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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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