Mezzo-soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin was featured at Houston Grand Opera (HGO) for the fourth consecutive season as Sesto in Handel’s Julius Caesar and as Carla Mae in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House Without a Christmas Tree. She made her Mercury Orchestra debut in Loving Clara Schumann, joined the Lexington Philharmonic for Joaquín Rodrigo’s Retablo de Navidad, and returned to Wolf Trap Opera as Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo. Additional concert appearances include Wolf Trap’s Aria Jukebox Concert and Vocal Colors Recital at the Philips Collection, and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Rising Stars Concert.
Her other roles have included Siébel in Gounod’s Faust, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Lady Columbia in the World Premiere of Gregory Spears and Royce Vavrek’s O Columbia, Lady Maresvale / Revels in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, Third Wood Nymph in Dvořák’s Rusalka, Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Johanna in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at HGO. She has also performed Baronessa Aspasia in Rossini’s The Touchstone, and Son in Philip Glass and Robert Moran’s The Juniper Tree at Wolf Trap. She made her Glimmerglass Festival debut as Marzia in the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica and sang Angelina in HGO’s 60th Anniversary Concert featuring Joyce DiDonato, Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi in concert at Aspen Music Festival, and Grieg’s song cycle Haugtussa at the Rienzi Mansion Recital.
Ms. Samarin is a 2017 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition Second Place winner, and performed at Carnegie Hall for the Gerda Lissner Foundation Winners Concert. She is recipient of the 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant Award, 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions District Award, and the 2014–16 Shoshana Foundation Richard F. Gold Career Grant. She was a finalist in HGO’s Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias.