Marina Harris

Marina Harris

Spinto Soprano

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«"Leading the charge for the women, meanwhile, was soprano Marina Harris, who brought bounteous sound and elegant, sumptuous phrasing to the final scene of Richard Strauss' "Arabella." Sopranos who can sing Strauss' music this well are rare, and to be treasured."»
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle (2016)
«“Harris went on Saturday to give one of Merola Grand Finale’s most memorable performances, a consistent, elegant Arabella, conveying Richard Strauss’ complex, ultraromantic music with purity, without ego. Supported well by John Maynard’s Mandryka, Harris made her mark.”»
«"Harris was magnificent in Tatyana’s marathon scene where she writes a love letter to Onegin, her beautiful soprano taking her through full range of emotion.”»
2017Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minorSoprano
2017Strauss R.: SalomeSalome
2017Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2017Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna
2016Rossini: Guillaume TellMathilde
2016Verdi: RequiemSoprano
2016Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2016Puccini: Madama ButterflyCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
2016Wagner: Die WalküreSieglinde
2015Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosAriadne
2015Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginTatyana
2015Leoncavallo: PagliacciNedda
2014Wagner: Die WalküreGerhilde
2014Wagner: Die WalküreHelmwige
2013Boito: MefistofeleElena
2013Barber: A Hand of BridgeGeraldine
2013Verdi: FalstaffAlice Ford
2013Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaBerta
2012Wagner: LohengrinElsa Of Brabant
2012Mozart: Die Zauberflöte1. Dame
2012Fixed positions etc.Soprano


Praised in the San Francisco Chronicle for her "knockout combination of vocal power and expressive eloquence", soprano Marina Harris is exciting critics and audiences alike. A recent graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship program at the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Harris sang 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. In 2013, Marina garnered national attention as a last minute replacement for Patricia Racette in the role of Elena in Boito's Mefistofele, the season opener for the San Francisco Opera. She has sung with the Los Angeles Opera, Opera Idaho, the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Pacific Opera Project, and performed internationally with the Festival der jugend Stimmen in Switzerland and as a guest artist at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China. Recent engagements include the title role in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Mathilde in Guillame Tell, Samantha in the world premiere of Jack Perla's Love/Hate, and many more. Upcoming engagements include Mimì in La Boheme with Opera Bend, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Eureka Symphony, among others.

In 2015, Ms. Harris received international acclaim after winning the Dorothea-Glatt-Förderpreis in the triennial International Wagnerstimmen Competition, judged by an international panel of judges including Eva Wagner-Pasquier, head of the famed Bayreuth Festival in Germany and great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner himself. In 2014, she won the George London Leonie Rysanek Award at the George London Vocal Competition Finals in New York City, a major American vocal competition whose past winners include the likes of Renee Fleming and Christine Brewer. Marina is also the recipient of the 2015-2016 George London Foundation Vienna Prize and a 2015 Grant Recipient from the Gerda Lissner Foundation. Additionally, she has won First Place in the Brava! Opera James M. Collier Young Artist Vocal Competition, the David L. Scott Memorial Vocal Competition, the Henry and Maria Holt Memorial Vocal Scholarship Competition, the Long Beach Mozart Festival Vocal Competition, and has advanced to the final rounds of the Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition and the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Vocal Competition.

No stranger to the concert stage, Marina has been featured as the soprano soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mozart's Great Mass in C minor, Bach’s Messe in h moll, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2, as well as the West Coast Premiere of Charles Stanford's Stabat Mater and Cecelia MacDowell's Magnificat. Ms. Harris has performed with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, the California Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and many more. Recently, she was featured in the McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase with WQXR, where she collaborated with Norman Garrett and Ken Noda of the Metropolitan Opera and interviewed with legendary host Bob Sherman. Ms. Harris is passionate about art song repertoire, and has given recitals as part of Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series, with the Brava! Opera Theater, and will give a West Coast recital tour in 2017.

Ms. Harris resides in New York and Berlin.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minor Soprano Immediately Eureka Symphony 2017
Strauss R.: Salome Salome No TBA 2017
Puccini: La Bohème Mimì Immediately Opera Bend 2017
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Anna Immediately Southern Illinois Music Festival 2017
Rossini: Guillaume Tell Mathilde Immediately Southern Illinois Music Festival 2016


George london Award
George London Vienna Prize
Dorothea-Glatt-Förderpreis, International Wagnerstimmen Competition