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Rachael Marino

Newly transitioned soprano Rachael Marino has been noted for her dramatic versatility as well as her “beautifully soaring” voice. Her recent appearance as Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) with Florida Opera Theatre was “laugh out loud ... hilarious” while she was also noted for creating “the show's loveliest moment.”

Earlier in 2014, Ms. Marino covered the roles of Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Mercédès (Carmen) with Opera Tampa. She also appeared with the St. Petersburg Opera as an Emerging Artist, covering Mrs. McLean (Susannah). She portrayed Donna Elvira in New Century Opera’s production of Don Giovanni in 2013. As a Young Artist with Opera Theater Pittsburgh for two seasons, she performed the role of Mrs. Segstrom (A Little Night Music) and covered Nicklausse (The Tales of Hoffmann). She also performed in three world premiere one act operas and covered Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte). Since being selected as one of the Opera Tampa New Artists in 2011, Rachael has continued to work closely with Opera Tampa as one of the Opera Tampa Singers, appearing in concerts, outreach, and mainstage performances.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Marino has been a featured performer at gala concerts for St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Tampa, and the Savannah Voice Festival. She is a member of St. Petersburg Opera's resident vocal quartet, performing operatic and a capella favorites throughout the region. In 2013, she was featured in a concert performance of Haydn's cantata “Arianna a Naxos” with Opera Theater Pittsburgh. She was a featured soloist for holiday concerts with St. Petersburg Opera in 2013 and Opera Tampa in 2011 and 2012. She was selected as an ensemble member of Boston Baroque from 2008-2009, and she was the soprano soloist for the Schubert Mass in G in Milton, Massachusetts in 2009.

In 2013, Rachael was the winner of St. Petersburg Opera’s Opera Idol competition and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition. Upcoming engagements include returning to the Savannah Voice Festival this summer as an Apprentice Artist covering Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and performing a recital for Florida Opera Theatre’s Opera in the Park series.

Rachael received her Master's degree from Boston University where she portrayed Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Mrs. Cornett (Jorge Martín's Tobermory). She received her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently studies with Stella Zambalis.
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