Professor of Voice, and Italian Lyric Diction (Music Faculty - Vocal Studies Department)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Internationally acclaimed Italo-Australian tenor Dominic Natoli has appeared extensively throughout Europe, the USA, Australasia, and Japan in a performance career which spans over 40 years to date. He is most highly regarded for his portrayal of all the major Verdi and Puccini roles.
He made his first public appearance at age five, and subsequently joined the Australian Boys’ Choir, achieving success as a soloist on the Choir’s premiere overseas tour to Japan. He went on to study with renowned Italian Baritone Afro Poli, until he travelled to Vienna to pursue his studies and enrolled at the Vienna Conservatorium of Music, graduating three years later with a first class honours Diploma of Opera (now accredited as a Master of Music).
In 1992 with the guidance and support of Dame Joan Sutherland Dominic made the transition from baritone to tenor achieving early success in that range in the same year when he was awarded First Prize in the Alfredo Kraus International Singing Competition.
For full details of his performing career please visit www.dominicnatoli.com
Along side his performing career Dominic has also been teaching voice for over 25 years. His philosophy and approach to singing tuition can best be summarised as follows:
My primary objective when teaching voice is to begin with breath management and control supporting the alignment of the vocal registers into an homogenous, well-focussed tone which is even throughout the range; where all the harmonics are resonating freely so as to enable production of well formed vowels and appropriately articulated consonants.
I treat each student as an individual hence I do not have a ‘one size fits all’ method other than the application of my extensive years of experience as a singer, and research as a teacher, to bring a bespoke combination of the broad spectrum of various “methods” which facilitate all things best described as ‘Bel Canto’. This includes close attention to accurate interpretation of style of various genres and meticulous commitment to language and communication of emotional context.
Bel Canto is only really achieved when beautiful singing is an inherent part of bringing vocal music to life in performance in the fullest meaning of that word.
Testimonials from his mentors, colleagues, and students, past and present can be viewed at the following link:
His numerous awards include an Arts Fellowship from the Queensland Government; first prize in the Alfredo Kraus International Singing Competition; and the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship which he has been awarded twice by Richard Bonynge.
Since his professional debut, Dominic’s operatic engagements have been with numerous companies in Australia, Austria, Germany, France, USA, Ireland, Denmark, Finland and the U.K., including the Wiener Kammeroper, Opera Australia, Victoria State Opera, Opera Queensland, Volkstheater Rostock, Stadttheater Aachen, Stadttheater Hof, Coburg, Bayreuth, London City Opera, Opera Holland Park,Theatre Evreux,Opera de Nancy et de Lorraine, Opera de Rennes, Opera de Metz, Anna Livia International Festival, English National Opera, Finnish National Opera, Danish National Opera, and Royal Danish Opera.
His operatic repertoire includes Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Idomeneo in Idomeneo, Loge in Das Rheingold, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pollione in Norma, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Don Josè in Carmen, Ismael in Nabucco, Alfredo in La Traviata, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Riccardo in Oberto, Carlo in I Masnadieri, Alvaro in La Forza del Destino, Duca in Rigoletto, Otello in Otello, Macduff in Macbeth, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Manrico in Il Trovatore (both performed in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Margarethe of Denmark), Rodolfo in La Bohème, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Calaf in Turandot, and Faust in Faust.
Oratorio performances include the Verdi Requiem, Haydn’s The Seasons, and Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Joshua and Messiah, and Elgar’s The Kingdom and Dream of Gerontius .
Dominic’s wide concert repertoire encompasses lieder, French song, contemporary and folk music, Italian and Neapolitan songs, as well as his highly acclaimed portrayal of Mario Lanza in The Mario Lanza Story. He has appeared with all the major orchestras in his native Australia as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra in the Barbican Hall in London, as well as frequent appearances on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2, and numerous recordings for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
He has performed with many distinguished conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Richard Bonynge, Carlo Felice Cillario, Richard Hickox, Giordano Bellincampi, Sir Edward Downes, David Parry, and Sebastian Lang-Lessing. He records on CD with the labels Vienna Modern Masters, Opera Rara and Chandos.