2018–19 Season: Frasquita, Carmen; First Wood Nymph, Rusalka
A second-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and former Merola Opera Program participant (2017), soprano Natalie Image makes her San Francisco Opera and role debuts as Frasquita in Carmen. With the Company this summer, she will also bow as First Wood Nymph in Rusalka for the first time. She was praised by the New York Times for her “pristine high notes” and by Operawire for her “crystalline tone [which] swirled through the house” when she appeared as a Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist. Her singing has also been described as “crisp [and] buoyant” with “sparkling coloratura and vocal cascades” by the San Francisco Chronicle. She recently was seen at the annual The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert and with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra as Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Past appearances include Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos (SFCO), Schwabacher Recital Series concert, presented by San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program, and touring Northern California and Oregon with the Adler Fellows in concert. Other highlights include the title role of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella with Opera San José as part of its North American premiere, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the Merola Opera Program, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) Orchestra, Aurore in Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon (SFCM), Handel’s Messiah with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist, Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Opera on the Avalon), and Mrs. De Rocher in Dead Man Walking (Opera NUOVA). Natalie 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.