Mariana’s future performances will include the role of Liu (Turandot) for Opera Australia, Verdi’s Requiem for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and recitals for Opera Queensland. Her 2021 engagements were to include returning to Opera Australia in the new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Brisbane, to perform the roles of Freia in Das Rheingold and Helmwige in Die Walküre, which will now be re-scheduled.
Mariana graduated from Seoul’s Han-Yang University with a Bachelor of Vocal Music and obtained a diploma in opera performance with high distinction at the Conservatorium of Milan and the Vercelli Academy in Italy.
Recent highlights include Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) for Finnish National Opera, State Opera South Australia, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, on Tour in China with Opera Australia, Royal Albert Hall with Raymond Gubbay Productions, demonstrating her exceptional versatility as both an actress and singer in bringing to life this demanding role. Other roles include Mimi (La Bohème), Freia (Das Rheingold), Helmwige (Die Walküre), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi ), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Alcina and Oberto (Alcina), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Leila (The Pearlfishers), Frasquita and Micaela (Carmen), Nannetta (Falstaff), Siren (Rinaldo), Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Dorinda (Orlando), Heavenly Being 1 and Soprano Solo (The Pilgrim’s Progress), as well as special performances as Micaela for Opera Australia in Taipei. She has also performed Mimi, Liù and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Opera Queensland.
Mariana has been soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Poulenc’s Gloria and Stabat Mater with Romano Gandolfi and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Chailly in Milan and throughout Italy. Mariana has also performed in Carmina Burana with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Missa Solemnis with Sydney Philharmonia and Auckland Choral Society, at Opera in the Vineyards, and in recital and the Rutter Requiem at the Newcastle Music Festival, as well as giving numerous concerts and recitals in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra.
She has worked under noted conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Richard Hickox, Patrick Summers, Johannes Fritzsch, Guillaume Tourniaire, Pietari Inkinen, Christian Badea, Jonathan Darlington, Andrea Licata and Muhai Tang.
Mariana was the winner of the Australian Singing Competition’s prestigious Opera Award and the MBS Young Performers Award in 2002. She is also a Helpmann Award and Greenroom Award nominee.