Megan Mikailovna Samarin

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Mezzo-Soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin returns to Houston Grand Opera in the fall as Sesto in Giulio Cesare and Carla Mae in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House without a Christmas Tree. She will also make her Mercury Symphony debut in “Loving Clara Schumann,” a theatrical multi-media project utilizing the music of both Robert and Clara Schumann.

In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Samarin was featured in three Houston Grand Opera productions, as Siébel in Faust, Second Secretary in Nixon in China, and covering Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung. At Wolf Trap Opera, she sang Baroness Aspasia in Rossini’s La pietra del paragone, as well as Son in Glass/Moran’s The Juniper Tree.

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An alumna of Houston Grand Opera’s Studio, Ms. Samarin has sung numerous roles with the company, including Olga in Eugene Onegin, Lady Columbia in the world premiere of O Columbia, Third Wood Nymph in Rusalka, Lady Maresvale and Mistress Revels in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, Second Lady in The Magic Flute and Johanna in Sweeney Todd. She also covered Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Fox in The Little Prince, and Julie Jordan in Carousel. Additional highlights include her Glimmerglass Festival debut as Marzia in the American premier of Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica, as well as La Marchande in Les mamelles de Tirésias in her Wolf Trap Opera debut.

Ms. Samarin is a 2017 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition Second Place winner, and performed at Carnegie Hall for the Gerda Lissner Foundation Winners Concert. She is a 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant award winner as well as a 2017 District Award winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She was also a finalist in HGO’s Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. Ms. Samarin is a Shoshana Foundation Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient for both 2014 and 2016.

Ms. Samarin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She is alumna of the Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy and is a fellowship recipient of the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Samarin is a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

Reviews

“Watch for mezzo-soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin, an artist with vocal intrigue and acting skill to back it up as she proved as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, in this season’s Faust and Nixon in China.”

Sydney Boyd

Houstonia

“Megan Mikailovna Samarin offered a sonorous, cushy mezzo and an appealing earnestness.”

Joanne Sydney Lessner

Opera News

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“Watch for mezzo-soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin, an artist with vocal intrigue and acting skill to back it up as she proved as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, in this season’s Faust and Nixon in China.”

Sydney Boyd – Houstonia

“Megan Mikailovna Samarin offered a sonorous, cushy mezzo and an appealing earnestness.”

Joanne Sydney Lessner – Opera News

“Like her music, Samarin’s Olga is skittish and full of spirit. Her warm tone and winning stage presence give her character a sunny soul.”

D.L. Groover – Houston Press

“Mezzo-soprano Megan Samarin looked the part of Johanna—pretty, blond, virginal— but sang in a distinctly grand, operatic style.”

Sydney Boyd – Houstonia

“…but the finest vocal performance was young artist mezzo-soprano Megan Samarin’s anguished Marzia, Cato’s daughter and Caesar’s lover.”

Michael J. Moran – In the Spotlight

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