Natalie Image, soprano
As a Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist, soprano Natalie Image was praised by the New York Times for her “pristine high notes” and by Operawire for her “crystalline tone [which] swirled through the house.” Her singing has also been described as “crisp [and] buoyant” with “sparkling coloratura and vocal cascades” by the San Francisco Chronicle after the 2017 Merola Grand Finale Concert. As a participant in the Merola Opera Program, she also sang Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Last December, Image performed the title role in the North American premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella with Opera San Jose. Other appearances have included performing Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 as the Concerto Competition winner at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) and Aurore in Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon with SFCM. Past highlights include Handel’s Messiah with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra; Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Opera on the Avalon); and Mrs. De Rocher in Dead Man Walking (Opera NUOVA). Image completed her master’s degree at SFCM in 2017, studying with César Ulloa. Her undergraduate studies were in Toronto, Canada with the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is currently an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera.