Biography

Marília Vargas is one of the most active Brazilian sopranos of her generation.
She started her voice studies at the age of 12 under the tutelage of Neyde Thomas. She graduated in Baroque Singing at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, in Switzerland, and later specialized in Lied and Oratorio with Christoph Prégardien at the Zurich Conservatory, where she received summa cum laude honors. She has also taken classes with Monserrat Figueras, Silvana Bartoli Bazzoni and Barbara Bonney.
Marília was awarded accolades at the 2nd Bidu Sayão International Vocal Competition and the 6th Maria Callas Brazilian Competition; she also received scholarships from the Friedl Wald Foundation and the Margherite Meyer Stiftung from Switzerland.
She has performed as a soloist along with several orchestras, including the Aargauer Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Orquestra Sinfônica do Paraná, Orquestra Sinfônica da Petrobrás, Orquestra Sinfônica de Minas Gerais, Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba, Orquestra Sinfônica do Brazil (OSB) and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP); with early music ensembles such as La Capella Reial de Catalunya (under the direction of Jordi Savall) and Le Parlement de Musique (under the direction of Martin Gester). She hold concerts and recitals in theatres such as Theater Basel, Stadt Casino Bern, Tonhalle Zürich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Sala São Paulo, Palácio das Artes, Auditorium de Dijon, Arsenal Metz, Theatre Royal du Palais de Versailles, Berliner Konzerthaus, Auditorium and Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Helsinki Music Centre and National Center of Performing Arts (Beijing).
She has also recorded material for numerous television and radio shows in Brazil and Europe and has been featured in several CDs and DVDs. Marília Vargas is regularly invited to participate as a guest lecturer and for master classes in many important music festivals and universities around the world.