Camerata Pacfica to Present U.S. Premiere of Male Soprano Samuel Mariño

By Logan Martell

On May 12, 2023, Camerata Pacifica will present the U.S. premiere of Venezuelan male soprano Samuel Mariño in recital.

The program will feature Bach’s cantata “Non sa che sia dolore,” and Pergolesi’s “Salve Regina in C Minor.” The ensemble will also perform John Adams’ “Shaker Loops.” Ensemble members include violinists Joseph Lin, Tricia Park, Jason Uyeyama, and Agnes Gottschewski; violists Jonathan Moerschel and Matthis Rochat; cellists Ani Aznavoorian and Raman Ramakrishanan; double bassist Timothy Eckert; flutist Matvey Demin; and harpsichordist Paolo Bordignon.

The recital will be held May 12 at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, May 14 at Museum of Ventura County, May 16 at The Huntington’s Rothenberg Hall in San Marino, and May 18 at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in Los Angeles.

Born in 1993, Mariño studied voice and piano at the National Conservatory in Caracas, as well as ballet at the National School of Dance in Venezuela. He is classified as a soprano due to his voice which is said to have only “partially broke” when he reached puberty; after considering treatment for his voice, Mariño went into singing and studied at the Paris Conservatory under soprano Barbara Bonney. He has performed with conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Helmuth Rilling, and Theodore Kuchar, in works by Monteverdi, Handel, Porpora, Vivaldi, Mozart, and more.

Mariño is also the founder of Ensemble Teseo, which aims to bring back forgotten Baroque works and technique to mainstream opera and concert stages. His most recent album, “Sopranista,” was released by Decca last year.