Soprano Stacey Mastrian returns to her native Bel Air to present a recital of songs and arias in Italian, French, German, Spanish and English, with pianist Scott Crowne. The concert will be Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m. at the St. Mary Magdalen Mission (of the St. Margaret Parish), 1716 Churchville Road, in Bel Air. The event is free, although donations are welcome.
The program's flexible format will allow audience members to choose the order in which the pieces are presented. The repertoire will include traditional classical works for voice and piano as well as songs by modern American composers. Composers represented will be Barber, Granados, Milhaud, Mozart, Oldham, Purcell, Rorem, Strauss, Vercoe, Verdi, Walker and Wolf.
Mastrian, called in a
The 2011 season marked Mastrian's debut at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, singing the Soprano Solo and covering the role of La Compagna in
In concert, Mastrian has sung with the Konzerthaus Orchestra (Berlin), Nova Amadeus Orchestra (Rome), Experimentalstudio Freiburg at the Fondazione Cini (Venice), at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal), the Conservatory "Respighi" (Latina), and St. Peter's (
Mastrian has been awarded prizes from The American Bach Society/Bethlehem Bach Choir, International Joseph Traxel Society, Maryland Opera Society, Mu Phi Epsilon, National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Italian American Foundation,
Mastrian received a B.M., summa cum laude, in vocal performance from The Catholic University of America, and she earned an M.M. in opera performance and a D.M.A. in voice performance from the University of Maryland, where she was a doctoral fellow. Mastrian teaches at American University and the
Pianist Crowne enjoys an active career in the Mid-Atlantic region as a performer, coach and teacher. He is the full-time staff accompanist and vocal coach of the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania where he is also a member of the piano faculty.
In the realm of opera, he is much in demand as a repetiteur and coach. He has worked for such institutions as the
He received his BM summa cum laude at Catholic University where he studied piano and composition. He received a teaching assistantship at the University of Maryland (DMA, MM) where he performed in numerous concerts and recitals as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, continuo artist, and orchestral pianist. He spent three years as a répétiteur with the Maryland Opera Studio, assisting with the preparation and performance of operas and opera scenes.
In addition to his love of performance, he is also an inquisitive researcher. He enjoys searching out unusual and interesting music to enrich the standard recital repertoire. His particular interest is in the music of Herbert Howells (1892-1983, on whom Crowne did his dissertation), British and French art song of the early 20th century, and impressionist music.