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"Natale ruled the stage...thanks to radiant stage presence, merciless dramatic focus and ...high -voltage vocal thrills in the top register." -Opera News
Maria Natale, an acclaimed Italian-American soprano, has garnered praise from The New York Times for her "plummy, penetrating voice." She is the proud recipient of numerous awards and grants, distinguished by her achievements in prestigious vocal competitions across the nation. Among her notable accolades are the National James Collier Vocal Competition, Elizabeth Connell Prize in Sydney, Australia, the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, and the distinction of being a grand finalist in the Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition.
Recently, Ms. Natale captivated audiences with her debut performances at Tulsa Opera as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly and Opera San Jose as Nedda in Pagliacci, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Her portrayal of Violetta in La Traviata at Opera Maine gathered rave reviews where Opera News applauded her powerful soprano that effortlessly filled the house. Similarly, her Sarasota Opera debut, playing the role of Liù in Turandot, received accolades for her "unequivocal Italian sound" (New Outpost).
Ms. Natale, as a concert soloist has performed at Carnegie Hall in performances of Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Missa Solemnis with MidAmerica Production and as the soprano soloist with NYC Master Chorale in Dvorak’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Requiem.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Natale garnered acclaim for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth in Ernest Bloch’s only opera, Macbeth, being hailed by Opera News for her "high voltage vocal thrills" and "merciless stage presence."
In the current season, audiences can look forward to Ms. Natale's performances as the Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and her much-anticipated role debut as the titular character in Puccini's masterpiece, Tosca.