10 May 2015 at 5.03pm | 4 Comments
I first came across Marina Rebeka when I attended a concert of Rossini's Petite messe solennelle in Rome under the baton of Antonio Pappano. I was completely smitten, both by her presence and the raw expression of her voice.
Rebeka was born in Riga, Latvia — the same country that gave us the soprano Kristine Opolais and mezzo Elīna Garanča — and studied in her home city until continuing her training in Rome, Salzburg and Pesaro. Since then she has performed all over the world, appearing in a large variety of roles - out of which Violetta from Verdi's La traviata is a favourite.
Rebeka made her debut at the ROH in July 2010 singing just one performance of La traviata, so we had to wait four years to hear and see her again as Violetta. She has recently sung the same role at the Metropolitan Opera where a reviewer said, ‘The famous lines, "Donna son io, signore, ed in mia casa (I am a lady, sir and this is my house)" were delivered with such firmness of sound and emphatic consonants that there was no questioning the verity of her statement.’ I can’t wait to hear her break our hearts.