John Mario

John Mario, the principal tour conductor for Jackie Evancho's Songs of the Silver Screen Tour, has been noted for his exemplary affinity for accompaniment of singers thoughout the Classical and Pop world. His exciting 2012-2013 conducting schedule includes appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, Dallas Pops, Baltimore Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony and also notably his Avery Fischer Hall and his Chicago Symphony Center debut.

John Mario is also a veteran Opera Conductor completing his third season as Music Director of the legendary Tri Cities Opera of the mythical city of Binghamton NY, former training grounds for Opera stars such as Richard Leech and Placido Domingo, and also the oldest Resident Artist Training Program in the USA. Besides conducting three opera productions a year, his duties encompass Resident Artist Training Program classes, workshops, and he is the host of the local NPR radio show Operalogues. SUNY Binghamton has also appointed John Mario as a Visiting Professor of Music for the Master in Music in Opera program. He is the former Artistic Director of Long Island Opera, where he led LIO's first production of its renaissance--La Traviata in June 2010. From the pit over the past decades, he has led dozens of productions in companies across the US.

In addition to his conducting duties, John Mario performs in recital and is a leading coach of the Italian opera repertoire in his New York City studio, preparing iternationally-acclaimed singers for their roles on the stages of the world. He has accompanied world renowned conductors and singers in opera rehearsal and has played in master classes for singing legends Licia Albanese and Renata Scotto. He has served as a judge for several major vocal competitions, including the Liederkranz International Opera Competition of NYC and the Belvedere International Opera Competition of Vienna. This spring, John Mario will serve as Italian Language Coach for New York City Opera's 2013 production of Mose' in Egitto.