At the age of twenty-five, Maltese mezzo-soprano Marvic Monreal has recently finished her two-year Masters’ degree and is currently in her first year on the Royal Academy Opera studying with Elizabeth Ritchie and Ingrid Surgenor.
Marvic was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2016, and as a member of the chorus, she took part in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Le Nozze di Figaro and Béatrice et Bénedict. She also covered for the role of Lapák (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other recent roles include Dido (Dido and Aeneas) at the Teatru Manoel, Marthe (Faust) with Winterbourne Opera, Bradamante (Alcina), and Venus (Orphée aux Enfers) with the Royal Academy Opera, and has performed on various occasions alongside the international Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja at his annual concerts in Malta.
Above: Marvic during the concert of tenor Joseph Calleja
Future engagements include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mro. Brian Schembri, and her debut at the Royal Festival Hall in June, performing Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, conducted by Mro. Semyon Bychkov. Marvic will be joining the Salzburg Festival in summer 2017, where she’ll be part of the Young Artist Programme. Marvic is grateful for the generous support by the Fordyce Scholarships, Malta Arts Scholarships, Drake Calleja Trust, the Janatha Stubbs Foundation and the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.
Date of Birth: 30th November, 1991
Star Sign: Sagittarius
At which point in your life did you realise you had a voice to be reckoned with?
I always knew I could sing, but I never imagined I’d become an opera singer. I decided I wanted to take my singing career further about three years ago. That is when I flew over to the UK to audition here, and with the help of Ms Gillian Zammit, I prepared the material necessary and got a place for a Masters’ degree at the Royal Academy of Music. I’ve been training and singing every day as my profession since 2014.
Above: Marvic portraying Venus (Orphée aux Enfers)
What do you feel about the number of singers in Malta? Should more kids be encouraged to take up singing?
In Malta, we have great talents and it’s nice for kids to have a hobby. If it’s taught well, it can bring out a lot of positive aspects. I do feel though that not everyone who teaches music/singing in Malta has the necessary qualifications. Being a singer/performer yourself doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re qualified to teach.
If you had to meet a singer from the past, who would it be and what would you talk about?
It would probably be an international opera singer such as Shirley Verrett or Maria Callas, and I’d probably speak to them about the psychological aspect of the operatic career life, something which only experience can teach you.
Image credit: Ben Camille – Capture Photography Malta
You’re a mezzo soprano of opera, classical and sacred music. What makes you different from other singers/sopranos?
Every voice has its own features, therefore I guess the rich tone and the colour of my voice distinguishes me from others. Personality is also another factor which makes one artist different than another. Being an opera singer means a lot of technical work and dedication, not just vocally but musically, emotionally and physically.
Apart from singing, what other main interests do you pursue in your free time?
When I was in Malta, I used to play netball which I do miss. Now in the UK, I don’t have that much free time to commit myself to it, so I usually read a nice book or try and wind down watching a good film with a cup of tea.