New Music Series at Hill-Stead: Music of the Grand Tour




August 29, 2016 (Farmington, CT) – Don’t miss this series with performances in Hill-Stead’s Drawing Room featuring pianist Marko Stuparevic, who will play the historic 1901 Steinway. Hear compositions the Pope family would have enjoyed on their (1888-1889) Grand Tour of Europe.

Tickets available at hillstead.org: $45 members, $55 for non-members

September 24 – Marko Stuparevic and Soprano Lydia McClain

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This concert features vocalist Lydia McClain with Marko Stuparevic on the piano. They will perform works by Faure, Brahms, Elgar and Sgambati, representing France, Germany, England and Italy—all the places the family visited during the Grand Tour.

International concert pianist Marko Stuparevic has appeared in over 500 concerts throughout the world and has recently achieved his Doctoral degree (DMA) at The Hartt School of Music. Mr. Mr. Stuparevic was born in Belgrade, Serbia.

A native of Pennsylvania, Lydia McClain holds a Bachelor of Music from The Hartt School of Music and a Masters in Music from Florida State University. As a concert soloist, she has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Chorale, among many others.

Refreshments will precede the concert.

October 18 – (Exclusive to TPR Society Members only) Marko Stuparevic and vocalist Maureen O’Flynn

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This concert features vocalist Maureen O’Flynn and Marko Stuparevic on piano.

Maureen O’Flynn has enjoyed a more than 28 year international career singing leading soprano roles in virtually every major opera house in the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Opera Bilbao and New York City Opera, just to name a few. She has performed under the baton of Placido Domingo and has sung over 35 operatic roles. Still an active performer in concert, recital, musical, and straight theatre, Miss O’Flynn lives in her beloved Berkshires with her husband, bass-baritone Claude Corbeil.

Refreshments will precede the concert.

November 19 – Marko Stuparevic with cellist Kayla Herrmann

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Full Performer Bios:

Marko Stuparevic has appeared in over 500 concerts throughout the United States, Israel, France, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Slovakia. He has won top honors in numerous international competitions resulting in performances with the Razgrad Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of the Army House of Serbia, and the National Symphony of Bulgaria. Recent performances include a concert at the Jewish Museum in New York City with internationally acclaimed double bassist Robert Black and the Hartt Bass Band, performances with Hartt Dance School, various solo recitals, and performances as a member of “Prometheus Duo” with saxophonist Joseph Abad. Mr. Stuparevic has achieved his Doctoral degree (DMA) at The Hartt School of Music working with internationally acclaimed pianist Dr. Paul Rutman. Mr. Stuparevic holds a Master of Music degree, also from The Hartt School, and a Bachelors Degree from University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia.

Lydia McClain is a dynamic and multifaceted American soprano whose repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary song. An advocate of new music, Lydia feels most at home rendering the music of living composers.

In the summer of 2016, Lydia premiered a new song cycle, Aphrodite, by American composer, Daniel Mertzlufft in Eastport, ME. This premiere functioned as a central part of a new platform for song and visual art entitled Musemorphosis™.

In 2015 Lydia was a fellow at the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar under the direction of Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith. She presented songs by living composers including Previn, Smith, Bolcom, Larsen, and performed in a gala featuring the music of Ricky Ian Gordon. It was at Fall Island that she solidified her passion for performing contemporary song.

She has performed Gene Koshinski’s Sky Songs with percussionist, Jianpeng Feng. Previously, she made her debut with the Hartford Opera Theater as Cathy in Jeremy Beck’s I Can Hardly Wait as a part of their New in November Festival. Other highlights include winning third prize at the MetroWest Opera Competition.

As a concert soloist, she has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Chorale, Farmington Valley Chorale, and various church choirs in central Connecticut. She has recently performed Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams), Weihnachts-Oratorium (Bach), Spatzenmesse (Mozart), Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten), Mass in G (Schubert), Messiah (Handel), Lobgesang (Mendelssohn), and Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore (Mozart).

Equally comfortable on the operatic stage, Lydia has performed the roles of Dorabella (Così fan Tutte), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Pamina (The Magic Flute), and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas).

Before discovering classical music, Lydia spent ten years as a competitive figure skater, competing across the United States. Her recent creative endeavors have expanded from music to include poetry and professional modeling. A native of Pennsylvania, Lydia holds a Bachelor of Music from The Hartt School of Music and a Masters in Music from Florida State University. She lives in Simsbury, CT, where she currently maintains a private studio and is on the faculty of the Ethel Walker School.

Maureen O’Flynn has enjoyed a more than 28 year international career singing leading soprano roles in virtually every major opera house in the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg Opera, Opera Bilbao, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, and the Maggio Musicale di Firenze.

She has garnered enthusiastic praise from critics, peers and audiences not only for her brilliant, soaring voice, but also for her dramatic interpretation. Of her Violetta in La Traviata, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe called her “a complete and compelling singing actress.”

Miss O’Flynn is regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, having performed the role with the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of Placido Domingo, the Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Covent Garden, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, San Carlo Teatro in Napoli, Genova, the New Israeli Opera, The Israel Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

In addition to Violetta and Gilda, Miss O’Flynn has sung more than 35 operatic roles including Mimi in La Boheme, Magda in La Rondine, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Maguerite in Faust, Elvira in I Puritani, Amina in La Sonnambula, and Leila in Le Pecheurs de Perles. She has sung under the batons of Riccardo Muti, James Conlon, Antonio Pappano, Leonard Slatkin, Julius Rudel, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Benini, Bertrand de Billy, Anton Coppola, and Placido Domingo. She has shared the stage with colleagues Renee Fleming, Samuel Ramey, Marcello Giordani, Marcello Alvarez, Leo Nucci, Denyce Graves, Jerry Hadley, Nicolai Ghiarov, Ramon Vargas, Fernando de la Mora, and Natalie Dessay.

Musical theatre roles include Guenevere in Camelot, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Desiree in A Little Night Music, and Jenny in Company.

Still an active performer in concert, recital, musical, and straight theatre, Miss O’Flynn lives in her beloved Berkshires with her husband, bass-baritone Claude Corbeil.

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