Soprano Marnie Breckenridge’s versatility of roles range from highly acclaimed performances of Lucia di Lammermoor to Emily in Rorem’s, OUR TOWN. Her excellent acting credits and musicianship have brought her into the worlds of television and voice-over as well as theatre where she recently composed the vocal lines for and sang the lead in WAKE an original production with director Mei Ann Teo and composer Jon Bernstein at the Connelly in New York. As a champion of contemporary music, she regularly performs new music by modern composers in concert and recital. Recent modern opera roles include: Mother in DOG DAYS by David T. Little with Montclair Peak Performances which was voted Best Opera 2012 by TimeOut Magazine, Sierva Maria in Peter Eötvös’s LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS at Glydebourne Festival Opera, La Princesse in Philip Glass’ ORPHÉE and Margarita Xirgu in Golijov’s, AINADAMAR with Opera Parallele, her Berkeley Symphony debut in Chin’s, CANTANTRIX SOPRANICA with Kent Nagano and her Ravinia Festival debut in Jake Heggie’s TO HELL AND BACK with Philharmonia Baroque, co-staring Patti LuPone. Of her performance at Ravinia noted by reviewer John Von Rein, “she sounded as gorgeous as she looked, achieving both lyrical poignancy and dramatic power” (The Chicago Tribune).
As the 2013 recipient of the Fanfare Award for “Alumni of the Year” at the San Francisco Conservatory, Ms. Breckenridge gave a recital honoring Bay Area composers (Heggie, Conte, Garner, Erickson, Getty) and their works weaving together a “Woman’s Journey” with Kristin Pankonin accompanying on piano. For her recent debut with the Sacramento Philharmonic she sang the BACHIANAS BRAZILERAS and CHICAGO SONGS written for her by Kurt Erickson conducted by Michael Morgan. Other recent concert work includes CARMINA BURANA soloist with the SF Choral Society, BERG IN VIENNA concerts at Bard Festival, Barber’s, KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 and Mahler’s, 4TH SYMPHONY with Napa Symphony and Pacific Symphony.
She has regularly performed under the baton of Lorin Maazel as Lucia in Britten’s, “Rape of Lucretia” at his Castleton Foundation and on tour. Other opera roles include, Papagena in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and Olga in THE MERRY WIDOW with the San Francisco Opera, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Mobile Opera and Indianapolis Opera, Yum Yum in THE MIKADO with Arizona Opera and Gretel in HANSEL UND GRETEL with Indianapolis Opera and Arizona Opera. Ms. Breckenridge is a featured soloist on the 2012 New World Records’ album of Victor Herbert songs and recently made her European and Asian debuts as Cunegonde in “Candide” with the English National Opera, Prague State Opera on tour in Japan where her performances were reviewed as “note perfect” (Prague Post) and “simply terrific” (Opera Magazine, UK).