Welsh-Ukranian soprano Natalya Romaniw is hailed as one of the most impressive stars on stage today. Praised for her ‘lyrical lines with creamy elegance’ (The Times), Romaniw is continuously applauded for the richness of her astonishing Soprano voice, and the sophistication of her dramatic interpretations.
Highlights of Romaniw’s 2023/24 season include her role debut as Judith in a semi-staged Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle for the English National Opera and a return to Grange Park Opera. On the concert platform, Romaniw will feature with the CBSO and perform Verdi Requiem with the Philharmonia and Santtu-Matias Rouvali following her critically acclaimed debut of the work with the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder.
Recent operatic highlights include Romaniw’s house debut in the title role of Puccini Tosca for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and reprises of the same role for the Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Frankfurt and Deutsche Oper Berlin, alongside roles debuts in the titular roles of Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos and Dvořák Rusalka for Garsington Opera, her house debut of the title role in Janáček Jenůfa for the Opéra de Rouen Normandie and her return Houston Grand Opera as Blanche in Poulenc Dialogues de Carmélites and Ortlinde in Wagner Die Walküre. Other roles performed include Alice Ford in Verdi Falstaff, Tatyana in Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, Mimi in Puccini La bohéme, Cio-Cio-San in Puccini Madama Butterfly, Mařenka in Smetana The Bartered Bride, Lisa in Tchaikovsky Pique Dame and the title role in Tchaikovsky Iolanta for houses including English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera and Opera Holland Park. Romaniw was previously a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where she debuted roles including Mimi in La Bohème, Rosalinde in Strauss Die Fledermaus, Micaela in Bizet Carmen and Krystina in Weinburg’ The Passenger.
On the concert platform, recent performance highlights include Verdi Requiem and Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the Hallé, Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and excerpts from La bohéme and Jenůfa with Ben Glassberg and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Giorgetta Il Tabarro with the Hallé at the BBC Proms, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Hallé and at the Edinburgh International Festival and the world premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage Testament with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Romaniw has performed as recitalist at the Wigmore Hall and recently released her first solo recital recording in collaboration with pianist Lada Valesova to critical acclaim.
Romaniw is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal in her final year. Since graduating, she has gone on to win many competitions including the Loveday Song Prize and the renowned Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2012, and also a prize winner in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition. Romaniw was also winner of the Young Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2020, Singer Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society 2020 Awards, 2017 operatic nominee in The Times breakthrough category of the Southbank Sky Arts Awards, 2016 Critic’s Choice Award for Music, and a finalist for the Song Prize in Cardiff Singer of the World 2009.