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...consistently striking in her ability to perform and communicate contemporary music, making it engaging and accessible
Scottish Arts Council
Last updated: September 2019
British soprano Natalie Raybould read music at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, and graduated with first class honours. She then attended the Royal Academy of Music to study with Joy Mammen and Clara Taylor, supported by Countess of Munster Trust and alumni funding. Natalie graduated from Royal Academy Opera with a Dip.RAM, the highest award for postgraduate study. In 2011 she was awarded an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music; a discretionary title for former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.
Natalie has extensive experience in both opera and theatre, and has a particular interest in contemporary performance. She has worked with Almeida Theatre, Opera North, The Royal Opera House London, WNO, The National Theatre, The Opera Group, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Young Vic, Snape Maltings and others in developing new works of music theatre and world premiere performances.
Stage credits include Amy Johnson in the premiere of Amy's Last Dive (Cheryl Frances-Hoad) for the Yorkshire Cultural Olympiad, An Anatomie in Four Quarters for Clod Ensemble at Sadler's Wells, Cousin Shelley (cover) in both the premiere and revival of Anna Nicole (Mark-Anthony Turnage) for Royal Opera House London, and the premiere of Dr. Quimpugh's Compendium of Peculiar Afflictions (Martin Ward/Phil Porter) for Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other role creations include Female Narrator in the premiere of Pinocchio (Will Tuckett) for ROH2 (also BBC4), the soprano roles for Six Pack, an ENO Studio/Tête à Tête collaboration, Marie/Arnie the Snow Stoat in the premiere and revival of Skitterbang Island, a puppet opera for Polka Theatre/Little Angel Theatre, and The Lover in the premiere of Liebeslied/My Suicides (Paul Clark/Rut Blees Luxemberg), an ICA/Genesis co-production.
Natalie specialises in the most challenging and theatrical of contemporary concert repertoire, both in the UK and for international contemporary music festivals. She is a regular guest artist with the French ensembles L'Instant Donné and soundinitiative, and sings regularly with the UK vocal ensemble EXAUDI. Natalie made her Festival D'Automne à Paris debut in 2012, performing the premiere of Song Recital (Pierre-Yves Macé) at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, broadcast live on France Musique. Other recent festival debuts include Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, where Natalie performed the premiere of Aster Lieder (Stefano Gervasoni), broadcast on WDR3, Voix Nouvelles à Royaumont for EXAUDI, and Berliner Festspiele, for Annie Dorsen. She has performed Pierrot Lunaire (Schoenberg) in many venues including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam under Klaus Ager, Purcell Room, South Bank, and St. Magnus Festival, Orkney. Other concert credits include Star Me Kitten (Alexander Schubert) with soundinitiative, in Berlin and London, Harawi (Messiaen) for Philharmonia's Paris: City of Light series, Symphony 14 (Shostakovich), Les Illuminations (Britten), Missa Brevis (Ferneyhough) and the UK premiere of FAMA (Beat Furrer) for EXAUDI, Akhmatova Songs (Tavener), Sequenza (Berio), Cinis (Donatoni), Aventures et Nouvelles Aventures (Ligeti), as well as many first performances of works written for her.Solo disc contributions include Philip Venables Below the Belt (NMC), Alex Hills The Music of Making Strange (Carrier Records), EXAUDI La Terre est un Homme (NMC), Cheryl Frances-Hoad The Glory Tree , You Promised Me Everything Last Night and Magic Lantern Tales (Champs Hill Records), and most recently three song cycles by Symon Clarke Requiem, and Other Requiems (Ablaze Records).
Natalie has collaborated many times with the British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. The chamber work The Glory Tree was written for Natalie, and she has performed it in many venues including the Purcell Room and the St. Magnus Festival. She also created the role of Amy Johnson in Cheryl's first full-length opera Amy's Last Dive, and the solo soprano role Runa in the large-scale community cantata Sailing to the Marvellous .
Natalie devised and composed an interactive music theatre work for babies with Polka Theatre, Lullaby, which premiered to critical acclaim in May 2013, and was revived for the Belfast Children's Festival February 2015.
Natalie will tour the USA with Yesterday Tomorrow - an ever-changing music theatre work conceived by Annie Dorsen - in Spring 2020. She is also currently collaborating with Martin Ward, Phil Porter and Pete Wyer, and is planning a recording of Pierrot Lunaire late 2020.