Born in Tokyo during a raging typhoon, it seemed Natalie
was not destined for the mundane life. As the daughter
of diplomats, Natalie studied voice and piano from
Moscow to Peru, passing through Rome and Montreal, where
she started her singing career with the Montreal Opera
Choir and the Société de Musique Contemporaine du
Québec. In 1991, she launched her first album entitled
Natalie with the record label Isba Music. This album
cemented what was to become a long collaboration with
Isba Music as well as with MCM Entertainment Management.
In the years that followed, she released a number of
classical recordings manifesting her formidable talent.
It was in 1993, while traveling through Switzerland,
that she decided to ally her energetic humour with
opera. The formula was to become magical. In a show she
created, ‘De Vigneault à Mozart’ where first appeared
her character of the comic diva, La Fettucini Natalie
received accolades from critics as well as the public.
The following show, ‘Whoever Said Opera Was Boring’ (in
collaboration with pianist Scott Bradford) was presented
for the first time in Montreal in November 1994, at Le
Lion d’Or and then at the Cabaret Juste pour Rire, and
was hailed as a brilliant success. Natalie’s career was
definitely off the ground. After her premiere
presentation in Montreal the show was acclaimed in
Quebec and France, where she gave numerous performances
in early 1995. That summer, Natalie was wooed by ever
growing crowds during the Just for Laughs Festival, the
Quebec International Summer Festival, and of Lanaudière
International Festival. Shortly after, she released her
album La Diva in Canada, Europe, and Asia, which
included 13 tracks from the show.
The typhoon seemed as though it would never end as the
diva performed show after wildly successful show, here
as well as in Europe. In 1997, after a tour of over 120
performances, Quebec presenters justly awarded her the
prestigious Rideau Prize for her considerable
contribution to the "democratization of the lyrical arts".
Her public also agreed by filling up all of the venues
Natalie was performing in.
In the fall of 1997 Natalie began recording La Diva II
with Saint Petersburg's New Philharmonic Orchestra in
Russia. The concert aired on popular television stations
in Canada, Europe, and Asia, under the label Isba Music,
earning a Felix award for "Best classical album" at the
ADISQ gala in 1998. That same year Natalie received the
Opus prize during a gala organized by the Conseil
Québécois de la Musique. She made her cinematographic
debut in Roger Cantin's movie La vengeance de la femme
en noir where she played the role of a comic opera
singer. Natalie also presented a new series of concerts
in France and Italy before taking off for Singapore.
History now repeating itself, she once again left on
tour after the remarkable release of her album Diva Luna
in Canada and Asia. She toured throughout North America,
France, and Switzerland, as well as Japan and Singapore.
In the words of a Singapore journalist, "her audience is
literally transported into a state of ecstasy". Still in
1998, the Festival de Saint‑Gervais awarded Natalie with
the "Jury grand prize" and the "Public’s grand prize".
Was the diva getting tired? Far from it! Back home in
Quebec in the summer of 1999, she embarked on a marathon,
traveling to 22 cities across the province, marked by an
appearance at the FrancoFolies de Montréal attracting a
crowd of over 100,000. In September 1999, Natalie
returned to her birthplace where she participated in
numerous concerts and made an appearance on Japanese
television. Once again she received several awards: the
International Comedy Festival of Haguenau awarded her
with the "Jury's Prize", she took the "Bronze Rose of
Montreux"… and entered the Guinness Book of Records for
"most costume changes by an opera singer"!
Like a force of nature, Natalie returned to Europe in
October 1999, five months pregnant, for the Night of the
Proms tour, a venue for rock and classical music where
she gave 37 shows in less than 7 weeks with performances
in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, and
The diva quickly found her place among the other talents
in the tour, notably Zucchero, along with many others.
Hailed as the star of the show, she triumphed before
500, 000 spectators. The public applauded her with
hysterical laughter as she launched into the chorus of
Nessun Dorma by Puccini, gargling with red wine and
still managing to hold the note!
After some well-deserved time off following the birth of
her daughter Ariane, Natalie returned to Germany at the
start of 2000. She visited Taiwan in June before
participating in the Danube Festival in Vienna. She left
for Argentina in August, where she worked her magic once
In 2000 Choquette was applauded on four continents,
notably in France, during a six week stay at the
European Theatre in Paris where she was warmly received
by the public and press.
It is to her audiences' great joy that she continued her
ascension, sharing her voice around the world. She
achieved a stunning success in January 2001 with a
concert in Buffalo accompanied by the city’s symphonic
orchestra; in February she stole the show from numerous
artists of international renown as all participated in
an enormous concert in Cologne, Germany, before 12,000
spectators. The exceptional show was televised Easter
Saturday across the European networks, where it was
watched by 50 million people. Shortly after, Natalie
received a 20-minute standing ovation by the patrons of
the prestigious Vienna Konzert Haus. On her return,
Natalie entered the studio, this time to record her 8th
album, the Noël de la Diva, on which both her daughters
contributed, which was released in November 2002. The
reviews were very favourable, and the release of the
album attained fame by charting in the top-ten best-selling
Back in Quebec, the diva recorded a made-for-television
show, La Diva et le Maestro, with the Montreal Symphonic
Orchestra under the direction of Charles Dutoit. The
televised recording was to be aired in 2002 and
broadcast across Canada, Europe, and Asia. Following
this, Natalie performed La Prière de la Diva across
Canada, a show tailored for the holiday season with
songs in twelve different languages.
In 2003, Natalie Choquette’s world tour continued at a
dizzying rate. The hilarious soprano coloratura has
enchanted all her audiences with her effervescence and
her perfect mastery of voice. She also gave a series of
concerts in Holland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, France,
Italy, Japan, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Saudi
Arabia, Vietnam during the francophone summit, the
United States and several South American countries.
In 2004, the Diva succeeded in squeezing the Night of
the Proms tour in France into her schedule: she shared
the scene with Joe Cocker, James Brown, Rock Voisine,
The Pointer Sisters, Patrick Fiori, John Miles, and
Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) in 10 French cities including
Paris, where she appeared at the Zenith Theatre. The
sixteen date tour achieved tremendous success, hitting
home with thousands of fans.
In November 2004, our diva receives an honorary
Doctorate from the University of Ottawa.
Since her debut, close to 2 million live spectators
around the world have been won over by the exceptionally
talented Quebec artist, and as if this weren't enough,
our globe-trotting diva recorded her 10th album here in
Montreal entitled, Aeterna, which was released on
November 9th 2004. Since its release, this magnificent
album, has charted itself among the top selling albums
of the year, and winner of the “Classical album of the
year (vocal)” at the gala of l’ADISQ in 2005.
In 2005, the Diva continued to appear on the
international music scene with concerts in France,
Mexico, Canada, USA, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Monaco, Italy,
Germany and Peru. Natalie also participated in several
shows featuring the Roncalli Circus in Germany.
She then released Aeterna Romantica followed by a major
Canadian tour. This album also won the 2006 “Classical
album of the year (vocal)”.
In the Spring of 2006, Natalie released a new DVD, “La
Diva”, which includes the complete performance of her
show “La Diva and the Maestro”, the video clip for Vox
Divina from her latest album “Aeterna Romantica”, the
multiple-award short film “Fata Morgana”, and a
compilation of highlights from that show.
In the summer of 2006, Natalie created with veteran show
producer Michel G. Barette, Debby Brown and the
Plasticiens Volants a mega show entitled « La Reine et
la Perle », a circus based fantasy for “Le Festival
d’été de Québec” presented on the famous Plains of
The third album and final release of the Aeterna trilogy
entitled Aeterna Celesta, was launched in the fall of
2006 and for the third successive year, garnered once
again the Felix award for “Classical album of the year
(vocal)”. To date thanks to the sale of Aeterna concerts
and albums a total of $30,000 has been raised for the
Quebec Cancer Foundation for which our Diva is the
The Aeterna Trilogy was packaged as a box set and
released in the fall of 2007 and has sold over 5,000
units in Canada. Natalie Choquette is by far the best
selling classical artist in Canada.
In 2007, la Diva creates 3 new shows: The Trout &
Schubert accompanied by 2 sisters Laurence and Camille
Lambert-Chan, Blue Mammy with John Roney, with a stage
presentation by Michel G. Barette, and Ladies' Lament
(Les dames de ces messieurs) for the Quebec Symphony
Orchestra, as well as several other Canadian orchestras.
2008 was also a year full of creative projects: Entrez
dans la danse, with harpists Robin Grenon and Gisèle
Guibord, then the recording of a new concept album and
concerts in foreign countries! Japan, Germany, China and
Portugal welcomed our grand Diva at the beginning of the
year! During this time, our diva prepared a new opus
entitled Terra Mia released in December with 16 songs
sung in 10 different languages where Natalie celebrates
love with compositions and traditional pieces sung in
Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, French, Chinese,
Arabic, Russian, English and Creole. Inspired by the
repertoire of this record, Natalie gives birth to a new
show « Diva World Tour in Québec » with virtuoso pianist
John Roney and stage producer Michel G. Barette.
In 2009, she plays the leading role in a short film: The
Perfect Vacuum by Alana Cymerman. She is also very busy
with her live shows: Ladies’ Lament in English Canada
she also produces La Diva and the Vampire for the Quebec
Symphony Orchestra and Like Mother, Like Daughters with
her 3 daughters: Florence K, Éléonore Lagacé and Ariane
Lagacé, presented at Place des Arts in Montréal.
Following the success of Terra Mia (over 10,000 copies
sold) Natalie has recently completed a follow up album
entitled Terra Bella, in the same style and continues
her concerts throughout the world in 2010 (France,
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao).
This Spring in Canada, she premiered a new show entitled
Mimi, La Diva Malbouffa, explaining opera and good
eating habits to children. A new album and a new tour
are planned for the upcoming year.