Stephen O. De Maio
July 25, 1930 – May 28, 2020
Stephen O. DeMaio, of Fairfield, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. He was 89 years old.
Born in Newark to the late Carmelina and Rocco DeMaio, Stephen attended Barringer High School. He attended Kean College and transferred to New York University earning both Bachelor Degrees and 2 Master Degrees in Education and Music & Dramatic Arts.
Stephen worked for many years in Education, first as a teacher and then as an Administrator for the Newark Board of Education. Following his retirement, he became the Director of American English Programs at Marymount College in New York.
Stephen was currently President of the Gerda Lissner Foundation, an organization to assist young musical artists in their careers.
He was the loving brother of Marie DeMaio and the late Jennie Caputo and Generoso DeMaio, cherished uncle of Dr. Wayne Caputo and his wife Phyllis, and the late Gary Caputo, Sr., adored great uncle of Stacey Short, Gary Caputo, Jr., Carla Witkowski, Kimberly Lebeda, and Stefanie Caputo, and great great uncle of Brooklynn, Damien, Tessa, Emily, Barry, and Christopher.
Due to current restrictions a Memorial Service will be held at a later date as graveside services in Glendale Cemetery were held privately under the direction of the LaMonica Memorial Home in Livingston, NJ
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Stephen O. De Maio
June 8, 2020
Gloria Gari, the Officers and Board of the Giulio Gari Foundation mourn the passing of Stephen DeMaio, our dear friend, Co-Founder and Artistic Director.
In 1996, Gloria Gari needed help planning a memorial tribute to her husband, the famed Metropolitan Opera tenor, Giulio Gari. Gloria & Giulio's close friend and colleague, soprano Licia Albanese introduced her to Stephen De Maio who would assist her in planning a concert honoring Giulio’s legacy. That Concert at Merkin Hall in New York, began collaboration between Stephen and Gloria that brought forth the creation of the Giulio Gari Foundation and our first International Vocal Competition in 2003. This was also the beginning of a great personal friendship between Gloria and Stephen.
At our annual Gala Concert on October 25, 2019, the Giulio Gari Foundation presented the first Stephen De Maio Opera Excellence Award to the First Prize winner. With it, we honor Stephen’s decades-long contribution to the world of opera, to our Foundation and to the other Foundations he worked with and to the many young singers he mentored.
Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1930 to music loving parents, Stephen played piano and piccolo. He was educated at New York University and Fordham. In the early 1960’s he was introduced to legendary soprano Licia Albanese, and her husband Joseph Gimma. It was the beginning of a great friendship and collaboration.
In addition to teaching Master Classes at Marymount Manhattan College, Mr. DeMaio guided many of the most influential arts organizations of the past forty years. Co-founder of the Giulio Gari Foundation, he was President of the Gerda Lissner Foundation, co-founder and artistic director of the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation and an advisor and consultant to the Loren Zachary Competition and others.
We will continue to honor Stephen’s spirit in our commitment to the opera community and the emerging new voices that brought so much joy to Stephen in each new season.
We offer our sin
Nino & Judy Pantano
June 3, 2020
We were deeply saddened to learn about Steve's passing. He was a wonderful friend and a delightful host. His many accomplishments with the Gerda Lissner Foundation were legendary. His service to young and talented opera voices was invaluable. We loved Steve and find it difficult to talk about him in the past tense. Whoever is in charge of the universe did us a big favor when he put Steve in the path of our journey. He was the right road taken and he truly enriched the lives of all who knew him. Judy and I are certain that the spirit of the divine soprano Licia Albanese took him into Paradise.
Thank you, Steve De Maio and we hope you enjoy the company of such musical giants as Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Caruso, Gigli, Corelli, Titta Ruffo, Pavarotti, Pinza, Toscanini, Tebaldi, and Licia Albanese who are serenading you as the angels sing. Our great loss is surely Heaven's gain. Licia Albanese is sharing your favorite dish of Penne rigate. Yours is an exalted place in Heaven that is truly earned. Bravo Steve! Una Furtiva Lagrima! Many tears are shed but Oh Paradiso! is where you now reside in peace and beautiful harmony. Condolences to sister Marie and family.
Nino & Judy Pantano
Cammendatore Aldo Mancusi
June 2, 2020
For more than 25 years Stephen has been a friend to all of us at the Enrico Caruso Museum of America. His love for Licia Albanese and the Puccine foundation was surely appreciated by thousands of people, The many donations by Licia and the Puccine foundation will always be remembered. We hold dear to our collection all the personal items donated to the museum by Licia and the Puccine Foundation.
Thank you Steve and Licia for all your help over the years,
Commendatore Aldo Mancusi.
Pres. of the Enrico Caruso Museum
Rosemarie Meola Lindia
May 31, 2020
Mr De Maio was our music teacher at Madison Jr High in Newark NJ.
He was a wonderful kind person.
May he rest RIP.