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Natalie Polito, Resume (as of 4/4/18)


Praised for her “note perfect and thrilling” (Times Union) performances as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute at Opera Saratoga, rising star soprano Natalie Polito is enjoying a busy career on the country’s finest opera and concert stages. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Polito returns to Houston's Opera in the Heights for her signature, show stopping role of Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She makes her role debut as Nedda in I Pagliacci with Boheme Opera New Jersey, joins Opera Fayetteville for their Opera in Bloom Festival, and returns to Resonance Works Pittsburgh to sing the Foreign Princess in Rusalka.

Last season marked several house debuts for Ms. Polito, including her Opera in the Heights debut as Musetta in La Boheme, 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. In addition, Ms. Polito was honored to sing under the baton of Martin Katz as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, with the Master Players Concert Series in Delaware.

Ms. Polito's other recent performances include her highly acclaimed Opera Columbus debut as Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Violetta in La Traviata at First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, FL, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, 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, Violetta in La Traviata at Opera Providence, 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 in 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.