A true rising star on the international scene, Moldovan soprano Natalia Tanasii was a finalist of the Quen Sonja Competition, and won Second Prize at the Neue Stimmen Competition. An alumna of the prestigious International Opera Studio in Zurich and the young ensemble of Den Norske Opera & Ballet, Tanasii has been heard at many of the most important houses in Europe, including the Salzburg Festival, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, The Norwegian National Opera and Glyndebourne.
In the 2021/22 season, Tanasii makes company debuts with Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège as Tatyana Eugene Onegin and at Oper Frankfurt as Micaela Carmen; and returns to Teatro Nacional de São Carlos as Mimi La bohème. Future engagements include leading roles in new production in Zurich and at La Monnaie as well as her company debut with Hamburg State Opera.
Tanasii’s recent successes include her role debut as Tatyana Eugene Onegin with Garsington Opera, where reviews commented on her ‘remarkable timbre’ and ‘pin-sharp intonation’ (Bachtrack); Fifth Maid Elektra in Zurich, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Salzburg Festival; Mimi La bohème at the National Theatre Opera; Zerlina Don Giovanni with Suzhou Symphony Orchestra and invitations to sing Contessa Le nozze di Figaro at Dutch National Opera and Zerlina at Opernhaus Zürich.
Further engagements include the 2016/17 season opening at Den Norske Opera & Ballet with Calixto Bieito’s staged production of Britten’s War Requiem, a production she later revisited at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, where her arresting performance received outstanding accolades. Later in the season, she returned to Oslo for her debut as Fiordiligi in a new production of Così fan tutte and reprised the role of Micaela Carmen. Tanasii also appeared at the opening of the Rosehill Theatre in Carlisle where she performed for HRH The Prince of Wales. In Zurich, as a member of the International Opera Studio from 2017 to 2019, her roles included Sandman in a new production of Hänsel und Gretel under the baton of Fabio Luisi, Javotte in a new production of Manon, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Fifth Maid Elektra, Slave Salome; Undis, Birks Mutter/Wilddrude Ronja Räubertochter; and Arminda in a new production of La finta giardiniera directed by Tatjana Gürbaca and conducted by Gianluca Capuano.
In the 2015/16 season she was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, covering the role of the Vixen and singing the Chocholka in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen. Tanasii also joined the Glyndebourne Chorus for a Gala concert at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations.
Mimi La bohème
Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
Sandmann Hänsel und Gretel
Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly
5 Magd Elektra
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."
Neue Züricher Zeitung
"Natalia Tanasii as Arminda also bursting with self-confidence and pride in her soprano voice."
"The Moldovan soprano Natalia Tanasii, the most interesting voice of the night for her power and capacity to nuance."