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Carlos Marín, from child prodigy to prince of Cinderella

Carlos Marín, baritone and music producer, died this Sunday at age 53 , he was the only Spanish member of the Il Divo pop and opera fusion quartet, which also includes the Swiss Urs Bühler, the French Sébastien Izambard and the American David Miller.

Marín, who had been in an induced coma since December 8 at the Royal Hospital in Manchester (United Kingdom), was born in Rüsselsheim , Hesse (Germany) on October 13, 1968, although his origin and education were Spanish.

Child prodigy, at the age of eight he recorded his first album, 'Little Caruso', and performed in public in Granada. He studied piano and music theory and sang with Alfredo Kraus, Montserrat Caballé and Jaume Aragall, among others.

In 1980 he began his singing career in Spain , where he participated in various musical competitions, such as Jacinto Guerrero, Francisco Alonso and Julián Gayarre, in which he came second in 1996.

He played roles in the musicals Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, The Coming Deluge or Man of La Mancha , in which he was a substitute for the actor José Sacristán, and acted as a baritone in the operas La Traviata, El barbero de Sevilla, La Boheme, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Madame Butterfly, La Capricciosa Corretta and Marina.

Also s performed in several zarzuelas from 'Los Veranos de los Jardines de Sabatini (Madrid) ', such as La Gran Vía, La Revoltosa and La Verbena de la Paloma, and collaborated in the production of La Magia De Broadway and Peter Pan, where he was co-producer with Alberto Quintero.

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He also sang in the animated film 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (Tim Burton) and in 2000 he lent his voice to the prince in the Spanish version of 'Cinderella', by Walt Disney.

In 2004 he created Il Divo, known for bringing the hits of popular music to the lyrical field, with which he has sold more than 26 million copies of his albums worldwide, with more than 50 number one for its sales and 160 gold and platinum records in more than 33 different countries.

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