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     A compelling storyteller, versatile soprano and actress Natalia Bychkova enjoys performing a combination of operatic, art song, and musical theater repertoire. Returning to performance after a career in international public relations, she recently completed a Masters degree in vocal performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

     This season, Natalia performed the role of First Actress in A My Name is Alice by Joan Miklan Silver and Julianne Boyd (Longy School) as well as excerpts from Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel) with Opera Viva in Verona, Italy. Last season, she performed excerpts from Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites (Blanche) and Wolf-Ferrari’s Inquisitive Women (Eleonora) at Longy as well as the role of Charlatan Woman in the world premiere of the opera Mondo Novo by Paul Richards at the Vienna Summer Music Festival. She also covered the principal role of Jael in Joey Contreras’s musical In Pieces, performed in the ensemble of Libby Larsen’s Silver Fox, and served as a soloist and ensemble member of the Hildegarde Ensemble.

     Favorite past roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Académie de la Roche d’Hys, France), Despina in Cosi fan Tutte and Eva in Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position (Longy). As both soloist and ensemble member, Natalia has participated in many memorable performances including Mozart’s Requiem with the West Village Chorale, Holst’s The Planets with the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and as part of the Gregorian Chant Project at St. John’s in the Village.

     Born and raised in Russia, Natalia’s primary musical education took place at the Musical Children’s School of the Arts in Krasnodar. Prior to her masters degree, she completed the Certificate of Core Musical Skills at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division (now Juilliard Extension) with a voice emphasis. While in New York City, she also studied in the HB (Herbert Berghof) Studio with a concentration in Drama Studies. Natalia additionally holds degrees and certifications from The American University and St. John’s University in American Studies and Business Administration.

     Natalia believes that the arts need to be accessible to all. Through partnerships with composers and interdisciplinary collaborations, she creates special events that connect communities and highlight the joy and relevance of classical music. In addition to her work as singer/actress, Natalia is a voice and piano teacher as well as a voiceover artist.

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