Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka is widely regarded as one of the most exceptional artists of our time. Her performances as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata are heralded as definitive portrayals of the role, and she is frequently lauded as a leading Rossini and Mozart singer of her generation.
Since her landmark performance at the Salzburg Festival in 2009, under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Marina has been a regular guest at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and opera houses, such as the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw, the Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, and the Zurich Opera House.
She collaborates with leading conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Fabio Luisi, Marco Armiliato, Michele Mariotti, Thomas Hengelbrock, Paolo Carignani, Stéphane Denève, Yves Abel, Ottavio Dantone and Alberto Zedda. Her spectacular array of repertoire spans ranges from jewels of the Baroque era (Handel), Bel Canto masterpieces (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti), and much loved works by Verdi (La Traviata), Tchaikowsky (Eugene Onegin), and Stravinsky (The Rake’s Progress).
Ms. Rebeka is also active on the recital and concert stage, having performed at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the “Rudolfinum” Concert Hall in Prague, the Rosenblatt Recital series in London, Teatro alla Scala, and the Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg. She has shared the stage with venerated ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Filarmonici della Scala. She recorded Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle for EMI (Warner Classics) with the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome, led by Sir Antonio Pappano. Her first solo CD titled “Mozart Arias” was also released by the label in November 2013.
Marina Rebeka’s 2015/16 performances include portrayals of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Violetta in La traviata, and Juliette Roméo et Juliette at the Vienna State Opera. She sings Violetta as well as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito at Zurich Opera House; Mimì in La bohème at the National Theater Mannheim and Latvian National Opera; makes her debut as Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante at Opera Lausanne; sings Donna Anna at the Bavarian State Opera; and takes the stage for her highly anticipated debut in the title role of Norma at the Teatro Verdi Trieste. In concert, Marina is a featured soloist in Rachmaninov’s The Bells at the Concertgebouw, the inauguration concert of Great Amber Hall in Liepaja (Latvia), and also performs with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and Luzern Symphony Orchestra.
Future engagements include Mathilde in Guillaume Tell, Norma and Donna Elvira at the Metropolitan Opera; Violetta and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at the Vienna State Opera; Donna Elvira at the Gran Teatre del Liceu; and Elettra in Idomeneo at the Zurich Opera House.
Last season, Marina sang Donna Anna in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Don Giovanni, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Violetta in La traviata and Musetta in La bohème. She also portrayed Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the Bavarian State Opera, and Violetta at the Vienna State Opera and Royal Opera House (Covent Garden). Additionally, Ms. Rebeka debuted with the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, and sang Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the opening of Rheingau Musik Festival.
Born in Riga, Marina Rebeka began her musical studies in Latvia and continued in Italy, where she graduated from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome (2007). During her training, she attended the International Summer Academy in Salzburg and the Rossini Academy in Pesaro. Marina has also been awarded top prize at several international vocal competitions, including the renowned Bertelsmann Stiftung “Neue Stimmen” Competition in Gütersloh, Germany.