Megan Mikailovna Samarin
Mezzo-Soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin begins her 2018/19 season in a recital with Joseph Li, an Emerging Artist Recital as part of Opera America’s Onstage at the Opera Center Recital Series in New York City. She will have her orchestral debut with the Lexington Philharmonic performing Retablo de Navidad by Joaquin Rodrigo. Under the baton of Manfred Honeck, Ms. Samarin will perform Mozart’s Requiem in her New York Philharmonic debut at Lincoln Center. In addition to these debuts, she will be reviving the roles of Siebel in Gounod’s Faust with San Antonio Opera, and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Samarin will be covering Ankhesenpaaten in Akhnaten at the Metropolitan Opera this upcoming fall.
Last season, Ms. Samarin was featured at Houston Grand Opera for the fourth consecutive season to sing the role of Sesto in Julius Caesar, opening at the Resilience Theatre in the George R. Brown Convention Center, and Carla Mae in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House Without a Christmas Tree. She made her Mercury Orchestra debut in Loving Clara Schumann, a theatrical multi-media project utilizing the music of both Robert and Clara Schumann. Ms. Samarin returned to Wolf Trap Opera as ldamante in Mozart’s ldomeneo. Concert highlights included Wolf Trap Opera’s Aria Jukebox Concert, Wolf Trap Opera’s Vocal Colors Recital at the Philips Collection, and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Rising Stars Concert in Vail, Colorado.Read more
The 2016/17 season included Houston Grand Opera included Siebel in Faust, Second Secretary in Nixon in China, and Wellgunde (cover) in Götterdämmerung, as well as a recital at the Rienzi Mansion where she performed the Norwegian song cycle Haugtussa by Edvard Grieg. Ms. Samarin also performed at Wolf Trap Opera as Baronessa Aspasia in La pietra de/ paragone, and Son in Glass/Moran’s The Juniper Tree.
Operatic highlights from the 2015/16 season included singing Olga in Eugene Onegin, Lady Columbia in the world premiere of 0 Columbia, Third Wood Nymph in Rusalka, Lady Maresvale and Mistress Revels in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, and covered Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Fox in The Little Prince, and Julie Jordan in Carousel.
Ms. Samarin made her Glimmerglass Festival debut as Marzia in the American premier of Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica. During the 2014/15 season Ms. Samarin made her Houston Grand Opera debut as Second Lady in The Magic Flute and Johanna in Sweeney Todd, also covering Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte as well as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly. Ms. Samarin also performed Angelina in Houston Grand Opera’s 60th Anniversary Concert featuring Joyce Di Donato, as well as Romeo in a concert version of I Capuleti e I Montecchi at Aspen Music Festival. The 2012/13 season included singing La Marchande in Les mamelles de Tiresias at Wolf Trap Opera.
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 HG O’s Eleanor McColl um 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.
“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
“Megan Mikailovna Samarin offered a sonorous, cushy mezzo and an appealing earnestness.”Joanne Sydney Lessner
“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.”
“Megan Mikailovna Samarin offered a sonorous, cushy mezzo and an appealing earnestness.”
“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.”
“Mezzo-soprano Megan Samarin looked the part of Johanna—pretty, blond, virginal— but sang in a distinctly grand, operatic style.”
“…but the finest vocal performance was young artist mezzo-soprano Megan Samarin’s anguished Marzia, Cato’s daughter and Caesar’s lover.”