Natalie Grimmett is currently in her second year of completing a Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Music, specialising in Theatre and Classical Voice Performance at The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music (Monash University).
During her time at Monash she has intensively studied Art Song in English, Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance repertoire, and Mozart Songs and Arias with Sally Wilson, Vivien Hamilton and Andrea Creighton, respectively. In the second half of 2018 she is looking forward to studying Contemporary Classical repertoire with Judith Dodsworth, as well as continuing to participate in weekly vocal workshops with Merlyn Quaife.
Natalie was initially introduced to the joys of Opera when she participated in the 2014 WotOpera Melbourne season – collaborating with fellow students at Nossal High School to write, compose and stage an Opera over the course of four days. From there she was able to participate in the 2015 project and Sydney camp, where playing roles such as ‘Crimson the Revolutionary Alliance Leader’ and ‘Annabelle the Evil Tapdancing Taxidermist’ taught her just how wild, whacky and creative the world of Opera could be.
Natalie is a current member of the Monash University Singers, and was a member of the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) from 2015-2017. Natalie is also a keen member of the amateur theatre community, with highlights including playing Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Astral Theatre Company), the ‘Somewhere’ vocalist in West Side Story (Lumina Theatre Company) and making her debut with PLOS in their July production of The Phantom of the Opera later in the year.
This year Natalie is also extremely excited to collaborate with Peter Rutherford and James Millar in developing and workshopping a new musical adaption of The Dressmaker, to be performed in November as part of the Jeanne Pratt Musical Theatre Artists in Residence Program at Monash University.
When she is not singing, Natalie enjoys gardening with the Monash Permaculture club, volunteering at the student-run Wholefoods restaurant and posting weekly videos to her self-titled YouTube Channel. She is both thrilled and immensely grateful to have been given this opportunity to join Opera Scholars Australia for their 2018-19 season.