Natalie continues to be an audience favorite both in the opera hall and on the concert stage. A recent winner of the Audience Favorite Award in the David W. Scott Memorial Competition, she brings her lush and warm soprano to life in a variety of roles ranging from Mozart and Puccini to Verdi and Strauss. Natalie was named a Resident Artist with Riverside Lyric Opera, where she sang the title role of Puccini’s SUOR ANGELICA with excellent reviews. She maintains a busy performance schedule with companies in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Opera Education Department. In 2011, she made her debut with San Diego Opera as a Noble Orphan in DER ROSENKAVALIER. She returned from a New Year’s tour of China with the South Shore Orchestra, where she sang the inaugural concert for a new performance hall in Ulanhot, Inner Mongolia.
Critics praised her performances as Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI), Micaela (Bizet’s CARMEN) and Marguerite (Gounod’s FAUST.) As Hanna in Lehar’s MERRY WIDOW, her performance was given top billing by a critic who wrote, “Mann’s voice and technique are superb top to bottom, and her acting smooth and unruffled, embodying the character right down to the aristocratic accent that was consistent in both sung and spoken lines.”(Singerpreneur.com)
Showing her artistic depths in art song, Natalie made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2011, in a concert featuring the work of female American composers. This led to a wonderful collaboration with composer Lori Laitman, and a release in 2013 of a CD on Albany Records titled EXPERIENCE, with world premiere recordings of songs of Laitman and American composer Richard Pearson Thomas. The reviews have been outstanding. Among them is one from the prestigious American Record Guide: “A superb exponent of contemporary American songs, soprano Natalie has a voice that is simultaneously strong and tender, passionate and subtle. Her phrasing is sensitive to the texts and unfailingly musical. She never grandstands, and her most touching moments are often the quiet ones, but she can turn on the power when necessary.” (Sullivan)
Natalie also enjoys concert work, and has been noted for her soprano solos in J.S. Bach’s MAGNIFICAT and Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, under the baton of Sherrill Milnes. After making her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she was invited to appear as featured soloist with the South Shore Orchestra. Other recent engagements include soloist in the Beethoven 9th Symphony with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in December 2014.
Finishing a busy 2017 with a world premiere recording of an opera, Natalie will continue concertizing and orchestral work in the year ahead. Her 2018 engagements include concerts in California and Chicago, in preparation for a London concert tour in 2019.