Natasha Agarwal
 
 
 
 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Fleder cover pic.jpg

Born in Liverpool, Natasha is an experienced performer both on the stage and concert platform. She recently completed an MA in Vocal Performance (with Distinction) at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Nuccia Focile and Chad Vindin. Having begun her training as a soprano, she is now studying as a mezzo-soprano (although she still performs certain soprano repertoire, particularly in Bach and Handel oratorio). She was a member of the prestigious RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and Academy Song Circle. Awards include the President’s Recital Prize at the David Clover Singers’ Platform, Runner-up in the Lesley Garrett Opera Prize, 3rd Place in the Rotary Young Musician national final and Liverpool’s Voice of the Year. She is a recipient of the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship, Amery Scholarship and is supported by the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation. Natasha started taking singing lessons at a young age with Gerald Hunt, and went on to study with Caroline Crawshaw for 11 years. She was a choral scholar at the University of Warwick (graduating with a First Class Hons. BSc in Mathematics), where she studied with Gaynor Keeble.

Natasha was a principal in the world première of transcultural opera Evidence Frontiéres by Paul McGrath in Arras and Naples, and has performed leading roles at the Royal Opera House Mumbai and Warwick Arts Centre. She made her London debut this summer as the moon goddess Selena in the prèmiere of Edward Lambert’s Apollo’s Mission at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival. In January 2020 she will be singing the role of Sukanya’s Friend in Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Full roles include Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Frasquita Carmen, Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow, Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Adele Die Fledermaus, Carolina Il Matrimonio Segreto and Nerina La Fedeltà Premiata. In opera scenes she has sung the roles of Cendrillon (Massenet’s Cendrillon) and Yvette La Rondine at the Royal Academy of Music, as well as Zerlina Don Giovanni with British Youth Opera. She was a member of the chorus for BYO’s production of The Vanishing Bridegroom by Judith Weir. Natasha also has experience in musical theatre with roles including Christine The Phantom of the Opera, Cosette Les Misérables and Dorothy The Wizard of Oz. She will be joining the Scottish Opera Young Company during the 2019/20 season for their production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along

Her oratorio work as soloist includes Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Jenkins’ Armed Man, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (conducted by Trevor Pinnock). An ardent lover of Art Song and poetry, she regularly gives song recitals and enjoys collaborating with other musicians. She has been commissioned by Jeffrey Benton to record his original English translation of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben. She often performs as part of a voice/cello/piano trio with fellow students Georgia Morse (cello) and George Fradley (piano). Recent concert appearances include a French Song Recital at the Italian Cultural Institute, a Schubertiade at the Leeds Lieder Festival and the Rachmaninov Song Festival at Pushkin House.

Natasha is passionate about using music as a means to bring people together and help those in need. She did a charity recital in Cambridge for the Association of Breast Surgery International Forum and has done several charity concerts in India to raise money for a medical welfare trust. In London she has taken part in projects including community performances with English National Opera at the V&A museum and Coliseum, music workshops on the children’s ward at the Royal London Hospital and the City Lit Percussion Orchestra for adults with learning disabilities.

Natasha is also a trained dancer in the styles of ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz and classical Indian dance. She was a senior associate of the Royal Ballet School and Northern Ballet and was “All England Young Dancer of the Year 2013”. To read more about Natasha’s dance experience please click the button below.

For Natasha’s CV, programme biogs and repertoire list please get in touch via the contact page.