Soprano Natalie Moran Clegg, a native Southern Californian, is best known for her vocal quality, comedic character roles, and her musical and theatrical dedication. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and has performed throughout the US and Europe in classical, jazz, pop, choral, and musical theatre repertoire.
The summer of 2006, Natalie attended the Tyrolean Opera Program located in Maurach am Achensee, Austria. She spent a month in the Austrian Alps performing, studying German, learning repertoire, and studying with Julia Faulkner, Korby Myrick, Kathryn Wright of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Robert Schliefer, and Elizabeth Bachman. She was able to get a much better understanding of the German language, work on advanced repertoire, acting skills, and vocal techniques. Her time there was invaluable. The summer of 2008 was spent at the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy. Here, she was able to perform in the Tuscia Opera Festival and Viterbo’s Notte Bianca. She sang in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Syrian soprano Lubana Al Quntar in the Piazza San Lorenzo. Natalie spent the month working with Maestro Stefano Vignati and strengthening her Italian skills while working on her Italian repertoire. She also traveled to Montefiascone to perform in La Bohème and La Traviata. This, too, was a memorable experience. The summer of 2011 and 2012 were spent participating in the Riverside Lyric Opera Program and taking part in masterclasses with such famed performers as Suzanna Guzman and John Duykers. She participated in LA Vocal Lab in the summer of 2014 in Los Angeles to work on her vocal improvisational skills.
During her studies at USC, Natalie became very involved with the Thornton Opera Program, performing in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Summer and Smoke, and Don Giovanni under the direction of Ken Cazan and conducted by Brent McMunn. The Chamber Opera of USC (COUSC) is a student-run performance organization. She was featured in their 2007 Scenes Program, Dido and Aeneas, Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Fall 2008 Production “Daily Grind”, and the Spring 2009 Production “Fractured Fairytales”. Natalie not only served on the Executive Board of COUSC but was also appointed as Director of Public Relations in which she more than tripled the previous year’s audience attendance. She also sang with the USC Concert Choir for 2 years which enabled her to perform Verdi’s Requiem at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, sing with Maestro Carl St. Clair, William Dehning, the Thornton Symphony, and perform in the World Premiere of composer Eric Whitacre’s “Animal Crackers”.
After graduating in 2009, Natalie performed as a chorister and as the Adina cover in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Repertory Opera Company. She then performed in the chorus of La Traviata with the same company. Since the Fall of 2010, Natalie has been a Resident Artist at Riverside Lyric Opera. Since joining the company, she has participated in the chorus of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Landis Performing Arts Center, performed as Papagena and 1st Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Ensenada Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, as the Prince’s Evil Sister in John Adam’s A Flowering Tree, The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, and Maria in West Side Story. She also appeared as Valechka in First Look Sonoma’s Daughter of the Red Tzar, in the ensemble of Bizet’s Carmen with Beyond the Stage, and a chorister in Virko Baley’s Holodomor in New York.
Natalie has competed and achieved success in many distinguished competitions. She received 1st place in the 2005 VOCE Competition as Senior Vocalist held by the Music Teachers’ Association of California. She has also received 1st place in the Musical Arts Club Competition of Orange County, Rotary Club Orange County Singer of the Year, Outstanding Soloist Competition at UCI, Outstanding Senior in Vocal Arts at Dana Hills, and was a finalist in the Young Stars of the Future Competition at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
An Orange County native, Natalie was very involved with the South Orange County School of the Arts (also known as SOCSA) where she engaged in many performances in the Porthole Theatre. These included The Sound of Music, Pippin, Once Upon a Mattress, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Anything Goes, the Secret Garden and vocal directing Sweet Charity. She was heavily involved with the choral department as well, performing with the Concert Choir, Madrigals, Women’s Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Women’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and participating in the California Honor Choir in addition to Heritage Festivals in Canada, Hawaii, England, and France. Through these ensembles, she was able to perform at Covent Garden, Disneyland Paris, the American Church in Paris, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. In the spring of 2009, Natalie came back to SOCSA’s Opera Night as the Featured Alumna Performer.
While studying with Kathleen Martin, she sang with the Saddleback Master Chorale at Saddleback College. She was featured on the Auction Network at the Hilton Residence in Beverly Hills for Kathy Hilton’s Wishing Tree for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, on Food Network’s Eat St., and on A&E’s Be the Boss. Natalie also sang for the opening ceremonies of the American Cancer Society’s 2009 Relay for Life in Rancho Santa Margarita. Natalie can also be seen performing throughout Los Angeles as a back-up singer at such venues as the Hard Rock Cafe, Ghengis Cohen, Harvelle’s, Hotel Café and NAMM.
Natalie is also an arts consultant and has also worked with various entertainment and arts organizations. She has worked for MTV Networks, Interscope/Geffen Records, Long Beach Opera, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, First Look Sonoma, Riverside Lyric Opera, ScolaVox, SACRA/PROFANA, Opera Parallele, RecordBox, and well as with various composers. She also worked with the Thornton Outreach Program as the Assistant Conductor of an elementary school choir. She now often performs at weddings and memorials services and does session work for tv/radio commercials.
Natalie Moran Clegg is a part of vocal jazz trios including the Los Angeles Muses and the San Diego Muses, Full Measure Carolers, Westminster Carolers, The Prosecco Players, is a back-up singer for Australian singer Chantelle Barry, a Resident Artist at Riverside Lyric Opera, and an award-winning photographer. She feels very blessed by her wonderfully supportive friends and family as she pursues her artistic aspirations.