Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka is one of the leading international sopranos of the younger generation, and her extraordinary vocal timbre and great acting skills have made her one of the most in demand sopranos of the world’s most important theaters.
Born in Riga, began her musical studies in Latvia, in 2007 graduated at the “Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia” in Rome. She also attended the “Internationale Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum“ in Salzburg where she studied with Grace Bumbry, and the “Accademia Rossiniana” in Pesaro, under the guidance of Alberto Zedda.
She was the winner of various vocal competitions, among which the renowned competition “Neue Stimmen” of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Gütersloh.
She made her international debut 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 was performing regularly on the world’s most prestigious concert stages and opera houses including Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York, ROH Covent Garden in London, Wiener Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, de Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Palau de les Arts in Valencia.
Among other conductors with whom she has worked and will work are Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Fabbio Luisi, Paolo Carignani, Roberto Abbado, Michele Mariotti, Alberto Zedda, Mikhail Jurowski, Stéphane Denève, Yves Abel, Michele Mariotti, Theodor Currentzis, Alessandro De Marchi, Gustav Kuhn etc.
Her varied opera repertoire includes works of Mozart ,Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, Puccini, Bizet, Gounod, Massenet and Händel, and her concert repertoire include French, Russian, German and Spanish composer’s chamber music works and sacred and symphonic music of Rossini, Mozart, Britten, Poulenc, Ravel and Berlioz.
Her future engagements include Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Opernahus Zürich, Lyric Opera of Chicago and at the Liceu de Barcelona, Mathilde in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Violetta Valery in Verli’s La Traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Verdi Festival and House debut), Lyric Opera of Chicago, at the MET of New York, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper and Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Leila in Bizet’s Les Pécheurs de perles and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Opernhaus Zürich and Antonia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Her concert activity include orchestral version of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, under Antonio Pappano with Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, her first cd recording for the EMI; Britten’s War Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro with Orchestra del teatro lirico di Bologna under Michele Mariotti and Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 she will be back to La Scala to sing a Händel/Mozart concert program with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, under Ottavio Dantone.
Active also on the concert side, she has sung recitals of chamber music with Giulio Zappa in Rosenblatt recitals, London, Rossini’s Opera Festival in Pesaro, Rudolfinum in Prague, and opera music recitals with Latvian National Symphony orchestra and Latvian National Opera Orchestra.
Marina’s first Mozart recital Cd will be released in autumn 2013.