B i o g r a p h y
Natalie Conte has studied vocal performance and immersed herself in the world of opera since childhood. Her devotion to the art shines through in her passionate performances. Currently based in Virginia, Natalie is in high demand as a soloist. She most frequently appears as a soloist for the Lyric Opera Baltimore, performing both main stage roles and outreach programs. Other memorable local performances include singing the soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem in Lancaster, PA, Barber’s masterpiece Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem in Lancaster, PA, and a salon recital of all Richard Strauss music, including his Vier Letzte Lieder. Natalie has brought her talents to operatic productions in such roles as Anna in Nabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore, the title role in Aida with Center Stage Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Opera Lancaster and Baltimore Concert Opera, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with Baltimore Concert Opera, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Opera Anne Arundel Community College, Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, among others.
Natalie debuted internationally in 2005, playing the Countess in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with the Operafestival di Roma. She was also a participant in the 2005 St. Petersburg Conservatory's Convention of Conservatories. While in Russia, she performed programs of Russian romances and American art songs throughout St. Petersburg and Moscow. Natalie is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Master and Bachelor of Music. While there, she won awards for excellence in both performance and academics. In April of 2011 she won second prize in the Russell C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition. In 2013, Natalie was a finalist in the Washington International Competition; she also won the grand prize for the Vocal Arts DC Young Artist Competition. As part of the award, the Vocal Arts Society presented her in recitals at the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. In 2014, Natalie performed in master class with Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall, during the Weill Institute of Music’s program The Song Continues, and with Montserrat Caballé in Zaragoza, Spain. Natalie’s most recent credits include winning first prize in the Maryland Lyric Opera competition, singing with the Washington Concert Opera under the baton of Maestro Antony Walker, performing in the chorus at the Metropolitan Opera, and winning first prize in the National Federation of Music’s competition for young artists.