Megan Marino has been hailed by the Washington Times for her “considerable range and confidence, navigating lower notes with impressive clarity yet also managing considerable leaps into the higher range as well, exhibiting a warm, plummy tone throughout.” In the 2016/17 season she makes debuts with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Virginia Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Utah Opera as Jessie in Beck’s The Long Walk. Ms. Marino also returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Second Wood Nymph in the company’s new production of Rusalka as well as for Roméo et Juliette, and Central City Opera for Despina in Così fan tutte. Highlights in the 2015/16 season included her debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Annina in Der Rosenkavalier and performances as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with both Fort Worth Opera and Florida Grand Opera. She also returned to Des Moines Metro Opera for her first performances of Meg Page in Falstaff, Opera Fort Collins for Angelina in La cenerentola, and the Metropolitan Opera roster for Rigoletto.
Ms. Marino made her Metropolitan Opera debut as a Voice of an Unborn Child in Die Frau ohne Schatten and has also joined the company for its productions of Rusalka, Don Carlo, and Werther. She joined the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. for Varvara in Káťa Kabanová, Green Mountain Opera and Baltimore Concert Opera for Angelina in La cenerentola, Opera Iowa for Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Opera Fort Collins and Saint Petersburg Opera for Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the Fire Island Opera Festival for the Third Schauspieler in Weill’s Der Protagonist. She sang Miriam and Ruth in the American premiere of Weill’s The Road of Promise with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, which will was released as a commercial recording, and joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Anna Bolena and San Francisco Opera for Partenope.
She is a former Resident Artist of Santa Fe Opera, where she most recently sang the Page in Salome and Claire in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. Also as a former young artist of Palm Beach Opera, her performances with the company included Angelina in family performances of La cenerentola as well as the Page in Salome, and Mrs. Grose in The Turn of Screw. She spent the summer of 2012 at the Caramoor International Music Festival, where she made her debut as in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and conductor Roberto Abbado. Capitalizing on her success in bel canto repertoire, she also covered contralto Ewa Podles in the title role of Rossini’s Ciro in Babilonia at Caramoor and subsequently, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. The mezzo-soprano’s other recent operatic engagements include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with the New Rochelle Opera, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with Virginia Opera, Mercédès in Carmen with Opera Coeur d’Alene, Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard with Bostonian Concert and Opera Ensemble, and Anita in West Side Story with the Aspen Music Festival. She joined Opera Colorado for both the Third Wood Nymph in Rusalka and Tisbe in La cenerentola.
Her concert performances include Handel’s Messiah with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Bach Ensemble, and Boulder Master Chorale; Mozart’s Requiem with the Boston Boys Choir; Bach’s St. John Passion as a guest artist with the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; and Haydn’s Mass No. 6 at Carnegie Hall. She joined tenor Lawrence Brownlee and conductor Antony Walker for a bel canto concert in Washington, D.C. She sang previous performances Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the University of Colorado Symphony, where she received her Master of Music Degree and also sang the title role of The Rape of Lucretia. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern Maine.
Ms. Marino is a winner of The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award as well as the Shaulis/Gasperec Emerging Singers Grant from Opera Index. She is also a 2015 second prize winner in both the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, at which she also won the audience favorite award, as well as an encouragement award recipient from the George London Foundation competition. In 2014, she won first place winner of both the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition and Oratorio Society of New York’s Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition. Following the summer of 2013 spent at Santa Fe Opera, Ms. Marino received The Katharine M. Mayer Award from the company. She is a previous second place winner of the Fort Worth Opera McCammon Competition and third place winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition and the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition. She has previously been a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has placed multiple times at the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. She is also the recipient of a career grant from Allied Arts.