Megan Mikailovna Samarin

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

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.

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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