Natalie, a 2002 graduate of Nottingham High School, is an operatic mezzo-soprano who regularly performs in the symphonic, operatic, and sacred music arenas in the metro New York/New Jersey area.
After graduating from NHS, Natalie earned her Bachelor’s in Voice Performance with a minor concentration in Arts Management (summa cum laude) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. While there, she was the founding president of the first student Arts Management organization, RU CAST, which produced original shows in the Black Box Theatre of Asbury Park. She also earned accolades in the NJ NATS Vocal Competition two years in a row—winning 2nd and 3rd place respectively, statewide, in her vocal division.
After graduating Westminster, Natalie did a summer residency with the late Princeton Shakespeare Repertory Festival, performing in their summer season and writing and performing original song settings to the Shakespeare text for Romeo and Juliet (Rosalind) and Much Ado About Nothing (Balthasar/Verges). She then began her New York career with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, performing in such operas as Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Moth), Anna Bolena (Lady-in-Waiting), Suor Angelica (Suor Infermiera), and Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna cover), among many others. Natalie made her Symphony Space debut as Rosette in Manon with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre, and continued with roles in many Bronx Opera productions, including De Drei Pintos (Laura cover), Fra Diavolo (Lady Pamela), and Don Giovanni (Zerlina). She joined the company of Opera New Jersey in 2012 for their production of Tosca.
Natalie’s symphonic credits include performances with the Orchestra of the Bronx, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Ocean Grove Music Festival, Christ Church Oyster Bay Orchestra, and the National Chorale, with whom Natalie made her Lincoln Center soloist debut at Avery Fisher Hall in 2013. She has since performed several solos in performance with them in Lincoln Center, including Israfel from Bernstein’s Songfest, Anita in West Side Story Selections, and Copland’s The Lark, among others.
In 2010, Natalie founded the Natalie Megules Voice Studio, where she continues to educate the next generation of performers through private lessons and classes. She recently co-taught a master class in musical theatre song performance with the very talented Jenn Furman (NHS ’98). Locally, Natalie also produces, writes, and performs an annual one-woman Christmas show called Showtunes and Snowtunes, and sings regularly as a sacred music cantor and soloist in the churches and synagogues of New Jersey.
Natalie would like to thank the amazing instruction she received from the teachers in the arts department at Nottingham, including Kelly Hall, Rob Reeve, Bob Gravener, Bonnie Cusack, and especially Andy Sinkleris, who inspired her to enter the arts as a career. Favorite roles at NHS include Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes.
One last very special thanks goes out to Mike, Kyrus, Stephanie, and Nick for making this night happen, and to Jay, Natalie’s amazingly supportive husband and father of their beautiful daughter Violet. Natalie is expecting their second child exactly twelve days from the date of this performance!