Born in Greenville, South Carolina, and raised in Havana, Cuba, vocal soprano Marisa Molina began her musical studies with the piano at a very early age. In 1967, she received a voice scholarship with the internationally acclaimed soprano Iris Burguet at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana, where she met her husband Carlos Molina. Once in the US, Marisa continued her voice studies with mezzo-soprano Diane Mauch, and later with renowned Cuban tenor Cesar Antonio Suárez and his wife Geraldine Suárez-Novak, and graduated from Florida International University, also with a minor in French Language.
Marisa has participated in different vocal groups in Cuba and the US, including the University of Miami’s Civic Chorale, the Greater Miami Opera Choir, and St. John Neumann Festival Choir. Following her graduation, she performed the role of Micaela in excerpts from Carmen at the Merrick Festival of Coral Gables. Shortly after, she began performing together with her husband, offering unique renditions of music for voice and guitar.
In 1999, Marisa and Carlos had their first duo performance in Europe at the Conservatoire Britten of Périgueux, France. In 2001, they performed a solo concert in Miami dedicated to Joaquín Rodrigo’s music for voice and guitar, honoring his 100th birthday. Together they have been featured several times at the international festivals of Vélez-Málaga, Coria, Hondarribia, and Aranda del Duero in Spain; Rome, Cassino, Ceccano, Fiuggi, Potenza, Bisceglie, and Pescara in Italy, Universidad de Veracurz, Mexico, Eastfield College in Dallas, and the Miami Classical Guitar Society Series. In recent years, the Molina Duo were guest artists to the Alirio Diaz International Festival in Carora, Venezuela, Serate Musicale in Sardinia, and the Festival “Due Citta” in Rome, Italy.