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"Natalie’s Susanna in my production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” for Welsh National Opera and Opera Australia, was just about what any director would dream of… exquisitely sung and wonderfully acted. Natalie has great natural comedy, a fierce intelligence, and (which is completely unfair) she is uncommonly beautiful. She moves well too. In short – dazzling."

Neil Armfield


Helpmann Award nominee Natalie Christie Peluso captivated audiences and critics alike with her dynamic, effervescent stage presence and an inviting lyric soprano voice that was described by London critics as “full of youthful, delicious beauty” and “electrifying freshness.”

In Australia, recent opera appearances include Athena in The Children’s Bach for the Canberra International Music Festival (recorded for ABC), both Euridice and Amor in Gluck's Orfeo with Opera Queensland/Circa, Hanna in Lehar The Merry Widow and Rose Maybud in Gilbert/Sullivan Ruddigore, both for Opera Queensland, Niece 2/Ellen Cover in Britten Peter Grimes, for Brisbane Festival/Opera Queensland, both Ottavia/Drusilla in Monteverdi Coronation of Poppea with Pinchgut Opera, and Adele in Die Fledermaus Opera Queensland and Queensland Music Festival.

Recent concert appearances include Four Last Songs Strauss, Pieces of 9/11 by Jake Heggy and Bach Cantata 32 for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music; Bach B Minor Mass conducted by Stephen Layton, Mahler Symphony No. 4 conducted by Simone Young and Handel Messiah, all with Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Rachmaninov The Bells, Fauré and Duruflé Requiems Brisbane Chorale; Soprano 1 Mozart Mass in C Minor Victoria Chorale; Górecki Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with Camerata of St. John's.

A favourite at Welsh National Opera, her roles there included Sr Constance The Carmelites, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Gilda Rigoletto, Eurydice Orphée et Eurydice, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Despina Cosi Fan Tutte, Adele Die Fledermaus, and Marzelline Leonora.

Elsewhere she received acclaim for her performance as Zerlina Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras; the Soprano in Bach St. John Passion with English National Opera directed by Deborah Warner; and her celebrated appearances as Susanna in Mozart Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Australia.

Concert appearances include Handel Jephtha with RIAS Berlin and Marcus Creed at the Berlin Philharmonie, Soprano 1 Mozart Mass in C Minor with the Oslo Baroque, Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Couperin Leçons des Tenebres at the 1998 Aldeburgh Festival with Skip Sempé and Capriccio Stravagante. She has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall, Batignano Festival in Italy, Aldeburgh Festival, St Martin in the Field’s and Windsor Castle in the Presence of HRH Prince Charles. She has recorded for BBC Radio Two and Three, RTE Ireland and the ABC, and her numerous accolades include winning the Australian Singing Competition Marianne Mathy Award and Grand Finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

After being based in London for most of her career, she returned to live in Australia with her husband and four children, and now calls Brisbane home. Future appearances are on hold for the foreseeable future, while Natalie undertakes her PhD at the University of Queensland in Social Neuroscience and Psychology. 



Euridice/Amor - Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck

Opera Queensland 2019

Conductor: Dane Lam

Director: Yaron Lifschitz

Widow - The Merry Widow, Lehar

Opera Queensland 2018

Conductor: Vanessa Scammel

Director: Graham Murphy

Niece 2/Ellen (cover) - Peter GrimesBritten

Brisbane Festival 2018

Conductor: Rory Macdonald

Director: Daniel Slater

Rose Maybud - Ruddigore, Gilbert/Sullivan

Opera Queensland 2017/18

Conductor: Roland Peelman

Director: Lindy Hume


Leila (cover) - Pearlfishers, Bizet

Opera Queensland 2017

Conductor: Graeme Abbot

Director: Michael Gow

Ottavia/Drusilla - Coronatione di Poppea, Monteverdi

Pinchgut Opera 2017

Conductor: Erin Helyard

Director: Mark Gaal

Adele - Die Fledermaus, J Strauss

Opera Queensland 2015

Director: Lindy Hume

Susanna - Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart

Opera Australia 2004

Director: Neil Armfield

Susanna - Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart

Welsh National Opera 2003

Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini

Director: Neil Armfield

Zerlina - Don Giovanni, Mozart

Welsh National Opera 2003

Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev

Adina - The Elixir of Love, Donizetti

Welsh National Opera 2003

Director: Daniel Slater

Adele - Die Fledermaus, J Strauss

Welsh National Opera 2002

Conductor: Claude Schnitzler

Director: Calixto Bieto

Zerlina - Don Giovanni, Mozart

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 2002

Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras

Director: Francesca Zambello

Despina (cover) - Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart

Welsh National Opera 2002

Conductor: Antony Walker

Director: Calixto Bieto

Marzelline - LeonoreBeethoven

Welsh National Opera 2001

Directors: Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser

Conductor: Yves Abel

Pamina - The Magic Flute, Mozart

Welsh National Opera 2001

Conductor: David Jones

Original Director: Goran Jarvefelt

Barbarina - Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart

Welsh National Opera 2001

Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini

Director: Neil Armfield

Eurydice - Orphée et Eurydice, Gluck

Welsh National Opera 2000

Conductor: Paul McCreesh

Directors: Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser

Sophie - Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss

Welsh National Opera 2000

Conductor: Carlo Rizzi

Producer: Rennie Wright

Soprano - St John Passion, Bach

English National Opera 2000

Conductor: Stephen Layton

Director: Deborah Warner

Susanna - The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart

Opera Australia 2000

Conductor: Jane Glover

Gilda (cover) - Rigoletto, Verdi

Welsh National Opera 1999

Sr Constance - The Carmelites, Poulenc

Welsh National Opera 1999

Conductor: Gareth Jones

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Sofronia - Gli Equivoci, Storace

Batignano Festival, Italy 1998

Director: Rupert Goold

Frasquita - Carmen, Bizet

Clonter Opera 1998

Musetta - La BohêmePuccini

British Youth Opera 1998

Director: Jamie Hayes

Miss Wordsworth - Albert Herring, Britten

Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1998

Conductor: Richard Farnes

Oksana - The Tsarina’s Shoes, Tchaikovsky

Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1997

Conductor: Clive Timms

Nerina - La Fedeltà Premiata, Haydn

Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1997

Conductor: Clive Timms

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