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Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Samuel Mariño, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel & Andrea Marcon

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801), Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799)

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 2:
  • 1Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 / Act 2: Voi che sapete02:44
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714 - 1787): Le feste d'Apollo / Orfeo:
  • 2Gluck: Le feste d'Apollo / Orfeo: Che farò senza Euridice?03:05
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Il re pastore, K. 208:
  • 3Mozart: Il re pastore, K. 208 / Act 1: Aer tranquillo e di sereni06:41
  • 4Mozart: Il re pastore, K. 208 / Act 2: L'amerò, sarò costante07:15
  • Domenico Cimarosa (1749 - 1801): Gli Orazi e i Curiazi / Act 3:
  • 5Cimarosa: Gli Orazi e i Curiazi / Act 3: Resta in pace, idolo mio04:56
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K. 621 / Act 2:
  • 6Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K. 621 / Act 2: Deh per questo istante solo06:02
  • Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745 - 1799): L'Amant anonyme:
  • 7Saint-Georges: L'Amant anonyme: Ouverture: I. Allegro presto03:21
  • 8Saint-Georges: L'Amant anonyme: Ouverture: II. Andante01:37
  • 9Saint-Georges: L'Amant anonyme: Ouverture: III. Presto02:53
  • 10Saint-Georges: L'Amant anonyme / Act 1: Son amour, sa constance extrême02:37
  • 11Saint-Georges: L'Amant anonyme / Act 2: Enfin une foule importune… Amour deviant moi propice03:33
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87 / Act 2:
  • 12Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87 / Act 2: Lungi da te, mio bene07:59
  • Domenico Cimarosa: Oreste:
  • 13Cimarosa: Oreste: Cara parte del mio cor05:50
  • Total Runtime58:33

Info for Sopranista

Decca Classics is thrilled to announce the signing of Samuel Mariño, the sensational Venezuelan male soprano.

As a teen, Mariño was bullied for his high speaking voice. Now his voice has taken him around the world with a sparkling opera career underway and his first album on a major label to be released on 27 May. With his music, Mariño hopes to spread a message of acceptance and self-expression.

Mariño is already becoming renowned for the beauty and brilliance of his remarkable voice, with Opera magazine commenting, “Quite simply the most extravagantly talented male soprano I have yet heard”. His gender-defying performances have helped him connect, not only to passionate opera lovers, but also with audiences new to the artform and those seeking representation. As Mariño explains,

“Whether someone feels like a man, a woman, non-binary, I want people to make music. When I wear a dress and make-up on stage, I do it because I love fashion and it’s a statement. I get messages from transgender people who say thank you so much for being on stage like this. This encourages me to continue to make this art that I love so much.”

On his new album, entitled Sopranista (meaning male soprano), Mariño sings music that dates back to a time when gender norms in opera were in many ways more nuanced and fluid. Here Mariño performs arias written for the celebrated male “castrato” singers from the days of Mozart and Gluck, which have largely been sung by female voices in the centuries since castration was banned. The album opens with the famous Cherubino aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, with deliberate gender-blurring themes, in which a female singer sings the role of a boy. Many of these pieces have never been recorded by a male soprano until now.

Mariño has been contacted by a number of musicologists eager for him to try his hand at arias written for male sopranos that had been neglected for centuries. On his debut Decca album Mariño gives works written in the 1780s, by Joseph Bologne and Domenico Cimarosa, their world recording premieres.

In his teenage years Mariño asked his mother to take him to a specialist voice doctor. The doctor offered him surgery to lower his larynx and deepen his voice, but he also suggested that Mariño consider forgoing surgery. He mentioned the value of a having a high male voice in the realm of classical singing, telling Mariño about the countertenor vocal tradition. Mariño took his advice, kept his unique voice, and went on to study singing at the National Conservatory in Caracas.

There, his singing teacher spotted his potential and insisted Mariño move to Europe to continue his vocal studies, supporting himself selling lemon pies in his mother’s bakery in Caracas and then working at Disneyland in Paris. Mariño attended the Conservatoire de Paris before winning numerous opera awards and making his stage debut at the Handel Festival in Halle. He makes his London debut with a highly anticipated recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 22nd April. This spring, Marino also makes his Japanese debut in a series of Gala Concerts for Cartier at Daigo-ji Temple in Kyoto with Xavier de Maistre on the 7th, 9th and 11th of April.

Laura Monks and Tom Lewis, co-presidents of Decca Records, say, “As a teenager and despite the bullies and crushing pressure to conform, Samuel found the strength to stand out. As a result, he has travelled the world, charmed the musical world and become a extraordinary inspiring role model for acceptance and understanding. When Samuel sings, he transports you to another world. He is quite literally one-of-a-kind!”

Samuel Marino, soprano
La Cetra Barockorchester Basel
Andrea Marcon, conductor

Samuel Mariño
The Venezuelan male soprano Samuel Mariño’s unique, brilliant, agile, and sparkling voice, paired with his musical expertise, enable him to undertake the most demanding forms of the classical vocal repertoire.

Born in 1993, Samuel began his studies in piano and voice at the National Conservatory in Caracas, also studying ballet at the National School of Dance in Venezuela. His first operatic experience was with the Camerata Barroca in Caracas, where he had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Helmuth Rilling, and Theodore Kuchar. It was there that his passion and affinity for the baroque repertoire was ignited, inspiring him to further his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris. He is currently closely mentored by the renowned soprano Barbara Bonney and the recipient of a scholarship by the Rotary Club of Salzburg. At his young age, Samuel Mariño has already portrayed some of the most monumental roles in baroque and classical opera and oratorio, including works by Monteverdi, Handel, Porpora, Vivaldi, Hasse, Mozart, and Salieri.

His 2018/19 season included performances of Bach’s B-minor Mass in Budapest, Handel’s La Resurrezione (Angelo) in Gießen, Gluck’s Angigono (Demetrio) in Bayreuth, Cimarosa’s Gli Orazi e id Curiazi (Curazio) in Rhiensburg, Angesi’s Il Re Pastore in Kattowitz, in addition to gala concerts in Halle, where he portrayed Cherubino, Maria from West Side Story, and Fiorilla from Il Turco in Italia. His versatility and ample vocal range have enabled the male soprano to explore such roles in the Bel Canto repertoire as Oscar (Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera), Romeo (Bellini’s I Capuleti ed I Montecchi), and Arsace (Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira).

In the 2017/18 season, he won the interpretation award in the International Singing Competition with Opéra de Marseille as well as the audience prize in the Neue Stimmen Competition. Shortly thereafter in 2018, he made his stage debut at the Handel Festival in Halle, performing the role of Alessandro in “Berenice” to great success, being nominated by the magazine OpernWelt as the “Best Revelation Artist.”

Following his passion for rediscovering music and innovating period performance practice, Samuel founded Ensemble Teseo in 2019, where he aims to bring forgotten baroque techniques and works to the mainstream operatic and concert stages.

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