John Massaro is the Principal Conductor for Phoenix Opera where he has led productions of La Boheme, Tosca, Aida, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Magic Flute and La Traviata. Most recently, he conducted opera Galas with world renowned opera superstars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Jonas Kaufmann.
Mr. Massaro served as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein during the creation of A Quiet Place and to Zubin Mehta for the Israel Philharmonic’s production of Madama Butterfly in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem. He worked extensively with the great German soprano, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, with whom he coached both Opera and Art Song repertoire.
Mr. Massaro made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Mozart Requiem which led to a distinguished European tour to Budapest, Krakow, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna, where he conducted several additional Mozart masterpieces in a 250th anniversary celebration of the composer’s birth.
He debuted with the Phoenix Symphony in 2002, conducting a 9/11 memorial concert, which included his own arrangement of the National Anthem. He has also served as Musical Director for the Phoenix Theater and the Black Theatre Troupe (BTT), where he received an AriZoni Award for BTT’s production of Blues in the Night.
As the first Music Director for the Arizona Broadway Theatre, Mr. Massaro conducted numerous stage productions including: Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, Damn Yankees, HMS Pinafore, The World Goes Round, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and South Pacific winning awards for his work there.
Mr. Massaro began his career in Los Angeles as a vocal coach and conductor, later moving to New York City to coach and accompany several artists from the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, he is an award winning composer and arranger.