Natalia Kralina is a cum laude graduate of both the Tchaikovsky Chelyabinsk Music School (now the Tchaikovsky South Ural State Institute of Arts) in Chelyabinsk and the Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire in Yekaterinburg where she studied with People’s Artists of the Russian Federation Prof. Margarita Vladimirova. A gifted student, she appeared at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater.
In 2003, Natalia joined the Glinka Opera and Ballet Theater in Chelyabinsk. She was repeatedly invited to perform operas and concerts throughout Russia and also toured Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Serbia, France, Canada, Italy, and South Korea. From 2007 to 2009, Natalia was a soloist of the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad, Serbia. From 2003 to 2011, she debuted in many leading parts of the coloratura soprano repertoire, such as Violetta in La Traviata, Gilda in Rigoletto, Musetta in La Boheme, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the soprano part in Carmina Burana, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Martha in The Tsar’s Bride, Lyudmila in Ruslan and Lyudmila, and others.
Natalia has been the soloist of the Chelyabinsk Philharmonia since January 2012. Frequently a featured performer, she has sung with the State Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra “Malachite”, the Chelyabinsk Chamber (now Symphonic) Orchestra “Classica”, the Governor’s Wind Orchestra, and appeared in chamber music concerts with organist Vladimir Khomyakov, pianist Natalia Guschina, pianist Irina Golovina, saxophonist Tatiana Zaitseva, barytone Pavel Kalachev, and countertenor Artyom Krutko. With the Chelyabinsk Philharmonia, Natalia has focused on chamber music genres. She has had a great success with the new audience for her cultivated taste, rare musicianship and impeccable sense of form. She can always find the performing manner, appropriate of the style and emotional content of the piece she is singing. Natalia spans ‘invisible’ bridges between classics and contemporary music. She is equally praised for her performance of lyrical pieces, painted in soft tones, and dramatic music that requires temperament or passion.
In the 2012-2013 season, Natalia presented many interesting concert programs in collaboration with the best musicians of Chelyabinsk and performed in regional philharmonias. She also acted a leading role in New Year musical Father Frost's Stories that was put on stage in collaboration with the Naum Orlov Academic Drama Theatre, Chelyabinsk. In September 2012, Natalya recorded her first album Opera Arias and Duets, which was presented on the stage of the Rodina Hall of Organ and Chamber Music in February 2013. In June 2013, she appeared as a guest soloist with the State Symphonic Orchestra “Classica” in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, St. Petersburg.
Natalia is the prize winner of the International Chamber Singing Competition “Amber Nightingale” (Russia, 2002), the prize winner of the 1st All-Russian Irina Bogacheva Young Opera Singers' Competition (Russia, 2003), the laureate of the Glinka International Vocal Contest (Russia, 2005), and the laureate of the International Opera Competition at the Teatro Borgatti (Italy, 2009).
In October 2013, the tour in Serbia took Natalia to such venues as the Russian House in Belgrade and the Novi Sad Synagogue. In the 2013-2014 season in the Chelyabinsk Philharmonia, Natalia performed one of the leading parts in the season premiere of Lady Operetta, participated in the First International Academic Music Festival from Academ-Riverside, and directed theatrized concert The Girl Saw Off the Soldier, dedicated to the Victory Day (premiere on 13 May 2014). As a soloist, she was invited to perform Violetta in La Traviata, Adele in The Flittermouse, and Martha in the premiere of The Tsar's Bride in the Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theater.
In the 2014-2015 season, Natalia appeared in the opening ceremony of the World Judo Championship (August 2014), the concert dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Chelyabinsk Symphonic Orchestra “Classica” (November 2014), the opening ceremony of the Rodina Hall of Organ and Chamber Music (December 2014). She presented new solo programs and concerts in collaboration with the Chelyabinsk Philharmonia soloists, such as the concert dedicated to composers Isaac and Maxim Dunaevsky, the concert dedicated to the 200th anniversary of poet Mikhail Lermontov, the concert dedicated to Tchaikovsky, and premiere concert series Masterpieces of French Music.
In summer 2015, Natalia was an honorary guest and a member of the jury at the festival “Lines of Fate” in Spain. In June 2015, she was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.