Natasha Te Rupe Wilson (Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi), soprano, has a Bachelor of Music, (Honours, first-class), majoring in classical vocal performance, from the University of Auckland. From 2018/19, Natasha was based in San Francisco, where she completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Vocal Studies, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of César Ulloa. Natasha was also a member of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation’s mentoring programme in 2016, and has been generously supported by the foundation ever since.
In 2017, Natasha was the recipient of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, Dunedin Aria award, as well as the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, Napier Aria award in 2018. Natasha was the recipient of the North Shore competition's Becroft Aria award in 2018, as well as the McCormick Aria award in 2019, where she won first place. In 2021, Natasha was the grateful recipient of the prestigious Dame Malvina Major Award, to help support her career internationally.
Natasha made her professional debut with New Zealand Opera, and was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with the company in 2018. Natasha subsequently debuted the roles of Giannetta, in Donizetti’s, ‘L’elisir d’amore’, as well as Paquette, in Bernstein’s, ‘Candide’, on the New Zealand Opera’s main-stage, whilst also covering the roles of Adina and Cunegonde.
From 2019 - 2020, Natasha was based in Pittsburgh, PA, as a 2019/20 Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera. Natasha made her United States, mainstage debut, with the company, as Rosalba, in their 2019 production of Catan’s, ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’. Natasha also played the role of Morgana, in the company’s 2020 production of Handel’s, ‘Alcina’.
Throughout 2021, Natasha performed throughout New Zealand, performing the role of Lisa, for Days Bay Opera’s ‘La Sonnambula’, and Purea, in the world premiere of Tim Finn’s, ‘Ihitai ‘Avei’a’, with New Zealand Opera. Most recently, Natasha performed the role of Zerlina, in Wellington Opera’s production of Mozart’s, ‘Don Giovanni’, as well as the role of Marzelline, in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s semi-staged, concert performance of Beethoven’s, ‘Fidelio’.
Natasha is looking forward to working in Europe in 2022/23, with Staatsoper Stuttgart, where she will make her European debut in their new production of Dvorak’s, ‘Rusalka’.