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.
Ms. Pinto 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 August 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 working under Don Palumbo, Richard Buckley, Stewart Robertson, and Daniel Beckwith. Later, she worked as a rehearsal pianist and coach at Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Opera San Antonio, Opera North, and Dallas Opera, where she played for Carmen with Denyce Graves. During her time at Opera San Antonio, she played for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions, an honor she later repeated in Chicago.
In 2012, Ms. Pinto had the pleasure of coaching for Metropolitan Opera star and international soprano Deborah Voigt. As Ms. Voigt prepared the three Brünhilde roles for the Met’s new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle during the 2011-2012 season, she served as lesson and rehearsal pianist, as well as a private coach. Ms. Pinto can be seen in the documentary Wagner’s Dream: The Making of the Met’s Ring Cycle which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
Ms. Pinto’s musical travels have also taken her across the globe. In 2014, she traveled to Russia to perform with Opera Noire’s Ensemble in the American Embassy in Moscow and St. Petersburg. She has spent her last three summers in Ischia, Italy on the coaching staff at Masterclass d’Ischia, a summer program for emerging professionals studying vocal technique in an intensive environment. She has also worked as an accompanist for the 2016 Martina Arroyo Foundation Prelude to Performance program, playing for the La Bohème production.
Having returned to her home state of New Jersey, Ms. Pinto has worked as a private coach and accompanist on the faculty of Montclair State University since 2007, playing lessons, giving private coachings, and preparing students for opera productions. She has played for several NJ opera companies including New Jersey State Opera and Light Opera New Jersey. Since 2014, she has acted as the Vice President and Assistant Music Director for Opera at Florham. She also maintains an active coaching studio at her home in New Jersey and in New York City.
In 2019, she will play on the recording of a new song cycle by Michael John Trotta with baritone Kenneth Overton, which will be be recorded in January for Naxos. Ms. Pinto also joined the adjunct faculty at SUNY Purchase College in fall 2018, teaching Italian and French lyric diction, Operatic Styles, and coaching.