Acclaimed Opera singer Maximo Marcuso famed across the USA for his stunning repertoire of classical crossover songs has recently taken to TikTok to share his musical talent with a new generation performing mash ups of pop songs and opera. Maximo Marcuso is known as the "Tenor of the Americas" and performs to audiences all over the world. With Blasting News he discusses what led to his career, the highlights and how he managed with the closure of venues.

Blasting News: What inspired you to pursue a career in Music?

Maximo Marcuso: My mother was a soprano, and all her brothers were philharmonic musicians.

Together, they inspired me to find my mission to sing music of love and hope to the world.

What’s the most important thing you learned during your education at art schools?

To be always prepared and persistent. To be focused and practice to perfection. To manage mind, body voice and emotions, and how to captivate audiences through the philosophy of music and performance. “Music and singing is the art of combining sound with time arranged to please the ear and uplift the spirit.”

Have you faced any challenges in your career?

Oh, yes. I grew up during a brutal civil war in Central America. Any one of us faces challenges when we dream a big dream. When I find myself questioning my career choice, I simply look at anyone in the audience and I know that this is what I was born to do.

Music heals.

Is there a performance that stands out to you as a favourite?

When my dear mother passed, I had a performance already booked with a philharmonic orchestra. I had to sing her favourite Neapolitan song "Core n’grato." It was heart wrenching but also so beautiful to get to pay tribute to her and make her proud.

What are some highlights or proudest moments from your career?

  • When was a highliner artist in the state of Florida, especially in Miami Beach and New Jersey, where I performed with members of the Gipsy Kings, Tito Puente, with the famous group No Mercy and many others.
  • When I was also featured by Wayne Newton at the Taj-Mahal
  • When I sang for several years with the Crystal Cathedral ‘Hour of Power Philharmonic.
  • When I performed at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood California for the original and contemporary opera “La Sorgente” inspired in the poetry of Pope John Paul II.
  • When I performed with the Church Palace of Rome, Italy.

Is there a particular venue you’d like to perform in?

Yes, I would like to perform and record with the London Symphony Orchestra.

How have you managed with the closure of venues?

It’s been difficult. I found myself singing outdoors to people, but they were so far away. I miss faces. I am so glad we are figuring out this virus and able to combat it so we can all be together again.

Do you have any advice for people looking for a career in opera or the arts in general?

Follow your star. You may not end where you had planned, but the road is made especially for you! Live it. Learn to be wise and wild!

How have you used TikTok to reach new audiences?

I am really excited to be on TikTok and able to reach across differing generations! Part of my mission is to bring opera to a new generation; to expose the world that may not be able to get to an opera to this fabulous and inspiring music.

Opera means “the greatest work” and as symphonies struggle across the nation, I want to inspire people to take another look at the power of this music.