Natalie Aroyan is an Armenian-Australian Soprano. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a double-degree in Business and I.T. from the Australian Catholic University, Sydney.
In 2008 Natalie was awarded first place in both The Opera Foundation New York Competition and the Herald Sun Aria Competition. She commenced her Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College, New York, in 2009 studying with Soprano Ruth Falcon and in January 2010, performed the role of Amelia, in the Opera Studio Scenes Production of 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 sang Annina in Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street and Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff, also under the baton of Maestro Colaneri.
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 studying with soprano, Mirella Freni in her studio at the Accademia of Bel Canto in Modena, Italy. Following this Natalie was invited as a Guest Artist to cover the title role of Gluck’s Armide for the joint Lindemann/ Juilliard Production 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). She has also recently performed Mimi (La bohème) for West Australian Opera and Micaela (Carmen) for Sugi Opera Company, Korea. In 2014, Natalie’s roles for Opera Australia will include Mimi in La bohème and Micaela. Her significant cover responsibilities will include Tatiana (Eugen Onegin), Desdemona (Otello) and Alice Ford (Falstaff).