Rachael Marino

Biography

Soprano Rachael Marino is making her mark across international stages, being noted for her dramatic versatility as well as her “beautifully soaring” voice. She has been hailed as “elegant” and “expressive” while also praised for “managing the difficult trifecta of being at once poignant, funny and a thrilling singer.”

Rachael recently appeared as one of her signature roles, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with St. Petersburg Opera. She made her Wagnerian debut in the role of Adriano (Rienzi) with New Century Opera and covered two pinnacle roles of the French repertoire: Marguerite (Faust) with St. Pete Opera and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) with Opera Tampa. She made her international debut in China with the ISING! International Young Artists Festival, where she was the first Westerner to portray Huniu in excerpts from Guo Wenjing’s Rickshaw Boy in such prestigious venues as the Suzhou Grand Theatre and the Tianqiao Theatre Beijing.

Other recent appearances include Mimí and Musetta (La bohème), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Prima Cercatrice (Suor Angelica), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Magda (La rondine), Nedda (I pagliacci), and Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) with companies including Miami Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Orlando Philharmonic, Savannah Philharmonic, and Opera Orlando.

As a Festival Artist with the Savannah Voice Festival, she covered Donna Elvira and appeared in concerts singing everything from Gershwin tunes to Gerhilde (Die Walküre). As an Opera Tampa New Artist, she performed The Page (Rigoletto), and covered Mercédès (Carmen) and Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte). As a Young Artist with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, she appeared as Mrs. Segstrom (A Little Night Music), premiered the role of Agent Kim (Roger Zahab’s Presidential Suite), and covered Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann).

Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Marino has been a featured performer at gala and holiday concerts with various companies, including most recently St. Pete Opera’s “Seasonal Sparkle” concert. She was the featured soprano in a benefit concert sharing the stage alongside Todd Thomas and Peter Volpe in upstate New York. She gave a solo recital as part of Opera Orlando’s Opera in the Park series. She has been a featured soloist in various oratorio and concert works including Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s cantata Arianna a Naxos, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, among others.

Rachael has won First Place in the South Florida Lyric Opera Competition, First Place in the St. Petersburg Opera Idol Competition, and Honorable Mention in the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition. She was also a semi-finalist in the Mary Jacobs Smith Singers of the Year Competition, the Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier Competition, and the Cooper-Bing Vocal Competition. She received her Master of Music from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
Bizet Frasquita, Micaëla (cover) Carmen Fargo-Moorhead Opera 2019
Mozart Fiordiligi Così fan tutte Fargo-Moorhead Opera 2019
Mozart Vitellia La clemenza di Tito Fargo-Moorhead Opera 2019
Mozart Donna Elvira Don Giovanni St. Petersburg Opera 2018
Wagner Adriano Rienzi New Century Opera 2017
Gounod Marguerite (cover) Faust St. Petersburg Opera 2017
Gounod Juliette (cover) Roméo et Juliette Opera Tampa 2017
Puccini Musetta La bohème Miami Music Festival 2016
Mozart Second Lady Die Zauberflöte Orlando Philharmonic 2016
Puccini Nella Gianni Schicchi Savannah Music Festival 2015
Puccini Prima Cercatrice/Maestra della Novizie (cover) Suor Angelica Savannah Music Festival 2015
Verdi The Page Rigoletto Opera Tampa 2015
Leoncavallo Nedda (cover) I Pagliacci St. Petersburg Opera 2014
Mozart Donna Elvira (cover) Don Giovanni Savannah Music Festival 2014
Bernstein Dinah Trouble in Tahiti Florida Opera Theatre 2014
Bizet Mércèdes (cover) Carmen Opera Tampa 2014
Mozart Second Lady (cover) Die Zauberflöte Opera Tampa 2014
Floyd Mrs. McLean (cover) Susannah St. Petersburg Opera 2014
Mozart Donna Elvira Don Giovanni New Century Opera 2013
Offenbach Nicklausse (cover) Les contes d’Hoffmann Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2013
Sondheim Mrs. Segstrom A Little Night Music Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2013
Zahab Agent Kim Presidential Suite Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2012
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Adams Pat Nixon Nixon in China
Britten Ellen Orford Peter Grimes
Britten Governess The Turn of the Screw
Donizetti Anna Bolena Anna Bolena
Donizetti Maria Stuarda Maria Stuarda
Dvořák Rusalka Rusalka
Floyd Susannah Susannah
Gounod Marguerite Faust
Gounod Juliette Roméo et Juliette
Lehár Giuditta Giuditta
Lehár Hanna Glawari, Valencienne Die lustige Witwe
Mozart Donna Anna Don Giovanni
Mozart Elettra Idomeneo
Mozart Countess Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart First Lady Die Zauberflöte
Offenbach Antonia, Giulietta Les contes d’Hoffmann
Puccini Cio-Cio-San Madama Butterfly
Puccini Mimì, Musetta La bohème
Puccini Magda La rondine
Puccini Suor Angelica Suor Angelica
Puccini Liù Turandot
Rossini Mathilde Guillaume Tell
Strauss, J. Rosalinde Die Fledermaus
Strauss, R. Arabella Arabella
Tchaikovsky Tatyana Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky Iolanta Iolanta
Tchaikovsky Liza The Queen of Spades
Verdi Violetta Valéry La traviata
Verdi Amelia Grimaldi Simon Boccanegra
Verdi Desdemona Otello
Verdi Luisa Luisa Miller
Weber Agathe Der Freischütz
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Bach Magnificat
Bach St. Matthew Passion
Brahms Liebeslider Waltzer
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn Arianna a Naxos
Haydn The Creation
Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse
Mozart Requiem
Schubert Mass in G
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Gloria

In The Press

DON GIOVANNI

“Rachael Marino steals the upper reaches of this opera as Donna Elvira, her singing and bearing elegant and a fine Mozart stylist.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“From her opening aria, Rachael Marino establishes her role as the long-suffering Donna Elvira with unexpected sforzandos, or forceful notes, and a comic touch.” – Tampa Bay Times

“[T]he singers — in particular the three female leads, Chelsea Lehnea as Donna Anna, Kelly Curtin as Zerlina, and Rachael Marino as Donna Elvira — are topnotch. Marino in particular is a treat to watch, managing the difficult trifecta of being at once poignant, funny and a thrilling singer.” – DuPont Registry Tampa Bay

TROUBLE IN TAHITI

“Marino beautifully soars up to the top notes…in the show’s loveliest moment.” – Orlando Sentinel

“Thanks to performers Gabriel Preisser and Rachael Marino, supertitles would be superfluous anyhow. Their expressive faces tell the story as much as Bernstein’s heart-tugging melodies.” – Orlando Sentinel

“What made me laugh out loud was the way Rachael recreated the villagers dance…She was hilarious!” – Analog Artist Digital World

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

“The minor roles of Arturo and Alisa (Rachael Marino) were each performed well…” – Seen and Heard International Opera Review