Marina Cruzo was born in Moscow, but soon moved to Greece with her parents. She moved back, when her vocal teacher Tina Chikalidi, was invited to work in Russia, in 2001 she was enrolled in Moscow State Conservatory, subsequently graduating with honors.
In 2004, Marina won two competitions: International competition of Young Singers by Bibigul Tulegenova and International competition of Young Performers of vocal music by Georgiy V Sviridov. In the same year, Marina debuted in the opera “Don Giovanni” by Mozart singing Zerlina’s part in the Musical Theatre of opera of the Moscow Conservatory.
At the begining of 2010, Marina was invited to Naples, Italy for internships in the Giandomenico Bisi opera school. In Italy Marina got interested in classical crossover, and in performances of famous artists of this style, such as Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman and Emma Shapplin. Swept along by this style, Marina was one of the first Russian opera singers who combined (incompatible according to the strict opera rules), arias Carmen (opera “Carmen”) and Wally (opera “La Wally”) in one performance (Christmas Eve of MAC).
Her first album “We’ll meet again” (2009) had a limited edition release. It presented Marina’s favorite songs and arias: “Hijo de la luna” (Mecano), “Sleeping princess” (Borodin), Lauretta (“Gianni Schicchi” Puccini), «We’ll meet again» (Ross Parker, Hughie Charles) and other songs popular all over the world.
Currently Marina is working on her second music album “Labyrinth”, which will include original songs written especially for her by a well-known contemporary Russian composer Roman Ignatiev (Musical “Monte Cristo”, “Count Orlov”).
Marina’s first performance in the USA will be at the Haverford Music festival! She will present the best of her songs and a few new tracks from the upcoming album.
Please visit her website for more information. http://www.marinacruzo.com