The South Bank Sky Arts Awards have announced the nomination of outstanding young soprano Natalya Romaniw for this year’s Times Breakthrough category, which recognises up-and-coming talent from every area of the arts. Natalya joins a highly prestigious list of nominees, which in previous years has celebrated the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Billie Piper and Ben Whishaw. With winners due to be announced in early July, the news comes just ahead of Natalya’s exciting role debut in Jenufa in Grange Park Opera’s first season at West Horsley Place.
Born and raised in Wales, Natalya owes her name to her Ukranian Grandfather who settled in Wales during the Second World War. She shot to prominence last year following outstanding performances as Tatyana Eugene Onegin (Garsington Opera) and Lisa Queen of Spades (Opera Holland Park) after which she was declared “a Tatyana in a thousand” (The Sunday Times) and “one of the outstanding sopranos of her generation” (The Telegraph). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gold Medal at the Guildhall School of Music, the Clonter Opera Prize and the London Welsh Singer Award. She was also the first person ever to win both the Loveday Song Prize and first prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2012.
This latest nomination comes as a great acknowledgement of Natalya’s achievements and recognises her as one of the most exciting young talents in the British Arts.