For seven years and now garnering international acclaim, tenor Donald George and pianist Lucy Mauro have been performing and conducting their master classes, workshops and other presentations. Their latest projects include a series of critically acclaimed recordings of art songs for Delos by some of the great but neglected composers of Austria and America, including Mathilde von Kralik, Margaret Ruthven Lang and Joseph Weigl, and an upcoming book for Oxford University Press, Master Singers: Advice from the Stage, which will include interviews with today’s most famous opera singers, with their opinions on vocal technique, stagecraft, performance advice and more.
With a new bright and expressive approach to the traditional recital, incorporating multimedia that includes narration and projected images, they have created concert experiences of unequaled beauty, effervescence and lightness combined with literary, musical and artistic appeal.
Their first CD, Love is Everywhere: Selected Songs of Margaret Ruthven Lang, Volume 1, was selected as “Recording of the Year 2011″ by MusicWeb International, calling it a “delightful, refreshing experience” and “the revelation of the year”. It was also selected by iTunes for their “New and Noteworthy” and by WETA in Washington as their Vocal CD Pick of the Week and was featured in the Journal of Singing in September 2011. The second volume, New Love Must Rise, released by Delos February 2012 has been hailed in Gramophone among other recognitions. Their third Delos album Komm mit mir! (Come with me!): Romantic Songs of Mathilde von Kralik was released in August 2012 and their new Songs and Arias of Joseph Weigl was released in July 2013 in conjunction with their concert at the Esterházy Festival in Austria.