Ukrainian-Canadian soprano Natalya Gennadi is establishing her operatic career in North America in a wide range of repertoire. Natalya caused a sensation when she stepped in at short notice in her debut in the leading role of Oksana G, Tapestry Opera’s harrowing tale about human trafficking. Her critically acclaimed performance of this world premiere was nominated for the prestigious Dora Mavor Award. Describing 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.”
During the pandemic, Natalya led the cast as Adriana in a fully staged digital performance of Adriana Lecouvreur with VoiceBox Opera in Concert in the Spring of 2021 and appeared in several OperaBreaks cinematic videos produced by Domoney Artists. Recent opera roles include 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. In 2018 Ms. Gennadi covered the role of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin with Hawaii Opera Theater.
Natalya performed in John Beckwith Celebration, an online production with Confluence Concerts, and in person with Tapestry Opera’s summertime outdoor Box Concerts. 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 shares her love of Slavic music as a professional diction coach and is an avid supporter of Ukrainian vocal repertoire.