Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw was born in Swansea. Natalya’s grandfather, originally from the Ukraine, settled in Wales during the Second World War.Natalya studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of John Llewelyn Evans where she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal in her final year.
Natalya Romaniw Welsh soprano
At the Guildhall she appeared as Arminda La Finta Giardiniera, Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Ellen Orford Peter Grimes, and the title roles of Anna Bolena and Arabella (Opera Scenes), the title role in Almeida’s La Spinalba, Blanche Les Dialogues des Carmelites and the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
Natalya Romaniw was awarded first prize at the London Welsh ‘young singer of the year’ and 1st prize in the 2008 Welsh Singers Competition. In 2009 she represented Wales in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and was winner of the Clonter Opera Prize in 2010. Natalya won 2nd prize in Houston Grand Opera’s McCollum Competition and both the first prize and the song prize in the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.
Operatic engagements have included La Rondine and Giulia in La scala di seta with British Youth Opera, cover Anne Truelove The Rake’s Progress at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff for WNYO, title role Lucia di Lammermoor for Clonter Opera and Giunia Lucio Silla for Classical Opera Company. In addition, Natalya covered the roles of First Nymph in Rusalka, Armida Rinaldo, and Countess Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival.
More recently Natalya sang the Governess Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour and received outstanding reviews for her portrayal of Maliella in I Gioielli della Madonna and this summer for Fiora in L’amore dei tre Re at Opera Holland Park.
Already in demand as a soloist on the concert platform appearances include Mozart arias in Baden Baden with Classical Opera Company, Mozart’s Requiem with Swansea Philharmonic Choir, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Durufle Requiem at Sherbourne and as soloist with the Manchester Camerata for their popular New Year’s concerts. She has given recitals at the Llandeilo Festival, Swansea Festival, Ammanford Arts, St David’s Hall Cardiff, and a performance of Rachmaninov Songs at St Luke’s at the Barbican. She made her debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra singing Woglinde in excerpts from Das Rheingold with Vladimir Jurowsky, sang a series of Viennese Gala concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony 9 for Garsington Opera and an Opera Gala concert for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Natalya Romaniw joined Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program in 2012 where she has sung Mimi La Bohème, Ines Il Trovatore, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Micaela Carmen and Krystina The Passenger, with performances at the Lincoln Center in New York. She returned to Houston last season as Ortlinde in Die Walküre.
This season’s engagements include a Valentine’s day Gala with the Hallé Orchestra, Suzel L’Amico Fritz for Den Jyske Opera, the Foreign Princess Rusalka and Tatyana Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera.