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Virgilio Marino


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Verdi Requiem, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic
“…Australian Italian tenor Virglio Marino’s Italianate vocal production was apparent from the first note and his focused tone and ringing top contributed the dramatic impact in both solos and ensembles “.
Heather Leviston, Classic Melbourne , May 14 2017

Opera in the Park, 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, WA Opera Company/ WA Symphony Orchestra
“…Plaudits, in particular, to tenor Virgilio Marino.  Stylistically and sonically, he could not be faulted whether as soloist or in ensemble.”
Neville Cohn, The West Australian, February 6 2017

Beethoven 9, Orchestra of the Music Makers, Maior Chorus, Queensland Festival Chorus, Singapore
“…Virgilio Marino, whose angular delivery of the Turkish-style variation in the choral finale was exquisite”.
The Straits Times March 2016

Gala Concert, Christchurch City Choir & Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
“A true Italian tenor, even an Australian one, is incomparable, as Virgilio Marino proved in the long high last note of La Donna e mobile from Rigoletto.”
Jason Whittaker, The Press, May 2012

Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto, Opera Queensland
“Virgilio Marino stepped up admirably to the role, teaming the necessary swagger with a superb voice to relish his famed Act 3 aria.”
Jason Whittaker, Australian Stage Online, October 2009

Australian/Italian tenor Virgilio Marino was winner of the Tenor Award at the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, a Dame Joan Sutherland Award, and was a finalist in both the prestigious McDonald’s Opera Competition and the Australian National Eisteddfod in Canberra. 

Virgilio studied voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Mannes College of Music in New York. While in New York, his operatic performances included Fenton (Falstaff), Prunier(La Rondine), and covering Alfredo (La traviata). He has worked with voice coaches including Renata Scotto, Regina Resnik, Ruth Falcon, Tony Manoli and Joe Colaneri and completed masterclasses with Richard Miller, Jon Vickers, Fedora Barbieri and Jay Lessinger.  2003 took him to Italy for further studies in the Belcanto repertoire where he performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Milan and was a Semi-Finalist in the Concorso Riccardo Zandonai, Riva, Italy. 

Virgilio made his professional debut at Theater Regensburg in Germany, performing the roles of Il Duca di Mantua (Rigoletto) and the title role (Oberon), and covering Oronte (Alcina). 

After moving back to Australia, Virgilio joined Opera Queensland where his roles have since included Ramiro (Cinderella), Rodolfo (La bohème), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte), the Duke and Borsa (Rigoletto), Jaquino (Fidelio), Roderigo (Otello), Malcolm (Macbeth), Spoletta (Tosca), Gastone (La traviata), Monostatos and First Armed Man (The Magic Flute), Pong (Turandot), Harry (La Fanciulla del West) and Njegus (The Merry Widow).

Last year Virgilio sang Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow (Opera at Jimbour) and covered the role of Nadir in The Pearlfishers for Opera Queensland. He also sang the roles of Goro in Madama Butterfly and Camille de Rosillon for Opera Australia, Verdi Requiem for Sydney Philharmonia and performed at West Australian Opera’s Gala Concert. 

In 2018 he returns to Opera Queensland to sing Raoul de St Brioche in The Merry Widow and Ottavio in Don Giovanni, to Opera Australia to sing Camille and cover Njegus in The Merry Widow, cover Narcisco in Il turco in Italia and sing composite roles in The Nose; and also to West Australian Opera for the Voyager Estate, Margaret River, Gala.

More recently,  Virgilio sang Rinnuccio (Gianni Schicchi) for West Australian Opera’s Opera in the Park; Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for State Opera of South Australia; Pinkerton and Goro (Madama Butterfly), Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Alfredo (Die Fledermaus), Borsa and Rodolfo for Opera Queensland. He travelled to Tokyo to sing Ferrando in a new production of Cosi fan tutte presented by the International Foundation for Arts and Culture in collaboration with Opera Australia and performed Narciso in Il turco in Italia for Opera Australia in Melbourne. He also travelled to Berlin to work with assistant conductor Klaus Sallmann from the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin.

Other engagements have included Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with Orchestra of the Music Makers in Singapore, Messiah (Queensland Choir), soloist in Spirit of Christmas at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre; the role of Shepherd (Oedipus Rex) for New Zealand Festival; Rinuccio for Southern Opera New Zealand; the Myer Music Bowl Verdi concert, La fanciulla del West, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, Enescu’s Vox Maris and Verdi’s Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; the roles of Jaquino and Harry for State Opera of South Australia; Mozart’s Requiem with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Don Curzio (The Marriage of Figaro) and Gastone (La traviata) for the Brisbane Festival; Verdi’s Requiem for Sydney Philharmonia and Howard Boucher (Dead Man Walking) in Sydney.

 In 2017, Virgilio will again return to West Australian Opera for the Opera Gala Concert, Opera Queensland to sing Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow (Opera at Jimbour) and cover the role of Nadir in The Pearlfishers, and he will also be covering the roles of Goro and Camille de Rosillon for Opera Australia. 

Virgilio Marino is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2018
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