Natalia Ushakova received her vocal training at the “Rimsky-Korsakov-Conservatory” in St. Petersburg. She won a scholarship to the Graz Opera Studio in Austria and sang all major roles for Soprano in Mozart´s operas. She continued with the master class at the University of Munich and the “Accademia di perfezionamento” of the Teatro alla Scala in Milano. Natalia Ushakova won first prize in two prestigious Italian opera 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 opera 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 the same year she sang the role of Mimi in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of “La Bohéme” at La Scala in Milano. She has since appeared at the world’s major opera houses and concert venues and established herself as one of the music world’s newest stars thanks to her beautiful voice, musicianship and compelling stage portrayals.
Natalia Ushakova has recorded two solo albums with Universal Music Austria, Tschaikowskis Mazeppa with Mstislaw Rostropowitsch at La Scala in Milano, Strauß’ The Gypsy Baron with Armin Jordan, Prokofievs Semen Kotko with Valery Gergiev, Lehars Giuditta with Rudolf Bibl and Ermanno Wolf-Ferraris ”I GIOIELLI DELLA MADONNA”, WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING 2016 with Friedrich Haider.