Giovanni Longo is an established music director, pianist, and vocal coach frequently praised for his “great sensitivity and musicality,” “orchestral pianistic color,” and “taut rhythmic control” (Opera News, New York City). A tri-lingual Italian native of Montreal, Canada he is well-known for his Italian and French linguistic coaching work in NYC and New Jersey and his musical specialization in the Bel Canto and Verismo styles. He has served as Assistant Music Director/Vocal Coach at Sarasota Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Dicapo Opera Theater, Indianapolis Opera, Amore Opera, Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy, Narnia Vocal Arts Academy in Narni, Italy, Opera Lucca in Lucca, Italy, and he currently music directs for New York Lyric Opera Theatre, with whom he has been giving multiple performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NYC over the past five years. Giovanni has directed productions of Tosca (Puccini), La Bohème (Puccini), Cendrillon (Massenet), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) Il Trittico (Puccini), La Cenerentola (Rossini), and assistant directed La Fanciulla del West (Puccini), Carmen (Bizet), Der Fliegende Holländer (Wagner), Il Trovatore (Verdi), Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni), Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), The Crucible (Ward), amongst many others.
Giovanni holds a B.A. and M.A. in Piano Performance from McGill University. His teachers included distinguished Canadian pianists Richard Raymond, Michael McMahon and Sara Laimon. Giovanni is currently on staff at the Manhattan School of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Jersey City University and Rider University where he serves as vocal coach and accompanist.