Natalya Romaniw Soprano
Recipient of INDEPENDENT OPERA Vocal Scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
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.
Operatic engagements have included La Rondine with British Youth Opera, the cover of First Nymph in Rusalka at the Glyndebourne Festival and Anne Truelove The Rake’s Progress at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff for WNYO. More recently she appeared as Giulia in La scala di seta for British Youth Opera, covered the roles of Anne Truelove and Armida Rinaldo for the Glyndebourne Festival and sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Clonter Opera.
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".
Natalya was awarded first prize at the London Welsh ‘young singer of the year’ and 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. This year Natalya won 2nd prize in Houston Grand Opera's McCollum Competition.
At the Guildhall she has 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.
This season Natalya sings Mozart’s Requiem with Swansea Philharmonic Choir, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Duruflé’s Requiem at Sherbourne, Giunia Lucio Silla and a concert of Mozart arias in Baden Baden for Classical Opera Company, and cover of the Countess Le Nozze di Figaro for the Glyndebourne Festival. In the 2012/13 season Natalya joins Houston Grand Opera’s prestigious Young Artist Program.
Natalya is currently an Associate Artist with the Classical Opera Company and is the proud recipient of both the first prize and the song prize in the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.
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