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Marina Rebeka’s international breakthrough performance occurred in 2009 at Salzburg Festival in a new production of Rossini’s MOÏSE ET PHARAON (Anaï), under the baton of Riccardo Muti and staged by Jürgen Flimm. Since then, she has been a regular guest at the world’s most prestigious concert stages and opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York, ROH Covent Garden in London, Vienna State Opera, Salzburg Festival, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia.

Recently she gave house debuts at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome as Anna/MAOMETTO II, at Lyric Opera of Chicago and at Seoul Arts Center als Violetta/LA TRAVIATA and in Arena di Verona, where she interpreted Juliette in Gounod’s ROMÉO ET JULIETTE for the first time. She debuted in two roles at Zurich Opera House: Leila/LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES and Fiordiligi/COSÌ FAN TUTTE.

In the past season she made her Zurich Opera House debut as Donna Anna/DON GIOVANNI and her Bavarian State Opera debut as Violetta. She returned to Vienna State Opera as Violetta and Donna Anna and to La Scala to sing a Händel/Mozart concert program with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala (with conductor Ottavio Dantone). She performed as Mathilde/GUILLAUME TELL in a new production at Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam and at Rossini Opera Festival in a production of Graham Vick conducted by M. Mariotti, to be released in DVD in July 2014 by DECCA.

She is a star: Marina Rebeka, a handsome Latvian soprano making her Met debut. Her voice is bright and flexible…” Manuela Hoelterhoff

Current and future engagements include amongst others Antonia/LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN at Vienna State Opera, Mathilde/GUILLAUME TELL in a new production opening the Munich Opera Festival at Bavaria State Opera, Donna Anna/DON GIOVANNI in a new production opening 60th anniversary season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Liù in a concertante performance of TURANDOT at Latvian National Opera House in Riga. She returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin as Violetta; in this role she also appears at Vienna State Opera, MET and ROH Covent Garden. At MET she also performs Mathilde, Musetta/La BOHÈME and Donna Elvira/DON GIOVANNI and at Vienna State Opera Juliette/ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, Violetta/LA TRAVIATA and Donna Anna/DON GIOVANNI. As Vitellia/LA CLEMENZA DI TITO she returns to Zurich Opera House. At Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona she performs as Donna Anna/DON GIOVANNI.

As an active and widely noticed concert performer, Marina has been heard in Britten’s War Requiem with Royal Scottish National Orchestra as well as with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, in Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Rossini Opera Festival, and Brahms’s EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. In autumn 2012 she debuted in Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE with Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano; the concert’s CD was released in April 2013 on EMI (Warner Classics).
She performed recitals in chamber music and opera aria recitals at Rudolfinum in Prague, Rossini Opera Festival, Rosenblatt Recital Series in London and orchestra recitals with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Latvian National Opera Orchestra.
Her first solo-CD entitled “Mozart Arias” with conductor Speranza Scappucci and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra was released in November 2013 on the Warner Classics label.

Collaborations with conductors in the past and future include Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Paolo Carignani, Fabio Luisi, Marco Armiliato, Yves Abel, Stéphane Denève, Michele Mariotti, Alberto Zedda, Sir Andrew Davis, Roberto Abbado, Mikhail Jurowski, Theodor Currentzis, Alessandro De Marchi, and Robin Ticciati.
Marina’s varied repertoire ranges from Baroque (Handel’s ALCINA), Belcanto (Rossini, Donizetti) and Verdi (LA TRAVIATA etc.) to Britten (WAR REQUIEM) and Stravinsky (THE RAKE’S PROGRESS).

Born in Riga, Marina began her musical studies in Latvia, and in 2007, graduated at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She also attended the Internationale Sommerakademie at Mozarteum Salzburg, where she studied with Grace Bumbry, and the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro under the guidance of Alberto Zedda. She is also the winner of various vocal competitions, among them the renowned “Neue Stimmen” Competition in Gütersloh.

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