Italian-American mezzo-soprano Megan Marino is making her mark internationally as a gifted actress, with a voice that is regularly hailed as ‘luxuriant’, and ‘rich’ (Opera News). In the 2019–20 season, she returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Flora in La traviata, Opéra national de Paris as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold at the start of the company’s new Ring Cycle, and Opera Colorado for her celebrated portrayal of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She makes a house debut with Opéra national de Bordeaux for their much anticipated Da Ponte Trilogy in which she debuts the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Mark Minkowski conducting. She will subsequently reprise Le nozze di Figaro with Minkowski and Les musiciens du Louvre on tour in Israel.
Future seasons see further returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opéra national de Paris, and Dallas Opera. Notable recent house debuts include Dallas Opera as Meg Page in Falstaff, Atlanta Opera as Olga in Eugene Onegin, and Opera Idaho as Anita in West Side Story.
A regular feature on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, Marino made her debut as a Voice of an Unborn Child in Die Frau ohne Schatten and has since returned as Myrtale in Thais, Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka, and for the company’s productions of 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; 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 The Long Walk; and the Fire Island Opera Festival for the Dritte Schauspieler in Weill’s Der Protagonist. She also joined the rosters of Lyric Opera of Chicago for Anna Bolena and San Francisco Opera for Partenope and Orlando.
Marino is a former Resident Artist of Santa Fe Opera, where she sang the Page in Salome and Claire in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon 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 soloist in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and conductor Roberto Abbado.
Concert performances include Handel Messiah with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Bach Ensemble, and Boulder Master Chorale; Mozart Requiem with the Boston Boys Choir; Bach St. John Passion at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; and Haydn Mass No. 6 at Carnegie Hall; and Brahms Zwei Gesänge with the Fine Tuned Society of Boulder, Colorado. Marino sang Miriam and Ruth in the American premiere of Weill The Road of Promise with MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall, a recording of which is available on the Navona label.
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 degree from the University of Southern Maine.
“[A] gifted actress with a strong, appealing voice graced by a rich lower register”
"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."