Martin Oro Countertenor
Born in Buenos Aires into a family of Italian descent, the Swiss Argentinean countertenor Martin Oro experienced his first lyrical emotions singing as member of the Teatro Colón Childrens' Choir. During the same period he studied viola, which he later perfected at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Yuri Bashmet.
Ultimately concentrating his musical studies on voice performance, he graduated with honours from the Conservatoire de Neuchâtel as well as at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, in Switzerland.
He sang together withartists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Emma Kirkby or Sara Mingardo, under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mark Minkowski, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alessandro de Marchi, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Christophe Rousset, René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Martin Gester among others.
He was Ottone, Arnalta, Nutrice, Anfinomo and Pastore in “L’Orfeo” (Teatro alla Scala di Milano-Teatro Strehler Milano) “L’incoronazione di Poppea” (Opéra de Bordeaux-Teatro Massimo di Palermo-Teatro Avenida de Buenos Aires) and “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” (Zürich Opernhaus) by C.Monteverdi; Artemis in “Fedra” by Henze, Tiresia in "Antigone" by Ivan Fedele (Teatro Comunale, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – Abbiati Prize), Orpheus in “Orfeo ed Euridice” by Ch.W.Gluck (Teatro Guaira, Brasil); Cesare (Opernhaus Bern), Tolomeo (Zürich Opernhaus) and Nireno (Cité de La Musique de Paris) in Giulio Cesare, Dardano in Amadigi (Teatro Olimpico di Roma), Dydimus in “Theodora” (Opéra de Montpellier), Orlando in "Orlando" (Stadt Theater Biel), as well as Joad in "Athalia" (Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires) by Handel; Fedra in “Arianna” by B.Marcello (Stadt Theater Basel), Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by B.Britten (Opéra de Fribourg), Aristea in "L'Olimpiade" di Vivaldi (Théâtre des Champs Elysées-Teatro Regio di Torino); among others.
Mr. Oro can be heard on the following recordings: Orlando Finto Pazzo by Vivaldi (Grifone) - Opus 111; Athalia (Joad) di Händel - MDG; La Giuditta (Oloferne) and "Colpa, pentimento e Grazia" by A.Scarlatti (Pentimento) - Harmonia Mundi and Ambronay Editions; Cantate e Duetti by B.Marcello - Tactus; “La Nemica d’Amore” (Tirsi) by G.Bononcini - Zig-Zag Territoires; "L’Incoronazione di Poppea" by C.Monteverdi (Arnalta) - K617 and “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” (Anfinomo) - Arthaus Musik (DVD); “Stabat Mater” by G.Abos - Cyprès; “S.Agnese” by Pasquini, “Il trionfo” by Handel (Disinganno), “Davidis pugna e vittoria” by A.Scarlatti, “Le disgrazie d’amore” by A.Cesti - Hyperion; “Armida” by Vivaldi (Tisaferno) – Naïve; “L’Ormindo” by Cavalli - Pan Classics; “Romances” (Solo recital with luth) -Arsis, etc.
He was awarded among one of the most significant countertenors at an international level with the "Velluti" prize in Italy, and well as with the Network Kulturpreis in Switzerland.