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Marnie Breckenridge, Soprano

Soprano Marnie Breckenridge recently made her European and Asian debuts as Cunegonde in Candide at Prague State Opera, English National Opera and on tour in Japan. The Prague Post raved, “Breckenridge was note perfect”. Her performances of the Robert Carsen production at ENO led to her relationship with Glyndebourne Festival Opera where she stepped in at the last minute to cover the leading role in Peter Eötvös’s Love and Other Demons. With Ensemble Paralléle in San Francisco, she recently debuted the role of Margarita Xirgu in Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar as well as La Princesse in Philip Glass's Orphée. At San Francisco Opera, she sang Olga in The Merry Widow (on DVD) and later returned to the company as Papagena in The Magic Flute and Inez in Il Trovatore. A favorite at Indianapolis Opera, Ms. Breckenridge has sung Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, a role she has also sung at Mobile Opera and West Bay Opera. At Arizona Opera she sang in The Mikado as Yum Yum and made her debut with the company as Gretel. She made her Ravinia Festival debut in Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back starring with Patti LuPone and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Her commitment to presenting works by modern composers has fostered relationships with Martin Hennessy, Henry Mollicone, Kirke Mechem, Bruce Rockwell, David Conte, Clark Suprynowicz, Kurt Erickson and others. She has sung under the batons of Kent Nagano at the Berkeley Symphony in Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica, Michael Morgan and the Sacramento Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s Athalia, Constantine Orbelian and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and by special invitation from Lorin Maazel to sing Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia at his Chateauville Foundation Estate. She has performed leading roles with many Bay Area companies including Festival Opera, North Bay Opera, West Bay Opera, Trinity Lyric Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera and Sacramento Opera. Ms. Breckenridge is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory (MM), the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist Program, and the IVAI program and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.