Musicale News: About our Artistic Directors

This season’s Musicale Series features professional young artists from across the United States in a unique performance setting: Lenfell Hall inside the mansion of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison. Each Musicale features a different array of repertoire from Opera and Musical Theater enhance by stories, history, and facts about the music. We honor our Artistic Directors Stephen De Maio and Mary Pinto, who are responsible for organizing the 2015-2016 Musicale Series.


Stephen De Maio, Artistic Director of the Musicale SeriesStephen De Maio, Artistic Director of the Musicale Series

Mr. De Maio was born in Newark NJ. His father was an avid musician and he saw to it that his son received extensive instructions in piano and choral music. He also studied music and drama at New York University, Fordham, Kean College and Seaton Hall University in New Jersey. Was Director of American English Program and Opera Master Classes for Marymount Manhattan College. Founder of The Mayo Theater and Music Workshop in New York presenting shows and concerts at Off Broadway Theaters.

Elected President of the Gerda Lissner Foundation and it was cited by Opera News as one of the most prestigious Foundations fostering the careers of young artists with very generous financial awards . He serves as Administrative and Artistic Director of the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, Artistic Adviser of The Giulio Gari Foundation, Loren L. Zachary Society for The Performing Arts, Opera At Florham NJ, Assistant to Director Musician Emergency Fund and  is on the Advisory Boards of the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera Index, American Center For Musical Arts.

Through his association with the  Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, he has brought back to opera loving audiences favored retired artists including Virgina Zeani, Leyla Gencer, Inge Borkh, Jon Vickers, Giorgio Tozzi, Evelyn Lear, Teresa Stratas, Brenda Lewis, Thomas Stewart,  Franco Corelli, Carlo Bergonzi, Alfredo Kraus, James King, Fedora Barbieri, Marta Eggerth and countless other great artists.

He continues to serve on numerous juries for world renowned international vocal competitions and has received a number of awards which include: The New York Crystal Apple for outstanding service to the New York Community and the world of music presented by Our Town newspaper, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, The Loren L. Zachary Society for The Performing Arts, The Martina Arroyo Foundation and Opera Index.


Mary Pinto, Accompanist & Artistic Director of the Musicale SeriesMary Pinto, Accompanist & Artistic Director of the Musicale Series

Mary Pinto is an acclaimed accompanist and vocal coach who has worked with international opera singers and major American opera companies for the past 25 years. During the past year, Mary has had the pleasure of coaching for Metropolitan Opera star and international soprano, Deborah Voigt. As Ms. Voigt prepared the three Brünnhilde’s for the Met’s new production of the Ring Cycle during the 2011 and 2012 season, Mary served as lesson and rehearsal pianist and private coach. Ms. Pinto can be seen in the documentary, Wagner’s Dream: The Making of the Met’s Ring which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The film has since been broadcast globally as part of the HD Broadcasts and will be shown this season on American PBS channels as part of the “Great Performances” series. Mary is a student of John Wustman, the renowned accompanist for Luciano Pavarotti. She began her professional career as a rehearsal pianist for Dayton Opera, Omaha Opera and Augusta Opera. While at Omaha Opera, Mary privately coached many singers, including a young Susan Graham. She went on to coach for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center preparing performances of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and the world premieres of Bright Sheng’s The Song of Majnun and Bruce Saylor’s Orpheus Descending. More recently, Ms. Pinto worked as a rehearsal pianist and coach at Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, where she prepared singers for Tosca, Otello and André Chénier. From 1995 to 1999, Mary was a staff rehearsal pianist for Dallas Opera, working on Carmen with Denyce Graves as well as preparing performances of Billy Budd, Kát’a Kabanová, and Aida. Following Dallas, Mary worked at Opera San Antonio, where in addition to coaching and rehearsal pianist duties, she served as the audition pianist for Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions, an honor she repeated in Chicago several years later. Since returning to her home state of New Jersey, Mary joined the faculty at Montclair State University, where she coaches for the opera departments, as well as giving private lessons. She served as rehearsal pianist and harpsichordist for 2013’s New Jersey State Opera’s production of II Barbiere di Siviglia under Jason Tramm. 2015 saw Mary coaching the winners of Gerda Lissner and Giulio Gari’s Grant awards, serving as Vice President of Opera at Florham’s Board of Trustees plus planning and accompanying their Musical events. Mary maintains a busy private coaching studio in New York City.