Stephanie Marshall

Sam Marcaccini, Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
The Major-domo in Vanessa

April - May, 2011

Known for his warm timbre, mellifluous voice and robust stage presence, baritone Sam Marcaccini is fast becoming one of Canada's rising talents. Born and raised on the West Coast of Canada, Sam now resides in Victoria, BC with his wife, soprano Natalie Marcaccini. Sam studied voice at the University of Victoria and then furthered his studies at The Victoria Conservatory of Music where he undertook instructional training with Selena James and Collaborative Pianist /Vocal coach Robert Holliston. Sam also recently had the privilege of studying with renowned Canadian baritone Theodore Baerg.

Sam's love of music started at an early age in his hometown of Powell River, BC; which is known for hosting the international choral festival Kathaumixw. He sang in a variety of groups and choirs throughout his childhood and participated in many music festivals. This involvement led him to further his vocal studies and pursue singing as a career. Sam later returned to Kathaumixw as a soloist for Bruckner's Utrecht Te Deum, Haydn's Missa in Angustiis, and Mozart's Requiem and Dixit Dominus.

Sam has performed as the baritone soloist for many oratorio and concert works including Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah and Dettingen Te Deum, Bach's Cantata No.12, Bruckner's Requiem and Mozart's Vespers with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Victoria Symphony, and the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Sam also enjoys singing contemporary music and had the pleasure of debuting Canadian Composer Tobin Stokes' opera, The Vinedressers, which was recorded for CBC. Sam recently participated in workshopping new scenes for Mary's Wedding by Canadian composer Andrew MacDonald and librettist Stephen Massicotte. In May 2010 Sam had the opportunity to perform the role of the Ferryman in Benjamin Britten's Curlew River with City Opera Vancouver. This production was preceded by the original Noh play on which Britten based his opera and proved to be a unique collaboration of these two art forms.

Sam was also a member of the Victoria Conservatory of Music's Opera Studio Program where he performed the title role of Gianni Schicchi. His performance was well received, especially as he was a last minute replacement for the role.

Pacific Opera Victoria gave Sam his first taste of opera, and he hasn't looked back since. He first joined the company as a chorus member during his studies at the University of Victoria. He later participated in Pacific Opera Victoria's Young Artist Program where he performed Dr. Bartolo in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Sam has also had the privilege of performing the roles of Doctor Grenvil in La Traviata (2001), Count Carnero in The Gypsy Baron, Alcindoro and Benoit in La Bohème (2002) and Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro. In 2011 Sam will be performing the role of the Major Domo in Barber's Vanessa .

Sam briefly left British Columbia and continued his studies in London, Ontario where he coached with baritone Theodore Baerg. During this time Sam attended summer programs at The Banff Centre and Opera NUOVA where he performed Frank in Street Scene and Peter in Hänsel und Gretel. During these programs Sam had the pleasure of coaching with fellow baritones John Fanning and John Avey, working with répétiteurs Stuart Hamilton and Michael McMahon, and studying acting with Brian Deedrick.

Although Sam enjoyed his time in Ontario he decided to move back to British Columbia and pursue his music career. He has been actively auditioning, performing and learning new repertoire.

Sam Marcaccini premiered the role of Norimo in the Canadian Opera The Vinedressers by Tobin Stokes the Belfry Theatre in 2002. He reprised the role when the opera was re-orchestrated for this 2005 production at the Symphony & Opera Academy of the Pacific.

March, 2011