Marlēna Keine

Voice Type: Lyric Soprano

Marlēna Keine is one of the most promising and young soloists, who has made her opera and operetta debuts with equal success.

She made her opera debut during her Bachelor’s studies in 2013 as Carolina in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto directed by Giorgio Bongiovanni and conducted by Risto Joost at the Estonian National Opera. Soon after she made her debut as an operetta singer in the role of Viola (Yola) in the Latvian Operetta Foundation’s production of Dostal’s Clivia (2014), followed by Valencienne in Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe (2015) and Daisy Darlington in Abraham’s Ball im Savoy (2016). Her Latvian National Opera debut was in 2014 as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. In 2015, she sung Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and in 2016 Papagena in the educational project The Little Magic Flute, a shortened version of Mozart’s famous opera for children and families and Frasquita in Bize’s Carmen (2017).

Marlēna Keine has worked together with Latvian conductors Aleksandrs Viļumanis, Andris Veismanis, Mārtiņš Ozoliņš, Normunds Vaicis, Jānis Liepiņš, Valdis Butāns, Kaspars Ādamsons, as well as Estoian maestros Risto Joost and Vello Pähn.

She started her professional education at the Jāzeps Mediņš Rīga Music Secondary School with Krišjānis Norvelis. In 2016, she graduated with honours from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and received her Master’s Degree with Prof. Nadia Kurem. In 2014/2015, she was postgraduate student in Berlin Hanns Eisler Academy of Music with Prof. Anna Samuil.

Marlēna Keine is the laureate of several international singing competitions. She is 1st Prize winner in international Anders Wall scholarship competition in Sweden,  3rd Prize winner at the Inese Galante Vocal Competition (2016), Finalist of the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition (2016), 1st Prize winner at the Masterworks Vocal Competition in the USA (2015), 2nd Prize winner at the Mart Saar Singing Competition in Estonia (2014), 2nd Prize winner at the Oksana Petrenko Competition in Ukraine (2011) and 3rd Prize winner at the Alfrēds Kalniņš Vocal Competition (2010). She has participated in the master classes with Irina Gavrilovici, Joy Mammen, Irena Milkeviciute, Barbro Marklund-Petersone and Christian Immler a. o.

Marlēna Keine is an active member of the concert life in Latvia. She has been soloist at the Latvian National Opera’s New Year Gala (2015, conductor Mārtiņš Ozoliņš), Spanish and Gypsy Music Programme (2015) and the Jūrmala Festival Gala Viva Italia (2016) along with suc opera stars as Egils Siliņš and Alisa Zinovjeva.

Curriculum Vitae


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

2014 – 2015 Abroad master studies in Berlin, Academy of Music Hanns Eisler prof. Anna Samuil, academic singing;

2011 – 2014 bachelor degree in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre prof. Nadia Kurem, dots Pille Lill 2011-2013, academic singing;

2007 – 2011 Jazeps Medins Music college (high school and professional academic singing), vocal teacher Krisjanis Norvelis (Latvian National Opera) (2007-2011).

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

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).