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Marnie Breckenridge

Marnie Breckenridge
Ricardo Birnbaum

American soprano Marnie Breckenridge is captivating international audiences with roles ranging from the Baroque and bel canto to Modern. Her passionate interpretations of contemporary works include: Mother in Dog Days by David T. Little where the NY Times praised Breckenridge’s “lovely soprano” and TimeOut Magazine voted it Best Opera 2012 (premier-Montclair Peak Performances, Los Angeles Opera 2015, Prototype Festival 2016, Ft. Worth Opera 2015,) Sierva Maria in Peter Eötvös’s Love and Other Demons (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), La Princesse in Philip Glass’ Orphée, title role in Milhaud’s Médée, and Margarita Xirgu in Golijov’s Ainamandar (Opera Parallèle), Ruth in Luna Pearl Woolf’s The Pillar (Julian Wachner and Washington Chorus), her Berkeley Symphony debut in Chin’s Cantantrix Sopranica with Kent Nagano and her Ravinia Festival debut in Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back with Philharmonia Baroque, co-staring Patti LuPone. Of her performance at Ravinia noted by reviewer John Von Rein, “she sounded as gorgeous as she looked, achieving both lyrical poignancy and dramatic power” (The Chicago Tribune). Her superb acting and musicianship have brought her into the worlds of television and voice-over as well as theatre where she recently composed the vocal lines for and sang the lead in WAKE an original production with director Mei Ann Teo (PUC Alumnus) and composer Jon Bernstein at the Connelly Theatre in New York.

Breckenridge made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the soprano solos in Mozart’s Coronation Mass last spring. Other recent concert work includes soprano soloist in two special Sound Box performances (San Francisco Symphony), Ein Deutsches Requiem and Carmina Burana (SF Choral Society at Davies Symphony Hall), Dallapiccolla’s Partitia and Petrassi’s Magnificat (2016) and Berg in Vienna (2010) concerts (Bard Music Festival), Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Mahler’s 4th Symphony (Napa Symphony and Pacific Symphony) as well as the Bachianas Brazileras and Chicago Songs written for her by Kurt Erickson (Sacramento Philharmonic). As the 2013 recipient of the Fanfare Award for “Alumni of the Year” at the San Francisco Conservatory, Ms. Breckenridge gave a recital honoring Bay Area composers (Heggie, Mollicone, Conte, Garner, Erickson, Getty) and their works accompanied by Kristin Pankonin.

Other opera roles include Lucia di Lammermoor (Mobile Opera and Indianapolis Opera), Yum Yum in THE MIKADO (Arizona Opera), Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel (Indianapolis Opera and Arizona Opera), Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Olga in The Merry Widow (San Francisco Opera), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Indianapolis Opera), Gilda in Rigoletto and Emily in Our Town (Festival Opera), Nelle in Crysalis (West Edge Opera). She had regularly performed under the baton of Lorin Maazel as Lucia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia at his Castleton Foundation and on tour. Breckenridge is a featured soloist on the 2012 New World Records’ album of Victor Herbert songs and recently made her European and Asian debuts as Cunegonde in Candide (Prague State Opera then in Robert Carsen’s production with the English National Opera and on tour in Japan) where her performances were reviewed “note perfect” (Prague Post) and “simply terrific” (Opera Magazine, UK).

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