Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka made her Royal Opera debut as Violetta Valéry (La traviata) in July 2010. In the 2014/15 Season she returns to sing Violetta for The Royal Opera.
Rebeka was born in Riga and studied in Latvia, at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro. She came to international acclaim singing Anaï (Moïse et Pharaon) at the Salzburg Festival under Riccardo Muti and has since sung for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Zürich Opera, Dutch National Opera, La Scala, Milan, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, and for the Rossini Opera Festival, the Maggio Musicale, Florence, and the Salzburg Festival. Her repertory includes Alcina, Elettra (Idomeneo), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Contessa di Folleville/Madama Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims), Anna (Maometto II), Mathilde (Guillaume Tell), Violetta, Micaëla (Carmen), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Léïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles) and Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).
In concert, Rebeka’s appearances have included Handel and Mozart arias with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Rossini Opera Festival, Ein deutsches Requiem with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and the War Requiem with Royal Scottish National Opera and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recordings include Mozart arias for Warner Classics and Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle under Antonio Pappano for EMI.