Decca Indicators its First Male Soprano Samuel Mariño

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The Venezuelan male soprano Samuel Mariño has signed to Decca Classics and can launch his first album for the label on Could 27, 2022.

Mariño has all the time had an unusually excessive talking voice. As a teen, amidst bullying, he noticed a voice specialist in regards to the difficulty. The physician informed Mariño that it was doable to function on his larynx, thus deepening his voice, however urged him to think about the chances of a singing profession in mild of the distinctive alternatives his voice may provide him.

Mariño’s uncommon vary has led a number of musicologists to counsel that he’s well-positioned to aim repertoire from the eighteenth century that was initially written for castrati.

The castrato voice was first launched within the sixteenth century when girls had been banned from church choirs and the stage. It reached its biggest prominence in Seventeenth- and 18th-century opera.

Whereas some modern-day countertenors have tried to revive this music, Mariño is uniquely poised to convey repertoire that has lengthy lain forgotten to the live performance platform and into the recording studio.

Mariño’s first album for Decca is entitled Sopranista and explores a variety of this repertoire, together with well-known arias by Mozart and Gluck alongside much less well-known works by Joseph Bologne and Domenico Cimarosa. A lot of this music has by no means been sung by a male soprano on recording, and a few of it (equivalent to Cherubino’s aria from The Marriage of Figaro) explores the fluidity and efficiency of gender.

“Whether or not somebody looks like a person, a lady, non-binary, I would like folks to make music, Mariño says. “Once I put on a gown and make-up on stage, I do it as a result of I like vogue and it’s an announcement. I get messages from transgender individuals who say thanks a lot for being on stage like this. This encourages me to proceed to make this artwork that I like a lot.”

“As a teen and regardless of the bullies and crushing strain to adapt, Samuel discovered the energy to face out,” stated Decca Data co-presidents Laura Monks and Tom Lewis. “Consequently, he has traveled the world, charmed the musical world and develop into a extraordinary inspiring position mannequin for acceptance and understanding. When Samuel sings, he transports you to a different world. He’s fairly actually one-of-a-kind!”

Mariño first studied piano and voice on the Nationwide Conservatory in Caracas and had his first operatic expertise with the Camerata Barroca in Caracas. There, he labored with conductors equivalent to Gustavo Dudamel, Helmuth Rilling, and Theodore Kuchar, and was impressed to additional his research on the Conservatoire de Paris.

He’s at the moment mentored by soprano Barbara Bonney and is the recipient of a scholarship by the Rotary Membership of Salzburg.

Along with his operatic and recital performances, in 2019, he based Ensemble Teseo, which brings forgotten baroque strategies and works to the mainstream operatic and live performance levels.


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