Mary Petro received a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University and a Master of Music from Yale University. While at DePaul, Ms. Petro performed as Mimi in La Bohéme, Alice Ford in Falstaff, and Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa’s Transformations. It was this early exposure to modern opera that lead to a successful audition for the Houston Opera Studio. As one of the youngest artists to participate in this prestigious opera training program, Mary made her Houston Grand Opera debut in the world premiere of Harvey Milk and also performed the role of The First Gossip in The Song of Majnun which was released on CD by Delos. Other 20th Century roles include Female Chorus in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia and Miriam in Lee Hoiby’s The Scarf.
A versatile and curious artist, Mary expanded her repertoire to include Iolanta in Tchiakovsky’s Iolanta,Tatyana in Eugene Onegin as well as Yum Yum in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado. Ms. Petro has been seen by New York audiences as Arminda in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, Fiametta in Von Suppe’s Boccaccio, Mimi in La Bohéme, Margarita/Helen of Troy in Mephistofele, Micaela in Carmen, Desdemona in Otello, and most recently as Georgetta in Il Tabarro. She has appeared in concert at Alice Tully Hall with the Licia Albanese Puccini foundation and recently made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Pamina in excerpts from The Magic Flute with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. For international audiences, Mary has sung Pamina for the Rome Festival Opera, Margarita in Mephistofele in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Mimi in Castres, France.
As an orchestral soloist, Ms. Petro has performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and with the Chappaqua Orchestra, as well as Barber’s setting of Andromache’s Farewell with Norwalk Symphony in CT. She has performed Handel’s Messiah throughout New York and CT as well as soprano solos in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Musica Leonis and Brahms Requiem with the New York Choral Society. Mary Petro is a winner of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, grand prize winner of the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, first place in the New Jersey State Opera Competition, second in the Washington International Competition.