“Manifestly courageous” (Boston Globe) and “inspired” (New York Times) soprano Stacey Mastrian is a Fulbright Grantee, Beebe Fellow, and Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient. Her repertoire extends from Monteverdi through Mozart and Strauss to the present, with specializations in art song, 20th- and 21st-century vocal works, and works that highlight social issues and innovation. She is highly sought-after as performer of works by Luigi Nono and his Italian predecessors and contemporaries, as well as by John Cage, Morton Feldman, and American composers influenced by them.
Stacey Mastrian has performed with the Konzerthaus Orchestra at the Konzerthaus and at the Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin), at the Teatro La Fenice (Venice) for the 50th anniversary production of Nono’s Intolleranza 1960 under the baton of Lothar Zagrosek, with the Opera in Roma Baroque Orchestra, Nova Amadeus Orchestra, and Rome Symphony Orchestra (Rome), at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal), St. Peter’s (Vatican City), Fondazione Cini with the Experimentalstudio Freiburg and Palazzo Pisani (Venice), and in collaboration with Nuria Schoenberg Nono at the Conservatorio di Musica Respighi (Latina) and in Venice. She has performed in Morelia and Puebla, Mexico and has made acclaimed appearances across the U.S., notably with CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, as Gilda in Rigoletto with the Summer Opera Theatre Company, as Mabel for thirty productions of The Pirates of Penzance with the Washington Savoyards, with multiple experimental artistic collectives (including as a core member of The Bay Players Experimental Music Collective and a founding member of Unbound Arts), and with Vocal Arts DC. As a Young Artist with Opera Lafayette, she has performed Charpentier and Gluck at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and she made her debut with the Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall as winner of The Respighi Prize.
The New York Times has praised her for “intensity, focus, and a warm, passionate sound,” and her singing has been hailed by the Berliner Zeitung as “very impressive…tremendous ease and beauty.” Dr. Mastrian has appeared in broadcasts on Georgian National Radio, EWTN, FRANCE2, KBFG, KCIS, KING FM, KPBX, NPR, RAI3, WETA, WMMT, and WPIC. Composers with whom she has collaborated include Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Mike Boyd, Thomas DeLio, Martin Gendelman, Mark Hilliard Wilson, Kyle Johnson, Stephen Lilly, Raimundo Pereira Martinez, Lawrence Moss, Tomek Regulski, Christopher Shultis, Roberto Terelle, Kristian Twombly, Stefano Vasselli, and Steve Wanna; she has worked with visionary choreographers Elisa Foshay and Tzveta Kassabova. Her recordings of works by Thomas DeLio appear on three titles on the Neuma label and with Opera Lafayette on NAXOS, and her first solo release, Sonnets and Fables — Post-Puccini: Part I, has just been released on the Stradivarius label. She has two titles in post-production, including a project supported by a 2016 Jack Straw Artist Award.
Dr. Mastrian has received awards 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. She has been honored with scholarship support to attend the SongFest professional program and a Max Kade scholarship for the German for Singers program at Middlebury College, and she recently tied for Second Place from The American Prize in Vocal Performance (Women in Art Song and Oratorio), 2017-18—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award.
Her principal studies were with Elizabeth Daniels and Martha Randall (both of whom studied with Todd Duncan). She also has trained with Jack Livigni and other bel canto teachers and recently has been working with Erich Parce. She carries on the new music traditions that she learned through coaching with Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Michiko Hirayama, Judith Kellock, Ruth Lakeway, Joan Logue, Susanne Otto, Liliana Poli, André Richard, Lucy Shelton, and Alvise Vidolin.
Frequently the catalyst behind large collaborative events, Dr. Mastrian (mastrianstudio.com) has given dozens of lectures and recitals in more than half of the states in the U.S. as well as in British Columbia. Dr. Mastrian has partnered with the Seattle Voice Academy, and she been Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Voice at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College and has taught at American University, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and University of Maryland College Park.