Last year’s summer, Marika performed Goddess Diana in Offenbach’s operetta Orphée en enfers on roller skates!
In July 2019, Marika debuted in the role of Despina in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” at Oper Schloss Maxlrain.
Earlier that summer she performed in Johann Strauss‘ The Bat at the Wir sind Wien.Festival. The production by artist group OPER rund um took place at various public pools around Vienna. Marika is a regular with OPER rund um (direction: Anna Bernreitner), which is dedicated to performing opera at uncommon venues. Former productions with the group include Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Gianetta), La finta giardiniera (Arminda) and an interactive opera-themed format for children at the Herbsttage Blindenmarkt. A highlight was touring through the Viennese club scene as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in summer 2019.
One of her favorite roles is definitely Gretel in Hansel & Gretel, which she last performed in the Bavarian Theater an der Rott. There she also played the role of the first son in the premiere of Peter Androsch’s family opera The Wishing Table in 2015.
Marika appears on concert stages as a soloist, ensemble singer in many different chamber music formations and choir singer (Arnold Schönberg Chor, Philharmonia Chor Wien).
During her studies, Marika gained first experiences as an opera choir singer (including choir solos) at the Bregenzer Festspiele.
Born in South Tyrol, Marika started her studies during school at the Conservatorio Claudio Monteverdi in Bolzano and continued as a pre-college student at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW). Further studies at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg followed: She obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Opera and Music Theatre in 2014, most recently working with Michèle Crider, Gernot Sahler, Eike Gramms and Hermann Keckeis, graduating with distinction.
Amongst the roles Marika prepared at university are Barbarina and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Vespetta in Telemann’s Pimpinone, Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck, Ännchen in Weber’s Freischütz, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Carmi in Mozart’s Betulia liberata, as well as Norina in Don Pasquale and Musetta in La Bohème.
Marika also received valuable guidance through Master classes with Breda Zakotnik (International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg), Kurt Widmer (Vokalakademie NÖ) and Harald Stamm, participating in a scholarship program of Junge Musiker Stiftung Bayreuth.
Working with Monika Lenz, Jeannie Mayr, Chariklia Apostolu and Markus Hofmann had and still has significant influence on her development.
Marika loves collaborating with all kinds of artists across different genres. Particularly rewarding moments in this respect were performing in Anna Gschnitzer’s live audio drama at Schauspielhaus Wien and winning 2nd prize at the HUGO Competition for Concert Dramaturgy together with Ulrike Rapp and Irina Dannenberg in February 2018.