“The best of several young talents on show was Mario Solimene’s Di Luna. His preference for beauty of tone over characterization made him rather less malicious – his is a voice destined for important arenas.” Martin Dreyer, The Opera Magazine
Brazilian Dramatic baritone Mario Solimene was born in Sao Paulo to an Italian family and from start was exposed to the grace of the lyric Italian tradition. His first inspiration was his mother, who bears the surname Caruso and has a beautiful Dramatic Soprano voice to match – which has always been very much appreciated by all her neighbors. Following in her footsteps Mario, then a student at the Law School at São Paulo University (from where he graduated), decided to take matters more seriously and began studying opera privately with the Brazilian singing teacher Carlos Vial in 1996. One year later he was accepted as a dramatic baritone at the São Paulo Municipal School of Music, where he continued to work under the same tutor, graduating with Distinction in 2002.
Winner of the prestigious Vitae Foundation Award for two consecutive years, he left Brazil for England and completed his training with distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma (2004) and a Master’s Degree (2005) in Performance – always under the guidance of Patrick McGuigan. At the same time developed his concert and operatic repertoire with Paul Wynne Griffiths, from Royal Opera House – Covent Garden. As a dramatic baritone, he has also performed in public masterclasses held by international opera singers – including Sir Thomas Allen, Sir John Tomlinson, Paolo Gavanelli, Ileana Cotrubas and John Fisher – and is a recipient of many singing awards, including the already mentioned Vitae Foundation Award (2003 and 2004), The Rose Goulding Scholarship (2003 and 2004), The Anne Ziegler Award (2004), The John Cameron Prize for Lieder (2004) and The William McLeod Johnstone Prize for Male Singers (2005).
A Dramatic Baritone voice with “radiant Italian colors” (Volksstimme), Mario Solimene’s range encompasses works from Verdi (Falstaff, Di Luna in Trovatore, Germont Père in Traviata) and Puccinni (Gianni Schicchi, Scarpia in Tosca, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Schaunard in La Boheme), to the title roles of Mozart operas (such as Don Giovanni and Figaro). Mario Solimene has appeared in concerts and operas throughout Europe, South America and Asia, and has performed in houses such as the Welsh National Opera (WNO), Opera North and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Since 2009 he has been a resident soloist at the Teather Magdeburg, in Germany. Recent appearances include Schaunard in La Boheme, directed by Sam West and conducted by Nicholas Collon, performed in Israel and Palestinian Territories; Albert in Werther, directed by Walter Sutcliffe and conducted by Rudolph Piehlmayer; Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, director Anette Leistenschneider and conductor Michael Balke; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Olivia Fuchs, director, Kimbo Ishii Eto, conductor; the Four Villains (Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dapertutto) in Tales of Hoffmann (in German), Christian von Götz director, again conducted by Kimbo Ishii Eto; Peter in Hänsel und Gretel, with Michael Balke (conductor) and Karen Stone (direction); and Leporello in Don Giovanni, at the Goethe Teather Bad Lauchstädt, under musical direction of Pawel Poplawsky and conception by Alfred Kirchner.
Future projects for the season 2012-2013 include Cecil in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and Holländer in a version of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.