The Latvian-born mezzo-soprano launched her singing career in 2009 as a chorus member of the Latvian National Opera, eventually breaking-out as a soloist and concert performer in the United States in 2018. She has appeared in over 200 performances of 30 operas in 6 countries within Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
A rare “Verdi-Mezzo” Natalja enchants audiences with a scorching beauty and personal warmth which exemplifies the elegance and sophistication synonymous with classical music. Her thoughtful investigations of Baroque music is also garnering considerable recognition, even among the non-opera-going public. As directors and admirers attest, her vocal talent is immense. In 2019 Natalja further reinforced the changing perceptions of classical music vocalists when she created a haunting legato for director Martin P. Stevens’ film, “The House of Schudder.”
Natalja's ability to approach differing music styles with such a fierce beauty, commitment and honesty; can only be driven from a life that has been deeply-influenced by music.
That influence first took hold of Natalja in the Summer of 1991, as family, friends and neighbors in her home nation of Latvia made a final stand against the occupying Soviet Union. “I can not say I have many clear memories about those days,” Natalja says, “There are some of images in my mind of the streets and crowds.” Her mother, an English language teacher, and father, an Aeronautics Engineer, tried to keep daily life as normal as possible, but children can hardly be sheltered from the fear of war when it surrounds them.
What I do remember perfectly is the music! On the radio and even singing in the streets, and the experience of how it would change the energy, the feelings and emotions of the adults around me. Life felt better with music around me. For a small girl, this was as powerful as being held by your mother.”
As Natalja entered her teen years she learned more about those days, and realized the true power of music.
I learned of the “Singing Revolution,” which were these spontaneous mass singing protests that would happen in the evenings, and the memories of people singing in the streets came flooding back to me. I realized that the people I heard singing in the streets as a child, they were singing for their freedom; and for my freedom. How can you ever truly honor that?”
Natalja’s passion for music led to her acceptance into the prestigious Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music where she studied Vocal Performance. There, she earned a coveted spot as a member of Opera Studio ‘Figaro,’ performing the roles of Filippyevna (Eugene Onegin), Kastcheevna (Kaschey the Immortal), Death (chamber opera Stalin and Death).
While a student at JVLMA, Natalja was selected for the chorus of the Latvian National Opera & Ballet and its' first Young Artist Program under the Direction of Andrejs Zagars. As a young LNO artist she performed the roles of Orlofsky (die Fledermaus) and mastered the role of Olga (Eugene Onegin).
She continued performing as a chorus member from 2009-2017 in LNO’s major productions, including those featuring Opera greats Tenor Jonas Kaufman, Soprano Kristine Opolais and Mezzo-Soprano Elina Garanca. Her touring experience includes performances at Teatro Calderón, Vallladolid, Spain (Macbeth, 2010); National Opera and Ballet of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus (Traviata, 2010); Rahvusooper Estonia, Talllinn, Estonia (Eugene Onegin, M'dame Butterfly, 2011); Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia (Eugene Onegin, Lucia di Lammermoor, 2013), Monte Carlo (Carmen, 2013), and the Royal Opera House Muscat, Muscat, Oman (Der fliegende Holländer, 2013).
Natalja has trained in Master Classes with Axel Everaert (Belgium), Paolo de Napoli (Italy), Margarita Gruzdeva and Anita Garanca (Latvia). As well as private vocal coaching from Soprano Hanneke de Wit (Netherlands).
In 2018, Natalja immigrated to the United States (Boston, Massachusetts), and is continuing her musical journey as a soloist including Mercedes in Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’ and as Madame Flora in a reimagined production of Menotti's The Medium which explored chilling new depths of the character. In 2019, she earned her first film-credit as a background-effects vocalist in Darkstorm Picture's film “The House of Schudder.” Natalja continues performing as a soloist in the Greater Boston area in concerts and events; expanding her repertoire as well to include Baroque and Early Music and is currently coached by Thomas Jones of Harvard University’s Office for the Arts.
Natalja is fluent in the Russian (native), English and Latvian languages; as well as possessing advanced skills (performance and conversational) in French, German, Italian and Latin.
Outside the concert hall, you can find Natalja inside Boston's high-tech community. This multi-talented Mezzo also holds a Masters degree in IT Engineering and specializes on robotics!