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Dr. Natalie Lerch, Encore University educator, teaching artist, and performer, joins Encore University’s Masterclass series!

Join Dr. Natalie Lerch for a special Masterclass in celebration of Women’s History Month that will explore women’s history, roles, and contributions to the operatic world!

This Masterclass will begin by tracing the roots and evolution of women’s roles in opera, starting with the roles that women have played on stage in opera as an art form. We will then dive into the work of women behind the scenes and front-and-center as composers. Along the journey, we will touch on how women’s roles in society are reflected in operatic roles, how a woman’s “character” is portrayed musically, and take a look into what contemporary composers are writing now.

This lively discussion will conclude with a Q&A session. We’ll dip our toes into the discussion of women in opera for a lively discussion!

DATE AND TIMEWednesday, March 20, 7:30 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET

Can’t make it to the Zoom? Encore University’s flexibility extends to our Masterclass series. A recorded version of this presentation will be sent to all registered participants after the session.


Headshot of Dr. Natalie Lerch

Since receiving her DMA from the Eastman School of Music, Natalie Lerch has taught voice, diction, repertoire, pedagogy, and opera scenes at Cornish College of the Arts. 

Her favorite roles include: elle – La Voix Humaine, Fiordiligi – Cosí fan tutte, Miss Pinkerton – The Old Maid and the Thief, Mrs. Grose – The Turn of the Screw, andLa Musica – Orfeo (in Orvieto, Italy). 

Natalie has sung in masterclasses for Renée Fleming and Julianne Baird, and performed Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” with the Port Angeles Symphony.  Natalie’s choral experience includes the soprano quartet “Divalycious”, Duruflé’s Requiem in Canterbury, England, and singing with the Norman Luboff choir on tour.  She has performed faculty recitals (“What Would Alice Say?” and King Harald’s SagaLa Voix Humaine) and with Seattle Philharmonic in Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Mahler’s 4th Symphony. She also is a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner and spends time with horses, giving them Equine Bodywork Sessions!