Natela Nicoli completed her studies in piano and voice with distinction and perfected her talent with Renata Scotto, KS Christa Ludwig, KS Ruthilde Boesch as well as Prof. Horiana Branisteanu.
For her outstanding interpretation of Bizet's Carmen, Ms. Nicoli received the prestigious OPERA AWARD in Germany in 1994.
In 1996 she was offered Austrian citizenship due to her extraordinary artistic contributions to society.
Ms. Nicoli was invited to sing at the most extinguished theatres and opera houses worldwide, appearing at the Salzburg Festival in Les Troyens (Ivor Bolton/Sylvain Cambreling) and Zauberflöte (Christoph von Dohnanyi/Achim Freyer). She recorded a number of duets on CD ADAGIO with Edita Gruberova in Munich (Philharmonie im Gasteig) with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. Ms. Nicoli has performed at the Vienna Musikverein, Teatro Comunale di Firenze under the baton of Fabio Luisi, the Wiener Konzerthaus with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Wiener Volksoper, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Recent highlights include Ms. Nicoli's Germany Tour with Verdi's Messa Da Requiem under the direction of Fabio Luisi; the world premiere of J. Offenbach's romantic opera Die Rheinnixen as the role of Hedwig in Ljubliana and St Pölten, the role of Magdalena in Der Evangelimann at the Wiener Volksoper (Stage director: Josef Ernst Köpplinger); Die Zauberflöte as Dritte Dame at the Theater an der Wien under Fabio Luisi and at the Grand Théâtre de la Ville in Luxemburg; Luc Bondy's new production of Salome at the Scala di Milano in March 2007; and the Wagner Festival in Wels in May 2007 and 2008. She is often invited to sing in Graz’s Stefanielsaal, the latest concerts being Mozart's Requiem alongside world re-knowned Rober Holl, and Verdi’s Missa da Requiem alongside KS Kurt Rydl.
Fall 2008 took her to sing at the Wexford Festival Opera in Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden, then in Verdi's Messa di Requiem in Graz’s Stefaniensaal and in Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus. In February 2009 she will perform with the Wiener Symphoniker at the Wiener Konzerthaus under Vladimir Jurowski. Spring 2009 takes her to sing with the Tonkünstlerorchester directed by Michail Jurowski in Strawinsky's Mavra as well as at the Wiener Musikverein, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, and at the Grafenegg Auditorium.
Natela Nicoli has sung under the baton of world re-knowned conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Denis Russel Davis, Ivor Bolton, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Philippe Jordan, Dimitrij Kitajenko, Jury Bashmet, Sylvain Cambreling, Martin Haselböck, Vladimir Jurowski, Michail Jurowski, Milan Horvat, Ernst Märzendorfer and Emil Tabakov.