On the Couch with Virgilio Marino

AAR Virgilio Marino - photo by Richard BarakatWho is Virgilio Marino?
Son of Italian Immigrants. I am a Husband, Father, property enthusiast and a Tenor at Opera Australia.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Definitely exercise more, go to the gym and bulk up!

Who inspires you and why?
Definitely my partner. She is always optimistic, positive and encouraging me. My daughter for such a young age has so much determination always giving me FaceTime pep talks before every performance. Tony Robbins an incredible individual inspires and helps people all over the world.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would make housing more affordable to buy, assist with providing housing for single women over a certain age who don’t have the finances. Stop bullying in schools and the work place. Ban mobile phones at all primary and high schools.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Portugal. My partners family have a holiday villa in the Algarve and it’s just so beautiful and relaxing. It’s slightly old world and all we do is swim, sunbake, eat, walk, read books and I study my roles in the most relaxing environment.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
In Brisbane, we’d take them to the Gold Coast as it’s very popular around the world and people want to see the beaches also the Sunshine Coast for Noosa, and of course The Great Barrier Reef. If in Sydney, they usually will come to the Opera House and see me in a show ha!

What are you currently reading?
Super Human by Dave Asprey – as I really want to try and live my healthiest life until 100 yrs of age. The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.

What are you currently listening to?
Andrea Bocelli’s latest album, Si – a Christmas gift from my daughter, and podcasts of Tony Robbins and The Property Couch.

Happiness is?
Family love, health, my morning coffee, good food, kindness, giving to others and a comfortable financial portfolio to make life easier.

What does the future hold for you?
The future for me is making sure my daughter is well set up in her life and spending 6 months in Europe every year for my partner and I and the rest we shall see…

Virgilio stars as Uldino in Opera Australia’s production of Verdi’s Attila – currently playing in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House until 28 March 2020. For more information, visit: www.opera.org.au for details.

Image: Virgilio Marino – photo by Richard Barakat