On the Couch with Natalie Aroyan

Natalie Aroyan AAR On the CouchWho is Natalie Aroyan?
Natalie Aroyan always wanted to be pop singer, but was convinced to take the journey of an Opera singer and has never looked back since. She was born in Sydney and is of Armenian heritage. She has a back-up double degree in Business and Information Systems. She is a Principal Artist for Opera Australia, performing regularly at The Sydney Opera, and feels truly blessed to be making her dreams a reality. She may also be Wonder Woman, but this has not been confirmed nor denied as they are never in the same Opera House at the same time.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I always had a fascination with Ancient Egyptian archaeology, so possibly an archaeologist searching for ancient ruins and artifacts …  a tomb raider of sorts.

Who inspires you and why?
Travelling and studying around the world I drew inspiration from many Opera legends and was fortunate enough to work with Mirella Freni, Ruth Falcon, Renata Scotto, Maestro Richard Bonynge, and Dame Kiri te Kanawa. I have been very fortunate to have the constant guidance and unwavering support of my parents, my family, my friends and especially my teacher.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I have previously held Benefit Concerts to raise funds for those in need, providing support relief and aid to those who are fleeing their countries due to war . I also recycle.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Definitely Greece. Taking a holiday with my girls was such an amazing exploration into discovering the true beauty of Greece and its magnificent waters, caves, beaches and natural beauty. It was the perfect destination in perfect company where each day was an adventure in itself full of postcard perfect photos and amazing food.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
First stop is always The Sydney Opera House as it represents the most iconic and beautiful architecture of Australia … and I perform there on a regular basis so I have access to all the secret backstage areas. I also take them to Featherdale Wildlife Park … because everyone who comes to Australia wants to play with Kangaroos and koalas!

What are you currently reading?
The Operas of Verdi by Julian Budden. A Maestro of mine encouraged me to read these three volumes that are very detailed in analyzing Verdi’s Operas and intrinsic in learning everything there is about Verdi’s style and motivations for his work. Budden examines each opera in detail with a full account of its dramatic and historical origins and a brief critical evaluation. I love its extraordinary comprehensibility.

What are you currently listening to?
It depends on what I’m working on and constantly changes. From Madonna … to Ailyn Pérez… to Whitney … to Callas. For example, during Aida I only listened to Leontyne Price and the Wonder Woman movie soundtrack.

Happiness is?
Having a Summer Pool Party with my family and friends in the backyard, with luscious Armenian Food and Drinks and plenty of good times.

What does the future hold for you?
All I want for my future is to continue being able to do what I love, surrounded by the people I love, whether it is here or overseas, just to be able to be on stage and sing my heart and soul out.

Natalie stars as Eva in Opera Australia’s production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in the State Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne from 13 November 2018. For more information, visit: www.opera.org.au for details.

Image: Natalie Aroyan (supplied)