17th edition | 2022-2023


Samuel Mariño

Samuel Mariño


A male soprano rather than a countertenor -- his voice never broke -- Samuel Mariño has an agile voice that enables him to specialize in demanding parts in Baroque and Classical-period operas and oratorios.

He studied piano and voice at the National Conservatory and ballet at the National School of Dance in his home country of Venezuela.

He sang with Camerata Barroca in Caracas and worked with conductors including conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Helmuth Rilling, and Theodore Kuchar. His love of the baroque repertoire began there and led him to study at the Conservatoire de Paris.

Mentored by Iakovos Pappas, then soprano Barbara Bonney he has already portrayed some of the major roles in baroque and classical opera oratorio including works by Monteverdi, Handel, Porpora, Vivaldi, Hasse, Mozart, and Salieri.

Following his passion for rediscovering obscure 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 stage.

His late CD Decca “Sopranista” with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel and Andrea Marcon was released in May 2022.


Photo credit : © Liza Miri