Artist of the week: Natalya Romaniw
Natalya Romaniw is considered one of the most promising stars in Europe. In recent years, her profile has grown, with many seeing her as the soprano of her “generation” and going so far as to consider her “British Anna Netrebko”. Today, after making a name for herself in the UK, the soprano returns to the Houston Grand Opera, where she began her career as a young artist.
After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Romaniw joined the Houston Grand Opera Studio and remained with the company from 2012 to 2014. As a studio artist, she made her debut in roles such as Mimi in “La Bohème” by Puccini, Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus”, Micaëla in “Carmen” by Bizet and Krystina in “Le Passager” by Weinburg. She will return once again as a guest artist in the role of ‘Ortlinde in Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” Now Romaniw returns to what she calls her “Texas Family” and also brings additional star power. Romaniw will play Blanche in Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” , a work she describes as “intense” and performed at the Guildhall School of Music ten years ago as a student, and this will mark her first professional production of the work.
Winner of the Loveday Song Prize, the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition and finalist for the Song Prize at Cardiff Singer of the World 2009, the soprano has performed at the English National Opera, Garsington Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Grange Park Opera House. She also participated in the Met Opera Live concert with Bryn Terfel. His repertoire also includes music by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Smetana and Bizet, among others.
After numerous cancellations due to COVID, this season appears to be another banner year for Romaniw. She started at the English National Opera performing “Tosca” and is expected to make her home debut at the Opéra de Rouen in “Jenůfa”. She will also be returning to Garsington Opera for a production of “Rusalka”. Looking ahead to the 2022-2023 season, the soprano will make her much anticipated debut at the Royal Opera House, which should continue to raise her profile.
For those unfamiliar with the soprano’s voice, Romaniw recently released her debut album, “Arion: Voyage of a Slavic Soul”, with pianist Lada Valešová. You can read more about the album in our interview with the soprano here.
The romaniw can also be heard in the English National Opera’s drive-in “La Boheme” and “Falstaff” at the Grange Park Opera Opera which was recorded last summer and also stars Bryn Terfel.
Here it is in Falstaff:
Here is an excerpt from her performance of “The Bartered Bride:”
Finally, here she talks about the role of Blanche: