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 at opera houses worldwide 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, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michele Mariotti, Kent Nagano, Thomas Hengelbrock, Paolo Carignani, Stéphane Denève, Yves Abel, Ottavio Dantone and Alberto Zedda. Her spectacular array of repertoire spans from jewels of the Baroque era (Handel), Bel Canto masterpieces (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti), and much loved works by Verdi (La Traviata), Tchaikowsky (Eugene Onegin) to Stravinsky (The Rake’s Progress).
Ms. Rebeka is also active on the recital and concert stage, having performed at Teatro alla Scala, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the Rosenblatt Recital series in London, and the Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg. She has shared the stage with venerated ensembles including the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, the Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Filarmonici della Scala, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest in her debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. 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” (with Speranza Scappucci) was also released by Warner Classics in november 2013. Another Solo Album „Amor fatale – Rossini Album“ together with Marco Armiliato and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester was released in autumn 2017.
The current season already brought her to Munich as Luisa Miller (being the Artist in Residence of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester), to the Metropolitan Opera in New York with her acclaimed performances in the title role as Norma as well as a run as Leila in The Pearl Fishers at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Upcoming engagements feature her debut at the Opéra National de Paris as Violetta, Marguerite in Faust in Montecarlo, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at the Vienna State Opera and her debut as Giovanna d’Arco in Dortmund. In addition to that she will sing concerts in Moscow, Barcelona and a recital with French arias in Munich.
Recent engagements brought her to the Bavarian State Opera as Donna Anna, Ginevra in Lausanne, Juliette and Violetta at the Vienna State Opera, Vitellia in Zurich, Mathilde at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Idomeneo in Ingolstadt, Mimi in Riga as well as Violetta in Valencia, Pecs, Hanover and Astana. She also gave her debuts as Thais at the Salzburg Festival in 2016, as Marguerite in Riga and Maria Stuarda in Riga and Rome. Besides her operatic performances she sang in several concerts in Vienna, Riga, Zagreb and Munich. One of the highlights of the past season were her performances as Vitellia in in Baden-Baden under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin which will be featured on a recording of the Deutsche Grammophon. Additionally, Marina made her debut at the Red Ribbon Celebration Concert at the Life Ball in Vienna.
In future seasons, Marina Rebeka debuts in the roles of Leonora in Il Trovatore, Nedda in Pagliacci, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, and she will revisit signature portrayals of Norma and Thaïs, all at prestigious venues across the globe.
In previous seasons, Marina has performed the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opernhaus Zürich, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera to star in La traviata and La bohème. She also portrayed Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the Bavarian State Opera and Opernaus Zürich, Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles at Opernhaus Zürich, Violetta at the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), and Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, also at the Vienna State Opera. Additionally, Ms. Rebeka sang Rossini’s Stabat Mater for the opening of the Rheingau Music Festival, and has performed Mozart arias in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, closing the Mozartwoche Festival in Salzburg.
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.