Russian-born Natasha Novitskaia’s most recent success was in the annual Sergio Franchi Memorial Gala in front of 4000 people in Stonington, Connecticutt. In April she appeared in her Carnegie Hall debut where she was a featured guest artist in an Opera Gala honoring the career of the great Italian tenor Giuseppe Giacomini. She will appear again in the Giacomini Gala to be held in Italy this coming season. Natasha is a dramatic mezzo-soprano on her way to an important career as a true Verdi mezzo, also excelling in repertoire such as Dalila, Santuzza, and Lyubasha and in many of the important Russian mezzo roles as well as in 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 in New York City. She also has worked with Martina Arroyo, Steve Crawford, Klaus Sallmann (Berlin), Grace Bumbry, Sherrill Milnes, and Marcello Giordani and is working currently with Jonathan Kelly of the MET, Craig Ketter, and Richard Barker in Italy.
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.
Natasha has performed Amneris, Fricka and Carmen with New York Opera Forum, Azucenawith One World Symphony in New York City and at St. Thomas Acquinas in Brooklyn, andSantuzza 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.
In New York City, Natasha has performed at Carnegie Hall, Opera America National 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, Kashchie the Immortal by Rachmaninoff in addition to songs by Rachmaninoff.
Last fall, Natasha performed Azucena in a concert performance of Il Trovatore at the Liederkranz Foundation in New York and received a standing ovation. This performance followed her appearance 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’…her oboe-like voice reached out [to the audience].”) In March she performed at Opera America’s Scorca Hall with soprano Olga Zhuravel Maselli in a duo concert entitled “Romance and Beauty of the Spring.” After the Giacomini Gala she was in Italy to coach and present masterclasses in Russian at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in conjunction with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. This summer, in addition to the Franchi Gala she presented a song recital in New York City with soprano Zoya Gramagin and pianist/composer Natalia Medvedovskaya. Natasha was also was in the Finals of the Altamura international voice competition in NYC this fall. In addition to a Giacomini gala again for her this time in Italia the coming season, she will perform with Maestro Daniel Oren in Salerno. The following season she will make her debut at La Fenice in Venice in a new production. She is on hold for Marina in a new Boris in Tokyo in several seasons. Amneris awaits her…