American Soprano Leah Crowne is known for her powerful voice with a “metallic edge and rich color” (Forum Opéra[Blog], Béziers, France), “house-shaking power,” (The Rutland Herald, Middlebury, Vermont), and “impressive stage presence” (The Coloradan, Ft. Collins, Colorado). She delivers “fine artistry with legato, Italianate vocalism and musical precision” (Maestro Michel Plasson), as well as a “good mix of strength and vulnerability inher characterizations” (Director Anthony Pilavachi).
Ms. Crowne will perform the role of Elsa in Lohengrin the spring of 2021 and Isolde in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde with RAM Opera in New Jersey. Past operatic engagements span across the United States as well as Europe and include Puccini’s Turandot (Opera Bergen, Norway; Opera Company of Middlebury, Vermont; Opera Ft. Collins, Colorado; Opera Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, The Mediterranean Opera Studio; Caltagirone, Italy), Beethoven's Fidelio (Susquehanna Symphony, Maryland; New York Opera Forum, NYC), Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal (The Metropolitan Opera Guild), Strauss's Salome (Opera Fort Collins, Colorado); Tosca (Sarasota Opera, Florida); Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlos (Sarasota Opera, Florida); Ariadne in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (Hub Opera Ensemble, Maryland; Bay Area Opera Theater, San Francisco), Chrysothemis in Strauss' Elektra (New York Opera Forum), Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Contessa in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (Hub Opera Ensemble, Maryland; Towson University, Maryland).
Also known for her pedagogical work, she has taught masterclasses across Europe and the US. She has a large studio of talented opera and music theaters from across the United States and has been professor of music at Gettysburg College and Mount Saint Mary's University.
Stacey Mastrian, a “manifestly courageous” (Boston Globe) and “very impressive” (Berliner Zeitung)
Italian-American soprano, has sung at venues such as the Konzerthaus (Berlin), the Kennedy Center (DC),
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal), Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (NY), St. Peter’s
(Vatican City), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), and in more than half of the U.S. states. and Mexico. Dr.
Mastrian has been a Fulbright grantee and Beebe fellow to Italy, and she specializes in Italian repertoire
from Monteverdi through Verdi to Maderna and beyond. Her collaboration with pianist Scott Crowne
on their CD of 20 th -century Italian art songs, Sonetti e favole (Sonnets and Fables—Stradivarius Records,
Milan), has been lauded as “a perfect amalgam” (GB Opera Magazine). Awards have included the
Respighi Prize (Chamber Orchestra of NY), Pavarotti Scholarship (National Italian American Foundation),
and Gold Career Grant (Shoshana Foundation). Dr. Mastrian taught Italian diction and repertoire for six
years at Peabody Conservatory as well as at American University, University of Maryland, and as
Assistant Professor of Voice/Opera at Gettysburg College’s Sunderman Conservatory of Music. She
maintains a select private studio online and gives voice, diction, and embodied anatomy workshops
worldwide. For more information please visit and www.mastrianstudio.com.