Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalya Kraevsky began her piano and composition lessons at the age of four. She was admitted to a Special Music School for Gifted Children affiliated with St. Petersburg Conservatory, as one of the winners-recipients and later graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatory and was immediately engaged by the St. Petersburg National Opera Theater in leading roles to a sensational public acclaim; she also made numerous appearances on Russian National Television.
Ms. Kraevsky was a scholarship winner of the Renata Scotto Academy for Young Singers, Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers, Chautauqua Summer Academy and Carnegie Mellon University. She worked with distinguished singers, conductors and stage directors: Renata Scotto, Claudia Pinza, Marlena Malas, Mimi Lerner, Cornelius Reid, Jakov Kreizberg, Robert Page, Jonathan Eaton, Coleman Pierce, Justus Frantz and many others.
She was a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council as well as prizewinner of numerous international vocal competitions.
Natalya made her Carnegie Hall debut in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Oratorio Society of New York in May 2004 and following season returned to Carnegie Hall to perform Verdi Requiem, Mozart Coronation Mass, Faure Requiem, as well as Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok
Past engagements include Don Giovanni in Padova, Mozart Concert Arias and Requiem concert tour in Netherlands, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Yakov Kreizberg, at Concertgebow, Amsterdam, Mozart’s Concert Arias and Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach St. Matthew Passions with Thuringen Philharmonic under Alun Francis; Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Concergebouw, Rossini Stabat Mater; Mozart Requiem with Yasuhiko Daimon; Recitals in US,Schumann’s Das Paradies Und Die Peri in New York; Dvorak Requiem in Netherlands; Gliere Concerto for voice and orchestra in Germany and Netherlands
Ms. Kraevsky has received universal critical acclaim for her performances of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, Liane in Sweethearts at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Gilbert and Sullivan highlights at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, as well as her electrifying portrayals of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Pamina in The Magic Flute with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the title role in the world premiere of the opera Hadassah by Pulitzer Prize nominated Norman Pepin and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh after which Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote of her performance: “The title role is brilliantly portrayed by Natalya Kraevsky. Her voice has that idiomatic timbre for the role, and she sings with winning inflections. Her skill at physical comedy is a special gift.”
“The biggest star was the young Russian soprano, she seemed to have endless amount of voice and space to act even in the highest registers. She was skilled, phrased with agility and expressed the text with her heart’s blood…” wrote the critics of Ms. Kraevsky’s performance in the Verdi Requiem opening the Mikkeli Festival,Finland.