Natalie Aroyan is an Armenian-Australian Soprano. Prior to studying opera, Natalie graduated with a double-degree in Business and I.T. at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney.
Natalie first became interested in Opera when she met Armenian Mezzo-Soprano, Lillian Ovchian. It was Ms Ovchian that convinced Natalie to take this path of Opera and Natalie is eternally grateful for this great gift of advice she was given that ultimately changed her life. Shortly after studying with the great Mezzo, Natalie auditioned for The Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2004 and commenced her Diploma under the tutelage of Maree Ryan. She was fortunate to be trained in such an amazing facility with an illustrious faculty, and continues seeking tutorship from her Teacher as well as her Language Coach Ms Nicole Dorigo and Vocal coach Mr Simon Kenway.
Prior to undertaking international studies Natalie completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where her many roles performed included Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus conducted by Maestro Imre Pallo.
In 2008 she was awarded first place in both The Opera Foundation New York Competition and the 2008 Herald Sun Aria Competition and participated in the International Vocal Arts institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she met Soprano Ruth Falcon.
In 2009, Natalie commenced her Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College, New York, studying with Ruth Falcon and in January 2010 performed the role of Amelia, in the Opera Studio Scenes Production of Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ as well as the role of Fiordiligi in their Main stage production of Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan tutte’ conducted by Maestro Colaneri. In her final year at Mannes she played Annina in Menotti’s ‘The Saint of Bleecker Street’ and Alice in Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’, also under the baton of Maestro Colaneri. Her experience in New York was invaluable and an integral part of her further development as an Operatic Artist.
In her time in New York, Natalie enjoyed performing in two Recitals at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall and was an award winning finalist in two prestigious International Vocal Competitions.
As well as attending the “Solti Te Kanawa Accademia” program in Tuscany, Italy where she worked with both Maestro Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Natalie has worked with Maestra Renata Scotto in her 2010 Tampa Masterclass and participated in The American Institute of Music (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, where she won first place and was also awarded the audience vote in the 49th Meistersinger Competition Finals.
On her return to Australia in 2011, she was awarded first place in The Italian Opera Foundation competition which enabled her to spend a year in Italy and work directly with the legendary Soprano, Mirella Freni, at the Accademia of Bel Canto in Modena, Italy.
Natalie was invited as a Guest Artist to cover the Title Role of Gluck’s Armide for the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists program – Lindemann Production in collaboration with Juilliard in New York, USA.
Natalie is now a member of Opera Australia’s Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program where her roles have included Mimi (La bohème), High Priestess (Aida) and Annina (La Traviata) and covering Amelia (Un ballo in Maschera). She has also recently performed Mimi (La bohème) for West Australian Opera and Micaela (Carmen) for Sugi Opera Company in Seoul Korea.
In 2014, Natalie’s roles for Opera Australia include Mimi, Micaela and Desdemona (Otello). She will also cover the roles of Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), and Alice Ford (Falstaff).