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GUNN, Natalie

Written by  Celia P. Novo
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Natalie Gunn is an exceptional young talent from the Pacific Northwest. Her "clear, beautiful voice," "intelligent artistry" and "informed musicality" make for vibrant performances in concert, recital and opera.

She has been a featured soloist with many leading companies including the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, The Oregon Mozart Players, Northwest Performing Arts, Portland SummerFest, the Olympia Symphony, and Portland Opera.

A truly versatile artist, her stage repertoire encompasses numerous operatic roles including Nannetta (Falstaff), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Morgana (Alcina), and Tytania (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Her roles in operetta and musical theatre range from Cunegonde (Candide) and Maria (West Side Story), to Polly Peachum (The Beggar's Opera), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance).

Ms. Gunn has performed with the Internationale Bachakademie under the direction of Maestro Helmuth Rilling, and recently was an Adams Fellow Young Artist at the prestigious Carmel Bach Festival in California where she performed varied works from the Baroque repertoire under the tutelage of master teacher David Gordon.

She is the Northwest Regional Winner of the of the 2008 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, the national NATSAA Todd Duncan Award, the National Opera Association's Artist Competition, has been honored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Gerda Lissner Foundation.

Natalie Gunn was trained by the legendary Ellen Faull, and continues to work with Sheri Greenawald, Maestro Dean Williamson and Richard Bower. She holds a Master of Music degree from Portland State University where she studied under Ruth Dobson and worked with Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes and Tito Capobianco.
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Celia P. Novo

Celia P. Novo

Celia P. Novo is Founder and President of the international artist management company NOVO ARTISTS, INC. and of NOVO CONSULTING.

Mrs. Novo has been a dynamic and productive force in the classical music world since 1983 when she became personal business manager to late legendary soprano ARLEEN AUGER.

Known for her uncompromising standards of professional integrity and for the outstanding quality of her clients, Mrs. Novo focuses on finding only the finest and most promising talent the world over.



Born in New York City, Celia P. Novo attended New York University as a double major in Biology and Music. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Advanced Biological Studies from Fordham University. Mrs. Novo worked as a senior research assistant in the departments of Biochemistry, Neurology, and Pediatric Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for six years. As a New York State certified teacher, she taught Biology, Chemistry, and Developmental Biology at the college preparatory level.

In a dramatic career change, she became personal business manager to her dear friend, the late American diva Arleen Auger, in 1983. Mrs. Novo directed all of Ms. Auger's business affairs until her tragic death in June of 1993. Mrs. Novo and her husband, Guy P. Novo, founded the Arleen Auger Memorial Fund in 1995. The purpose of this Fund is to identify needy and talented young singers who wish to follow in Ms. Auger's esteemed footsteps, and reward them with study grants and scholarships to help defer the cost of voice lessons and other expenses relating to their vocal studies.

In 1995, Celia Novo founded Novo Artists, Inc., an international artist management company that represents conductors, stage directors, set designers, choreographers, singers, and instrumentalists throughout the world. She is also Founder and President of Novo Consulting.

Always devoted to charitable organizations, Mrs. Novo served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 1987 through 2003, and played a prominent role as chairperson of their education, marketing and special events committees. In 2006, she was elected to the Board of Directors of St. Christopher's Inn by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor.

Mrs. Novo and her husband, international attorney Guy P. Novo, reside in Hartsdale, NY. Their son, Andrew R. Novo, graduated Magna cum laude in History from Princeton University in June 2002, earned a Masters degree in International Relations and a Doctorate in History at the University of Oxford in July 2005, and a Doctorate in History. Andrew's first novel Queen of Cities has recently been published by Coffeetown Press.

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