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Limelight

Ernani

Opera Australia 2021

"Although the opera is called Ernani there is equal attention paid to each protagonist and equally difficult demands made of them. Natalie Aroyan’s Elvira was keenly anticipated after her formidable Odabella last year in Attila, which Verdi wrote just two years after Ernani (also for La Fenice). It cemented her growing reputation as a turbo-charged lyric soprano but Attila, also a co-production with La Scala, unfortunately had to close after two performances due to COVID so she could not be seen as widely as she deserved. Elvira’s first aria, Ernani! Ernani, involami, tested Aroyan at the bottom of her range in music that asks for adamantine strength in that part of the voice along with agility, force and glow at the top and a middle that seamlessly joins the two extremes. Aroyan was exciting when she soared above orchestra and full ensemble with apparent ease and eloquent colour, as she was so often asked to do. Those money moments were terrific but the quieter interactions were the ones to really cherish. Her second act love duet with Diego Torre’s Ernani was an affecting oasis of beauty in a chaotic landscape."

Sydney Morning Herald

Ernani

Opera Australia 2021

"Natalie Aroyan brings a passionately warm sound to the part of Elvira, negotiating the virtuosic Act 1 aria creditably, and rising to forceful moments while moving comfortably from one stylised pose to the next."

The Australian

Ernani

Opera Australia 2021

"The singing of the four principals matched the quality of Palumbo’s reading. Soprano Natalie Aroyan impressed with her voluptuous timbre, fluid phrasing and assured coloratura."

Australian Arts Review

Ernani

Opera Australia 2021

"From the moment she began her first aria, Ernani, Ernani, Save me, confidently negotiating the coloratura passages then plunging octaves to her warm mezzo, Natalie Aroyan had her audience on the edge of their seats, especially in the massive choruses when her voice soared thrillingly above the huge orchestra and chorus. Aroyan was giving a star performance and the audience knew it."

Australian Book Review

Ernani

Opera Australia 2021

"Natalie Aroyan’s remarkable performance of Odabella in Attila remains in the memory, but Elvira takes her to a new level in this most demanding repertoire. The voice has gained in substance, and Aroyan rode the concerted choral numbers with consummate and thrilling ease; it’s a sound that fills the theatre but retains flexibility and beauty of tone, comfortably negotiating the florid music and wide vocal range. Aroyan has a commanding and engaging stage persona, and sounds vocally at ease in this repertoire – a wide variety of signature roles await her."

Sydney Arts Guide

Ernani

Opera Australia 2021

"His leading lady is Australian powerhouse soprano Natalie Aroyan who dominated the night with an extraordinary, faultless performance"

The Plus Ones

Ernani

Opera Australia 2021

"Elvira is sung by soprano Natalie Aroyan, who in 2019 won a Helpmann Award. Her clear, powerful voice can be heard over the top of her three suitors and even the entire Opera Australia choir in unison!"

Theatre Review

Ernani

Opera Australia 2021

"OA artistic boss Lyndon Terracini has personally invested stock in the two local stars, Mexican-Australian tenor Diego Torre (Ernani) and Armenian-Australian soprano Natalie Aroyan (Elvira).  Aroyan’s is a sturdy instrument up and down the range, with warm colours and spine-stiffening affectation. After her run as Odabella in Attila was cruelly interrupted, like the rest of the company, by COVID lockdowns last March, redemption is sweet as another of Verdi’s unsung heroines."

The Plus Ones

Atilla

Opera Australia 2020

"Soprano Natalie Aroyan conquers the acrobatic vocal demands Verdi wrote into Odabella’s score. She does not waver, even in her opening two-octave runs, which she has to dive into without any easing in or warming up."

Theatre Travels

Atilla

Opera Australia

2020

"In her debut as Odabella, Natalie Aroyan demonstrated panache in her coloratura and versatility in emotions. Her impressive range, with plenty of spin and excellent control particularly into her chest, was a sensory delight to audiences ... if her vocal effortlessness in Oh! Nel fuggente nuvolo is anything to go by, Ms Aroyan will be gracing international stages with Odabella in no time."

Sydney Arts Guide

Atilla

Opera Australia

2020

"The heroine of the story is Italian Odabella played by local soprano Natalie Aroyan. As great as any international singer, Aroyan easily surpassed the full orchestra and chorus in volume, fierce in her interpretation and completely believable in her dramatic skills, willing to die for her country, enough to knock the socks of Attlia and stop him in his tracks. She was absolutely outstanding."

The Daily Telegraph

Atilla

Opera Australia

2020

"He [Attila] meets his match, however, in the warrior woman Odabella who captures his heart with her display of courage and beauty – but who’s secretly plotting her revenge for his slaying of her father and, she believes, her lover Foresto.

She’s played by Armenian-Australian soprano Natalie Aroyan whose voice trickles, like golden honey, up and down the profoundly sticky register of difficult vocal tricks Verdi has given her character, until we all swoon before her."

Arts Hub

Atilla

Opera Australia 2020

"…AND THE SINGING

Both Aroyan and Torre made debuts in Attila, which was a big call to cast two of the four principals as “newbies”, but it didn’t raise a ruffle.

Aroyan was impressive as Odabella, confident on stage, dramatically rich in her delivery of the feisty role, and had a voice that continued to give. Her Oh! Nel fuggente nuvolo / O father, is your image not imprinted on the fleeting clouds? in Act 1, where she laments her father is superb.

Her rapport with both Taras Berezhansky as Attila and Torre as Foresto was believable."

Sydney Morning Herald

Atilla

Opera Australia 2020

"As his eventual nemesis, Obadella, Natalie Aroyan navigated the part’s wide vocal range with expressive colour, warmth and force...although their [Diego Torre] voice types are very different, the duets between these two were peak musical moments."

The Australian

Atilla

Opera Australia 2020

"As Odabella, soprano Natalie Aroyan’s rich array of tone colours and agile coloratura conveyed her character’s determination and resourcefulness."

Australian Book Review

Atilla

Opera Australia 2020

"As in many early Verdi operas, the soprano role, Odabella, is a notorious voice breaker: the dangers of the role are immediately apparent in the first aria in the prologue, ‘Santi di patria’ (sensationally recorded by Joan Sutherland in 1963), where the voice leaps well over two octaves while having to sail triumphantly over a pulsating orchestra. Natalie Aroyan’s career has been carefully managed by Opera Australia. She has distinguished herself in important roles including Aida, Mimi in La Bohème, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Micaëla in Carmen, Desdemona in Otello, and Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Odabella takes her into new vocal territory, calling for dramatic vocal thrust coupled with flexibility. Yet her Act I aria could be by Bellini, requiring all the skills and finesse of true bel canto singing (accompanied by expressive solo instrumental playing). It is a voice of plangent beauty, with a darkish tone colour but enough bright ‘ping’ in the middle and upper range to sail across the orchestra and chorus in the big finales. She is also blessed with an attractive stage persona, creating an immediate sympathetic rapport with the audience."

Bachtrack

Atilla

Opera Australia 2020

"Oddly, the characters as they emerged in this production revealed Attila as a decent, if autocratic, chap whilst the Italian men continually break promises and are plagued by irrational jealousy.

Which leaves Odabella as the straightforward heroine of the shining hour. Made to hit her big Verdian straps from the moment she opens her mouth, Natalie Aroyan, in her role debut, embraced the part in its totality and aroused the normally polite Sydney audience to Italianate heights of whistling and cheering. Could this have been partly a coronavirus consequence? For there was undoubtedly an acknowledgement that attendance at such a large gathering in mid-March 2020 was a) daring and b) potentially the last for a while.

Certainly, though, the enthusiasm for this youthful product of Opera Australia's development system was justified. Could there have been a slight fading of her vocal power towards the end? Not en route, as Aroyan managed the difficult balance between the three men in her life – the peremptory Attila (Taras Berezhansky) who assumes the right to take her in marriage, the ever-jealous Foresto (Diego Torre) who assumes the worst of her, and her dead father, killed by Attila himself on his black horse in D-wok's filmed backdrop, whom she mourns in a glorious, cor anglais accompanied solo. In duet with the quietly passionate tenor, Torre, distant thoughts of Dame Joan and the Pav were conjured."

Limelight

Atilla

Opera Australia 2020

"Making her debut as Odabella, company favourite Natalie Aroyan had ample opportunity to demonstrate the many qualities of her impressive soprano. Round and richly coloured, with plenty of metal and an impressive chest register, it’s the kind of spinto voice that doesn’t come along all that often. ... she brought plenty of dramatic panache to the vengeful Odabella, and the Act 1 romanza, Oh! Nel fuggente nuvolo, was a model of Verdian sweep and line. This was a very promising debut indeed, and I can’t wait to see her take on the composer’s Leonoras or Elisabetta."

Anclase: La musique au jour le jour

Aida

Verdi Festival

Busseto Italy

2019

"The soprano Natalie Aroyan has a large instrument with an easy and very sonorous projection which works wonders in the title role, especially in the small setting of this theater whose acoustics multiplies the natural impact."

Limelight

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Opera Australia

2018

"Making her debut as Eva, Natalie Aroyan sang with great feeling, completely in step with Holten’s understanding of Eva. It’s a voice with a not inconsiderable amount of steel in it – one wonders if there’s an Elsa or Elisabeth in her future – which the soprano wielded like a rapier when defying the men in her life."

Bachtrack

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Opera Australia

2018

"Natalie Aroyan turned the often milk-and-water Eva into something much more characterful (her response to her father “An obedient child speaks only when asked” was deliciously marinaded in sarcasm) with some lovely unforced singing to boot – her solo at the start of the quintet was especially delightful."

Classic Melbourne

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Opera Australia

2018

"Natalie Aroyan also has the kind of voice that is a sheer pleasure to hear. There was nothing in the role of Eva that was not within the easy capacity of her full, creamy tone. She is dramatically accomplished even though she did have the dubious task of convincing us that a girl who agrees to being given away by her father to the winning Meistersinger, or remain unwed, would ultimately reject the man she loves because he succumbs to the vanities of being admitted to their ranks."

Concerto Net

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Opera Australia

2018

"Ms Aroyan’s vocal strength and acting abilities were evident throughout the opera. She has a powerful instrument which is capable of reaching bell-like highs and plunging seamlessly into a dark and velvety lower register. We can eagerly look forward to her future appearances with OA."

Simon Paris Man in Chair

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Opera Australia

2018

"Soprano Natalie Aroyan shines as dear Eva, despite the somewhat underwritten nature of the role. Maintaining a serene presence, Aroyan exhibits a voluptuous, well controlled soprano that leaves the audience wanting more."

Australian Book Review

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Opera Australia

2018

"Natalie Aroyan’s Eva was gloriously sung and impetuously performed: this Eva is to be reckoned with, I thought. I wasn’t wrong. I hope to hear more of Aroyan. There is definitely an Elsa or Senta in the making there."

Classic Melbourne

Verdi Requiem

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic 2017

"The opera background of all the soloists was evident in voice colouration and dramatic expression...

Of all the soloists, it is the soprano who has the most taxing part. The voluptuous voice of Armenian Australian soprano Natalie Aroyan is almost enough to make you wonder whether it is necessary to pay a small fortune to hear Anna Netrebko when we have such talent in Australia. A creamy sound with, in general, a nicely rounded, floating top register, fullness throughout the range, and excellent breath control served Verdi’s intentions well. There was weight of sound that soared above choir and orchestra without the obtrusive vibrato that sometimes accompanies it. The earnest plea at the beginning of the Libera me was only one example of her ability to infuse the text with colour and drama."

Broadway World Review

Simon Boccanegra

Opera Australia 2016

"Whilst the souvenir program lists an imported artist in the role of Amelia, opening night saw a change to the wonderful Australian Soprano Natalie Aroyan. Aroyan is also listed on the Opera Australia website so it seems the swap is permanent and it is a treat to get to hear the local in the lead role. Aroyan gives Amelia a passionate sustained strength as she strives for peace between the Patricians and Plebeians, in particular saving Boccanegra from Adorno's blade twice. She has a beautiful ringing purity to match the innocence of the orphan girl who turns out to be Boccanegra's daughter, and therefore Fiesco's granddaughter. She exudes sensitivity and also a strength to show love, hope, sadness and compassion, and also stand up to the fighting men. For what can assumed to be a late change in casting, sometime after the programs were printed, Aroyan is stunning and the only give away to the change is the program and the announcement at the commencement of the performance."

The Australian

Simon Boccanegra

Opera Australia 2016

"Soprano Natalie Aroyan gave one of her finest OA performances as Boccanegra’s long-lost daughter Amelia Grimaldi. Her voluptuous tone and fluid phrasing created a vivacious portrayal of the opera’s most appealing character."

Bachtrack

Simon Boccanegra

Opera Australia 2016

"The true excellence of this production lay in the cast, who were vocally superb and generally convincing in their acting… Natalie Aroyan was drafted in late as Amelia Grimaldi, but one wouldn’t have known it from her assured stage presence and confident delivery."

Sydney Morning Herald

La Boheme

Opera Australia 2016

"As Mimi, Armenian-Australian Natalie Aroyan sang with a voice rich in colour and complexity, creating lines that balanced naturalness with expressive shape.
She has thrilling sounds in the top register and dramatic firmness in the lower notes of the last act. Her characterisation was more of warmth than pallor and she maintained a centred stage presence moulded around the richness of her voice"

CONTACT

Management

Graham Pushee

 

graham@artsmanagement.com.au

www.artsmanagement.com.au

 

Tel: +61 410 421 954

Alternatively, complete the contact form to get in touch with Natalie.

 

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