Natalie continues to be an audience favorite showing her versatility in the concert halls and on the stage. A 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 full lyric heroine Puccini roles to the throaty villain of musical theatre. She is readjusting her performance schedule post COVID-19 to include performances on the West Coast and work on a new album with world premiere recordings featuring American composers.
After making her debut with San Diego Opera as a Noble Orphan in DER ROSENKAVALIER, Natalie was named a Resident Artist with Riverside Lyric Opera, where she sang the title role of SUOR ANGELICA to garner excellent reviews. Critics praised her performances as Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI), Micaela (CARMEN) and Marguerite (FAUST.) As Hanna in 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 solo work 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 with the South Shore Orchestra, and toured China on two separate trips as a featured soloist with the Orchestra. Other recent engagements include solo work with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
As many venues are slowly re-opening and scheduling new dates, Natalie will continue concertizing and album work in the next 18 months. Please check her website for performance updates at www.nataliemann.com.