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Marina Ogii (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: 1987 - St Petersburg, Russia

The Russian mezzo-soprano, Marina Ogii, started her musical studies at the St Petersburg Musical College; she continued her studies of High Specialization in Sing at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, under the teaching of the soprano Victoria Evtodyeva and graduated in 2015. In July 2016 she won a scholarship to participate in the master class "Opera Course", held in August in Montepulciano. In November 2016, she held the competition to take part in a master class in works by Gaetano Donizetti, which was organized by the Academy of La Scala in Milan and the Foundation Donizetti in Bergamo. Upon graduation Marina participated in concerts of vocal music by Donizetti.

Marina Ogii's first experience on the stage started in her hometown in 2010 when she made her debut performing Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old maid and the thief, production by Carl Ratner (USA). In 2011 the young mezzo-soprano debuted with great success in the role of Olga from P. Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. The following year she performed Marthe in Charles Gounod’s Faust, and Marta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta during the Opera Vsiem Festival at Mikhailovsky Castle. During the same year she debuted Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia under the musical directon of Gianandrea Noseda at the Stresa Musical Festival (Italy). Then followed several concerts and European tours, till the debut in 2014 at Carlo Felice Theater (Genoa) in roles such as Cherubino in W.A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Mercedes in Georges Bizet's Carmen, Kate Pinkerton in the full version of G. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, as well as Anita in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. In February 2015 she participated to the production of G. Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor under the direction of Dario Argento, singing the role of Alisa.

During the summer 2015 Marina Ogii debuted also the roles of Maddalena in G. Verdi’s Rigoletto, Berta in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Saaremaa Festival (Estonia). In September 2015 she performed in the role of Tisbe in Rossini's Cinderella at the Pafos Aphrodite Festival (Cyprus). Since 2015 she has been a guest soloist with the Mikhailovsky Opera and performed Lel in the concert performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden under the baton of Dmitri Jurowski. In January 2016 was invited to La Spezia Theater for singing the role of Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, with the direction of Massimo Pezzutti. In March 2016 played the role of the Third Lady in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte under the conduction of Gavriel Heine, at the Mikhailovsky Theater in Saint Petersburg. In May 2016 she sang in the role of the Page of Herodias in R. Strauss's Salome at the Carlo Felice Theater (Genoa), under the conduction of Fabio Luisi. In June 2016 she played for the second time the role of the Third Lady in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, under the baton of Mikhail Tatarnikov, at the Mikhailovsky Theater in Saint Petersburg.

In December 2016, Marina Ogii performed party of Flora in Verdi's La Traviata at Teatro Carlo Felice. In January 2017 in the season opening of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari (Sardinia), she performed the part of the mezzo-soprano in W.A. Mozart's Requiem conducted by Hansjörg Albrecht. In February 2017, she sang the role of the Queen in Cagliari in Ottorino Respighi's The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods, under the baton of Donato Renzetti. Among future engagements will be the role of Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart in the new opera house in Dubai in the autumn of 2017. She got married on August 5, 2013 and currently lives in Bergamo, Italy.

Marina Ogii has worked with renowned conductors and directors like Andrea Battistoni, Wayne Marshall,Valerio Galli, Giampaolo Bisanti, Johannes Wildner, Francesco Pasqualetti, Fabio Mastrangelo, Davide Livermore, Marco Spada, Carl Ratner, Alexey Stepanyuk, Philipp Augen, Dario Argento, Eric Vigié, Gavriel Heine, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Dmitri Jurowski, Fabio Luisi and other.

“Marina Ogii in the role of Cherubino is always very active, she manages to complete the opera with a correct singing interpretation, seasoned with a sensual nuance” -
“Ogii is interesting, with a mellow vocal timbre and good agility” -
“Marina Ogii gave importance to her scenic character with estrus” -

Source: Marina Ogii Website & Facebook profile
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2017)

Marina Ogii: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works under her name

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