Suoni-silenzi: A Recital of Modern Italian Vocal Music

Sunday, February 16 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The Department of Music will present a guest artist recital with soprano Stacey Mastrian on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm. The event, titled "Suoni-silenzi: A Recital of Modern Italian Vocal Music," will include works for voice, piano, and electronics by Berio, Casella, Dallapiccola, DiScipio, Maderna, Nono, and Scelsi. The program will feature Berio's influential Sequenza III for female voice, employing a wide range of vocal techniques to evoke impassioned emotions; Nono's landmark protest work La fabbrica illuminata, a spectacular and gripping depiction of harsh factory conditions and their effect on human life; and the California premiere of Agostino DiScipio's (untitled 2011), a starkly captivating sonic landscape for voice, intermingling with electronics. This Mini-Festival of Modern Italian Composers marks significant anniversaries of Berio, Dallapiccola, Maderna, and Nono. 

Mastrian's residency will also include a classroom lecture on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9 am in Room 2230 in the Music Building, as well as an open dress rehearsal on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall. Mastrian will be joined by UCSB graduate students Erik Lawrence (piano) and Rodney DuPlessis as the Sound Engineer for the Sunday evening performance.

About the Artist

Stacey Mastrian, a “manifestly courageous” (Boston Globe) soprano, is a Fulbright Grantee, Beebe Fellow, and Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century works, which she has performed with the Konzerthaus Orchestra (Berlin), Nova Amadeus Orchestra (Rome), at the Fondazione Cini (Venice) with the Experimentalstudio Freiburg, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), St. Peter’s (Vatican City), and in collaboration with Nuria Schoenberg Nono at the Conservatorio di Musica Respighi (Latina). Dr. Mastrian has performed and lectured across the U.S. and in Mexico, including notable collaborations with Akros Percussion Collective, The Bay Players Experimental Music Collective, Vocal Arts DC, CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Opera Lafayette at the Kennedy Center and Rose Hall-Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times has hailed her performances of Luigi Nono’s La fabbrica illuminata for soprano and tape as “inspired” and praised her for “intensity, focus, and a warm, passionate sound.” Recordings on NAXOS, Neuma, Stradivarius, and two titles in post-production. Dr. Mastrian has been Assistant Professor of Voice at the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College and has taught at American University, Peabody Conservatory, and University of Maryland Baltimore County and College Park. She currently maintains a select private studio and gives workshops worldwide.

More information is available at staceymastrian.com.