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Natalya Romaniw


  • Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw is one of Europe’s most promising young stars. Recent winner of the 2016 Critic’s Choice Award for Music, for her "big toned, generous, gut-wrenching performances" (Sunday Times) and her "glowing voice capable of astonishing power" (FT), she is often hailed by the British press as "the outstanding soprano of her generation" (Telegraph). Success of the 2020/21 season includes being awarded Young artist of the year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2020 and Singer of the year at the Royal Philharmonic Society 2020 Awards. In 2021/22 Romaniw will make her house debut at Opéra de Rouen in the title role of Jenůfa under the baton of Anthony Hermus, make her return to Houston Grand Opera as Blanche Dialogues de Carmélites, return to Garsington Opera for the title role in Rusalka and make her debut performance of Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the Hallé.

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  • Romaniw’s 2020/21 included her highly praised performance of Alice Ford Falstaff for The Grange Festival, Mimi La bohéme for English National Opera's outdoor Drive & Live series and the title role in Tosca with English National Opera at Crystal Palace Bowl for the new South Facing Festival. In concert, she performed Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and excerpts from La bohéme and Jenůfa with Ben Glassberg and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in a televised performance at the BBC Proms.

    Highlights of previous seasons include her house debut in the 2018/19 season at English National Opera as Mimi La bohéme, after which she was invited back in the 2019/20 season for her major role debut as Cio Cio San in the acclaimed Minghella Madame Butterfly under the baton of Martyn Brabbins. Further highlights include her role debuts as the title roles in Tosca and Iris with Scottish Opera, Mařenka in Smetana The Bartered Bride with Garsington Opera, the title role in Tchaicovsky Iolanta with Opera Holland Park, and the world premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage Testament with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She made her first solo recital recording in collaboration with pianist Lada Valesova, featuring repertoire by Dvořák, Janáček, Novák and Rachmaninov which received resounding praise.

    Natalya received unanimous critical acclaim in 2016 for her portrayal of Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at Garsington Opera. She has since performed the role with the Welsh National Opera, and in Oliver Mears’s new production for Scottish Opera. Other notable engagements include her European debut as Suzel in L’amico Fritz for Den Jyske Opera, Lisa in Pique Dame with Opera Holland Park and National Theatre Brno, title role in Janacek’s Jenůfa with Grange Park Opera, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Hallé orchestra under the baton of Sir Mark Elder.

    She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal in her final year. Since graduating Natalya has gone on to win many competitions including the Loveday Song Prize and the renowned Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2012; she was a prize winner in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition; the 2017 operatic nominee in The Times breakthrough category of the Southbank Sky Arts Awards, and a finalist for the Song Prize in Cardiff Singer of the World 2009. After graduating, Natalya joined the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where she debuted roles such as Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen and Krystina in Weinburg’s The Passenger. After finishing her time with Houston Grand Opera, she returned as a guest for her role debut as Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre.

    2021/22 season / 592 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Livestreams & Broadcasts

BBC National Orchestra of Wales | July 2020
Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Click to watch on BBC iplayer 
Available until April 2021

English National Opera | September 2020
Puccini: La Bohème (Mimi)
Click to watch on Sky arts

Opera Repertoire

Title Role Rusalka

Marguerite Faust*

Title Role Jenůfa
Title Role Katya Kabanova*

Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites

Mimi La bohème
Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly
Title Role Suor Angelica*
Title Role Tosca
Georgette Il Trittico*
Liù Turandot*

Mařenka The Bartered Bride

R Strauss
Title Role Ariadne auf Naxos

Tatyana Eugene Onegin
Title Role Iolanta
Liza The Queen of Spades

Amelia Un ballo in maschera
Alice Ford Falstaff
Desdemona Othello
Leomora il Trovatore*

*role in preparation


Concert Repertoire

Symphony No. 9

The Kingdom

Glagolitic Mass

Symphony No. 2
Soprano 2 Symphony No. 8

Kolokola The Bells

Vier lezte Leider


The outstanding soprano of her generation.

Financial Times

She is one of those singers who can just stand and sing - or just stand and listen - with huge effect: the concentrated essence of character she brings is a rare thing, and allied to a voice of some power and great depth of expression and colours, she is a major operatic phenomenon.  

Opera Now

Natalya Romaniw soars ever closer to superstardom.

The Telegraph

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