#7. Natalja Sticco
This scorching Latvian-born opera & classical music singer launched her career in 2009, breaking-out as a soloist and concert performer when she moved to Boston in 2018. Natalja has racked-up an impressive 200 plus performances of 30 operas in 6 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and North America. In July 2020, she released her first alternative crossover single “My Love” on Spotify and Apple Music. Need more reasons to love Opera? This multi-talented Mezzo is also an IT Engineer in Robotics and placed in the top 2% of models in Maxim Magazine’s 2020 Covergirl competition!
A lot of stressful events are happening in the world today. From the COVID-19 pandemic to the riots surrounding the George Floyd case and police brutality in America, more are looking for ways to help them deal with an insurmountable amount of stress. One proven method of reducing anxiety is through music. (read more...)
BOSTON June 01, 2020 - Opera mezzo-soprano Natalja Sticco has released her debut recording of Requiem for a Soldier (Theme from the TV Series Band of Brothers); available now on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music and other services.
Inspiration to release Requiem as her debut came for Natalja as she thought about her own American journey. The Mezzo, born in Latvia while still under Communist rule of the Soviet Union, began her singing career in 2009 with the Latvian National Opera chorus in her hometown of Riga where she performed for seven seasons. In 2018 she immigrated to the United States, breaking-out as an opera and classical music soloist, as well as a concert performer, in the Boston area.
“My first single needed to reflect who I am as an artist and person, in a way listeners can personally connect with,” Natalja explains, “I am a woman, mother and wife filled with gratitude for the opportunities I have in life that were set in-motion by generations of people who served and fought for freedom. They may not have all been soldiers, but they were warriors nevertheless. Requiem is for all these people, who gave everything for freedom whether wearing a uniform or not.” Recording the single was also a deeply emotional experience for Natalja - “I felt an incredible responsibility. The music and words command beauty. I could also see how it touched my husband, who is a Gulf War and permanently disabled veteran of the US Air Force, sitting nearby. His son, a First-Lieutenant; and nephew, a Sergeant; are both actively serving in the US Army.” Natalja’s 11-year-old son also talks about joining the military. “In my own family I have the past, present and future of the very people I am singing about.”
Money raised from the single will go to The National Desert Storm Memorial Association, which is establishing a memorial in Washington DC to honor those who served in support of Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield. The groundbreaking on the construction of the memorial is scheduled for the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm in 2021.
Known for her interpretations of operatic arias, Natalja Sticco is emerging as a powerhouse classical crossover artist. She is a favorite of the concert-going public for her enchanting on-stage persona, and voice of uncommon richness. She has appeared in over 200 performances of 30 operas in 6 countries within Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
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“Natalja’s voice soars with amazing resonance and brio. Her style and technique are truly reminiscent of opera’s golden age. Undoubtedly great things lay ahead for her."
-Sir Simon Rattle OM OBE, Music Director London Symphony Orchestra
“Requiem for a Soldier is a gorgeous display of Natalja’s highly intelligent approach and deep care of musical structure and interpretation. Her accurate melodic line, exceptional vocal quality in all its extension and not least, her skill and sensibility to produce different colors in her execution are all on display in this single!”
-Fabio Cerroni, Conductor “Ave Maria” Vittorio Grigolo & Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta (2013); Solo Repertor Bayerische Staatsopera
“Natalja’s rendition of Requiem for a Soldier beautifully conveys the emotion of its composition and lyric with passion and dignity.”
-Daniel Serafin, Artistic Director Oper Im Steinbruch Austria & Director of Viennese Opera Ball New York
Official website: http://www.MezzoNatalja.com
CNN: A music student united more than 300 musicians to create a virtual choir to perform during the pandemic
By Alec Snyder, CNN
(CNN) Harrison Sheckler, a graduate student at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, found himself sent home like many college students due to the coronavirus pandemic. With time on his hands and away from friends and professors, Sheckler wanted to unite people through what he knows best: music.
The 24-year-old flew home to Charles City, Iowa, on March 14, expecting to be home for two weeks. That expanded to include the rest of the year -- and also resulted in the cancellation of a planned accompaniment with the New York Philharmonic. So, Sheckler needed to channel his music and energy.
He loves musical theater and worked on "Carousel" at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Sheckler thought the lyrics to his favorite song from that show, "You'll Never Walk Alone," fit the need to stay positive during the coronavirus crisis.
"It parallels what's going on right now," Sheckler told CNN. "We're all going through this together in a way, and we need to know that we're not alone, and if we have hope, we're going to get through this. I found comfort and solace in those words, and I thought a lot of people would resonate with it. As it turns out, they did."
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PEOPLE: 300 Musicians From Around the World Team Up for Virtual Rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'
Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein introduced “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in the musical Carousel 75 years ago.
Since then, the emotional song has become a standard at graduations, sports games and now, seemingly, the anthem of COVID-19.
In the past, it has been sung by Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis, who always closed his Labor Day MDA telethon with the show tune, as well as Barbra Streisand, who performed the song in honor of the victims of 9/11 and recently re-released it.
Still, a three-minute virtual rendition of the song as performed by 240 vocalists and 60 instrumentalists in their own homes from 15 different countries hit social media in early May, causing jaw-dropping reactions, all thanks to the talents of 24-year-old pianist and organizer, Harrison Sheckler.
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