Biography English

Natalia Labourdette was born in Madrid, Spain. She has a career that ranges from baroque to contemporary music. 

She is currently a member of the Opernstudio NRW. In this season 23/24 she will perform the roles of Pamina and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) at Theater Dortmund, Jeannette (L'Amant Anonyme) at the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, Le Feu/ La Princesse/ Le Rossignol (L'enfant et les Sortilèges) at the Ópera de Tenerife and Anna Reich (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) at the Oper Wuppertal. In 2023-2024 Natalia is one of the Artists  in Residence of the Song Festival LIFE Victoria Barcelona.

Among her roles are Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte), Norina (Don Pasquale), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Nannetta (Falstaff), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims), Charlotte (Der Diktator), Bubikopf (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Eurydice (Orphée), 2nd Niece (Peter Grimes), Valletto (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Frasquita (Carmen) and Poussette (Manon).

Labourdette has also sung in the world premieres of contemporary operas like La Mujer Tigre and Lieder von Vertreibung und Nimmerwiederkehr. The former is a flamenco-style opera by Manuel Bustos, and the latter a co-production by the Biennale München and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Additionally, she took part aswell in the historical revival of the intermezzi Grilletta e Porsugnacco by J. A. Hasse a coproduction between Teatro de la Zarzuela and Fundación Juan March in Madrid.  

Since her debut in 2016 Labourdette has performed on the stages of such esteemed venues as Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro de la Maestranza Sevilla, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dante Alighieri di Ravenna, Comunale di Ferrara and Municipale di Piacenza, etc. She has collaborated with respected conductors such as Jordi Savall, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Frizza, Corrado Rovaris, Iván López-Reynoso, Nicola Luisotti, Ulises Illán, Elda Laro, Pedro Halffter, Donato Renzetti, Miquel Ortega and Jordi Francés. She has also worked under the stage guidance of Deborah Warner, Emilio Sagi, Calixto Bieito, Stefan Herheim, David McVicar, Leo Nucci, Marco Gandini, Michal Znaniecki, Frank Hilbrich and Rafael R. Villalobos.

Her fondness of the art song has led her to participate in various Lied festivals. She has been invited to participate in festivals such as LIFE Victoria Barcelona (2017, 2018, 2023), Schubertiadas de Vilabertrán (2018), Valdegovía (2019) and Barcelona (2020). In 2022 she released her GENUIN Classics debut album, “petite MORT”, alongside pianist Victoria Guerrero, with whom she has toured Spain in a series of concerts, presenting this work in venues such as the Espacio Turina in Sevilla and Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao.

Since 2021 Labourdette has been a member of project “L’Andalousie au coeur”, a musical revision of Pauline Viardot’s Spanish works, with the mezzosoprano Helena Ressurreição and the pianist Francisco Soriano. This project has been presented in the Opera Comique de Paris, Fundacion Juan March (Madrid) and Festival de Música Española de Cádiz, among others, and a CD recording has been made by Odradek and was recently released.

She has also sung symphonic repertoire with various orchestras like Radio Televisión Española RTVE, Ciudad de Granada, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Real Filharmonia de Galicia and Zahir Ensemble, where performances have included Sieben frühe Lieder (A. Berg), Cantata para América Mágica (A. Ginastera), Missa Solemnis (W. A. Mozart), Psalm 150 (A. Bruckner), Petite Messe Solenelle (G. Rossini), 2nd Symphony (G. Mahler), Mass Nr. 3 (F. Schubert) and Requiem (G. Fauré).

Natalia studied violin in her native city Madrid and voice at the Universität der Künste Berlin with the Professor Enrico Facini. She has received master classes with Dolora Zajick, Helen Donath and Nicola Beller Carbone among others.

Her singing has been distinguished with prizes in several International competitions such as the First Prize in the IV Compostela Lírica (2021), First Prize and Audience Prize in the XIV New Voices of Seville (2017), the Second Prize in Ciudad de Logroño (2016) and the CIA Opera Sao Paulo Prize in the Riccardo Zandonai (2016). She also won the First Prize in the Permanent National Competition of Musical Young Talents of Spain (2015).  In 2015 she was awarded the Bayreuth Scholarship by the Wagnerian Association Berlin Brandenburg.