As some of you already know, I have been finalist of the Operalia Competition 2018. We were a thousand at the beginning, and 4 mezzo at the end. I truly never expected to get that far, and was proud to be part of that exceptional edition which brings 4 MEZZI in the finale. This is historical. The level was super high, each singer was very different, and we all had a great experience, with positive and less positive points.
I had made a choice, which was probably not the best for winning, but it was for being coherent : to only sing arias from roles I am sure I can handle in any opera houses now. So I didn’t choose big “hits” such as Carmen or Dalila, because though I am able to sing the arias, I’m not ready to sing any of those roles yet. I am enjoying singing Rossini, Mozart, Händel, Bellini, and this is already enough for the next three years. This is my voice at the present moment, my personality, my youth, and I am the happiest if I can stay in this repertoire as long as possible. Why? Because it keeps my voice healthy. Because I know that in any conditions (stress,tiredness,sickness,periods…) I can handle those roles without pressure. Because I am honest and I know heavier parts are tempting but my body is not ready for it (endurance, breathing, volume).
Unfortunately, it was probably not the best idea if I wanted to win Operalia, Elena’s aria (which maestro Domingo and I decided to put in finale) isn’t so well-known, and it doesn’t pay off though it is such a difficult part. But my target was to show what I can do best, to challenge myself (it is quite stressful to sing in front of the 10 top houses directors worldwide + the thousand of people watching the streaming), to make a giant audition and to represent belcanto . I am happy with what I did, even if it’s difficult to have no reward, this is the risk of a competition and you know it when you register ! I went home with great memories and a very useful adventure 🙂
I must thank the whole Operalia team for their welcome, availability, organisation, efficiency, and kindness. We fell like home as soon as we landed, and they took such a good care of us. Maestro Domingo is such a humble, nice and generous person, it was a privilege to learn from him and work with him.
But most of all, I want to THANK YOU, my friends, my family, my community, for having granted me with so much love and support through the whole week of competition ! This is my biggest reward, and the best I could have had !
You can watch some interviews and images of the competition here :
And the whole finale round here :
Photos by Joe Domingo
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)