Heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “knockout combination of vocal power and expressive eloquence”, soprano Marina Harris is quickly establishing herself as one of opera’s most promising dramatic voices. A recent alumna of the prestigious Adler Fellowship program at the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Harris’ appearances with the company included three world premiere operas; Nolan Gasser’s The Secret Garden (in the role of Susan Sowerby), Mark Adamo’s The Gosepel of Mary Magdalene (Tamar/Girl/Seeker), Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne (Maid), Jack Perla’s Love/Hate (Samantha), and covering the role of Elsa in Lohengrin. In September 2013, Ms. Harris garnered national attention as a last-minute replacement for Patricia Racette in the role of Elena (Helen of Troy) in San Francisco Opera’s season-opening production of Boito’s Mefistofele.
Ms. Harris has also joined the roster of the Los Angeles Opera to cover the verismo roles of Nedda in Pagliacci and the title role in Madama Butterfly. She has made leading role debuts with Opera Idaho (Tatiana in Eugene Onegin), Pacific Opera Project (title role in Ariadne auf Naxos) and the Southern Illinois Music Festival (Mathilde in Guillaume Tell). Her international credits include the Festival der jugend Stimmen in Switzerland and as a guest performer with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China. This season includes four role debuts; as Mimì in La bohème with Opera Bend, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and as Mrs. Gobineau/the Mother in a double bill of Menotti’s The Medium and The Monkey’s Paw, a world premiere opera written by Brooke deRosa with Pacific Opera Project.
From the baroque period to contemporary, Ms. Harris has been featured as a soprano soloist in a diverse range of repertoire, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection), Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang), Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. She has also given the West Coast premieres of Charles Stanford’s Stabat Mater and Cecelia MacDowall’s Magnificat. Marina has performed as a guest soloist with the Marin Symphony, the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, the California Symphony, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, among others. 2017 sees a return to Sacramento for Rossini’s Stabat Mater, as well as a debut with the Eureka Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Ms. Harris is a passionate advocate of art song repertoire, and has appeared in recital as part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series, with the Brava! Opera Theater, as part of The Song Continues with Marilyn Horne and the Weill Institute of Music, and with San Francisco Performances. She appeared in the McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase on WQRX, New York’s leading classical radio station, along with baritone Norman Garrett and Ken Noda of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as legendary radio host Bob Sherman.
In 2015, Ms. Harris was awarded the Dorothea-Glatt-Förderpreis in the triennial International Wagnerstimmen Competition, securing her place as one of the top three singers of Wagnerian repertoire worldwide. Marina has won numerous other awards, including the 2015 George London Vienna Prize and the George London-Leonie Rysanek Award in 2014. She has won prizes in the Gerda Lissner Foundation’s Vocal Competition in both 2015 and 2017, and has been the First Place winner in the Brava! Opera James M. Collier Young Artist Vocal Competition, the David L. Scott Memorial Vocal Competition, and the Long Beach Mozart Festival Vocal Competition. Ms. Harris has received additional grants from the Wagner Society of Northern California, the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition and the Loren L. Zachary International Vocal Competition.
Ms. Harris currently resides in New York City.