Samuel Marino – Sopranista (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:33 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Classical
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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.
1-1. Samuel Marino – Voi che sapete (02:43)
1-2. Samuel Marino – Che farò senza Euridice? (03:05)
1-3. Samuel Marino – Aer tranquillo e di sereni (06:41)
1-4. Samuel Marino – L’amerò, sarò costante (07:14)
1-5. Samuel Marino – Resta in pace, idolo mio (04:56)
1-6. Samuel Marino – Deh per questo istante solo (06:02)
1-7. La Cetra Barockorchester Basel – Ouverture: I. Allegro presto (03:21)
1-8. La Cetra Barockorchester Basel – Ouverture: II. Andante (01:37)
1-9. La Cetra Barockorchester Basel – Ouverture: III. Presto (02:53)
1-10. Samuel Marino – Son amour, sa constance extrême (02:36)
1-11. Samuel Marino – Enfin une foule importune… Amour deviant moi propice (03:33)
1-12. Samuel Marino – Lungi da te, mio bene (07:58)
1-13. Samuel Marino – Cara parte del mio cor (05:49)