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Tenor Matias Mariani returns to Wofford for concert

2007 Wofford graduate performs on Friday


Tenor Matias Mariani, who graduated from the college in 2007, will perform with Wofford Singers on Friday.

From staff reports
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Published November 29, 2012

The Wofford Singers will feature rising lyric tenor and 2007 Wofford graduate Matias Mariani on Friday as it presents Camille Saint-Saens' “Oratorio de Noel” for its annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. The performance is free.

Mariani, who was born in Argentina but grew up in the United States, is known for his “fiery” and “engaging” singing and stage presence.

He most recently performed the role of Ernesto in Donizetti's “Don Pasquale” with the Green Mountain Opera Festival and the roles of Arturo and Normanno in “Lucia di Lammermoor” with the Dayton Opera.

He has portrayed the role of Tybalt in Gounod's “Romeo et Juliette,” Don José “The Tragedy of Carmen,” Nemorino in Donizetti's “L'elisir d'amore,” Tebaldo in Bellini's “I Capuleti e I Montecchi,” Le Prince Charmant in Massenet's “Cendrillon” and Monastatos in Mozart's “The Magic Flute.”

Mariani is equally at home singing oratorio. Mariani has been soloist for Camille Saint-Saëns' “Oratorio de Noel,” Mendelssohn's “Elijah,” Handel's “Messiah,” Bach's “St. John Passion” and “Cantata 78.”

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mariani grew up in South Carolina, where he began his vocal studies with soprano Dr. Valerie MacPhail, who is on the voice faculty at Converse College. He also received a degree in Spanish from Wofford College, where he continued his musical studies through music-related projects and countless recitals thanks to the Success Initiative program and its mentors, Dr. John Akers and Dr. Jim Proctor.

After graduating from Wofford and a year of teaching Spanish, Mariani continued his vocal studies at the Boston Conservatory with Dr. Rebecca Folsom and graduated with a master's in music in opera performance.

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