A native of Rochester, NY, soprano Julia Natoli received her Professional Performer’s Certificate in Voice from Penn State University in May 2019 and her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy in May 2018. While there, she studied classical repertoire with Jennifer Trost and musical theatre repertoire with Mary Saunders Barton. While at PSU, she appeared as Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, the title role in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, and as The Whore in the workshop premiere of Susan Russell and Alex Heppelmann’s new opera, Leavings. She also sang Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 in Penn State’s New Recital Hall under the baton of Luke Nosal in February 2019. This summer, Julia will return to Miami Music Festival Opera Institute as an Apprentice Artist to perform the role of Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro.
She continues to enthusiastically develop classical and musical theatre style practices in her own performance as well as in her voice studio at the Grier School in Tyrone, PA where she has been a faculty member since 2018. She is an avid yogi and runner in addition to a former martial artist and dancer. She enjoys using these experiences to guide her exploration of singing and music-making as part of an integrated experience of the mind and body.
Julia received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Nazareth College in 2012. She appeared in several productions with Nazareth College Opera Workshop, including L’enfant et les sortilèges (L’écureil), Così fan tutte (Dorabella), La Calisto (Diana), and Gianni Schicchi (La Ciesca). At Nazareth, she was a two-time winner of their Concerto and Aria Competition, recipient of the Excellence in Vocal Performance Award, and received the Excellency Certificate of Achievement in French Studies two years in a row.