Natalya Romaniw
Soprano

Natalya Romaniw has been awarded the 2020 RPS Singer Award, rounding off a sensational year for the Welsh soprano. Also a recipient of the 2016 Critic’s Choice Award for Music, for her “big toned, generous, gut-wrenching performances” (Sunday Times) and her “glowing voice capable of astonishing power” (FT), she is often hailed by the British press as “the outstanding soprano of her generation” (Telegraph).

Highlights of the 2019/20 season included major role debuts as Cio Cio San in the acclaimed Minghella Madame Butterfly for English National Opera under the baton of Martyn Brabbins and the title role in Tosca and Iris with Scottish Opera. She made her first solo recital recording in collaboration with pianist Lada Valesova, featuring repertoire by Dvořák, Janáček, Novák and Rachmaninov which received resounding critical acclaim. Invitations to be rescheduled to future seasons include the title role in Rusalka for Garsington Opera.

She 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 Natalya has gone on to win many competitions including the Loveday Song Prize and the renowned Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2012; she was a prize winner in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition; the 2017 operatic nominee in The Times breakthrough category of the Southbank Sky Arts Awards, and a finalist for the Song Prize in Cardiff Singer of the World 2009. After graduating, Natalya joined the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where she debuted roles such as Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen and Krystina in Weinburg’s The Passenger. After finishing her time with Houston Grand Opera, she returned as a guest for her role debut as Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre.