NATALYA GENNADI

Soprano

BIOGRAPHY

Ukrainian-Canadian soprano Natalya Gennadi is establishing her operatic career in North America in a wide range of repertoire. Natalya caused a sensation when she stepped in at short notice in her debut in the leading role of Oksana G, Tapestry Opera’s harrowing tale about human trafficking. Her critically acclaimed performance of this world premiere was described as “stunning... piercing in its openness and vulnerability” (Toronto NOW Magazine), and a “pleasure to listen to” (The Globe and Mail).

 

Natalya begins the 2017 season with another role debut as Mimi in La Bohème with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera. Further roles for Natalya include Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and the title role of Suor Angelica with Opera Oshawa. Ms. Gennadi recently made her VoiceBox: Opera in Concert as Yaroslavna in Borodin’s Prince Igor.

 

Natalya’s operatic roles include Santuzza (cover) in Cavalleria Rusticana with Maryland Lyric Opera; Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte with Toronto Summer Opera Workshop, Clotilde in Norma with Oshawa Opera, as well as Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko with Toronto’s Opera Five, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Nuova.

 

Ms. Gennadi began her vocal studies at the University of Ottawa and appeared in the title role in The Merry Widow with the Ottawa Savoy Theatre Society. Natalya holds a Master’s Degree in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto where performances included Amelia in Amelia al ballo, and Hélène in La belle Hélène.

 

Ms. Gennadi recently received the Karina Gauvin Scholarship to attend IRCPA’s "Sondra Radvanovsky’s Encounter”, winning a three-day Career Blueprints session at the National Opera America Center in New York and performed in Toronto’s Ukrainian Art Song Summer Institute.

 

Natalya earned a Specialist Diploma in Russian Linguistics and Literature, and shares her love of Slavic music as a professional Russian diction coach with singers throughout North America, including the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.

2016 IRCPA KARINA GAUVIN SCHOLARSHIP & CAREER BLUEPRINTS AWARD

 

As Oksana G with Tapestry Opera –

"...this is an involving, important work featuring some very fine performances, with soprano Gennadi giving a star-making turn in the lead."

Catherine Kustanczy, Toronto Star

SELECTED ROLES

Tatiana | Eugene Onegin

Countess | Le Nozze di Figaro

Mimi | La Boheme

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Brahms | German Requiem

Beethoven | Ninth Symphony

Dvorak | Stabat Mater

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DOCUMENTS

Updated Oct 2017

 

 

Natalya Gennadi, Soprano

ARTIST CONNECTIONS

RESUME

Opera

VIDEO

Donizetti

Piangete voi... Al dolce guidami

Anna Bolena

Tchaikovsky

Tatiana's Letter Scene

Eugene Onegin

Rimsky-Korsakov

Snow Maiden's Aria

The Snow Maiden

Smetana

Marenka's Aria

The Bartered Bride

Oksana G. Behind the Scenes

Kontakt TV Interview

2017

Mimi (La Bohème)

Oksana (Oksana G)

Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)

2016

Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)

The Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro)

Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)

2015

Yaroslavna (Prince Igor)

Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)

2014

Clotilde (Norma)

Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana)*

Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte)

Donna Anna (Don Giovanni)

2013

Donna Anna (Don Giovanni)

Tatiana (Eugene Onegin)

2012

Antigone (Antigone)

2011

Zemfira (Aleko)

2010

Hanna (The Merry Widow)

Handmaid (Turandot)

 

 

Puccini

Gervais

Puccini

 

Tchaikovsky

Mozart

Tchaikovsky

 

Borodin

Puccini

 

Bellini

Mascagni

Mozart

Mozart

 

Mozart

Tchaikovsky

 

Composer Collective

 

Rachmaninoff

 

Lehár

Puccini

 

Southern Ontario Lyric Opera

Tapestry Opera

Cathedral Bluffs Symphony

 

Opera by Request, Toronto

Brott Opera, Hamilton

Bernard Betel Centre, Toronto

 

VoiceBox Opera

Oshawa Opera

 

Oshawa Opera

Maryland Lyric Opera

TSOW

Opera by Request, Toronto

 

Opera Nuova, Edmonton

Opera Tchai Project, Toronto

 

New Music Festival, Toronto

 

Opera Five, Toronto

 

Savoy Theatre Society, Ottawa

Opera Lyra Ottawa

* Cover

 

Oratorio & Concert

2017

Soloist

2016

“Finals Gala”

 

Various

 

Various

 

Vesnivka Choir & Orchestra, Toronto

 

Opera at Florham, Madison NJ

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

2011–13 | MMus in Operatic Performance – University of Toronto

2007–11 | BMus, Magna cum laude – University of Ottawa

2000-05 | Ma (Specialist’s Diploma in Russian Linguistics and Literature) – Moscow Lomonosov State University

 

MASTERCLASSES & PROGRAMS

2015 | St Andrew's Opera Workshop – St Andrew's, Canada

2009 | Mozarteum Summer Academy – Salzburg, Austria

2008 | Foliage Art Song Festival – Montpelier, USA

 

AWARDS

2016 | IRCPA Karina Gauvin participation Scholarship and Career Blueprints Award

2016 | Gerda Lissner – Violetta DuPont International Vocal Competition, Encouragement Award

2014 | NYCO Mozart Vocal competition, 2nd prize

2013 | Czech-Slovak International Voice Competition, finalist

REVIEWS

As Oksana G with Tapestry Opera –

"...this is an involving, important work featuring some very fine performances, with soprano Gennadi giving a star-making turn in the lead."

Catherine Kustanczy, Toronto Star

 

"Natalya Gennadi committed to the role of Oksana heart and soul through every note. When she pleads in vain for help over the din of a nightclub where she and other women are being sold, it is devastatingly believable and painful to watch. Her voice is equipped with a powerful core surrounded by endearing sweetness that soared effortlessly through the vocal ups and downs that mirrored the turbulence taking place on stage."

Keira Grant, Mooney on Theatre

 

"Cast in the headliner role of Oksana, Ukraninan Canadian soprano Natalya Gennadi brings a boundless depth of pathos to her character, a naïve, innocent country girl savagely trapped, her body hurled into hell. This is an exceptionally young artist, a singer actor glimpsed at the outset of her career, fresh, spontaneous, exploding with energy, her voice sparkling and bright with a remarkable loft that belies its lightness. Tracking  Oksana’s journey from innocence to terror to catharsis and self-belief, Gennadi flings herself headlong into the darkness, carrying us with her, in a brave, uplifting performance. We listen and watch and we are shattered."

Ian Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto

 

"Gennadi, who is of Ukrainian background, delivers a stunning performance that is piercing in its openness and vulnerability."

Glenn Sumi, NOW Toronto

 

"Natalya Gennadi puts in a fine performance as the title character, who begins as a young naive girl, hardening as the evening progresses but never ossifying, her heart retaining some pliability throughout. Gennadi’s lyric soprano was a pleasure to listen to, and she tried, mainly successfully, to modulate her performance as the story progressed."

Robert Harris, Globe and Mail

 

"Natalya Gennadi makes a very convincing Oksana.  She looks the part, sings well and is a very accomplished actress."

John Gilks, OperaRamblings

 

"Natalya Gennadi, a young Ukrainian-Canadian is ideal for the role of Oksana.  With a pure, strong, liquid soprano, Gennadi describes Oksana’s wide dramatic arc from youthful happiness to betrayal, despair and, most movingly, the recovery of her sense of self-worth."

Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

 

"As the titular Oksana G., Natalya Gennadi embodies the character's tragic journey wholly and honestly from start to finish. Even in her darkest moments, she still manages to let Oksana's positive lights shine through. Her strength is palpable."

Schmopera.com

 

As Anna Bolena

"Natalya Gennadi offered Anna’s mad scene aria from Anna Bolena.  There was some real acting here and some really nice singing with unusual colours ... reminiscent of Radvanovsky.  One of the evening’s highlights."

John Gilks, OperaRamblings

 

"Soprano Natalya Gennadi brought us an Anna Bolena that was nuanced, and beautifully delivered."

Greg Finney, Schmopera.com

 

As The Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Brott Opera, Hamilton –

"The Countess was exquisitely portrayed by Natalya Gennadi. Regal and restrained but deeply wounded, her Dove sono... was a highlight of the evening."

Hugh Fraser, Hamilton Spectator

 

"Like Cherubino, it was almost impossible not to fall in love with the Countess!"

David Goodings

 

"...Natalya Gennadi Matyusheva and her rendering of the heartbreakingly wretched plea ‘porgi amor’ certainly touched every audience member."

Ontario Arts Review

 

As Suor Angelica with Oshawa Opera –

"The tragic heroine, Sister Angelica, is performed with conviction and moving emotion by Natalya Matyusheva... Her musical depiction of her character’s unbearable loss is achingly heartfelt."

John Arkelian, ArtsForum.ca

 

As Zemfira in Aleko with Opera 5, Toronto –

"Soprano Natalya Matyusheva is excellent as Zemfira, the adulterous wife."

Musical Toronto

 

"The Rachmaninov was musically the highlight of the night with solid and very Russian singing from soprano Natalya Matyusheva as Zemfira"

John Gilks, OperaRamblings

 

"Natalya Matyusheva as Zemfira, and Joshua Whelan as Aleko were wonderfully intense..."

barczablog.com

 

As Hanna in The Merry Widow with Savoy Theatre Company, Ottawa –

"...but the star was lovely blonde soprano Natalya Matyusheva, outstanding as the merry widow herself..."

National Capital Opera Society Newsletter