Having only just moved to the UK, and in order to “get his foot in the door” on the opera scene there, Dominic undertook some comprimario roles at English National Opera in 1998. This platform gave Dominic the opportunity to display his considerable talents at characterisation and comic acting, as well as his crisp enunciation of lyrics, and elegant legato singing, and thereby served its purpose to get Dominic introduced to the opera world in London. This lead to recordings with Opera Rara and Chandos, as well as engagements singing more demanding repertoire in other venues throughout the UK and subsequently Europe, especially France, Denmark and Germany.
His first role at ENO was Tinca in Il Tabarro, and Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi (pictured left with Nuala Willis, Photo:Bill Raftery)
"…full marks to Dominic Natoli"
Opera, Andrew Clark June 1998 (Photo on p 637)
"roll call of honour…..Dominic Natoli"
Tom Sutcliffe in the London Evening Standard
"Dominic Natoli caught the ear as Tinca”
Michael Kennedy in The Sunday Telegraph
This was followed later in the year with the Gamekeeper in Rusalka (pictured above with Nerys Jones, photo Bill Rafferty)(English National Opera, Coliseum, London September 1998)
...D N's endearing Gamekeeper an exemplar of clean singing and verbal clarity"
The Stage, David Blewitt
"...Enjoying an easier life in the playful scenes of the Gamekeeper and Kitchen Boy, D N (and NJ) have put themselves in line for the ENO 'clarity of diction 1998' award"
Financial Times Richard Fairman 8/9/98
"… lively contributions from DN"
The Times, John Allison 8/9/98
"Nice support from Dominic Natoli's Gamekeeper"
Evening Standard, Tom Sutcliffe
"Dominic Natoli and NJ made their marks as Gamekeeper and Kitchen Boy."
Opera, Andrew Porter Nov 1998 (Colour Photo included in issue.)