The American soprano, Natalie Mann, studied at at Indiana University, Butler University and the University of Wollongong in Australia. Her awards include: Encouragement Award at Gerda Lissner Competition; Runner-up at NATSAA Regional Competition; Winner at NATSAA Competition in Illinois; Finalist at Connecticut Opera Guild; Finalist at National Opera Association National Competition – Professional Division; Honorable Mention at Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition; Finalist at Lansing Matinee Musicale; Encouragement Award at Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions; Finalist at Kosciuzko Foundation/ Sembrich Voice Competition; Audience Favorite Award at the David W. Scott Memorial Competition (2014).
Natalie Mann continues to be an audience favorite both in the opera hall and on the concert stage. She brings her lush and warm soprano to life in a variety of roles ranging from W.A. Mozart and Puccini to Verdi and Strauss. Mann was recently named a Resident Artist with Riverside Lyric Opera, where she will next sing the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica in 2015. She maintains a busy performance schedule with companies in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Opera Education Department. In 2011, she made her debut with San Diego Opera as a Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier.
Critics praised her recent performances as Donna Anna W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, Micaela in Georges Bizet’s Carmen and Marguerite in Charles Gounod’s Faust. As Hanna in Lehar’s Merry Widow, her performance was given top billing by a critic who wrote, “Mann’s voice and technique are superb top to bottom, and her acting smooth and unruffled, embodying the character right down to the aristocratic accent that was consistent in both sung and spoken lines.”(Singerpreneur.com)
Showing her artistic depths in art song, Natalie Mann made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2011, in a concert featuring the work of female American composers. This led to a wonderful collaboration with composer Lori Laitman, and a release in 2013 of a CD on Albany Records titled "Experience", with world premiere recordings of songs of Laitman and American composer Richard Pearson Thomas. The reviews have been outstanding. Among them is one from the prestigious American Record Guide: “A superb exponent of contemporary American songs, soprano Natalie Mann has a voice that is simultaneously strong and tender, passionate and subtle. Her phrasing is sensitive to the texts and unfailingly musical. She never grandstands, and her most touching moments are often the quiet ones, but she can turn on the power when necessary.” (Sullivan)
Natalie Mann also enjoys concert work, and has been noted for her soprano solos in J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243) and Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, under the baton of Sherrill Milnes. After making her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2006, she was invited to appear as featured soloist with the South Shore Orchestra on their New Year’s tour in China. Other recent engagements include soloist in the L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in December 2014.
Upcoming engagements also include performances with the South Shore Orchestra and several recitals throughout the USA.