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Review: Victor Herbert's Serenade

"Colombo has a beautiful daughter Yvonne (performed by coloratura Natalie Ballenger, who IS beautiful, both in appearance and voice)...Our funny bone was tickled by the hijinks of hiding in cloister and monastery and by the changing of costumes between Yvonne and Dolores, which fools the near-sighted Duke. Our ears were tickled by the gorgeous singing.."

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Review: Victor Herbert's Serenade

"The musical highlights -- all superbly delivered by the cast -- were many...Ballenger’s infectiously catchy “In Fair Andalusia” sung in delightful counterpoint with the monks; [and] her “Cupid and I” with its impressively vocalized cadenza..."

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Review: The Only Girl

"Aspiring actress Patsy was now a low class showgirl with a good heart, as in some vintage Warner Brothers musical... but the versatile Natalie Ballenger pulled off the concept with aplomb. "

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Voce di Meche Review: The Only Girl

"On the female side we had the very funny loud-mouth Patsy (soprano Natalie Ballenger)...The three women delighted us with "Why Should We Stay at Home and Sew". All the voices were good and the roles well-cast."

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The Gershwins' Lady Be Good. Ohio Light Opera

"The stars shone.  Or perhaps they shined.  In either case, the main characters were excellent singers, and in some cases pretty good actors.  While all of them were strong, I want to make special mention of two, Natalie Ballenger and Christopher Nelson.  Ballenger, as Susie Trevor, is just delightful.  A veteran of the OLO, her singing is gorgeous, strong, and clear.  She is also a very good actress and extremely funny in her role..."

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Ohio Light Opera adds Gershwin and Porter works to repertoire

"Seeing “Lady, Be Good!” is a chance to imagine how the Astaires entranced audiences of the 1920s and 1930s, but it’s also risky business for the performers. Natalie Ballenger manages her duties as Susie winningly, coming across as a bundle of vivacity and spunk and suggesting the personality that made Adele such a favorite." 

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'My Fair Lady' is punctuated by Christopher's bravura performance

"Natalie Ballenger's Eliza is a success. Physically, Ballenger never backs down and brings to Eliza a certain fragility often at odds with her noble desire to better herself while not losing herself. Her soprano is lovely and lilting and seems just as certain on the lovely “I Could Have Danced All Night” as it is in the more rollicking “The Rain in Spain” and 'Just You Wait'.”

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A TRIP TO OHIO, a musical experience in five days

"Anyone who can play and sing as she did, as the prima donna bomber in The Little King, so as to give me a genuine quivery lip, and then come out a few hours later, as the Belle of Malaria Centre, and do Cissie Loftus impersonations of Hattie Williams and Lillian Russell in such a way as to have the house (especially me!) in fits of laughter, is a rather special artist. Not to say the ideal leading lady for a repertory company. A leading lady who played in the chorus in Oh! Lady!! Lady!!!. That’s what this company is all about. And I love them for it."

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