Ukrainian-Canadian soprano Natalya Gennadi is gaining attention in North America for her performances in wide-ranging repertoire. Natalya caused a sensation in the leading role of Oksana G, Tapestry Opera’s harrowing tale about human trafficking. Her Dora Award-nominated performance in this world premiere was described as “stunning… piercing in its openness and vulnerability” (Toronto NOW Magazine).
As Mimi in La bohème with Highlands Opera Studio, Dawn Martens of Opera Canada wrote: “Natalya was a gorgeous Mimi; not only did she look the part of the consumptive heroine, she allowed her powerful voice to ebb and flow producing gorgeously rich tones in Act I and sweeter, melodic phrases in Act IV.”
Natalya returned to stage as Adriana in Adriana Lecouvreur with VoiceBox Opera in Concert in the Spring of 2021. In 2023 she is making her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Gerhilde (Die Walküre), and to star as Medea with VoiceBox Opera In Concert, Toronto. In the previous seasons she portrayed Violetta (La traviata) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Opera York, Countess Almaviva with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Mimi in La bohème with Brott Opera.
Recent concert performances include guest appearances with Music and Beyond Festival, Tapestry Opera Box Concerts, Toronto Concert Orchestra and Bloor West Ukrainian Festival. Online with Confluconcerts in John Beckwith Celebration. During the pandemic Ms. Gennadi produced a digital Ukrainian Art Song Mini Series and is a co-producer of HBD!Project, along with mezzo-soprano and educator Catharin Carew.
Natalya graduated from University of Ottawa (BMus), and received her Master’s in Music (Opera Performance) from University of Toronto. She shares her love of Slavic music as a professional diction coach and an avid supporter of Ukrainian vocal repertoire.
See more of Natalya at her website!