Russian-American dramatic mezzo Natasha Novitskaia debuted in August 2018 at the Mythos Festival in Taormina in her first Amneris after being chosen as a winner of their competition in January 2018 in Rome, Italy. (“Il mezzosoprano russo Natasha Novitskaia fu una ottima Amneris, dalla voce traspartente e decisa, senza tentennamenti”Globus magazine,Italy).
In April 2019 she was awarded with the Second Prize at the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. In March 2019, she sang in the gala-concert “Viva Verdi!” at the National Opera Center in NYC. “Ms. Novitskaia uses the texture of her powerful mezzo instrument to create an aura of suspense and we loved the final “silencio”…and in the lower register she has a certain contralto-like quality. She was a Commanding and devious Amneris in her duet with Amneris!” (Voce di Meche).
In April 2017 Natasha was returning to Carnegie Hall as a featured guest artist in an opera gala honoring the great Italian tenor Giuseppe Giacomini , where she sang the Amneris Radames duet from Aida. She also performed Carmen in the Christmas Ball at Carnegie Hall in December 2018.
In addition to performing her first Amneris at the opening night performance of Aida at last summer’s Mythos Festival in Taormina, she sang arias in the festival’s Mascagni Gala with conductor Alberto Veronese, and she was featured in the Closing Night Gala of the Festival which was conducted by Everett McCorvey. In Summer 2019 she returns to the Mythos Festival for Santuzza in a new Cavalleria. In 2020-21 she is on hold for Marina in a new Boris Godunov in Tokyo.
Having begun her career as a spinto soprano, her voice transitioned to dramatic mezzo-soprano, and she is now became a true Verdian mezzo, also excelling in repertoire such as Santuzza, Dalila, Santuzza, Princess de Bouillon 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 Master’s Degree from St. Petersburg University in Russian Literature and Language. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Marylhurst University. 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, Grace Bumbry, Sherrill Milnes, and Marcello Giordani and is working currently with William Schuman, Jonathan Kelly (Met), Anthony Manoli, Gregory Buchalter (Met)Giovanni Reggioli, and Richard Barker in Italy. In the fall 2017 she was a finalist in the Altamura Caruso International Voice Competition in NYC.
Natasha has performed Fricka and Carmen with New York Opera Forum and Azucena with One World Symphony in New York City and at St. Thomas Acquinas in Brooklyn. In 2015 she sang the Principessa (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 2016 Natasha received a standing ovation for her Azucena in a concert performance of Il Trovatore at the Liederkranz Foundation. 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].”) .
Additionally to opera career Ms.Novitskaia sang numerous concerts and recitals. 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 and conductor Sergey Neller, and in 2016 she sang a solo recital at the Russian Embassy in Berlin, performing arias from Samson et Dalila, Carmen, Rachmaninoff’s Kashchie the Immortaland additional songs by Rachmaninoff.
In March 2017 she performed at Opera America’s Scorca Hall with soprano Olga Zhuravel Maselli in a concert entitled “Romance and Beauty of the Spring” .
In addition to performing her first Amneris at the opening night performance of Aida at Mythos Festival in Taormina (Summer 2018), she sang arias in the festival’s Mascagni Gala with conductor Alberto Veronese, and she was featured in the Closing Night Gala of the Festival which was conducted by Everett McCorvey. She has been asked to return next summer to the Mythos Festival for Santuzza (Cavalleria) as well as she’s on hold for the Santuzza role in Connecticut, 2020. In Winter 2018 she sang at the Holiday Transformation opera concert produced by Lyric Seasons and RE:ARTISTE International Art Organization in New York City. She also performed Carmen in the Christmas Ball at Carnegie Hall in December 2018.