Natalie Polito

Biography

Praised for her “note perfect and thrilling” performances (Saratoga Times Union) as well as her “captivating” (Pittsburgh in the Round) and “exquisitely plush” voice (Boston Performing Arts Examiner), rising star soprano Natalie Polito is enjoying a busy career on the country’s finest opera and concert stages. Ms. Polito recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as Soprano Soloist in the Beethoven Choral Fantasy, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). She has been heard in her signature, show stopping role of the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Opera Saratoga, Houston’s Opera in the Heights, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, and under the baton of Martin Katz with the Master Players Concert Series in Delaware. Called “a revelation as Violetta” by The Patriot Ledger, Ms. Polito is also quickly establishing herself as a young Verdi soprano to watch, most recently in the title role of La traviata with both Opera Providence and First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, FL.

During the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Polito made role debuts as Nedda in I pagliacci with Boheme Opera New Jersey and as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka with Resonance Works Pittsburgh, and joined Opera Fayetteville as a featured artist for their Contemporary Opera Festival, Opera in Bloom. Ms. Polito has made several recent house debuts, including her highly acclaimed Opera Columbus debut as Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, her Opera in the Heights debut as Musetta in La bohème, her LoftOpera and NYC debut as Alice in Le Comte Ory, performances as Nannetta in Falstaff with Resonance Works Pittsburgh, and as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with the State Repertory Opera of New Jersey. Ms. Polito’s other recent performances include a concert of Mozart opera favorites with the Colorado Symphony, First Lady in The Magic Flute and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Virginia Opera, the world premiere of Joseph Summer’s The Tempest with The Shakespeare Concerts in Boston, Musetta in La bohème at the Green Mountain Opera Festival, and her international debut in concert at the National Academy of Music in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Previous seasons saw Ms. Polito in the title role of The Merry Widow with Cape Cod Opera, Nancy Shedman in the world premiere of Larry Bell’s Holy Ghosts at the Berklee Performance Center, the Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with both the Stamford Symphony and Commonwealth Opera, The Girl in the premiere of James Yannatos’s Rocket’s Red Blare with Intermezzo Chamber Opera, performances with the Santa Fe Symphony as the Soprano Soloist in Bach’s Cantata No. 51 and Villa Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, the Soprano Soloist in Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, and an opera gala concert with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

As a member of Virginia Opera’s highly selective Emerging Artist Program from 2012-2013, Ms. Polito made her Virginia Opera debut as the First Bridesmaid and Countess (cover) in Le nozze di Figaro and Stella (cover) in A Streetcar Named Desire. Ms. Polito joined the Santa Fe Opera’s prestigious Apprentice Singer Program during the summer of 2011, where she covered Kitty in The Last Savage and Marie in Wozzeck and was heard on the mainstage in scenes from Flight and Idomeneo. Ms. Polito is also an alumna of the Sarasota Opera Apprentice Program, where she covered the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, and of the 2009 Studio Artist Program of Opera New Jersey, where she covered Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Ms. Polito was a 2018 Finalist in Opera Ithaca’s Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice, the 2015 winner of the Mario Lanza and Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition in New York City, the 2011 recipient of the Santa Fe Opera’s Lillian Caroff Mayer award, and the winner of the 2010 Sarasota Opera Guild Special Artist Award.

She holds an M.M. in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a B.M. in Vocal Performance with Honors from Northwestern University. A Chicago native, she currently resides in New York City with her husband, baritone Jeremiah Johnson, their coloratura tuxedo cat Adele, and dachshund Ingrid Barkman, Attorney-at-Paw.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
Leoncavallo Nedda I pagliacci Boheme Opera New Jersey 2018
Dvořák The Foreign Princess Rusalka Resonance Works Pittsburgh 2018
Various Multiple roles Opera in Bloom (contemporary festival) Opera Fayetteville 2018
Mozart Queen of the Night The Magic Flute Opera in the Heights 2017
Gilbert & Sullivan Mabel The Pirates of Penzance Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts 2017
Verdi Nannetta Falstaff Resonance Works Pittsburgh 2017
Puccini Musetta La bohème Opera in the Heights 2016
Rossini Alice Le Comte Ory LoftOpera 2016
Mozart The Queen of the Night The Magic Flute Master Players Concert Series, Delaware 2016
Mozart Countess Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro New Jersey State Repertory Opera 2016
Mozart Countess Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro Opera Columbus 2015
Mozart Queen of the Night The Magic Flute Erie Chamber Orchestra 2015
Verdi/Puccini Violetta/Musetta Opera Paris (La traviata/La bohème) First Coast Opera 2015
Verdi Violetta La traviata Opera Providence 2014
Mozart Queen of the Night The Magic Flute Opera Saratoga 2014
Mozart First Lady The Magic Flute Virginia Opera 2013
Mozart First Bridesmaid Le nozze di Figaro Virginia Opera 2013
Humperdinck Gretel Hansel and Gretel Virginia Opera 2013
Puccini Musetta La bohème Green Mountain Opera Festival 2012
Puccini Musetta La bohème Boston Opera Collaborative 2012
Mozart Donna Anna Don Giovanni MetroWest Opera 2011
Yannatos The Girl Rocket’s Red Blare (world premiere) Intermezzo Chamber Opera 2011
J. Strauss Jr. Rosalinda Die Fledermaus Riverside Theatre Works 2011
Léhar Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow Cape Cod Opera 2010
Mozart Countess Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro Boston Opera Collaborative 2010
Bell Nancy Shedman Holy Ghosts (world premiere) Berklee Performance Center 2009
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Bellini Norma Norma
Britten Governess Turn of the Screw
Donizetti Anna Anna Bolena
Donizetti Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti Maria Maria Stuarda
Gounod Marguerite Faust
Massenet Manon Manon
Massenet Thaïs Thaïs
Mozart Fiordiligi Così fan tutte
Mozart Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Mozart Elettra Idomeneo
Verdi Elvira Ernani
Verdi Alice Ford Falstaff
Verdi Desdemona Otello
Verdi Leonora Il trovatore
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Bach Cantata No. 51
Beethoven Choral Fantasy
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Handel Messiah
Kress Six Months Out
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Requiem
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Verdi Requiem
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

In The Press

CHORAL FANTASY

“Among the soloists…were the excellent singers Natalie Polito (soprano) and Peter Drackley (tenor), whose voices projected their noble entries with strength and clarity.” – Rorianne Schrade, New York Concert Review

RUSALKA

“Soprano Natalie Polito, as the Foreign Princess who toys briefly with the Prince’s emotions before damning him to his fate with Rusalka, burst onto the scene in the second act. Poured into a sheath of jet, crimson and gold, she dazzled the eye and delivered the role’s passages with resoundingly solid and effective tones.” – George Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round

I PAGLIACCI

“Nedda…was sung by soprano Natalie Polito with versatility in shifting emotions and a voice which soared into the upper registers…[Gustavo Feulien as Silvio’s] duet with Polito was a high point of the production.” – Nancy Plum, Princeton Town Topics

FALSTAFF

“Nannetta, soprano Natalie Polito…proved a fine addition to the cast. Her voice is captivating, as is her stage presence and acting, and she sang “Sul fil d’un soffio etesio,” (“Now lightly borne from near and far”), probably the best known aria from the opera, charmingly.” – George Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

“The keystone of the production, though, was the battered yet delightfully desperate relationship between the Count and Countess…Natalie Polito, as the Countess, beautifully captured the dichotomy between the clever young woman and the empty, abandoned wife. The resentment and sadness were nearly tangible, and her arguments with her husband were authentic.” – Lynn Green, The Columbus Dispatch

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Queen of the Night

“…a strong cast that included soprano Natalie Polito as the Queen of the Night, whose furious virtuosity almost stopped the show in her famous aria.” – Geraldine Freeman, The Daily Gazette

“Soprano Natalie Polito certainly made the most of it all. She was note perfect and thrilling in the second act.” – Joseph Dalton, Times Union

First Lady

“The Queen’s three “ladies” (Natalie Polito, Courtney Miller and Sarah Williams) together provided one of the best trios we’ve ever heard in a “Magic Flute” production. Applying just the right comic touch, they were a joy to hear and behold and served to keep the proceedings light and airy every time they threatened to get too serious.” – Terry Ponick, The Washington Times

THE ROCKET’S RED BLARE

“The lovers, played by Natalie Polito and Gregory Zavracky, made a sweet and harmonious duo. Polito particularly had an exquisitely plush voice.” – Melanie O’Neill, Boston Performing Arts Examiner

THE MERRY WIDOW

“In the title role of Hanna Glawari, soprano Natalie Polito was money. I imagine half the audience wanted to marry her by the final curtain.” – Susan Blood, Cape Cod Times

“…compelling, lively and mesmerizing…” – Opera Online

LA TRAVIATA

“Remember the name Natalie Polito. The 25 year old soprano has been building a reputation as one of the finest young sopranos in Greater Boston on the strength of work with such area companies as the Boston Conservatory, Opera Hub and the Boston Opera Collaborative. Now she has added considerably to that standing with a radiant performance with the South Shore Conservatory as the title’s strayed woman Violetta of the 1853 Verdi masterpiece La Traviata. …

…Polito proves a revelation as Violetta. Her arias are rich with resonance and strong phrasing. She captures all of the bounce and energy of the early partygoer and the contrasting weariness and growing despair of the bedridden heroine of the later going. Kevin Hayden…and Polito display good chemistry during their love duets and demonstrate the kind of feeling and fire that one would expect from a couple very close to marriage and commitment but struggling to rise above society’s assumptions and family judgments…

…Opera by the Bay’s affecting La Traviata stands tall thanks to Polito…” – The Patriot Ledger

“Natalie Polito was astonishing as Violetta Valery. Every inch the coloratura soprano, Natalie was beautiful in every way, the perfect Violetta. From the highest high notes, through Verdi’s fabulous grace notes and figures, to the softest sotto voce, Natalie made Violetta real, irresistible, and vital to her last breath. For all the complexity of Verdi’s fireworks, she sang every note as if she loved it, and loved it well. Like Violetta, Natalie Polito made every moment, from beginning to tearful end, gioia. Joy.” – Bruce Barrett, The Duxbury Clipper