Pianist and vocal coach, Nathalie Doucet was born in Bathurst, New-Brunswick, Canada. After her Bachelor’s studies in Solo Piano Performance and Pedagogy at “l’Université de Moncton” in her home province of New-Brunswick, Nathalie pursued her Masters degree in solo piano performance at “l’Universtié de Montréal” in Québec where she studied with the great late Claude Savard. During her studies in Montreal, Nathalie soon realized that her passion for the vocal arts that had been growing for many years was getting stronger. She was always active both during her undergraduate and graduate studies as a studio pianist for voice teachers as well as a pianist for many singers. After having completed her Master’s degree, she took a year to complete a specialized Artist Diploma in solo performance, and during this year, it became clear that she wanted to pursue her love of collaborating with singers and deepen her knowledge of the vocal arts.
After her graduate studies were completed, Nathalie did a year of contract study with acclaimed pianist and coach, the late Dixie Ross-Neill who was the head of the opera program at McGill University. During this time, Nathalie was to delve into everything vocal. She studied song interpretation with Michael McMahon, French, English, Russian, German and Italian diction with the late Dr. Robert Evans, and played for countless lessons, recitals auditions and opera rehearsals. Next to her studies, Nathalie was working as a staff coach and pianist for Opera McGill where she learned her craft while working some of North America’s young up and coming future operatic stars.
In 2001, Nathalie left her position at McGill University to work in the United States where she was offered the position of Music Director of DesMoines Metro Opera’s yearly Opera Iowa opera tour. Later in that same year, Nathalie caught the eye of the general director of the Orlando Opera Company where was invited to be the Young Artist Program director of the Orlando Opera (currently known as Opera Orlando) as well as the Youth Opera Program director. She enjoyed these positions for almost three years before moving on to join the Music Faculty of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in the position of Guest Lecturer. While in Knoxville, Nathalie was also appointed principle pianist/coach of the Knoxville Opera Company. Nathalie returned briefly to Canada in 2005 where she kept busy working for many companies in and around the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal such as: Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre,Opera York, Queen of Puddings Music Théâtre and Tapestry Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra de Montréal and has been on Faculty at York University as a piano instructor and collaborative pianist and also as a coach and collaborator at the University of Toronto. She has been regularly invited to be on faculty for many summer programs in Europe and Canada, among them: Toronto, Canada, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (General Director, Guillermo Silva Marin) and the Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton (General Directors, Richard Margison and Valerie Kuinka), in Oberaudorf, Germany for Music Theater Bavaria, in Graz, she is a recurring faculty member for the American Institute of Musical Studies, otherwise knows as AIMS (General Director, Sarah Halley) and is a returning faculty member for the renowned Center for Opera Studies in Italy (C.O.S.I.) in Sulmona, Italy (Artistic Director, Darryl Edwards)
At the end of 2009, after a brief return to Canada, Nathalie moved to The Netherlands with her Dutch husband where her European career took off at a rapid pace. She has held the position of Head Coach the Opera Studio Nederland as well as Coach for the Dutch National Opera Academy. Very comfortable in recital repertoire, Nathalie has been a regular recital partner for many of Europe’s best singers with whom she has played in some of the great concert halls in The Netherlands including the renowned Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She currently is in a Duo with Dutch mezzo-soprano Cécile van de Sant. They are called Duo Aurora and perform regularly throughout The Netherlands.
Aside from being a coach and pianist, Nathalie specializes in French Lyric Diction. For the last 10 years, she has held the position of professor of French Lyric Diction in the Classical Voice Department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and is internationally sought after as a French language coach. Her extensive study, experience and passion for French art song as well as opera has drawn many singers from all over Europe to come to her for role study and language refinement.
Since 2001 Nathalie has worked for numerous high profile competitions as an official accompanist including the Heinz Rehfuss Vocal competiton(USA), the Metropolitain Opera Council Auditions (USA), the International Vocal Competition (IVC), Neue Stimmen International Singing competition and the Belvedère Singing Competition. When time allows, Nathalie also enjoys working as a freelance repetiteur and coach for many of the Netherlands’ top opera organisations including the Dutch National Opera, Nederlandse Reisopera,NTR-Zaterdagmatinee and Het Concertgebouworkest under the baton of wonderful conductors such as: Bernhard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, Markus Stenz, James Gaffigan, Karel Mark Chichon, Stéphane Denève, to name only a few. Presently, Nathalie is focused on her work at the prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with head of voice Don Marrazzo, where she works as a coach/pianist in the classical voice department. There, she teaches not only French Lyric Diction, but she co-teaches Opera Class to the undergrad and graduate students. She is also Music Director for the department’s Concert-Opera projects.