musical knowledge and performance experience is extensive.
Having completed a music degree (BCA) majoring in opera singing in 1998,
she now teaches vocal technique and stage performance from a studio in
Narrabeen, as well as continuing to perform opera and classical repertoire
herself. Most recently, Natasha
produced and was the musical director for a concert held on the 7th November
1999 in Sydney, featuring her students. Her
most recent project is as an operatic consultant and performer for a feature
film in India.
performances that Natasha gave in 1999 include: with the Sydney Children’s Choir at the Sydney Town Hall on
the 10th of October, numerous weddings through out the year, a concert at the
Wollongong Town Hall on the 28th August featuring operatic excerpts, the City of
Sydney Eisteddfod in July, ensemble work for a recital in the Great Hall at
Sydney University on the 13th May, and a recital performance for the
Survivor’s of the Holocaust on the 27th April in Woollahra, Sydney.
in 1998 include the challenging lead role in a Menotti opera. This opera was
directed by Kate Gaul and musically directed by Jane Edwards.
Natasha had a solo performance in an exclusive chamber concert that was
held in the city during late November. There
she performed along side people such as Hal Beasley (tenor), Lotte Latukefu
(mezzo-soprano) and Ben Kerslake (tenor). Natasha had a lead role in a devised
work directed by Jeff Kevin ‘Shakespeare’s Love Bites’.
Natasha was an understudy to the main role of
‘Lucy’ in ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ directed by Ian McGrath and
performed at Theatre South in 1996.
has a keen interest for contemporary operatic works and has premiered many new
Australian works. Notably, the
piece ‘A well-bred killer’ written for cello, clarinet and voice by Michelle
Matts performed at a composer’s concert in Wollongong, September 1998. Natasha has also played a part in the premiere of numerous
works by the well-known Australian composer, Steven Leek.
from her extensive performance experience, Natasha has also been employed as a
musical researcher for numerous theatre productions including her employment as
a musical adviser for the professional production called ‘Love Child’
directed and produced by Cecilia Ritchie. ‘Love
Child’ was performed at the PACT Theatre in Sydney 1999.
Natasha was also musical adviser for the dance production ‘Wrong Way,
Go Back’. This production was
directed and choreographed by Kate Willmott and was performed in the Hope
Theatre, Wollongong in March 1998.
many of the awards that Natasha has won in her musical career, is that of First
Place in ‘Music Illawarra’s Young Musician’s competition’ adjudicated by
Sharolyn Kimmorely (Artistic Direction Opera Australia, Head of Opera Faculty at
the Sydney Conservatorium of Music) in 1997. During the Christmas of 1997, Natasha was asked to perform
with the tenor Muli au ma seali’i as an alto soloist in a quartet for the
‘Winter Garden’ in Sydney.
1996 Natasha was one of twelve vocalists to be selected nationally for the Youth
Music Australia Camp held in Melbourne. There
she performed solo and ensemble works under the musical direction of Lyn
Williams for ABC National radio broadcasts and for concerts in Melbourne.
belonged to a vocal trio known as ‘Mystique’ who worked professionally
around Sydney and inter-state until she left in 1998 owing to growing
commitments with opera. ‘Mystique’
won many awards and performed at major sporting events including the Melbourne
State of Origin 1995, Sydney State of Origin 1995, the Sydney Kings basketball
games at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, the Australian Soccer final in
Melbourne, as well as performances at Brookvale oval for the Manly Sea Eagles
and in Tasmania for the Tasmanian Football League.
Other notable performances include many corporate functions around
Sydney, performances at celebrity parties, the International food and wine
Festival at Randwick and, of course, at the Sydney Opera House.