Trinity Laban alumnus and lyric tenor, Mario Sofroniou, is going
from success to success in European opera this year, with no less
than four major roles.
Mario graduated from Trinity Laban with a Postgraduate Diploma in Voice (Distinction) in 2009, and since then has travelled regularly to Europe to perform in a range of operas. But in the true spirit of Trinity Laban entrepreneurism, Mario is also a doctor and continues to practice as a GP in London between performances.
Last year, he performed to sell out audiences in his German debut as Orombello in Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda (for Landestheater Niederbayern), and as the Duke in Rigoletto for Stadttheater Freiburg, in a new production by acclaimed director Thomas Krupa.
"Trinity Laban's Opera Scenes gave me the foundation for several roles which were later to pay dividends when being selected for auditions in Germany" Mario said.
"The best example was when British conductor Basil Coleman, at Landestheater Niederbayern, was looking for a suitable tenor to perform the role of Orombello in the rarely staged Bellini opera, Beatrice di Tenda. It just so happened that I had it on my CV, having performed it at Trinity Laban.
"Basil was extremely surprised to find a tenor who knew the opera, and immediately offered me the role. It was the 'foot-in-the-door' I needed to access the continental opera scene."
This year, he is performing the roles of Rodolfo (La Boheme) and Ismaele (Nabucco) for the Mecklenburg State Opera, Don Jose (Carmen) for the Eutin Opera Festival, and the title role in the premier of Verdi's Stiffelio, for Stadtheater Krefeld.
Mario has just been offered principal roles in Opera de Lyon's Verdi season 2014, and has started training with Mark Lawson at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich. He also maintains his connection with Trinity Laban by giving the yearly MMus Mentor Scheme tutorial on 'Medical Problems of the Voice'.