Marina’s first professional audition resulted in her first lead role - that of Mabel in the Victoria State Opera's The Pirates Of Penzance. She was subsequently invited to perform the role of Guinevere opposite Richard Harris in Camelot. She then went on to perform the characters of Jellylorum and Griddlebone in the Australian premiere production of Cats, Josephine in the Victoria State Opera's production of H.M.S. Pinafore, Kathy in the Lyric Opera of Queensland's The Student Prince and Adele in the Victoria State Opera's concert version of Die Fledermaus.
In 1987, Marina landed the role of Cosette in the Australian premiere of Les Miserables and at times appeared as Fantine in the same production. During this run, she took time out to play Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes. Marina created the role of Christine Daae in the original Australian production of The Phantom Of The Opera, which she performed for three years.
Following this theatrical success, Marina went on to star in roles including Maria in West Side Story, Lily in The Secret Garden, Magnolia in Showboat, the title role of The Merry Widow, Jane Smart in The Witches Of Eastwick, Belinda Blair in the hit comedy Noises Off, Mary O’Hara in Harp On The Willow, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Elmire in The Hypocrite, Adelaide in Guys And Dolls and Muriel Eubanks in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Marina most recently performed the role of Mrs Banks in the Australian production of the Mary Poppins.
A critically acclaimed Australasian concert tour with international tenor, José Carreras, remains one of the many highlights of Marina’s career. Other concert engagements include performances with the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and symphony orchestras throughout Australia.
Marina is also well known to television audiences through her appearances on shows such as Carols By Candlelight and as a judge on Channel Seven’s top rating It Takes Two.
Marina has recorded three CDs accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Leading Lady (which reached platinum status), Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber (which reached gold status and received an ARIA nomination) and Somewhere – The Songs of Sondheim and Bernstein.
She has received numerous awards including four MO Awards, three Green Room Awards, and the Advance Australia Award for her contribution to the performing arts. In 1999, Marina was guest of honour for the television program This Is Your Life which paid tribute to her career so far. In 2006, she was honoured with induction into Australia’s 100 Entertainers of the Century.
Later this year, Marina will star in Promises, Promise at the State Theatre.
Mark Gogoll Enterprises, 2012