Having originally sung as a soprano, Natalie made the transition to mezzo-soprano in Autumn 2018. Natalie Pérez originally studied as a soprano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London under the tutelage of John Evans. In 2011 she joined the Atelier Lyrique of Opera Fuoco (founded by David Stern) and was a repeat prizewinner in the Internationaler Gesangswettbewerb at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. Natalie has performed oratorio, operatic and lieder repertoire internationally in venues including the Barbican Centre, London, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and Theater Magdeburg. Working frequently with David Stern and Opera Fuoco she has also made appearances at such festivals as Bachfest Leipzig, Miami Baroque Festival, and Shanghai Baroque Festival.
French mezzo-soprano Natalie Pérez originally studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London as a soprano under the tutelage of John Evans. She then joined the Atelier Lyrique of Opera Fuoco (founded by David Stern) and was a repeat prizewinner in the Internationaler Gesangswettbewerb at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. In 2018, Natalie was a finalist in the Concours International Bordeaux Médoc Lyrique singing competition and she also took 1st Prize (Opera) and the “Prix Speciaux du Jury” in the 31st Concours International de Chant de Marmande in 2019.
In concert, Natalie performs regularly with the period instrument ensemble Fuoco e Cenere, bringing her to venues in Miami, Paris and further afield. Other notable engagements include a programme of Vivaldi Motets with Orchestra Symphonique Bel-Arte in Dourdon, Poulenc’s song cycle Tel Jour, Telle Nuit as part of Graham Johnson’s concert series and Mozart’s Requiem with Orchestre Helios in Paris.
Passionate about song repertoire, Natalie has participated in master classes with Paul Agnew, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Angelika Kirchschlager, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Ann Murray, Peggy Bouveret and at the Franz-Schubert Institut in Austria, where she worked with Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Bernarda Fink, Tobias Truniger, Robert Holl, Rudolf Jansen, Andreas Schmidt and Roger Vignoles. She has also sung a number of solo lieder recitals in Dortmund, London, and Baden-bei-Wien.
On the operatic platform, Natalie’s roles include La Musica and Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Hampstead Garden Opera, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera Fuoco, Sofia in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino and First Nymph in Jacopo Peri’s Euridice with British Youth Opera. While studying at Guildhall she also appeared in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican Centre. Further roles include Bubikopf in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis with conductor Philippe Nahon and Ars Nova (Opéra de Reims, Opéra de Massy, Théâtre de l’Athénée), Tonina in Salieri’s Prima la Musicae poi le Parole with David Stern and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Cisseo in J.C. Bach’s Zanaida at Bachfest Leipzig, Despina in Cosi Fanciulli, a new opera by Nicolas Bacri on a libretto by Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt with David Stern and Opera Fuoco (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Reuil-Malmaison) and Mirtilla in Telemann’s Damon at Theater Magdeburg.
Recent engagements include Fiorella in Offenbach’s Les Brigands at Les Estivales de Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse (France) and in Geneva, Mozart’s Requiem with Orchestre Helios in Paris, The Fairy Queen at Shanghai Baroque Festival, a Telemann programme with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (China) under D. Stern, Handel’s Apollo e Dafne in Moscow, and a residency at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Engagements in 2018/2019 include concerts at the Attersee Musik Festival, a concert/recording of Augustin Pfleger’s music for Trondheim Barokk, a recital with Concert d’automne, Berenice, che fai? for Opera Fuoco, Charpentier’s Mess de Minuit for Les Arts Florissants in Gdansk, Metz and at the Paris Philharmonie, The Golden Bride for Opera Fuoco, Mozart Requiem for Insula Orchestra and Pergolesi/Handel concerts for Orchestre Regional de Normandie.
Engagements in 2019/2020 include Cozzolani Vespers with I Gemelli, recordings with Warner Classics and Naïve Records, a French Song recital as part of the French Song Exchange at the Wigmore Hall, a Handel Recital in Naestved, Denmark and Sesto Giulio Cesare in concert with Opera Fuoco and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.
Natalie was a member of the 8th edition of Le Jardin des Voix, which is the young artists’ academy of William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants.
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“Natalie Pérez’s Despina is charming and sparkling. Excellent actress, she imitates the doctor and the notary with originality. Her singing has a refreshing lightness. The singer projects a very believable charisma, convincing and efficient.” Sabino PENA ARCIA, classiquenews.com
Ullman DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS (Ars Nova)
“…Bubikopf, a Natalie Pérez who delights with her luminous and well projected timbre” Emmanuel ANDRIEU, opera-online.com