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An evening of voice and piano, featuring a Bel Air native

11:47 AM EST, March 7, 2012

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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 Washington Post review a "sweet, shimmering soprano" who is, according to Der Tagespiegel, "versatile and passionate", has been a Fulbright Grantee, Beebe Fellow, and Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient. Her recent performance at the Frederick Loewe Theatre in New York City was praised by The New York Times for "intensity, focus and a warm, passionate sound."

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 Luigi Nono's opera Intolleranza 1960, for the 50th anniversary of the work's premiere. For the 2009-2010 season, Mastrian was a Young Artist with Opera Lafayette, performing La Poésie in Charpentier's Les arts florissants and Coryphée plus covering Sidonie, Bergère e Lucinde in Gluck's Armide at the Kennedy Center and Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Other roles include L'Amor/Damigella in L'incoronazione di Poppea, the Dew Fairy in Hansel und Gretel, and Adele in Die Fledermaus, as well as extensive recital performances.

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 (Vatican City). She has sung from coast to coast in the U.S., including acclaimed performances in Washington D.C. as Gilda in Rigoletto and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with the Summer Opera Theatre Company and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with the Washington Savoyards. Her performances have been broadcast internationally via television and radio, as well as the Internet, and she has several recording projects in progress.

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, Rosa Ponselle Foundation, and the Vocal Arts Society.

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 Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

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 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. In 2008 he served as the assistant to Matthias Kuntzsch at BASOTI in San Francisco where he also conducted opera scenes. He is currently the music director for the Hub Opera Ensemble in Hagerstown, MD.

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.

Among his many collaborations, he has performed with such artists as Stacey Mastrian, Andrea Hill, Tony Boutté, Roosevelt Credit, and others. He has participated or served as pianist for the masterclasses for Martin Katz, Steven Blier, Delores Ziegler, and Gran Wilson. He has worked with conductors such as Matthias Kuntzsch, Christoph Hagel, Asher Fisch, Ken Slowick, and Ken Merrill. His teachers include Rita Sloan, John Greer, James Litzelman, and Wendy Dengler. Crowne is married and resides in Frederick.