The Dutch Press, which includes Trouw and Volkskrant, praised Ms. Yakovleva a number of times for her vocal technique, her tender, yet expressive musical interpretation, and her acting ability.
Alongside with the opera repertoire, Ms. Yakovleva is teaching various students to help them achieve their vocal ambitions, performs live recitals, and sings as a soloist with Ensembles and Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Yakovleva collaborated with the Bolshoi Theatre, the ASKO-Ensemble, the Rubens Kwartet, the Gelders Orkest, the Noord-Holland Orkest and Opera Trionfo.
Russian Soprano Natalja Yakovleva received her musical education at the Ural State Conservatory, Ekaterinburg, Russia. From 1992 until 1997 she studied under Professor N. Golyshev and Professor. L. Krasnopolskaja.
In 1995 Ms. Yakovleva won the “Russian Romance Competition” in Moscow.
Before graduating her conservatory, Ms. Yakovleva attained the position of “Soloist” at the Maly Opera Theatre in St. Petersburg and at the Ural State Theater in Ekaterinburg.
There Ms. Yakovleva sang the roles of Gilda (Rigoletto), Prinzess (Naked King, T. Grennikov) and prepared the role of Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Marpha (Tsar’s Bride, Rimsky-Korsakov), Violetta (La Traviata, Verdi), Gianetta (L’Elisir D’Amore, Donizetti), and Frascita (Carmen, Bizet).
In 2000 Ms. Yakovleva moved to The Netherlands to continue her studies at the conservatory of Amsterdam, where she did her post-graduate study under Prof. Udo Reinemann.
She also attended masterclasses given by Rudolf Jansen, Dawn Upshaw and Mitsuko Shirai, Henk Smitt, John Brocheler and Mark Tucker.
In 2003 Ms. Yakovleva graduated with her Masters Degree in the Opera Academy, at The Hague with Claron Mc Fadden.
In Opera Academy Natalja has performed Le Rossingol (l’Entfant et les sortileges, Ravel), Königin der Nacht (Zauberflöte, Mozart) and
Shintilla (Satyricon, B. Maderna).
Alongside the operarepertoire Natalja Yakovleve also performs Liedricitals and sings as a soloist with Ensembles an Symphony Orchestras.
With Pianist Rian de Waal en Mezzo-soprano Marion van den Akker she sang the Liedcycle From Jewesh Folk Poetry of Shostakovich. At the end of 2006 she has performed this music with the Rubens Kwartet, under director Dick Hauser.
During the Holland Festival, Ms. Yakovleva sang in the “Muziektheater of Amsterdam” the production of Body & Voice conducted by Charles Olivieri-Munroe.
With Het Gelders Orkest, Ms. Yakovleva performed part of “Parasha from Mavra” by Igor Stravinsky, conductor N. Alexeev.
Ms. Yakovleva also sang with the ASKO-Ensemble the liedcycle Tempo e Tempi (1999)” by Elliott Carter.
In 2005/2006 Ms. Yakovleva performed throughout the Netherlands, performing the role of Prima Donna Darja from Viva la Mamma, by Donizetti in a stage production of Porgy Franssen, Opera Trionfo. The final performance thereof, was in one of the Robeco Summer Concerts at the Concert Gebouw of Amsterdam.
CD's and Radio recordings:
RTV-NH Live -concert, The Nederlands
CD-Cantata "Ekaterinburg"(composer V. Kobekin, cond. D. Liss)
CD W.A. Mozart Die Zauberflote (director Alexander Oliver, cond. Jose Manuel Esandy
CD S. Rachmaninov 20 Songs 2008