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Argentine brothers to perform at Wofford College

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Buenos Aires-born brothers Matias and Santiago Mariani, both students at Wofford College, will perform in recital at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery on campus.

The Argentine duo moved to the United States in 1996 with their parents, and thanks to their mother’s love of music, the brothers have been involved in performing since they were children. Now, Matias, 22, and Santiago, 20, are voice students of Dr. Valerie MacPhail at Converse College, who will accompany them in Friday’s recital that will include mostly classical works.

Santiago Mariani has played the role of Rolph in “The Sound of Music;” has been a part of Converse College’s Opera Scenes, playing Firmin in “The Phantom of the Opera” and Toby in “The Medium;” participated on Converse’s productions of “Gianni Schicci” and “La Boheme;” and was a part of the Spartanburg Repertory Company’s presentation of “The Marriage of Figaro.” In 2003, Santiago competed against singers from the finest schools of music in South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia in the National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS) Mid-Atlantic Regional Auditions. He won first place in the Advanced High School Men category and was named Most Outstanding High School Male Singer for his performance in the Honors Recital. Also in 2003, he the winner of the Lawson Pre-College Scholarship and the South Carolina Solo and Ensemble Scholarship for singers.

Matias Mariani also has been in numerous opera productions and has received several awards. His roles have included Gherardo in “Gianni Schicchi,” Parpignol in “La Boheme,” the Soldier in “Only a Miracle” and the Herald in “The True Story of Cinderella.” In 2002, Matias won first place in his category in the NATS Regional Audition and won the Jane Dillard Award for the Most Outstanding Male Singer. He also was a finalist for the Washington Opera Youth Program. A year later, Matias competed against singers from all over the country and was a third-place national winner at the National Association of Opera competition. He also was a second-place winner in the NATS Regional Audition in 2003, and was invited to understudy the role of Nemorino for the Operafestival di Rome. In 2004, Matias participated in the MET auditions in South Carolina and received the Encouragement Award.

Friday’s recital is free and open to the public.