The Latvian Marina Rebeka is one of the leading soprano of our time and considered one of the world’s best Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata”. She has also gained a wide reputation as one of the greatest Rossini and Mozart singers in the world.
Since her international breakthrough 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 Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall (New York), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Bavarian State Opera (Munich), Vienna State Opera and Zurich Opera House. She collaborates with leading conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Fabio Luisi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniele Gatti, Marco Armiliato, Michele Mariotti, Thomas Hengelbrock, Paolo Carignani, Ottavio Dantone and Dan Ettinger. Outstanding is her varied repertoire, which ranges from Baroque (Handel), Belcanto (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti) and Verdi (La Traviata) to Tchaikowsky (Eugeny Onegin) and Stravinsky (The Rake’s progress).
She will open the season 2018/19 with her house debut at Teatro Real Madrid singing Marguerite/FAUST, followed by her role and house debut with ANNA BOLENA at Opéra National de Bordeaux. She will return to Vienna State Opera to sing Mimi/LA BOHEME and to debut Nedda/PAGLIACCI. In Genève she will make her debut as Imogene/IL PIRATA in two concert performances. At Teatro Massimo Palermo she will sing Mimi/LA BOHEME and Violetta/LA TRAVIATA at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She will give a recital at Éléphant Paname in Paris and perform Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Fabio Luisi at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Future engagements will bring her -amongst others- to Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse where she will sing the title role in NORMA. She will be back at Vienna State Opera for SIMON BOCCANEGRA, EUGEN ONEGIN and TROVATORE. Also, she will sing NORMA in a new production at State Opera Hamburg and will return to Opéra de Monaco for THAIS.
Last season Marina Rebeka made her role debut as LUISA MILLER WITH Rundfunkorchester München, At the Metropolitan Opera New York she sang the title role in a new production of NORMA. She returned to Lyric Opera Chicago to sing Leila/LES PECHEURS DE PERLES. At Opéra National de Paris she gave her house debut as Violetta/LA TRAVIATA, followed by her house debut at Opéra de Monaco singing Marguerite/FAUST. She returned to Vienna State Oper to sing Maria/SIMON BOCCANEGRA. At Konzerthaus Dortmund she gave her role debut as GIOVANNA D’ARCO.
As an active and widely noticed concert performer, she has given recitals at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the “Rudolfinum” Concert Hall in Prague, St. John’s Hall in London, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Palau della Música in Barcelona and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, accompanied by such ensembles as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and Filarmonici della Scala.
She recorded Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE with the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano for EMI (Warner Classics) in 2012. Her first solo CD, “Mozart Arias” with Speranza Scappucci and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, was released by EMI (Warner Classics) in November 2013. Her next album, “Amor fatale” – Rossini arias with Marco Armiliato and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester – was released in the summer of 2017 by BR-Klassik.
The recording of Verdi’s LUISA MILLER with Marina in the title role was released by BR Klassik in spring 2018 and in summer 2018 Deutsche Grammophon released the recording of Mozart’s LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, featuring Marina in the role of Vitellia.
Her third Solo Album “SPIRITO”, which includes the best-known scenes and arias of the dramatic Belcanto repertoire will be released under her own record label “PRIMA CLASSIC” in november 2018.
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 studies, she also attended the International Summer Academy in Salzburg and Rossini Academy in Pesaro. In the 2017/18 season she was named the first-ever artist in residence by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. In December 2016 she was granted the Order of the Three Stars, the highest award of the Republic of Latvia, for her cultural Achievements.