Praised in the San Francisco Chronicle for her “powerhouse vocal display” and “flair and well placed high notes,” twenty-seven year old soprano Marina Harris is exciting critics and audiences alike. As a second year Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, this season she will sing in three world premieres with the company; as Susan Sowerby in Nolan Gasser’s The Secret Garden, Tamar in Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and a Maid in Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. Ms. Harris will also cover the roles of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Alice Ford in Falstaff. A graduate of the prestigious Merola Opera Program and the Music Academy of the West, Marina’s recent stage experience includes diverse repertoire such as Geraldine in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Tatiana in scenes from Eugene Onegin and Arabella in scenes from Richard Strauss’ Arabella. About the latter performance, the San Francisco Chronicle declared, “Sopranos who can sing Strauss’ music this well are rare, and to be treasured”. Other stage experience includes the First Lady in The Magic Flute, Cupid/Samantha in the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Love/Hate, La Messagiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos.
No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Harris has been featured as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Bach’s Messe in h moll, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. This year Marina will make her debut with the Marin Symphony as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem. She is a four time soloist with the Los Angeles Bach Festival, the oldest Bach festival on the West coast, and has performed works such Magnificat, Johannes-Passion, and Wachet, betet! with the Festival Orchestra and Choir. In 2010, Harris was chosen as a Western Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and was the Second Place Winner in the Finals. She was also a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Western Regional Finalist in 2009, and took home the Special Encouragement Award. Both years, Ms. Harris was the highest ranking female singer in the Western Region. In 2012, she won first place in the James M. Collier Young Artist Vocal Competition and the Henry and Maria Holt Memorial Vocal Scholarship Competition.
Also an accomplished recital singer, Marina recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as part of The Weill Music Institute’s The Song Continues in a master class with legendary soprano Jessye Norman. While a 2010 Vocal Fellow at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, she was a student of legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, and was selected as an Encouragement Award Winner at the Marilyn Horne Foundation 2010 Vocal Competition for her performance of art song repertoire. Internationally, Marina has sung with the International Lyric Academy in Rome, Italy and with the Operafestival di Roma. Harris has worked with acclaimed directors Ken Cazan, José Maria Condemi, Peter Kazaras and Nicolas Muni, and has sung recent master classes with Marilyn Horne, John Churchwell, and Warren Jones. She received her bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach and a Graduate Certificate in Vocal Arts from the
University of Southern California. Marina currently studies with Cesar Ulloa.