Natalya Romaniw

Natalya Romaniw

‘Natalya Romaniw sings Maliella. Her incisive soprano is exciting, vibrant from top to bottom and secure in its attack’

Francis Muzzu, Opera Now

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Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw owes her name to her Ukranian Grandfather who settled in Wales during the Second World War.   This outstanding young singer was winner of the Gold Medal at the Guildhall School of Music and both the first prize and the song prize at the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier award.   Natalya went on to join Houston Grand Opera’s prestigious Young Artists Program.   She is a constant surprise with the repertoire she can sing so early in her career and relishes the demands of the Italian and German romantic operatic repertoire.


Full Biography

Award winning 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 where she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal in her final year. A recent alumni of the Houston Grand opera studio, Natalya was the 2nd prize winner of the Eleanor McCollum competition 2012.

Operatic engagements have included Mimi La Bohème, Ines Il Trovatore, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Micaela Carmen and Krystina The Passenger, with performances at the Lincoln Center in New York (Houston Grand Opera).

Natalya was the first person to ever win both the Loveday song prize and first prize at the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier awards in 2012. Subsequent awards include the Clonter Opera prize, London Welsh singer and the Welsh singer’s competition. In 2009 Natalya represented Wales in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the world competition where she was a song prize finalist.

Recent engagements include the Governess The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour, Beethoven 9th Symphony 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.

Praised for her outstanding performance as Maliella in I Gioielli della Madonna, which gained critical acclaim in 2013, she returned to Opera Holland Park this summer as Fiora in L’amore dei tre Re.

This season’s engagements include, Suzel L’Amico Fritz for Den Jyske Opera, Foreign Princess Rusalka for Scottish Opera, a Valentine’s Day Gala with the Hallé under Stephen Bell, Lisa Pique Dame for Opera Holland Park and Tatyana Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera in 2016.

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A Summer of Opera

May 5th, 2016

Hazard Chase singers in UK’s top summer opera festivals

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Wedd and Romaniw in Rusalka

April 1st, 2016

Scottish Opera’s five-star production includes Peter Wedd as Prince, and Natalya Romaniw as Foreign Princess.

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Natalya Romaniw makes her Danish debut

October 1st, 2015

Soprano sings Suzel in L’amico Fritz at Den Jyske Opera

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Natalya Romaniw stars in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre Re

July 14th, 2015

Soprano makes eagerly awaited return to Opera Holland Park

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Natalya Romaniw Returns to Houston Grand Opera

April 15th, 2015

Former HGO Studio Artist returns to sing Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre

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Dvorak – RUSALKA (Scottish Opera)

“To completely the love-triangle Natalya Romaniw made a very impressive Foreign Princess:  here is a (welsh-born) soprano who can sing big and sing nuanced, who has the body language but never acts the vamp.”
Andrew Clark, Opera Magazine (June 2016)

“Natalya Romaniw makes a stunning company debut as the Princess; …with sit-up-and-notice power to her voice that made her much more than just an add-on.”
Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International (Apr 2016)

“Natalya Romaniw is an eye and ear-catching Foreign Princess.”
Glasgow Theatre Blog (Apr 2016)

“Natalya Romaniw’s foreign princess, vengefully jealous of Rusalka’s impending marriage to the Prince, is a wonderfully larger-than-life femme fatale.”
Mark Brown, The Telegraph (Apr 2016)

“Vital women surround Duprels too: Natalya Romaniw as the conniving Foreign Princess.”
Geoff Brown, The Times (Apr 2016)

Montemezzi – L’Amore dei tre Re – Opera Holland Park

“Romaniw, in particular, brought thrilling and fearless vocalism, plus an exciting spinto edge in her powerful soprano, to the princess Fiora, forced by politics into marriage with the son of the conquering King Archibaldo”
Hugo Shirley, Opera Magazine (Oct 2015)

I Gioielli della Madonna – Opera Holland Park

‘Natalya Romaniw sings Maliella.   Her incisive soprano is exciting,  vibrant from top to bottom and secure in its attack,  plus she has an instinctive feel for the phrasing this music requires’.
Francis Muzzu, Opera Now (Oct 2013)

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‘Natalya Romaniw is quite thrilling as the wanton Maliella.  The voice delivers rich and even tone across the range, remaining steady even at dynamic extremes, and there’s a stage presence and personality to match it.  If she heeds the right mentors this Welsh singer,  winner of the Ferrier prize,  and still only 26,  could be incubating a world-class career as a dramatic soprano’.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph (July 2013)

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Kathleen Ferrier Award 2012 – Wigmore Hall

“…there can be no argument that the winner of both the First and Song Prize is potentially a world-class talent… Natalya Romaniw has a thrillingly large and resonant soprano, which one day could enable her to embrace the big Verdi roles. Her style already has a touch of the grand manner, evident in a full-blooded account of an extract from Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Strauss’ Ständchen and Ruhe meine Seele were delivered with flair, but it was her witty and impassioned way with Britten’s Tell me the Truth that charmed me most.”
Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph (May 2012)

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Donizetti – LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Clonter Opera, July 2011)

“Sensational would not be an exaggerated description of the Lucia of the Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw, a recent graduate of the opera course at the Guildhall and a winner of several competitions, including Young Welsh Singer of the Year.  She has a strong, full tone and sang the Mad Scene magnificently…She is a talent to note, as many companies already know.”
Michael Kennedy, Opera Magazine (October 2011)

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Tchaikovsky – IOLANTA  (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, June 2011)

“Most remarkable of all was the singing of Natalya Romaniw: already such a big, rich voice, it seems to have unlimited possibilities, and she is a delicate and sensitive actress too”
Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now (December 2011)

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Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
01223 706023

Assistant Artist Manager

Caroline Challis (Cambridge)
01223 706414