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, Michele Mariotti, 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, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, 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” was also released by Warner Classics in rmavember 2013.
Her current season features performances as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera, her debut in the title role of Maria Stuarda at Riga’s Great Guild Hall, followed by performances in the role at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Ms. Rebeka also stars in La Traviata at the Wiener Staatsoper and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, and returns to Riga’s Latvian National Opera to sing Marguerite in Faust in the summer and Norma in December. Marina appears in concert as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Wiener Symphoniker, and performs operatic highlights in a New Year’s Gala Concert with the Czech Philharmoniker.
Marina Rebeka’s 2015/16 performances included her critically acclaimed debut in the title role of Thaïs at the Salzburg Festival with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and portrayals of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Violetta in La traviata, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Vienna State Opera. She sang Violetta as well as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito at the Opernhaus Zürich; Mimì in La bohème at the National Theater Mannheim and Latvian National Opera; made her debut as Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante at Opera Lausanne; sang Donna Anna at the Bavarian State Opera; and took the stage for her highly anticipated debut in the title role of Norma at the Teatro Verdi Trieste. She also starred as Violetta in the annual NDR Klassik Open-Air with the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Elettra in Idomeneo at the Audi Festival in Ingolstadt. In concert, Marina was a featured soloist in Rachmaninov’s The Bells at the Concertgebouw, the inauguration concert of Great Amber Hall in Liepaja (Latvia), and also performed with the Luzern Symphony Orchestra and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Additionally, Marina made her debut at the Red Ribbon Celebration Concert at the Life Ball in Vienna.
Next season’s engagements include Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, La Traviata in her debut at Opéra national de Paris, Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles at Lyric Opera of Chicago, her debut in the title role of Luisa Miller at Munich’s Prinzregententheater which will be recorded for future release, and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at the Vienna State Opera. Ms. Rebeka will also sing a solo recital featuring French Romantic arias and a New Year’s Eve Gala Concert with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
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.