“She is too little known, but Ms. Contino is certainly one of the outstanding women conductors of our day – and we mention the sex …to underscore the fact because a man of her superlative gifts would surely be an international superstar today.” 

- New York columnist Byron Belt, Sunday Press

 

Fiora Contino was born into an eminent musical family. Her father, Ferruccio Corradetti, was a leading baritone at La Scala and other principal European opera houses. She studied at the Conservatoire Americain at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and was awarded the 1960 Premier Prix Hors Concours, cum laude from the Conservatoire in the field of conducting.

 

A respected educator, she has held teaching positions at Hillsdale College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College, as Director of Opera and Choral Activities at Bowling Green State University, and as principal conductor and Chairman of the Choral Department at Indiana University. Dr. Contino has led many productions for the Memphis Opera, including a performance of Puccini's Turandot with Birgit Nilsson.

 

Dr. Contino has been a regular conductor at the Temple University Music Festival in Ambler, Pennsylvania and Director of the Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival. She has also led performances with the symphony orchestras of New Orleans, Hartford, Baltimore, Memphis, San Francisco and San Antonio.