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 returned to Opera Australia in 2020 where he performed Remendado (Carmen) and Uldino (Attila). He had also been engaged to perform Goro (Madama Butterfly), Lord Cecil (Roberto Devereux), Monsieur Triquet (Eugen Onegin), and to cover the title role in Faust, all also for Opera Australia. In 2021, his roles with the company will include Camille (The Merry Widow), Uldino (Attila), Cassio (Otello) and covering Spoletta (Tosca), Froh (Das Rheingold) and the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffman.
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 (Don Giovanni), 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), 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.