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Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw was born in Swansea. Natalya’s grandfather, originally from the Ukraine, settled in Wales during the Second World War. Natalya studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of John Llewelyn Evans where she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal in her final year.
At the Guildhall she appeared as Arminda La Finta Giardiniera, Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Ellen Orford Peter Grimes, and the title roles of Anna Bolena and Arabella (Opera Scenes), the title role in Almeida’s La Spinalba, Blanche Les Dialogues des Carmelites and the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
Operatic engagements have included La Rondine and Giulia in La scala di seta with British Youth Opera and cover Anne Truelove The Rake’s Progress at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff for WNYO. In addition, Natalya covered the roles of First Nymph in Rusalka, Armida Rinaldo, and Countess Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival. More recently she sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Clonter Opera and Giunia Lucio Silla for Classical Opera Company. She received outstanding reviews for her portrayal of Maliella in I Gioielli della Madonna at Opera Holland Park.
Already in demand as a soloist on the concert platform, appearances include Messiah in Fishguard, a recital of Rachmaninov Songs at St Luke’s at the Barbican, recitals at the Swansea Festival, Ammanford Arts, in Guernsey and at St David’s Hall Cardiff and as soloist with the Manchester Camerata for their popular New Year’s concerts. She also appears regularly as soloist with the Welsh Male Voice Choirs including the Dunvant, the Morriston Orpheus, Port Talbot and Pontarddulais. For BBC Four Natalya co-presented and appeared as the soprano in the documentary “Chopin and the Singer”. Recent appearances include a concert of Mozart arias in Baden Baden with Classical Opera Company, Mozart’s Requiem with Swansea Philharmonic Choir, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Durufle’s Requiem at Sherborne and a recital at the Llandeilo Festival in Wales.
Natalya was awarded first prize at the London Welsh ‘young singer of the year’ and 1st prize in the 2008 Welsh Singers Competition. In 2009 she represented Wales in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and was winner of the Clonter Opera Prize in 2010. Natalya won 2nd prize in Houston Grand Opera’s McCollum Competition and both the first prize and the song prize in the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.
Natalya joined Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program in 2012 where she has sung Mimi La Bohème, Ines Il Trovatore, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Micaela Carmen and Krystina The Passenger, with performances at the Lincoln Center in New York.
This season’s engagements include the Governess Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour, Beethoven 9 for Garsington Opera, a series of Viennese Gala concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Woglinde in a concert performance of excerpts from Das Rheingold with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Ortlinde Die Walküre for Houston Grand Opera and an Opera Gala for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Natalya will sing Tatyana Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera in 2016.
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