Cast — Kerri Marcinko (Criseyde)


Soprano Kerri Marcinko, a native of Cleveland, Ohio is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Ms. Marcinko's past roles have included Frasquita in Carmen, Despina in Cosí fan tutte and Fortune and Venus in L'incoronazione di Poppea for Houston Grand Opera, and the role of Laurie in Houston Grand Opera Studio's production of Copland's The Tender Land. She was invited to participate in a project for Young Singers in Moscow in April 2001, participating in Master Classes and a Gala Concert at the Moscow Conservatory. In the 2001-2002 season, Ms. Marcinko made her Boston Lyric Opera debut reprising the role of Missy, which she created in the world premiere of Tod Machover's Resurrection at Houston Grand Opera. Other engagements included Mimi in La Bohème with the Belleayre Music Festival in the fall of 2002, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Spokane Opera. She also sang Mimi with Nashville Opera in the spring of 2003.

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Other more recent engagements include Mimi with the PRISM Opera Showcase in NYC, Ann Putnam in The Crucible with Toledo Opera, Micaela with Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Donna Anna with the Bellingham Music Festival, and Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Adrian Symphony. In 2006 Ms. Marcinko covered Mimi in La Boh&erave;me with New York City Opera, and did Micaela. She appeared in the title role of Tosca with Opera Longview and was Alice Ford in Falstaff with the Festival de Belle-Ile, France. In 2007, she returned with Antonia at Festival de Belle-Ile. She will make her debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore with Toledo Opera in 2008. 2008 also brings Ms. Marcinko to Greece, and to Beijing, China, performing the lead in Protmastaras, with Greek National Opera, the opera originally written for Maria Callas. She will also sing in the spring 2008 NYCO VOX Composers' Showcase, an Opera Gala under the baton of Gerald Steichen at East Texas Opera, and additionally, as the soprano solo in Fauré's Requiem with The Little Orchestra Society, in NYC.

Other roles she has sung at Houston Grand Opera include Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore, Lula in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree, and roles in Les contes d'Hoffmann, A Little Night Music and Monteverdi's Orfeo. In the summer of 1999, Ms. Marcinko was a member of the Young American Artist Program at Glimmerglass Opera, where she sang the role of Giunone in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, which was broadcast on NPR, and she covered Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio. In the summer of 2000, she made her Aspen Opera Theater debut singing Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress, which was also broadcast on NPR. At Columbus Light Opera she sang the title role in Rudolf Friml's Rose Marie, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at Brevard Music Center.

Concert performances include Mozart's C minor Mass, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Honegger's King David, and Poulenc's Gloria. Ms. Marcinko has worked with such noted conductors as Patrick Summers, John DeMain, Jane Glover, Alan Gilbert, Alain Lombard and Stewart Robertson. Ms. Marcinko was a 2005 Semi-Finalist in the George London Foundation Competition.


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