"Like her music, Samarin’s Olga is skittish and full of spirit. Her warm tone and winning stage presence give her character a sunny soul" -Houston Press
Mezzo-Soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin is featured at Houston Grand Opera in three productions this season, singing Siébel in Faust, Second Secretary in Nixon in China, and covering Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung. She returns to Houston Grand Opera in the fall as Sesto in Giulio Cesare and Carla Mae in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House without a Christmas Tree. She will also be performing as Clara Schumann in "Loving Clara Schumann" with the Mercury Symphony at the Wortham Center. This summer, Ms. Samarin will be performing at Wolf Trap Opera as Baroness Aspasia in La pietra del paragone, Shepherd in Tosca, as well as Son in Glass/Moran’s The Juniper Tree.
In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Samarin sang Olga in Eugene Onegin, Lady Columbia in the world premiere of O Columbia, Third Wood Nymph in Rusalka, Lady Maresvale and Mistress Revels in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, and covered Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Fox in The Little Prince, and Julie Jordan in Carousel. In the 2015 summer season, Ms. Samarin made her Glimmerglass Festival debut as Marzia in the American premier of Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica. During the 2014-15 season Ms. Samarin made her Houston Grand Opera debut as Second Lady in The Magic Flute and Johanna in Sweeney Todd, also covering Dorabella in Così fan tutte as well as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly. Ms. Samarin also performed Angelina in Houston Grand Opera’s 60th Anniversary Concert featuring Joyce DiDonato as well as Romeo in a concert version of I Capuleti e I Montecchi at Aspen Music Festival. The 2012-13 season included singing La Marchande in Les mamelles de Tirésias at Wolf Trap Opera.
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 a 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant award winner as well as a 2017 District Award winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She was also a finalist in HGO’s Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias. Ms. Samarin is a Shoshana Foundation Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient for both 2014 and 2016.
Ms. Samarin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She is alumna of the Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy and is a fellowship recipient of the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Samarin is a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.