Due to the profession of the her parents they stayed abroad for a long time. Most of her childhood she spent in Greece, where her father had a house on a small island in the Gulf of Corinth. Despite of a tough working schedule her father and mother devoted a lot of attention to the development and education of their daughter. The family always worshiped arts, so the atmosphere in the house was in tune with their interests.
Musicians, artists, poets… Interesting and talented people were not only their guests, but they became part of the family. The future singer was growing up in a special atmosphere filled with the sounds of classical music, intellectual disputes and infinite love for arts. Marina liked singing since early childhood. She enthusiastically sang children's and pop songs to her parents and guests.
First everybody noticed only the girl's artistic skills, but one day it became evident that besides that the girl had a strong voice that needed to be developed. When she was eight she began to take the first vocal lessons. Happy-go-lucky childhood was finished. The work on the maximum development of vocal abilities and talent began.
The major part of her educational program was listening to operas, during which not only did she get inspiration and strength for her further steps, but formed good taste and vision of her future performances. Together with her teacher she visited a lot of performances on the famous stages of Europe. After each performance they enthusiastically discussed staging and scenery, costumes and actors, arias and music. Milan, Vienna, Paris, Berlin… On such days she felt she was living for real only here, in the theatre, and she was dreaming of becoming its part, to appear not among the audience, but on the stage… Keen mind and love to life made it possible for Marina not only to devote all her time to vocal, but also to be interested in everything that forms an all-round, harmonious, strong and self-confident person.
She studied professional Latin dances and foreign languages, she was interested in history and literature. In her teens Marina lived in India for 8 months, when she got interested in yoga. Much later, when she returned to India already as a conservatory student, Marina went on with studying of the ancient science. With the help of her guru she became one of only a few European women, who began to master breathing methods, which have a powerful positive impact on vocal bands.
For several thousand years this methods have been practiced by Hindu priests, who are great at the art of fascinating religious singing – raga, one of the most ancient complex musical traditions of the world. Growing older Marina used to ask herself a question, who she is in this world and what her mission is. But after long consideration and thorough «trying on» other professions for herself she realized that her life is opera and the stage. As a matter of fact, by that time she had been already acquainted with the stage and with an audience.
Studying vocal Marina took part in a few juvenile European competitions, where she demonstrated in front of the audience and the judges a rare mezzo-soprano voice ranged from higher lyrical notes to lower notes close to contralto. Winning one of such competitions provided for a guaranteed place in Athens Conservatory, but life ordered otherwise. The teacher who had taught Marina vocal for nine years was invited to work in Moscow. The attempts to continue rehearsals with a new teacher failed.
Following long consideration she rejected a tempting offer and preferred studying with her teacher thousands miles away from her parent's house. She wasn't afraid of moving to Russia, since it was her native country. Soon the young girl settled in Moscow and following her teacher's advice began preparation for entering the conservatory. Marina understood that she would be enrolled and be able to continue her studies only if she managed to prove to the Admission Committee that she had a required creative potential.
And she did it. Having left a lot of competitors behind, she passed the entrance examinations to the major musical high school of Russia – Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky. But it was only the beginning of a difficult path.
Many people thought, that Marina, who had lived abroad for a long time and had no support and connections in Moscow, would fail already the first examinations. But she survived and proved to those who had any doubts, that the road will rise to meet the one who walks it. Being a student she became the winner of two vocal contests and she was rewarded with scholarship granted by Ministry of Culture of Russia to outstanding young talents. Studying became the meaning of her life.
She completely devoted herself to the favorite activity. She graduated from the conservatory with the diploma of honor. Probably someone else would be satisfied with the acquired knowledge and such diploma, but it didn't work for Marina. She didn't want to be satisfied with what had already been achieved, realizing that the refusal to go on further meant the end of her career.
That is why after graduating from the Conservatory the singer does postgraduate studies mastering solo singing. At the same time she begins dynamic professional activity. In 2006 she received the diploma of Obraztsova International Contest of Young Opera Singers. In April 2007 Marina was invited for internship in Giandomenico Bisi International School of Vocal Art, and in June 2007 she was named the best mezzo-soprano of P.I.
Tchaikovsky Competition by musical critic Dmitry Morozov. Today Marina Cruzo is a brilliant representative of the young generation of the Russian opera singers, whose mastership and vocal qualifications resonate with the hearts of millions of people all over the world. She sincerely admits that she adores life and her Motherland. She gets inspiration from people, with whom she is never bored to communicate, wherever she is.
She believes in God, kindness and compassion. She travels a lot and works for charity. She believes in romantic ideals and she isn't nuts about fashion, because she is absolutely sure that you can be really in fashion if you remain yourself. To be what you are, to be honest towards yourself and others – this is Marina's credo in life.
It helps her to live with confidence and to feel harmony in everything. In August 2009 Marina Cruzo released her first solo album titled «We’ll meet again», comprising thirteen world-known opera hits, among which are arias «O mio Babbino caro» by Puccini, «Granada» by Agustin Lara and «Hijo de la Luna” by Meccano. The CD gives insight into complicated and sometimes incomprehensible things. This is sure to promptly make it a real cultural bestseller, a major jewel of private musical collections, which compositions are to be listened to everywhere. This Album is only the beginning of another overwhelming success and a firm promise of a new meeting. www.marinacruzo.com Read more on Last.fm.
User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..