Samuel Mariño’s natural musicality and unique vocal talent have set the stage for a career which allows him to explore a wide range of operatic roles in the baroque and classical repertoire.
Originally training as a ballet dancer at the Venezuelan National School of Dance, Samuel began his musical studies in piano and voice at the National Conservatory of Music and his first experiences performing operatic repertoire were with the Camerata Barroca in Caracas
where he worked with conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Helmuth Rilling and Theodore Kuchar. It was these collaborations that ignited his passion for the baroque repertoire and inspired him to further his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris.
Performance highlights of the 2022/23 season include concert debuts in Australia with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra conducted by Paul Dyer, in Canada with Tafelmusik and in the USA with Camerata Pacifica; he will make his UK opera debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Iris (Semele).
His previous seasons 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).
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.