Megan Marino is praised by Opera News as “a gifted actress with a strong, appealing voice graced by a rich lower register.” In the 2020-21 season, she joins the Atlanta Opera Company Players in its inaugural Big Tent Series where she makes her role-debut as Carmen and is featured on the company’s Spotlight Media platform in the Mezzo Extravaganza, Crossroads and Mack the Knife concerts, the Orfano Mondo series, and fach-bending whilstplaying the melodeon as Beppe in Pagliacci. This spring, she debuts with Houston Grand Opera as Elsa Schraeder in My Favorite Things: The Sound of Music in Concert before returning to Santa Fe Opera as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. She is also featured accompanying herself at the piano in the complete Vaccai & Verdi songs projects, released by Will Crutchfield’s Teatro Nuovo. This spring, she releases her debut album The Travelled Road, the music of Evan Mack with long-time collaborator, pianist John Arida (PARMA Records). Future engagements include debuts with the Gran Teatre del Liceu as well as returns to Santa Fe Opera, and Dallas Opera.
She was set to join Les musiciens du Louvre with Mark Minkowski conducting the Da Ponte Trilogy, but her debuts as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Opéra royal de Versailles; performances of this same trilogy for her debut at the Opéra national de Bordeaux last season have all been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as was her return to the Metropolitan Opera for a trio of roles in Lulu and her returns to Opéra national de Paris as Wellgunde in a new production of the Ring Cycle. In the beginning of the 2019-20 season, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Flora in La traviata and Opera Colorado, where she made her professional debut, for her beloved portrayal of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Ms. Marino made her Metropolitan Opera debut as a Voice of an Unborn Child in Die Frau ohne Schatten and has returned as Myrtale in Thais, Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka, Laura in Iolanta, the Nursing Sister in Suor Angelica, as well as Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo, Rigoletto, Roméo et Juliette, and Werther. She joined Lyric Opera of Chicago as Annina in Der Rosenkavalier; Santa Fe Opera as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly; Opéra national de Paris as Zweite Knappe in Parsifal; Kentucky Opera, 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 and Olga in Eugene Onegin (debuting with the Atlanta opera in the same production); Dallas Opera and 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 Stepháno in Romeo et Juliette and Jessie in Beck’s The Long Walk. She also joined the rosters of Lyric Opera of Chicago for Anna Bolena and San Francisco Opera for Partenope and Orlando.
She was an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera, where she sang the Page in Salome and Claire in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. And as a former young artist of Palm Beach Opera she also performanced the Page in Salome and Angelina in the family performance of La cenerentola. She spent the summer of 2012 at the Caramoor International Music Festival, where she debuted with the Orchestra of St. Luke's as mezzo soloist in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream conducted by Roberto Abbado. She also covered contralto Ewa Podles in the title role of Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia at Caramoor and subsequently traveled with the production to the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Equally at home on the concert stage, credits 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 Miriam and Ruth in the American premiere of Weill’s The Road of Promise with MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall, a recording of which is available on the Navona label.
Ms. Marino is a winner of The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award, Shaulis/Gasperec Emerging Singers Grant from Opera Index, and the Norma Newton Award from the George London Foundation. She is also a previous prize winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, Oratorio Society of New York’s Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition, Fort Worth Opera McCammon Competition, Lotte Lenya Competition, Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition. She received both the Anna Case MacKay Memorial Award and Katharine M. Mayer Award from Santa Fe Opera and is also the recipient of a career grant from Allied Arts.
She holds a Master of Music from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Maine with a double concentration
in classical and jazz.
"Only the radiant Megan Marino retained a sense of depth and humanity as Rosina... anticipation was high when Marino settled onto a couch and began “Una voce poca fa.” She did not disappoint. With remarkable, effortless control of those florid coloratura lines, impeccable phrasing and a comfortably displayed lower range, the mezzo established herself as the evening's one-and-only star. She also showed fine comedic touches, prancing about, nimbly hopping onto a baby grand to join her lover in duet and establishing Rosina as a force to be reckoned with."
"The evening’s real strengths proved to be Megan Marino as Rosina — singing cleanly and warmly and un-self-consciously, not afraid to use her chest voice"
"Mezzo-soprano Megan Marino is the main attraction as Angelina and she does not disappoint. Her facility with the coloratura lines was effortless, her acting totally
natural and her enthusiasm and energy unflagging."