Hailed for her “floating, silky” “luminous soprano” and deemed “a standout in acting and voice” as well as “hypnotic (Chicago Classical Review), Soprano Nathalie Colas is a versatile and curious musician, educator, producer and music advocate.
She is a current soloist and co-founder of Third Coast Baroque, Liederstube, and new music ensemble Fonema Consort. She has been a featured soloist with Haymarket Opera, Newberry Consort, Incantare, Bach Cantata Vespers at Grace Lutheran, Valparaiso Bach Institute, Bach Society of Saint Louis. With a keen interest and ear for new music, Nathalie was heard at the Festival International De Chihuahua and with Collective 113 in Minneapolis in recent seasons. An active chorister, Nathalie is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Grant Park Chorus, and Music of the Baroque.
As a concert soloist, Nathalie was recently heard in Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest, in Christmas Oratorio with Chicago Choral Artists, and in the title role of Rita by G. Donizetti in Switzerland. An avid recitalist, Nathalie studied art song with the late German baritone Udo Reinemann and regularly performs such repertoire (Symphony Center, Pianoforte Foundation, Chicago Arts Club, Driehaus Museum).
Ms. Colas is a passionate educator who teaches voice at Concordia University Chicago in Oak Park and Triton College in River Forest, where she also serves as director of Choral Activities. She is a recurring guest at colleges around the midwest to lead courses on Melodie Francaise. A graduate of DePaul University School of Music and of the Brussels Royal Conservatory, she completed her opera training at the Swiss Opera Studio/Hochschule der Kunst Bern, Switzerland. Nathalie was born and raised in Strasbourg, France