Natalia Ushakova began to study singing at the “Rimsky-Korsakov-Conservatory” in St. Petersburg . In 1996 she won a scholarship to the Graz Opera Studio and sang all the major roles in Mozart´s operas.She continued her studies in the master class of Prof.Josef Loibl at the University of Munich in 1998, and won another scholarship to the “Accademia di perfezionamento” of the Teatro alla Scala (Milan), where she studied with the famous sopranos Leyla Gencer,Mieta Sieghele and Virginia Zeani.
In 2000 Natalia Ushakova won first prize in two famous Italian singing competitions, namely the “Concorso Internazionale Riccardo Zandonai” at Rovereto and the “Concorso delle voci verdiane” at Busseto,the birthplace of Verdi.
There she made her debut as Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” and portrayed Giuseppina Strepponi (Verdi’s second wife) as well as Violetta Valéry in the BBC television film “The private life of Giuseppe Verdi”.
In 1999 Natalia Ushakova made her debut as Maria in Tschaikovsky’s “Mazeppa” (Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich) at la Scala,Milan. After this successful debut she took the advice of the artistic director and studied the Italian operas at the “Accademia di perfezionamento della Scala”.
Meanwhile she made her debut as Mimi in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of “La Bohéme” at La Scala.
Natalia Ushakova took part in various tours with the Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg (Conductor: Valery Gergiev), which brought her to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Festival Hall in Baden-Baden.
She made her debut at the State Opera in Hanover as Maria in Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” and sang Mimi in “La Boheme” as well as Cio Cio San in “Madama Butterfly” and triumphed as Violetta Valéry in the internationally-acclaimed new production of “La Traviata” by Calixto Bieto in 2004. In the same season Natalia Ushakova appeared for the first time as Lisa in “The Queen of Spades” at the State Opera Hamburg.
Natalia Ushakova made her USA debut at the Washington Opera House as Liu in Puccini’s “Turandot” in 2001, followed in 2002 by Lisa in “The Queen of Spades” with Placido Domingo as Hermann, and appeared as Donna Anna in a new production of “Don Giovanni” in 2003.
In 2004 Ms.Ushakova made her debut in the “Teatro Real”in Madrid to great public acclaim and received spectacular reviews singing Lisa in “The Queen of Spades” alongside Placido Domingo and Elena Obraszova as the Countess, with Jesus Lopez Cobus conducting.
In 2005 she continued this success with her debut as Tatiana in a new production of “Eugene Onegin” under the director Peter Konvitchny, and made an acclaimed debut in a new production of “Jenufa”, taking the title role.
In 2006 Natalia Ushakova appeared in Abbado’s new production of “Don Giovanni” in Verona as Donna Anna, and made her debut in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York to standing ovations.In 2006-2007 she made her debut as Desdemona in Verdi´s “Othello” at the State Opera in Stuttgart and her widely-acclaimed debut as Violetta Valery in “La Traviata” at the State Opera in Vienna.
2008 Salome Debut at the New National Theater Tokyo and
Simone Boccanegra/Amelia Debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
2009 The year begins with Ushakova’s sensational debut as Tosca in the New
Opera of Peijing.
She gives her very successful role debut as Rusalka in a New production at the National Opera Athen and returns to the State Opera in Vienna as Lisa in „Pique Dame“ to great public acclaim.
2010 Her first solo recording for Universal Music, Opera Arias – Verdi, Puccini, Catalani, is released to great critical acclaim.
She celebrates a great success as Norma at the National Theatre of Zagreb, makes her debut as Rusalka in Nice, followed by her sensational debut in Tel Aviv as Lisa in Queen of spades and appears as the first Salome in the history of China in the New National Opera of Peijing. Moreover, she makes this year her first Solo Open Air Gala in Schloss Haindorf and appears in the gala “Best of Christmas” together with Jose Carreras in Vienna.
2011 she sings Violetta Valery in the new production of “La Traviata” under the direction of Renato Zanella in the historical opera-house of Syros in Greece which is chosen subsequently the best production of 2011.
Following that she sings the Tosca under the direction of Placido Domingo in Washington and receives big recognition from audience and press with the world premiere of “Gogol” at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.
2012 The year begins with a professional expansion of repertoire to the high coloratura and belcanto under the direction of KS Prof. Hilde Zadek.
Subsequently Natalia Ushakova records her first Belcanto CD by Universal Music Austria and makes her debut as Celeste in Nick Prokop’s mono opera “Time Pearls”, accompanied by Wiener Philharmoniker.
2013 Natalia Ushakova makes her debut as „Queen of the night“ in Mozart’s Magic flute at the State Opera of Prague and at Vienna’s Volksoper, afterwards she sings Francesca da Rimini under the direction of Maestro Fedosejev in Lyon (France) as well as her first solo recital at Vienna’s Musikverein. In march she presents her second solo album by Universal Music „Love and Madness – The spirit of opera“
Violetta in “La Traviata” at National Opera Ljubljana.
Mimi in a new production of “La Bohème” and Violetta in a new production of “La Traviata” at New Opera of Bergen (Norway)
“Philharmoniker Ball” in Vienna with Janoska Ensemble (23.Jan)
Galaconcert with Janoska Ensemble in Kulturzentrum Eisenstad (30.Jan)
Debut as Amelia in “Un ballo in maschera” of G.Verdi in a new production of National Opera Ljubljana.
Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Magic flute” at the State Opera of Prague.
Galaconcert at Schloßhotel Velden / Wōrthersee ( Austria)
Open-Air concert in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg
Concert at Kurhaus Semmering.
Salome in a new production of National Opera Ljubljana.
“I gioielli della Madonna” by Wolf-Ferrari / New produktion at New Opera Bratislava.
Manon in a new production of “Manon Lescaut” by G.Puccini in Norway.
Collaboration with following conductors:
Vladimir Fedoseyev, Placido Domingo, Mstislav Rostropovitsch, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Maurizio Arena, Armin Jordan, Mark Ermler, Rudolf Bibl, Jesus Lopez Cobus, Eugen Kohn, Heinz Fricke, Shao-Chia Lü, Li Xin Cao, Antonello Allemandi, Claude Schnitzler, Seiji Osawa etc.
Collaboration with following directors:
Peter Konwitchny, Johannes Schaaf, Marian Chudovsky, Franco Zeffirelli, Lev Dodin, Christian Pöppelreiter, Dmitri Bertman, Lofti Mansuri, David Li Wei, Philipp Himmelmann, Vera Nemirova etc.