AboutPraised for her “sonorous mezzo, rich in character…” (Online Merkur), Russian mezzo-soprano Natalya Boeva won the prestigious International ARD Music Competition in Munich, Germany in 2018. Her impressive performance also earned her the prize for Best Interpretation of a Commissioned Work and the “ifp” Music Prize. Natalya is currently an ensemble member at the Augsburg State Theatre in Germany, where she debuted in the 2018-2019 season as Preziosilla (La forza del destino), Charlotte (Werther) and Jackie Onassis in the European premiere of David T. Little’s JFK.
In her native St. Petersburg, Natalya performed Dorabella (Così fan tutte) at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Opera and Judith in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle at the Hermitage Theatre. At the Zazerkalie State Theatre she sang Angelina (La Cenerentola), Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Laura (Iolanta) and Noye’s Wife in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.
Natalya’s affinity for bel canto repertoire brought her in 2012 to sing Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with the Music Fest Perugia Festival in Perugia, Italy. In 2013 in Rossini’s hometown of Pesaro, Italy, she performed Maddalena (Il viaggio a Reims) with the Rossini Opera Festival’s Young Artist Programm and gained stylistic insight from Alberto Zedda at the Rossini Academy.
Since coming to Germany in 2016, she has reprised the role of Dorabella with the Munich Chamber Opera and sang the Mother/Mandane in Hasse’s Artaserse at the reopening of the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth in April of 2018, a production which toured to Cuvilliés Theatre Munich and the Budapest Spring Festival in Hungary.
Natalya has worked with such stage directors as Rosamund Gilmore, Balázs Kovalik, Alexander Petrov and Alexei Stepaniuk, and sung under the baton of Pavel Bubelnikov, Michael Hofstetter, Wayne Marshall, Arcady Steinlucht and Alexander Titov.
Sought-after in the concert realm, Natalya has also performed J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder, Verdi’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Mussorgsky’s Lieder und Tänze des Todes, Ravel’s Shéhérazade as well as Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître.
The young musician began singing in a choral setting at the age of five, often as a soloist, which lead her to study choral conducting at the Rimsky-Korsakov School of Music and continue onto the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg under Professors Boris Abalyan and Valentin Nesterov. Her vocal training then came to the forefront with a Bachelor in Voice with Professor Svetlana Sidorova De Sanghi at the EKIDA University, also in St. Petersburg. In 2018, Natalya graduated with a Master’s in Opera from the renowned August Everding Theatre Academy in Munich, Germany, where she was under tutelage of Professor KS Christiane Iven, who remains her principal voice teacher. She has expanded her artistry through masterclasses with Topi Lehtipuu and Gerd Uecker.
In 2017-2018, Natalya received grants from the German Stage Association and the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation. She was also generously supported by the Richard Wagner Society of Munich to attend the Bayreuth Festival and was distinguished with the Richard Wagner Prize Leipzig in the Young Performer category.