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Local Girl Making it Big: Soprano Natalie Gunn offers a vocal recital to showcase her winning competition repertoire.
Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 2:00pm
Soprano Natalie Gunn is no stranger to regional stages. Her stellar vocal technique and charisma have been gracing local audiences for several years, but her career is beginning to take a national turn. "Now is my time," she says. The graduate of Vancouver's Columbia River High School (1996) who was voted "Most Talented" recently laughed with her first voice teacher, April Duvic, of Clark College. "I was a difficult student!" Natalie remembers. "I began voice lessons at age 17 with a background in jazz and pop. A year later I found myself in Music School singing art songs and attending my first opera!"

The graduate of the opera program at Portland State University has had a string of recent successes that deserve acclaim. Natalie was a winner at the National Opera Association's Artist Competition in Los Angeles in January. "The judges all thanked me for not 'over-singing,' and insisted I pass on their gratitude to my teacher." The coloratura soprano studies with Ellen Faull, Professor Emeritus of The Julliard School and New York City Opera legend. There was a lot of loud singing that day, but the sweet, clear ring of Gunn's voice made a lasting impression. On the same morning as the biennial Oregon District Nat'l Assoc. of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) Competition in February, Natalie got a call from David Gordon, director of the Carmel Bach Festival. His invitation to be the soprano Adams Fellow put her at ease. "I was so thrilled that I just didn't care how the competition went that day. But then I ended up winning, and I thoughtthis is it! I'm on to something big!" The prestigious early music summer festival in Carmel, California, only engages four Young Artistsone bass, one tenor, one alto, and one soprano. "I am so honored," Natalie says, and she is certainly envied.

This April, Natalie was named the winner at the Northwest Regional NATSAA Competition in Seattle. She will represent the entire Northwest (AK, BC, WA & OR) at the Semi-Finals in Nashville, June 26 - 27. "The repertoire requirements are very demanding," she admits. "I have to provide a list of prepared works from operas, concert works, and art songs in several languages, spanning over 200 years. I was careful to only choose music I really love." Natalie's debut CD recording sampling her winning songs and arias will be available for purchase at her recital on June 22nd.

More exciting news has come from her successful trip to New York City in May, where she competed in two operatic competitions, worked with coaches from the Metropolitan Opera, and auditioned for artist managers. "I've just decided to sign with an excellent agent in New York! Exposure at the national level is crucial at this point in my career, and a manager will help open those doors for me," Natalie says. With her passion and dedication, there is no doubt that this local rising star will make us all proud.

What:
A Vocal Recital showcasing soprano Natalie Gunnlocal musician and Northwest NATSAA Regional Winner, with Michael Barnes, pianist.
When:
Sunday, June 22th, 2008
Where:
Portland State University Lincoln Recital Hall, room 75
Time:
2:00 pm
Cost:
Suggested Donation: $5

For more information, contact Natalie Gunn at (503) 704-4101 or natalie@nataliegunn.com.