I wasn’t sure I wanted to do another competition after Geneva. But I decided to do this one, because I wanted to challenge myself, to try new repertoire, and to go “home” a bit. And home it was : both the HEMU of Lausanne, where I did my singing Master degree, and the Opéra de Lausanne where I did my first roles as soloist after I sang in the choir.
And actually, it is probably the more stressful thing to sing at “home” !
Indeed, it was quite a pressure to come back and proof that a year after I graduated, I had improved and learnt a lot. I also couldn’t do a “normal” programm, after I always tried to create something special for my exams. It had to be surprising, and it had to be risky. And it was. I decided to stage my semi-finale, to make it a story and not just a recital, to sing my own song in it, to stage my finale round too. I wanted to act and not only sing. It was a bet, it could have been rejected by the jury, but at the same it helped me giving my best and forget it was a competition.
I was lucky to be very well surrounded, both the musiciens who did the semi-finale with me (Fabian at the guitare and Marie-Cécile at the piano) who accepted this crazy idea to not only play their instruments but also play a role with me on stage. I have to thanks Benjamin Knobil, great stage director/comedian/actor and friend (I met him on L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Opera de Lausanne) who gave me his precious advices.
Also, it was a great pleasure to be able to sing not against but with friends and colleagues, we had so much nice moments both on and off stage this whole week !
At the end, I learnt from this experience, I created something new and enjoyed it despite of the stress it was, and I had a lot of fun singing Sesto and Dalila under the direction of John Fiore for the finale !
You can hear it on my “Listen-Watch” section, or on my youtube channel :
And the result is there : First prize, public prize and best swiss singer prize ! happy me !
And here a nice article about it :
Mezzo soprano. Marina was born in Switzerland, her parents both being musicians, and grew up in France. Curious by nature, she did not only study classical music (flute), but also explored jazz, metal or chanson.
Marina is represented by Hilbert Artist Management (firstname.lastname@example.org)