Pina Magri

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After graduating from Smith College Magna cum Laude in Art History, and French Language and Literature, she went on to receive her degree in voice from the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome. She attended Master Classes held at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and the Opera Comique in Paris, among others. She studied privately with Eloise Finardi while she was at Smith College, and later with Maestro Ettore Campogalliani (the teacher of Renata Tebaldi, Luciano Pavarotti, and Mirella Freni) and Madame Dupleix of the Opera Comique.
After three years singing with the chorus of the Teatro Comunale and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, during which she was assigned important solo parts in works by Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss and others, her musical focus turned towards Broadway. In New York she worked with Ron Clairmont, the original pianist for The Fantastiks, and Phil Hall, the renowned Broadway vocal coach.
Ennio Morricone, Italy's (and Clint Eastwood's) leading film composer, said of her: "I have had the pleasure of working with Pina Magri several times during my career, and each time was a splendid occasion to appreciate her vocal qualities. Technically and musically of the first order... she has all the qualities needed to make her mark in the musical world."

Pina's credits as solo soprano in film scores composed by Maestro Morricone include Hamlet (directed by Franco Zeffirelli) and Il Principe del Deserto, a television film starring Omar Sharif, Elliot Gould and Carol Alt.

As lead soprano in numerous musical theater productions including The Fantastiks, Jacques Brel Is..., and Sognando Broadway (selections from My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Cats...) Emozioni, Il ritratto di Dorian Gray and several other staged productions based upon selections from the best known Broadway musicals all over Italy. She was principal understudy for the role of Aldonza ‑Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha when it was produced at the Theatre Marigny in Paris.

Her television credits include vocalist in leading musical variety shows on Italian national television, and three appearances on Jacques Martin's Tout le monde le sait, broadcast from Paris. Her voice has been featured in numerous advertising spots ranging musically from Morricone film score excerpts to the Queen of the Night's aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute. In a very different vein, she has recorded and toured with the Solisti del Madrigale Italiano in programs devoted to the music of the Italian Renaissance.

At University "La Sapienza", in Rome, Pina was awarded the Gold Medal of the Premio Internazionale "Foyer des Artistes" in recognition of her contribution to the Italian and American vocal traditions.

John Sessions - Head of the Department of Music at Smith College