Marlēna Keine

Voice Type: Lyric Soprano

Marlēna Keine emerges as a noteworthy young soloist with a commendable track record in both opera and operetta.
In 2014, she made her debut at the Latvian National Opera as Barbarina in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, a role that marked the initiation of her successful career. Subsequent engagements include Adele in Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” (2015) and Frasquita in Bizet’s “Carmen” (2017). Her repertoire at the Latvian National Opera encompasses roles such as Musetta in Puccini’s “La bohème”, Yvette in Puccini’s “La rondine”, Maija in Liepiņš’s “The Rose of Turaida”, Anne in Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress”, Norina in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, Constance in Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites”, Adele in Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus”, Anne Trulove in Stravinsky “The Rake’s Progress”, Zerlina in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” among others.

Her professional journey began in 2013 during her Bachelor’s studies when she debuted as Carolina in Cimarosa’s “Il matrimonio segreto” at the Estonian National Opera.
Subsequently, she ventured into operetta with roles like Viola (Yola) in Dostal’s “Clivia” (2014), Valencienne in Lehár’s “Die lustige Witwe” (2015), Daisy Darlington in Abraham’s “Ball im Savoy” (2016), and Countess Stasi in Kalman’s “Die Csárdásfürstin” (2019).

In 2016, Marlēna Keine graduated with honors from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, earning her Master’s Degree under Prof. Nadia Kurem. Additionally, she pursued postgraduate studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin with Prof. Anna Samuil in 2014/2015.

Her accomplishments extend to international singing competitions, where she secured the 1st Prize in the Anders Wall Scholarship competition in Sweden, the 3rd Prize at the Inese Galante Vocal Competition, and emerged as a finalist in the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition. She also clinched the 1st Prize at the Masterworks Vocal Competition in the USA.

In Latvia’s concert scene, Marlēna Keine actively contributes with a repertoire spanning vocal compositions from the 21st and 20th centuries, showcasing her versatility in Latvian, Russian, Spanish, French, German, and Italian chamber music, as well as baroque compositions. She has collaborated with notable conductors, including Aleksandrs Viļumanis, Andris Veismanis, Jānis Liepiņš, Atvars Lakstīgala, Risto Joost, Vello Pähn, Pedro Halffter, Zbigniew Graca, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Fabio Mastrangelo, among others.

Marlēna Keine’s artistic journey is characterized not only by technical finesse but also by a steadfast commitment to musical excellence, positioning her as a notable figure in the classical vocal arena.

Curriculum Vitae


2015 – 2016 master’s degree studies at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, prof. Nadia Kurem, academic singing;

2014 – 2015 Erasmus study year at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler, Berlin, prof. Anna Samuil, academic singing;

2011 – 2014 bachelor’s degree studies at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, prof. Nadia Kurem, doc. Pille Lill (2011-2013), academic singing;

2007 – 2011 Jazeps Medins Music College (general education and professional academic singing), vocal teacher Krisjanis Norvelis (Latvian National Opera).

Additional education

2016/2017 Vocal master classes with prof Axel Everaert(Belgium), Chirsten Schoetteldreier(Amsterdam), Inga Kalna(Latvia)

2015/2016 Vocal master classes with Inga Kalna (Latvia);

2014 Masterworks Festival in USA, Indiana, Winona lake,Vocal Intensive Study Program 2013 vocal master classes with Vilma Vernochi Italia, (La scala);

2 – 10th June 2013 International ENOA masterclasses with Nelly Miricioiu (Great Britain) and Axel Evereart, (Belgium)

23 – 27th August 2008 vocal master classes with Irina Gavrilovici (Finnish National Opera) and Joy Mammen (Royal Academy of Music, Great Britain.

Professional experience

2023– Jano- Jenůfa, L. Janáček

2023– Zerlina- Don Giovanni, W.A.Mozart

2023– Mille Jouvenot-Adriana Lecouvreur-F.Cilea


2022– Musetta- La bohème, G. Puccini

2021-Norina-Don Pasquale-G.Donizetti

2019-Lelde- Spēlēju, Dancoju eng. I played, I danced, I. Kalniņš

2019– Constance- Dialogues des Carmelites, F. Poulenc

2018– role of Anna from I. Stravisnky opera “The Rake’s progress”, Latvian National Opera, conductor- Janis Liepins

2017– role of Maija from Z. Liepins opera “The rose of Turaida”, Latvian National Opera, conductor- Janis Liepins

2017 – role of Frasquita from G.Bizet opera “Carmen”, Latvian National Opera , conductor – Janis Liepins , Normunds Vaicis.

Since 2015 – a cooperation with Agency “Latvian concerts” with concert program “Spanish and Gipsy music “;

2016 – role of Daisy from P.Abraham operetta “Ball im Savoy”, Latvian National operetta foundation;

2016 – role of Papagena from W.A.Mozart opera “The Little Magic Flute”, production shortened version;

2015 – role of Valensjenna from F. Lehar operetta “Die lustige Witwe”, Latvian National operetta foundation;

2015 – role of Adele from J.Strauss operetta “Die Fledermaus”, Latvian National Opera, conductor – Janis Liepins, Normunds Vaicis;

2015 – participation in he New Year Gala concerts in Latvian National Opera;

2014 – role of Barbarina from W.A.Mozart opera “Le nozze di Figaro”, Latvian National Opera, conductor –Valdis Butans;

2013 – role of Carolina from D. Cimarosa opera. “Il matrimonio segreto”, Estonia (Estonian academy of music and theatre – opera studio);

2nd June 2013 – Latvian National Opera Academy concerts in Latvian National Opera big Hall.


-1st Prize in Anders Wall Scholarship competition , Sweden , Stockholm (2017)

-2nd Prize in International vocal comepetition in the name of Alīda Vāne, Latvia, Ventspils (2017)

– 3rd Prize laureate in Inese’s Galante’s vocal competition in Riga, Latvia (2016);

– qualified for the final rounds of the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere singing Competition in Cape Town which will start from the 27th of June (2016);

– 1st Prize in Masterworks Vocalists’ Competition in USA (2015);

– 2nd prize in Estonian National Vocal contest (2014);

– 2nd prize in Estonain vocal competition Mart Saare (2013);

– 2nd prize in Oksana Petrenko Competition in Ukraine (2011).