Photo by Dahlia Katz

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 got nominated for the prestigious Dora Mavor Award.

Describing Mimi in La Boheme with Highlands Opera Studio, Dawn Martens of Opera Canada wrote: “Natalya was a gorgeous Mimi; not only did she look the part of the consumptive heroine, she allowed her powerful voice to ebb and flow producing gorgeously rich tones in Act I and sweeter, melodic phrases in Act IV."

Natalya begins the 2019 season with a debut with Opera York Le Nozze di Figaro singing the role of Donna Anna, followed by another Mimi in La Boheme with Brott Opera, and the role of Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera.

In 2018 Ms Gennadi appeared as a guest soloist with Toronto’s Pax Christi Chorale, followed by performances with Kitchener Waterloo Community Orchestra’s Gala Opernball, and Messiah with Ottawa’s Rideau Chorale, Matthew Larkin, conductor. Natalya covered the role of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin with Hawaii Opera Theater.

Previous year brought a 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 with Brott Festival, 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.