Conte, soprano, is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree
and has recently earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody
Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University. There, she was
the recipient of the George Castelle Memorial Award for excellence
in performance, and the Azalia H. Thomas award for superior marks
in the field of music theory. At Peabody she studies with Phyllis
Bryn-Julson and John Shirley-Quirk.
Aside from various recital appearances, Natalie has been
involved in the Peabody opera department and has performed the roles
of Noèmie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Blonde in Mozart’s The Abduction
from the Seraglio, the Queen of the Night and the First Lady in
the opera outreach program Papageno!, the Shepherdess in Ravel’s
L’enfant et les Sortillèges, Procris in Céphale et Procris, and
has appeared in the chorus of both Candide and Cosí fan tutte.
Besides this, she has an interest in directing, and has
successfully directed Mozart’s The Impresario. Summer programs that
Natalie has attended include the Lake Placid Institute in New York
State and the Centro Linguistico Dante Alighieri in Florence, Italy.
For the summers of 2004 and 2005, Natalie has been accepted into
the well-respected educational program for young singers, Operafestival