Marisa Karchin, Soprano
Soprano Marisa Karchin will make her Opera Company of Brooklyn debut as Emmy Perth in Der Vampyr on October 29, 2016. Marisa completed her Master’s degree at Mannes School of Music in 2016, after earning a B.A. from Yale University. During the 2015-2016 season, Marisa sang with Utopia Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Marisa is an avid performer of new music and has appeared with the Kronos Quartet, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective. Marisa will portray Shirley Temple in a new production of Robert Ashley’s DUST in 2017. Favorite roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Read below as she shares her experiences and advice with us.
How did you get into Opera?
I grew up in a musical family, and when I was 8 or 9 years old I started singing in the children’s chorus at the New York City Opera. I’ve loved opera ever since!
What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?
The breadth of repertoire and abundance of opportunities for young singers make OCB a very unique company.
How do you relax when not on stage?
I enjoy running in the park and meditating. And watching lots of Netflix.
Do you have any advice for other singers?
I have found that when I take care of myself psychologically, I’m able to sing and perform my best.
What are your dream roles?
Zerbinetta and Lulu
Which colleagues do you admire?
I am inspired by all of my talented, hardworking colleagues!
Mozart is definitely my favorite composer. His operas have a sublime quality that I’m always drawn to.
Which character (not in your voice range) would you most like sing and why?
Carmen has always secretly been my dream role. Every time I see the opera I am captivated by her fearlessness and vitality, and I love how those qualities are expressed in the music.
What other music do you listen to?
Lately I’ve been going to see a lot of jazz and electronic music!
Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role?
I do. Any time there is source material or relevant outside material I find it very helpful in understanding a character and/or time period. I think it’s important to do as much research as possible, and then to decide what information is useful to you while making character choices. You never know what you’ll find that might nuance your interpretation or give you more ideas to choose from!
How do you balance a career with a life offstage?
I’m lucky to have supportive and understanding friends and family who make it much easier.
How do you unwind after singing?
I like to unwind with my colleagues after performances and celebrate with good food.
The dreaded question: Have you ever appeared in Phantom of the Opera?
Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents: Der Vampyr on Saturday, October 29 from 7 PM to 9:45 PM at 600 W 218th Street, 1 G, NY, NY 10034. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 in advance, $40 day of and can be reserved online here. For more information about the production and cast, click here.