Marilena graduated in singing at the age of twenty-one at the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory in Bari with full marks under the guidance of Maria Luisa Carboni. Already during her academic studies, she made herself known by taking part, as a solo soprano, in an Oratorio directed by Maestro Rino Marrone. In 1990 we find her in Rome in a concert at the Olympic Theater accompanied by Maestro Rolando Nicolosi to sing pieces by Nino Rota. In the same year, he joined a madrigal group with which he also made recordings and for which he performed solo parts. The Mercadante theater in Altamura called her in the same year to perform an unpublished work by the famous author "Medea" and in the same year, she participated in the "Sundays of the Salone Margherita" in a series of events directed by Maestro Peter Kenealy. In 1990 he attended the summer courses of Lieder at the "international Sommerakademie der Hochschule in Salzburg" under the guidance of Charles Spencer.
In the same year, he attended the specialization course "Mozart and the Italian Melodrama of the 1700s" under the guidance of Soprano Leila Bersani. In 1991 he began his collaboration with the Harpsichordist Margherita Porfido with whom he performed in concerts and international festivals such as that of Noci and the Talos Festival of Ruvo. In 1992 she won the Chair Competition for the teaching of singing and attended the International Seminar of Montefiascone followed by Katia Angeloni Koltcheva, during which she distinguished herself and was chosen for a series of concerts with the orchestra directed by the Maestro del Teatro dell ' Opera of Rome Alessandro Corsi. The collaboration continued until 1993 when she was involved in a series of concerts from March to October for the international festival “Discovering the organs of Puglia”. In! 993 in collaboration with Maestro Elio Orciuolo and performed La Messa in A op. 12 by Cesar Frank with numerous appointments in Italian in collaboration with the Chorus of the Petruzzelli Theater. In 1993 it is Frasquita in Carmen conducted by Maestro Paolo Lepore. In 1994 she attended the Academy of Katia Ricciarelli in Mantua and, in the same year, she won the International Competition of the City of Barletta which involved her in numerous concerts with piano and orchestra and also performed the Mass for the first time of Leonardo for the International Organ Festival. Leo was conducted by Maestro Donato Di Palma.
In! 995 she is Bernstein's Maria In West Side Story first at the Piccinni in Bari then at the Teatro Argentina in Rome and the same year she won another international competition. In those years, a close collaboration with the Trio Habanera formed by guitar, song, and violin begins, which sees them engaged in international tours with repertoire ranging from Giuliani to Garcia Lorca and Britten. In 1996 he attended the advanced course held by Mestro Leone Magiera and Riccardo Canessa in Taranto. In the same year she arrives as a finalist in the international competition Giuseppe di Stefano di Trapani takes part in the specialization course held by Angelo Marenzi and Lorraine Nawa Jones which sees her interpret Mimì in Giacomo Puccini's Bohème. a CD The Ballads On Poems by Alda Merini. Opera tours begin and see her alternate in Italian summer festivals in Roles as Berta (barber) Violetta-Annina (Traviata). For the Petruzzelli Theater he performs I due Timidi by Nino Rota, then he is Gilda in Rigoletto conducted by Maestro Gregorio Goffredo. In 2000 he recorded another CD with 18th and 19th century Pugliese arias edited in the critical part by Nicola Sbisà. In Lecce, he performs Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle which becomes a constant in his repertoire, and in Rome, he continues to alternate in the roles of Gilda and Violetta. In 2002 he recorded another CD with music by Vincenzo Mastropirro and then one with music by Giuseppe Monopoli which won the international composition competition. In the same year, he follows the course held by Luciana Serra. Since 2002 he has also been a teacher of singing at the Domenico Sarro Association of Trani. The summer tours continue which alternate between Frasquita, Micaela, and Violetta.
In the school year 2004/2005 she enrolled in the second level of specialization in singing at the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory in Bari under the guidance of Maestro Domenico Colaianni, she performed in July 2 concerts with the orchestra of the province performing direct opera arias by Maestro Lentini, from 2 September he attended the specialization courses held by Maestro Micael Aspinall at the Domenico Sarro association, participated in the "Concerts in the Periphery", singing the Liebes Lieder by Brahms, organized by the Conservatory in collaboration with the Piccinni Theater of Bari, on December 28th he participated with a concert in the concert season organized by the musicando association of Monopoli in collaboration with the Municipality of Monopoli, on January 4th he participated in the New Year's Concert directed by Maestro Lentini held at the Sheraton Nicolaus in Bari, organized by the province of Bari and curated by the music critic Ugo Sbisà, held on 3 and 5 January I concerts with music by Theodorakis and Nino Rota with the accompaniment of an instrumental quartet. In January 2007 he will finish the second level of singing in the conservatory and he took part as a chorist in the 2006-2007 season of the opera symphonic foundation of the Petruzzelli theater in Bari in Bizet's opera Carmen. Conservatoio and took part as a chorist in the 2006-2007 season of the opera symphonic foundation of the Petruzzelli theater in Bari in Bizet's opera Carmen. In December 2006 he participated in the competition organized by the Petruzzelli Lirico Sinfonica and Teatri di Bari foundation, winning first place in the ranking of the Sopranos with a vote of 9.50, collaborating as a soloist in numerous events organized by the Theater such as the concert for the visit of President Putin to Bari, collaborating on that occasion with the baritone Domenico Colaianni and Maestro Gregorio Goffredo, later he took part in the event "The neighbor's party" always organized by the foundation, collaborating with maestro Gianna Valente and subsequently with an orchestra of mandolins in May 2007. in the summer he plays Musetta in Boheme at the Bitonto Opera festival, in 2008 he continues his collaboration with the Petruzzelli theater, with concerts with the orchestra of the province of Bari, and in lieder concerts for the Austrian consul visiting Bari. He is also obtaining a diploma in chamber vocal music under the guidance of teacher Sara Allegretta. In the summer of 2009, she played the role of Butterfly for the Bitonto opera festival, and in the summer of 2010 the role of Tosca in both Molfetta and Bitonto.
In 2011 he graduated in Vocal Chamber Music, at the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Bari with a grade of 10 and honors.
Since graduation she has been involved in several tours in Albania, Poland, and Italy performing both chamber and opera repertoire, collaborating with numerous orchestras such as the Pugliese Philharmonic, or the orchestra of the BAT Province, adding to the numerous debuted roles, that of Lucia by Lammermoor, Aida, Rosina in Barber of Seville, enjoying personal successes.
In 2016 he is artistic director, as well as interpreter, of an opera season organized by the Carro Dei Comici, called Fuoco Centrale and which sees the staging of the Titles: La Traviata, Carmen, and La Vedova Allegra.
An intense concert and teaching activity continue.