past summer she sang in a concert with the Mercury Orchestra where she was the vocal soloist in Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky for mezzo soprano, chorus, and orchestra “in the heart wrenching The Field of the Dead and her oboe-like voice reached out“. She has a duo concert in March with Olga Maselli at the American Opera Center, Scorca Hall and is a guest artist singing at the Giacomini gala on April 4th. She will then be a coach at the Accademia del maggio musicale in Firenze later that month into May. Next fall will see her concert debut with orchestra in Tokyo in an all Russian program.