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 Così fan tutte conducted by Maestro Joseph 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 principal artist with Opera Australia where her roles have included Mimì (La Bohème), Desdemona (Otello), Micaëla (Carmen), Annina (La Traviata) and High Priestess (Aida) and covering Elisabetta in Don Carlos. She has also performed Mimì and the role of Marguerite (Faust) for West Australian Opera, Micaëla for Sugi Opera Company, Korea and a recital at The Concourse, Chatswood, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, as well as making her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky).
Last year Natalie again sang Mimì and Micaëla for Opera Australia as well as singing Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra, covering the title role in Luisa Miller and Gutrune in the Melbourne Ring Cycle and appearing in Concert in the Domain. She also performed in Opera in the Vineyard in the Hunter Valley.
In 2017 her roles for Opera Australia include Annina, Micaëla in Carmen for Handa Opera on the Harbour, the title role in Aida on the Beach as well as concert performances in the Great Hits and Salon series.