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A Visit with Samuel Mariño

Samuel Mariño, sopranista, is bringing breathtaking artistry, joy, and style to his US premiere
Samuel Mariño, sopranista, is bringing breathtaking artistry, joy, and style to his US premiere

If you have yet to hear Samuel Mariño sing, I’m happy to have the pleasure to introduce you to this amazing artist with a distinctive voice.


And wait, just take one more minute to listen here below. I can try to describe his skill and artistry, the rarity of hearing a male soprano, some of his great style in dress and baroque ornamentation, but the part that leaves me lost for words in that extra something that can especially be heard in his rendition of “Somewhere.”

It’s also there also in the sighs of Pauline Viardot’s “Hai Luli,” or the delicate way he turns a phrase in songs by Giulio Caccini. Or in each little detail in a flurry of syllables in a Rossini aria.

Mariño just sang a few dates with Tafelmusik in Toronto, and on his way to his United States debut in California, he took a few days to see New York City and to visit some friends in Rochester, including a visit to WXXI’s studios (Thank you David and Olena, for the introduction!). In addition to his divine voice and notable style, he shares an overwhelming love of music and its possibilities and in his joy of sharing it with others.

Take some time to get to meet Samuel Mariño in our conversation to learn a bit more about his perspective and experiences with music. You might also join me in following him online to see where these adventures take him next, and in hoping that someone can bring him back to the Rochester area for more than just a social visit.

Mona Seghatoleslami is the Music Director, host and producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. She also hosts the lunchtime concert series Live From Hochstein Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., interviews musicians, produces special programs, and works on any project she can find that helps connect people and music in our community through WXXI.