Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka made her international breakthrough as Anaï in Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon under Riccardo Muti at the 2009 Salzburg Festival. Since then she has appeared regularly at major opera houses that have included La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Vienna State Opera. Among the distinguished conductors under whom she has worked are Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Paolo Carignani and Daniele Gatti. Her wide-ranging repertoire extends from the Baroque and bel canto to Verdi and Tchaikovsky and also includes a number of French roles.
In the course of the 2018/19 season she sang Marguerite (Faust) at the Teatro Real in Madrid, made her house and role debut as Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, returned to the Vienna State Opera for Mimì (La bohème) and for her role debut as Nedda (Pagliacci) and appeared as Violetta (La traviata) at La Scala. She also sang the soprano solo in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony under Fabio Luisi at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Plans for 2019/20 include the title role in Norma at the Hamburg State Opera and for her debut at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and three productions at the Vienna State Opera: Amelia (Simon Boccanegra), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and her role debut as Leonora (Il trovatore). She will also sing Imogene in Bellini’s Il pirata for the first time in a concert performance at the Dortmund Konzerthaus. She will additionally return to La Scala as Violetta and for a song recital.
Her first solo CD was released in 2013 and featured Mozart arias with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Speranza Scappucci, followed in 2017 by Amor fatale, a collection of Rossini arias with the Munich Radio Orchestra under Marco Armiliato. Her third CD, Spirito, was released in 2018 on her own label Prima Classic and featured bel canto arias.
Marina Rebeka began her musical training in her home city of Riga. She completed her studies at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome in 2007. She has participated in the Salzburg Mozarteum’s International Summer Academy and the Academy of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and has won various competitions, including the prestigious New Voices Competition in Gütersloh in 2007.