Born in 1991, Moldovan soprano Natalia Tanasii is the recipient of numerous prizes in national and international singing competitions. At the age of 21 she made her professional debut in the role of Contessa Le nozze di Figaro on the main stage of the Moldovan National Theatre. In 2014, upon her graduation, she joined the young ensemble of Den Norske Opera & Ballet where she performed to the role of Micaela in Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen and made her UK debut with a stunning performance of Britten’s War Requiem at the Southbank Centre with Marin Alsop.
This season Tanasii returns to Oslo to open the 2016/2017 season of Den Norske Opera & Ballett with Calixto Bieto’s staged production Britten’s War Requiem. Following this she will make her debut as Fiordiligi in a new production of Cosi fan Tutte.
Last season she was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, covering the role of the Vixen and singing the Chocholka, in Janáček Cunning Little Vixen. Tanasii also joined the Glyndebourne Chorus for a Gala concert at the Royal Festival Hall as part of this season’s Shakespeare400 celebrations.
At the age of just 21, Tanasii made her professional debut in the role of Contessa Le nozze di Figaro on the main stage of the Moldovan National Theatre. Her debut received excellent critical acclaim and she was later awarded the National Award for Oustanding Achievement in Arts. Further roles in Chisinau included Nedda I Pagliacci, Tatiana Eugene Onegin and the title role of Iolanta. Tanasii also regularly appears in concert and is a dedicated recitalist in her native Moldova.
After her graduation in summer 2014, Tanasii joined the young ensemble of Den Norske Opera & Ballet, where roles included Micaela in a new production of Carmen, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly and Annina La traviata. On the concert platform she made her London debut as the soprano soloist in an anniversary performance of Britten’s War Requiem conducted by Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall.
Britten War Requiem
Norwegian National Opera
Fiordiligi Cosi fan Tutte
Norwegian National Opera
Nedda I Pagliacci
Contessa Le nozze di Figaro
Donna Elvira Don Giovanni
Fiordiligi Così fan tutte
Antonia Tales of Hoffmann
Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly
Tatiana Eugene Onegin
Title role Iolanta
Anina La traviata
Ein Deutsches Requiem
The young (23) Moldovan soprano Natalia Tanasii announced herself in thrilling style with a gleaming “Liber scriptus”, and launched the ‘Sanctus’ with fearless virtuosity. She was at her considerable best, though, in the ‘Lachrymosa’, tenderly but implacably neutralising the despair of the tenor’s “Move him into the sun”, the tension dissipating with uncanny beauty.