Opera and Classical Crossover Singer Natalja Sticco is a Latvian-born Mezzo Soprano from Malden, Massachusetts. Following seven-seasons as a Young Artist and performing member of the Latvian National Opera & Ballet in her native Riga, Latvia, Natalja immigrated to the United States in 2018 where she launched the next phase of her music career as a soloist, concert performer and recording artist. In 2019, she made her US opera debut in Bizet’s Carmen, singing the role of Mercedes (Commonwealth Lyric Theater) which was soon followed by her debut in the lead role of Baba in Menotti’s The Medium (Corsara Artists). She is currently a principle vocalist at Mystic Side Opera Company and tours as a member of the award-winning vocal ensemble Le Forze Musica. Her recordings can be found on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and other major streaming services.
In 2009, Natalja entered the prestigious Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) where she studied Vocal Performance. There, she earned a coveted spot as a member of Opera Studio ‘Figaro,’ performing the roles of Filippyevna (Eugene Onegin), Kastcheevna (Kaschey the Immortal), Death (chamber opera Stalin and Death). That same year Natalja was also selected for the chorus of the Latvian National Opera & Ballet and its' first Young Artist Program, under the Direction of Andrejs Zagars. As a young LNO artist she performed the roles of Orlofsky (die Fledermaus) and mastered the role of Olga (Eugene Onegin). She has featured in Master Classes with Axel Everaert (Belgium), Margarita Gruzdeva and Anita Garanča (Latvia) as well as studying under Soprano Hanneke de Wit (Netherlands).
During her time with the chorus of the Latvian National Opera, Natalja appeared in over 200 productions of 30 Operas in Opera Houses across Europe including: Teatro Calderón, Vallladolid, Spain (Macbeth, 2010); National Opera and Ballet of Belarus, Minsk (La Traviata, 2010); Rahvusooper Estonia, Talllinn,(Eugene Onegin, M'dame Butterfly, 2011); Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia (Eugene Oregon, Lucia di Lammermoor, 2013), Monte Carlo (Carmen, 2013), as well as the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman (Der fliegende Holländer, 2013). Additionally, she was privileged to share the stage with Opera stars such as Tenor Jonas Kaufman, legendary Russian Mezzo Soprano Elena Obraztsova and fellow Latvians Soprano Kristine Opolais, Soprano Marina Rebekka and Mezzo Soprano Elīna Garanča.
Having spent her childhood living under the Soviet Union, and inspired by “The Singing Revolution” that began Latvia’s journey to Independence in the early 1990’s, Natalja released her debut single “Requiem for a Soldier (Theme from the HBO series Band of Brothers)” in 2020. “Requiem” is her personal tribute and song of gratitude to the generations of people whose sacrifices for the cause of freedom (including her great-grandfathers who both died in WWII, her husband who is a permanently-disabled US Air Force Veteran who served in the first Gulf War and her stepson, an Active-Duty Captain in the US Army) paved-the-way for her to pursue her own dreams. Natalja donates all proceeds from the recording to organizations that support Service members, Veterans and their families. Later in 2020 she released her self-titled album “Natalja,” a collection of her favorites arias.
Natalja continues mastering her artistry guided by her vocal coach Maestro Paolo de Napoli with Répétiteurs Marco Borroni (Teatro all Scala Milan, Studio Lirico Firenze) and Veronica Zubairova (Latvian National Opera & Ballet). She has also expanded her repertoire to include Baroque and Early Music Baritone studying under Thomas Jones of Harvard University’s Office for the Arts, Cambridge.
Natalja holds a Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music as well as a BSc in Information Technology and a MSc in IT Engineering, both from Riga Technical University in Latvia.