Natalie Montakhab

YEAR OF AWARD: 2011
AGE AT AWARD: 23
ARTFORMS: Opera , Music

Biography

In 2001, Lancashire-born Natalie came to Glasgow to study singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly: RSAMD). After a spell at the Royal Academy of Music from 2007-2009 to continue postgraduate study in singing, and for which she was supported by a Dewar Arts Award, Natalie returned to Glasgow to undertake a MMus (Opera) at the Opera School. During that time she received glowing reviews for her accomplished performances in fully-staged RSAMD productions.

Natalie began singing in a school choir after being turned down by the coach of the school netball team. Fortunately, her talent was soon spotted and encouraged.

Throughout her career she has won scholarships, competitions and awards to support her studies.  Her opera debut was at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ under Nicolas McGegan.

Natalie has been invited to join the newly-formed Welsh International Academy of Voice to prepare for her launch into a professional career in opera, where she will study with Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Renee Fleming, amongst other luminaries from the world of opera.

Natalie is considered to have a beautiful and individual vocal timbre. She is an accomplished musician and a sensitive and compelling performer on the concert platform as well as the opera stage who has developed into an extremely fine artist and singer.

How the Dewar Awards Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help Natalie financially at the WIAV during this final stage of her vocal studies.


Opera Squad 2012 from English National Opera on Vimeo.

 

Nathalie performing with Scottish Opera in The Cunning Little Vixen


I am extremely grateful for your support.  Without your careful consideration and assistance I would not be able to fully pursue my career in the Arts and I thank you once again for your generosity.