A recent graduate of Mannes School of Music and Yale University, New York-based soprano Marisa Karchin has established herself as a compelling and versatile performer of art song, opera and concert works.
Marisa won first prize in the 2018 Joy in Singing International Art Song Competition, and gave her debut recital at Carnegie's Weill Hall in October 2018. She then joined Dayton Opera as an Artist In Residence for the 2018-19 winter season. Most recently, Marisa was featured in the Chelsea Music Festival’s “200° due Clara” series, premiering several new works by composers including Helen Grime, Aigerim Seilova, and Santa Ratniece.
Marisa began the 2017-18 season performing in a new production of Moto Osada’s chamber opera Four Nights of Dream at the Japan Society of New York and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. She was also featured as La Fée in Cendrillon with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal, and in concert with the Chelsea Music Festival's 2018 "Bach333" series.
In 2017, Marisa joined Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program, covering the roles of Nanetta (Falstaff) and Fatmé (Zémire et Azor). Other recent operatic roles include Angelica in Handel's Orlando with the Cantanti Project and Marietta (cover) in Herbert’s Naughty Marietta with Light Opera of New York.
An avid interpreter of new music, Marisa has recently been featured with the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, the Plurimo Ensemble (Venice), New Music Mannes, Lehigh University Very Modern Ensemble, and C4: the Choral Composer-Conductor Collective. She appeared in a new collaborative production of Robert Ashley's experimental opera DUST at The New School (2017), which highlighted stories of homeless veterans through a combination of spoken and sung monologues with an electronic score.
Marisa has performed in concert at the Sale Apollinee at La Fenice, Steinway Hall, and the German Consulate of New York, and made her debut in 2016 at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, under the batons of Toshiyuki Shimada and John Mauceri. She has also participated in the 2018 Master Class Series of both the Joy in Singing Foundation and the Art Song Preservation Society of New York.
Marisa studied at Mannes School of Music with Beth Roberts, where she received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, where she studied and performed with baroque scholars Ellen Rosand and Grant Herreid through the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and performed the roles of Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), and Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea).