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).
More recently, Virgilio 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 returned to Opera Queensland to perform Borsa and Rodolfo, and covered the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale for Opera Australia. In 2015 Virgilio sang Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for State Opera of South Australia and Alfredo in Die Fledermaus for Opera Queensland. He also travelled to Berlin to work with assistant conductor Klaus Sallmann from the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin.
In 2016 Virgilio’s engagements include singing Rinnuccio (Gianni Schicchi) for West Australian Opera’s Opera in the Park, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with Orchestra of the Music Makers in Singapore and singing Pinkerton and Goro (Madama Butterfly) and Almaviva (The Barber of Seville) for Opera Queensland.
Virgilio will join The TEN Tenors for the ‘Home for the Holidays’ USA 2016 tour.