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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 to 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 and 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.


Continuing his long-standing relationship with Opera Australia, this year Virgilio will perform the roles of the Abbé (Adriana Lecouvreur), Goro (Madama Butterfly) for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, and Borsa (Rigoletto). He will also undertake the major role covers of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) and Froh (Das Rheingold).


Over the past 2 seasons Virgilio has also been engaged by Opera Australia to perform the roles of Pong (Turandot), Cassio (Otello), Goro, Uldino (Attila), Camille (The Merry Widow), and Remendado (Carmen).


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), following which he relocated back to Australia, joining Opera Queensland where his roles have since included Don Ottavio, Ramiro (Cinderella), Rodolfo (La bohème), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte), the Duke (Rigoletto) and Borsa, 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), Njegus (The Merry Widow), Pinkerton and Goro (Madama Butterfly), Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Alfredo (Die Fledermaus).


Other engagements have included Pang (Turandot), Goro, Johansson (Ghost Sonata), Andres (Wozzeck), Borsa (Rigoletto), First Jew (Salome), Narciso (Il turco in Italia), Camille (The Merry Widow), as well as composite principal roles in The Nose for Opera Australia; Rinnuccio (Gianni Schicchi) for West Australian Opera and for Southern Opera New Zealand; Jaquino (Fidelio), Harry (La Fanciulla del West), and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for State Opera of South Australia; and Howard Boucher (Dead Man Walking) in Sydney. He also 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.


On the concert platform Virgilio has been heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with Orchestra of the Music Makers in Singapore, Messiah (Queensland Choir), Spirit of Christmas at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre; as Shepherd (Oedipus Rex) for New Zealand Festival; the Myer Music Bowl Verdi concert, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, Enescu’s Vox Maris and Verdi’s Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs); Mozart’s Requiem with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Don Curzio (The Marriage of Figaro) and Gastone (La traviata) for the Brisbane Festival, and also in West Australian Opera’s Voyager Estate, Margaret River Gala and Opera in the Quarry.


Virgilio Marino is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2023
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