John Mario, Music Director & Conductor

John Mario, Music Director & Conductor

Conductor John Mario quickly established that his approach to this music was going to be forceful; tempos were rapid, climaxes loud. His excellent ensemble responded with brilliant clarity and detail.
— The St. Petersburg Times

John Mario has been noted for his exemplary affinity for accompaniment of singers thoughout the classical and pop world. His exciting 

2012-2014 conducting schedule as principal tour conductor for Jackie Evancho’s Dream With Me and Songs of the Silver Screen tours included appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and renowned orchestras throughout the country, and also notably his Chicago Symphony Center debut. 

John Mario is a veteran opera conductor serving as Music Director of the legendary Tri-Cities Opera 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.

In addition to conducting three opera productions a year, his duties encompassed Resident Artist Training Program classes, workshops, and hosting the local NPR radio show Operalogues. SUNY Binghamton also appointed John Mario as a full-time Visiting Professor of Music for the Masters of Music in Opera program. He is the former Artistic Director of Long Island Opera (LIO), 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 as guest conductor in companies across the USA, including Sarasota Opera,Toledo Opera, Syracuse Opera and Opera Southwest.