Guest artist soprano Stacey Mastrian to present recital

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Soprano Stacey Mastrian and pianist Scott Crowne, faculty members from Gettysburg College, will present a recital titled "Post-Puccini Italian Vocal Music" at 5 p.m. March 28 in Esber Recital Hall on the University Park campus. Admission is free.


Il porcellino di Pino (from "Giro giro tondo") -- Virgilio Mortari

Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare la donna mia (from Quattro Sonetti da “La Vita Nova”) -- Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Er coccodrillo (from Quattro favole romanesche di Trilussa) -- Alfredo Casella

Cancheri e beccaficchi (from "Due sonetti del Berni") -- Gian Francesco Malipiero

Arbero peccerillo... (from "Quattro canti antichi napoletani") -- Giorgio Federico Ghedini

"Colombetta: Serenatella Veneziana" -- Arturo Buzzi-Peccia

Ayer soñé que veía (from "Quattro Liriche di Antonio Machado") -- Luigi Dallapiccola

Sérénade (from "Liriche su Verlaine") -- Bruno Maderna

from "Sette favole e allegorie" -- Roberto Lupi

    L’ostrica il ratto e la gatta


    La formica e il chicco di grano

"Sequenza III per voce femminile" -- Luciano Berio

"La fabbrica illuminata (per soprano e nastro magnetico)" -- Luigi Nono

Mastrian, described by the Washington Post as a “sweet, shimmering soprano,” performs repertoire that spans from the late Renaissance to the present. The 2011 season marked her debut at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, performing Luigi Nono's "Intolleranza" 1960 for a production mounted for the 50th anniversary of the premiere. During the 2009-10 season, she served as a Young Artist with Opera Lafayette, and she has performed with that company at the Terrace and Eisenhower Theaters at the Kennedy Center, Rose Hall–Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Music Centre at Strathmore and on a world-premiere recording released on the NAXOS label. In the role of Gilda ("Rigoletto") with the Summer Opera Theatre Company, the Washington Times lauded her “exquisitely etched performance, unveiling delicate, silvery tones and pinpoint accuracy.” Other operatic roles range from Amor/Damigella ("L’incoronazione di Poppea") to Sidonie, Bergère and Lucinde (Gluck's "Armide"), the Dew Fairy ("Hansel und Gretel"), and Sister Genevieve ("Suor Angelica"). Operetta experience includes Adele ("Die Fledermaus"), the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Patience" and Mabel ("The Pirates of Penzance"), which she performed 30 times in 2008 and 2010 with the Washington Savoyards to critical and popular acclaim.

Mastrian received Fulbright and Beebe scholarships for study in Italy and 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, Rosa Ponselle Foundation, Shoshana Foundation and Vocal Arts DC. As the 2013 soloist winner of the Respighi Prize Music Competition, she will make her debut with the Chamber Orchestra of New York in New York City in 2014.

She received her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Catholic University, and her master's and doctoral degrees in performance from the University of Maryland. She frequently presents lectures and recitals on her dissertation project, "Selected Vocal Works by Progressive Italian Composers of the 20th Century: The Confluence of Nationalism & Internationalism from the Eve of World War I through Post-World War II Reconstruction."

Pianist Crowne enjoys an active career in the Mid-Atlantic region as a performer, coach, teacher and conductor. He is the full-time collaborative pianist and vocal coach of the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, where he also teaches aural skills and vocal diction courses.

Crowne currently serves as principal conductor and music director of the Hub Opera Ensemble, where he conducts full productions with orchestral accompaniment in the Hagerstown, Md., area. He has worked for the Middlebury German for Singers Program, the University of Miami Festival in Salzburg, the Washington National Opera's Family Opera and Opera Institute, the voice department of Towson University, the Aspen Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center.

He received his bachelor's degree at Catholic University where he studied piano and composition. His graduate degrees are from the University of Maryland, 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 interests are in the music of Herbert Howells, British and French art song of the early 20th century, and impressionist music.

Last Updated March 18, 2014