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 with Yuri Bashmet at the Tchaikovsky
Conservatory in Moscow.
Ultimately concentrating his musical studies on voice performance, he
graduated with honours from the Conservatoire de Fribourg (Teaching degree),
Conservatoire de Neuchâtel (Soloist degree) as well as at the prestigious
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Specialization), in Switzerland. Professors of
note were René Jacobs, Richard Levitt, Marie-Françoise Schuwey and Jeanne
Martín Oro is a versatile countertenor, able to handle sacred, heroic or
humorous roles with ease. Highly regarded for his warm, natural and powerful
alto voice, he sang together with famous artists such as Cecilia Bartoli,
María Bayo, Jennifer Larmore, 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, Christophe Coin, Jordi Savall, Joshua Rifkin, Helmuth Rilling,
Michel Corboz, Chiara Banchini, Martin Gester, Gabriel Garrido, Eduardo
López-Banzo, Paul Goodwin, among other personalities.
He was Orpheus in "Orfeo ed Euridice" by Ch.W.Gluck (Teatro Guaira, Brasil);
Arnalta and Anfinomo in "L’incoronazione di Poppea" (Teatro Massimo di
Palermo-Liceo de Salamanca) and "Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria" (Zürich
Opernhaus) by C.Monteverdi; 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), as well as Joad in "Athalia" (Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires)
by G.F.Händel; Fedra in "Arianna" by B.Marcello (Stadt Theater Basel),
Oberon in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" by B.Britten (Opéra de Fribourg),
Fernando in "Don Chischiotte della Mancia" (Liceo de Salamanca) by Conti,
Emone in "Antigona" by Traetta (Stadt Theater Biel), Grifone in "Orlando
Finto Pazzo" and Aristea in "Olimpiade" di Vivaldi (Théâtre des Champs
Elysées-Teatro Regio di Torino); among others.
Mr. Oro can heard in the following recordings: "Orlando Finto Pazzo" by
Vivaldi (Grifone) for 0pus 111, Athalia (Joad) by Händel for MDG, La
Giuditta (Oloferne) and "Colpa, pentimento e Grazia" (Pentimento) by
A.Scarlatti for Harmonia Mundi and Ambronay Editions, "La Nemica d’Amore"
(Tirsi) by G.Bononcini for Zig-Zag Territoires, "L’Incoronazione di Poppea"
(Arnalta) and "Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria" (Anfinomo) by C.Monteverdi for
K617 and Arthaus Musik (DVD), "Stabat Mater" di G.Abos per Cyprès, Cantatas
and duos by Benedetto Marcello for TACTUS, among others.
Martin Oro dedicates his intense musical activity to solo performances with
ensembles like "Stradivaria", "Academia Montis Regalis", "Ensemble 415",
"Matheus", and recitals with lutenist Mónica Pustilnik and pianist José
He was elected among one of the most significant countertenors at an
international level, to be awarded with the "Velluti" prize in Italy.