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Natalie Christie Peluso

An Afternoon with Jason Barry-Smith, Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse

Melbourne-born soprano Natalie Christie Peluso captivates audiences with a lyric soprano voice described by critics as “ravishing” and “full of youthful, delicious beauty”.

Winner of the Australian Singing Competition’s Marianne Mathy Award and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Grand Finalist, Natalie graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and became Principal Soprano at Welsh National Opera for five years, performing Sr Constance in The Carmelites, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Gilda in Rigoletto, Eurydice in Orphée et Eurydice, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Despina in Così fan tutte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Marzelline in Leonora.

Other highlights include Zerlina in Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras; the Soprano in Bach’s St. John Passion with English National Opera; and her hugely acclaimed appearances as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Australia.

Recital and concert highlights include Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh, Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals, Oslo Baroque, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonie, Royal Festival Hall and Windsor Castle in the Presence of HRH Prince Charles. She has recorded for BBC Radio Two and Three, RTE Ireland and the ABC.

Now based in Australia, recent engagements include performances in Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Future 2017 engagements include Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Jake Heggie’s Pieces of 9/11 for Australian Festival of Chamber Music and both Ottavia and Drusilla in Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea with Pinchgut Opera.