NATASCHA PETRINSKY was born in Vienna. After her graduation as a lawyer, she studied singing at the University of Tel Aviv with Tamar Rachum and began her international career at the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv.
She has performed the roles of Medea (Cavalli’s Giasone) at the Spoleto Festival USA; the Verdi roles of Amneris (Aida) at the Oper Leipzig, Azucena (Il trovatore), and Maddalena (Rigoletto) at the Ravinia Festival Chicago; and the Wagner roles of Kundry (Parsifal), Venus (Tannhäuser) at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Brangäne (Tristan) with Opéra National de Bordeaux, Wellgunde at the Bayreuther Festspiele and De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) at La Fenice in Venice. She also sang the title role of Henze’s Phaedra at the German State Opera Berlin, Maggio Musicale Florence, and La Monnaie Brussels, where she also performed Hannah (Bartholomée’s La Lumière Antigone) and
Klytämnestra (Elektra). She sang the title role of Carmen in Helsinki, Bilbao, and Caracas (under Gustavo Dudamel), and the role of Varvara (Kát’a Kabanová) at the Flanders Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, and De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. She was also heard as the Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), which she sang additionally in Nancy and Dublin. Further important roles include Jocaste (Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex) at Opera North and the Edinburgh International Festival, Miranda in The Tempest (Thomas Adès) in Strasbourg and Mère Marie in Poulenc’s Les dialogues des Carmélites (Opera Bilbao). At La Scala di Milano she sang Klementia (Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna), Sonyetka (Shostakovitch’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress). In the spring of 2010 she returned to La Scala di Milano for the role of Gräfin Geschwitz in Gatti’s Lulu.
Petrinsky’s concert repertoire includes Mahler’s Second (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra) and Third Symphonies (Israeli Philharmonic under Giuseppe Sinopoli, Bergen Philharmonic under Andrew Litton, and Netherlands Philharmonic under Hartmut Haenchen), Das Lied von der Erde (Covent Garden and RAI Naples with Jeffrey Tate), Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly and BBC Scottish Symphony under Ilan Volkov), Bruckner’s Te Deum (London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (RAI Orchestra Turin and NHK Orchestra with Kazushi Ono) and
Missa Solemnis (Santa Cecilia Roma with Giuseppe Sinopoli), Mendelssohn’s Elias (Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Dresden), Verdi’s Requiem (Bamberger Symphoniker with Giuseppe Sinopoli), Berlioz’ La Mort de Cleopatre (Spain), and Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Spain).
The artist has worked with such conductors as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Riccardo Muti, Jeffrey Tate, Michael Boder, Ingo Metzmacher, Andrew Davies, Roberto Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, James Conlon, Pinchas Steinberg, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Hans Graf, Hartmut Haenchen, Kazushi Ono, Lothar Koenigs, Marko Letonja, and Donald Runnicles.
Petrinsky’s CD recordings include Obsessions: Wagner & Strauss Scenes with Deborah Voigt (Bavarian Radio Orchestra with Richard Armstrong for EMI), Carmen (in the role of Mercedes with the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra under Giuseppe Sinopoli for Teldec), Ariadne auf Naxos (in the role of Dryade with the Teatro San Carlos Orchestra under Gustav Kuhn for BMG), and Der Ring, Das Rheingold, and Götterdämmerung (in the roles of Wellgunde and Waltraute with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Hartmut Haenchen for Hybrid).
Her recent and future engagements include performances of Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust and Lulu at La Scala di Milano, the role of Amneris in Aida at Oper Leipzig (May-June 2010), Lulu at Theater an der Wien/Wiener Festwochen in June 2010, the role of Varvara in Kát’a Kabanová at La Monnaie Brussels (October-November 2010), the role of Prinz Orlowsky in Die Fledermaus for Sony Records (November 2010), and the world premiere of La Pagina en Blacno for Teatro Real Madrid in February 2011.