NATASHA NOVITSKAIA, MEZZO
LIEDERABEND S.RACHMANINOFF. SPRINGWATER.
VIVA VERDI GALA
IN MEMORY OF FRANCISCO
OPERA GEMS CONCERT
GIACOMINI GALA IN CARNEGIE HALL
VIENNA OSTER GALA 2023
American dramatic mezzo, Natasha Novitskaia performed at the concert in Vienna on April 6th, 2023 in Ehrbar Saal. She got an outstanding review from the Merker online "Natasha Novitskaia , who has a powerful and lushly dramatic mezzo voice, sang the arias "Re dell'abisso, affrettati" and "Acerba voluttà" with great emotion, reminiscent of the dramatic mezzo singers of the past. Her powerful voice floated through both the Aida and La Gioconda duets. " " All the singers of the concert, mezzo Natasha Novitskaia..., presented top-class singing level of the difficult Italian opera repertoire, each with a dramatic interpretation of the characters. "
Natasha is also rescheduled to appear in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as the mezzo soloist in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City in 2023/24. In the summer of 2023, Natasha Novitskaia sang an Opera gala concert with the chorus and orchestra in Teatro Minicipal & Teatro Teresa Carreño (conductor Rubén Capriles, music director of National Philarmonic Orchestra of Venezuela. Natasha was scheduled to perform in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as mezzo soloist twice in 2020: in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City in May and at the Cesky Krumlov international music festival in the Czech Republic in August. (Both concerts were canceled due Covid-19).
In the season 2021/22 Natasha sang 3 concerts – “Music is back. The concert of French arias and Russian songs “in CT, “Dueling Divas: an evening of the famous opera arias and duets” (Wagner, Verdi, Mascagni, Cilea) in NYC, and Private concert of Italian arias in Villages Opera society (Florida).
In 2020 Natasha performed as a leading soloist in 3 concerts in NYC - “Opera Gems: the art of dramatic singing” (February), a symphonic opera gala with internationally famous soloists, “In Memory of Francisco” (December), and the gala “VivaVerdi” (March) in the Opera America/National Opera center. “Ms. Novitskaia uses the texture of her powerful mezzo instrument to create an aura of suspense and we loved the final “silencio”…and in the lower register she has a certain contralto-like quality. She was a Commanding and devious Amneris in her duet with Amneris!” (Voce di Meche).In the fall of 2020 Natasha was scheduled to sing Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) with New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera in a gala concert with orchestra and chorus.
Natasha Novitskaia had a successful performance in August 2018 at the Mythos Festival in Taormina singing Amneris in Teatro Greco after being chosen as a winner of their competition in Rome, Italy. (“Il mezzosoprano russo Natasha Novitskaia fu una ottima Amneris, dalla voce traspartente e decisa, senza tentennamenti" Globus Magazine,Italy). In April 2019 she was awarded the Second Prize at the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition after her return to Carnegie Zankel Hall in Gala concert singing Carmen.
In her return to Carnegie Zankel Hall in April 2017 Natasha was a featured guest artist in an opera gala honoring the great Italian tenor Giuseppe Giacomini.
In addition to performing her Amneris at the opening night performance of Aida at the summer’s Mythos Festival in Taormina in 2018, she sang arias in the festival’s Mascagni Gala with conductor Alberto Veronese and she was featured in the Closing Night Gala of the Festival.
Having begun her career as a spinto soprano, her voice transitioned to dramatic mezzo-soprano, and she is now a true Verdian mezzo, excelling in repertoire such as Santuzza, Dalila, Princess de Bouillon and in many of the important Russian mezzo roles as well as the works of Wagner (Erda, Fricka, and Waltraude).
In fall 2017 she was a finalist in the Altamura Caruso International Voice Competition in NYC. Natasha has performed Fricka and Carmen with New York Opera Forum and Azucena with One World Symphony in New York City and at St. Thomas Aquinas in Brooklyn. In 2015 she sang the Principessa (Suor Angelica) in the Tuscia Opera Festival in Cordona, Italy. In 2016 Natasha received a standing ovation for her Azucena in a concert performance of Il Trovatore at the Liederkranz Foundation. This performance followed her appearance with the Mercury Orchestra as soloist in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky for mezzo, chorus, and orchestra. In 2015 she made her European solo recital debut singing Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Sviridov with pianist and conductor Sergey Neller, and in 2016 she sang a solo concert in Berlin.