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ABOUT NATALIE

Armenian-Australian Soprano

Natalie Aroyan is an Armenian-Australian Soprano. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a double-degree in Business and I.T. from the Australian Catholic University, Sydney.

In 2008 Natalie was awarded first place in both The Opera Foundation New York Competition and the Herald Sun Aria Competition. She commenced her Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College, New York, in 2009 studying with Soprano Ruth Falcon and in January 2010, performed the role of Amelia, in the Opera Studio Scenes Production of Un Ballo in Maschera, as well as the role of Fiordiligi in their main stage production of Cosi fan Tutte conducted by Maestro Joseph Colanero. In her final year at Mannes she sang Annina in Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street and Alice in Verdi's Falstaff, also under the baton of Maestro Colaneri.

As well as attending the "Solti Te Kanawa Accademia" program in Tuscany, Italy, where she worked with both Maestro Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Natalie has worked with Maestra Renata Scotto in her 2010 Tampa Masterclass and participated in The American Institute of Music (AIMS) in Graz, Australia, where she won first place and was also awarded the audience vote in the 49th Meistersinger Competition Finals.

On her return to Australia in 2011, she was awarded first place in The Italian Opera Foundation competition which enabled her to spend a year in Italy studying with soprano, Mierall Freni in her studio at the Accademia of Bel Cando in Modena, Italy. Following this, Natalie was invited as a Guest Artist to cover the title role of Gluck's Armide for the joint Lindemann/Julliard Production in New York, USA. 

Natalie is now a principal artist with Opera Australia where her roles have included Mimì (La Bohéme), Desdemona (Otello), Micaëla (Carmen), Annina (La Traviata) and High Priestess (Aida) and covering Elisabetta in Don Carlos. She has also performed Mimì and the role of Marguerite (Faust) for West Australian Opera, Micaëla for Sugi Opera Company, Korea and a recital at The Concourse, Chatswood, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, as well as making her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky).

In 2016 Natalie recreated the roles of Mimì in La Bohéme and Micaëla in Carmen. She made a captivating debut as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra for Opera Australia as well as covering the title role in Luisa Miller, and Gutrune in the Melbourne Ring Cycle. She also performed La Bohéme at the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam, The Nagambie Lakes Festival  and will soon make her debut with Opera in the Vineyards at the Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley.

In 2017 Natalie covered the Title Role in Tosca, made her Handa Opera on the Harbour debut in Carmen as Micaela and made her Verdi Requiem Debut with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. She then gave the very first Opera Australia Recital of Armenian Songs which was a very proud moment for Natalie. She made her AIDA Title role debut upon the sands of Collangatta Beach on the Gold Coast in September as well as perform the Verdi Requiem for Sydney Sings! with the Sydney University Choir and Orchestra.

In 2018 she made her Sydney Opera House debut with the title Role in AIDA and performed the Role of Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award in 2019.

In 2019 she made her International debuts in Italy with Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, and the title role of Aida for The Verdi Festival in Bussetto at Teatro Verdi.

In 2020 she had her debut performing the Warrior Odabella in Attila at The Sydney Opera House.