Megan Marino is praised by Opera News as “a gifted actress with a strong, appealing voice graced by a rich lower register.” In the 2018-19 season, she makes company debuts with Dallas Opera as Meg Page in Falstaff, Atlanta Opera as Olga in Eugene Onegin, and Opera Idaho as Anita in West Side Story. She returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Laura in Iolanta, the Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica, and for the company’s production of La traviata as well as Utah Opera as Stephano in Roméo et Juliette. Future seasons include her debut with the Opéra national de Bordeaux as well as returns to Opéra national de Paris and the Metropolitan Opera, all in new roles, and a further return to Opera Colorado. Last season, she made her debut with the Opéra national de Paris as Zweite Knappe in Parsifal. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Myrtale in Thais as well as for its production of Le nozze di Figaro, Santa Fe Opera for her first performances of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City for her role debut as Olga in Eugene Onegin. Never straying too far from bel canto repertoire, Ms. Marino also reprised Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Kentucky Opera.
Ms. Marino made her Metropolitan Opera debut as a Voice of an Unborn Child in Die Frau ohne Schatten and has since returned as the Second Wood Nymph in the company’s new production of Rusalka and the company’s productions of Don Carlo, Rigoletto, Roméo et Juliette, and Werther. She joined Lyric Opera of Chicago as Annina in Der Rosekavalier; Florida Grand Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Virginia Opera, and Saint Petersburg Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia; Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel; Des Moines Metro Opera as Meg Page in Falstaff; Spoleto Festival U.S.A. for Varvara in Káťa Kabanová; Opera Delaware, Opera Fort Collins, Green Mountain Opera, and Baltimore Concert Opera for Angelina in La cenerentola; Central City Opera as Despina in Così fan tutte; Utah Opera as Jessie in Beck’s The Long Walk; 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 MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall, 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. As a former young artist of Palm Beach Opera, her performances with the company included Angelina in the family performance of La cenerentola and the Page in Salome. She spent the summer of 2012 at the Caramoor International Music Festival, where she made her debut as mezzo-soprano soloist 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 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 at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; and Haydn’s Mass No. 6 at Carnegie Hall; and Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge with the Fine Tuned Society of Boulder, Colorado. 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 and the Norma Newton Award from the George London Foundation. She is also a 2015 recipient of the Anna Case MacKay Memorial Award from Santa Fe Opera; 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 is also the recipient of a career grant from Allied Arts.
“With an ample mezzo voice that easily fills the house, she fires off gleaming coloratura...”
— The Miami Herald