Biographies

Donald George

Donald George has performed at La Scala, the Paris Opera Bastille and Théâtre du Châtelet, Royal Opera of Brussels, Kennedy Center, the State Operas of Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna, and the Festivals of Salzburg, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Perth(Australia) and Blossom USA. He has sung with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur,Yehudi Menuhin, Jeffry Tate, Vladimir Jurowski, Simone Young and recorded Elijah, Verdi Requiem, Rossini’s Aurelieano in Palmira and Le Nozzedi Teti e Peleo (the world premiere recording), Die Schöne Müllerin among others. He has recorded for Sony, Naxos, Phillips Classic, Teldec, and Bavarian Radio, among others. He has worked with prominent stage directors such as John Dew, Harry Kupfer, Mario Martone, Yannis Kokkos, William Kenntridge and others.

Reviews of Donald George speak of his “pleasing tenor sound, vocally reliable in all challenges” (Verdi Requiem-Metropolitan Opera News), “A success for La Scala all possess a superb technique, and are consummate actors…including Donald George” (Peter Grimes-Corriere della Sera), Donald George provides Candide with a supple, beautiful toned lyricism-His Lament is one of the highlights of the performance (Candide-MünchnerMerkur – Munich, Germany). 2010 concerts for Donald George include a New Year’s Concert with the Nuremberg Philharmonic, a tour of Carmina Burana with the Symphony Heilbrunn and Liederabend in the US and Germany.

Donald George has been a guest of the Schloß Laubach Opera Summer Festival in Germany, for young professional singers wishing to start a career in Germany, the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany, TOPOpera in Austria, and at colleges and universities throughout the US. He is an Associate Professor of Vocal Music at the Crane School of Music- State University of New York, Potsdam and an Honored Professor at Shenyang Conservatory in China and Guest Artist in Residence at West
Virginia University. Mr. George has also taught at the Bavarian Theater Academy Hochschule für Theater und Musik in Munich.

Donald George studied at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA where he received his Bachelor of Music degree studying with Ralph Roberts and then attended Louisiana State University for his Master’s degree. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of Southeastern Louisiana University and was named their 2010 Alumnus of the Year.

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Lucy Mauro

Lucy Mauro’s performances include those for the Colorado Music Festival Chamber Music Series, Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, Music at Ogontz in New Hampshire, Washington and Lee University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Washington County Fine Arts Museum in Maryland, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the reunion of the French Piano Institute, and the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C. She has recorded for Capstone Records and is also the co-editor of Essential Two-Piano Repertoire, Essential Keyboard Trios, and Essential Keyboard Duets, vols. 4 and 5 from Alfred Publishing.

Ms. Mauro is a frequent adjudicator for competitions and festivals and has presented master classes and workshops for regional, national and international music organizations, including a residency at Shenyang Conservatory in China in 2010. Her new summer program in Germany, with Donald George, the WVU Bavarian Summer Voice and Piano Collaborative Workshop, began in 2011 to assist young artists ready to embark on careers in opera and accompanying. She is the recipient of several grants, most recently the WVU Senate Research Grant in 2009 and 2011.

She is also the co-author of several articles with Donald George, including those for American Music Teacher, Classical Singer, the Society of American Music Bulletin, Die Tonkunst, and the NOA Opera Journal.

Ms. Mauro is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University from which she received Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees and where she studied with Ann Schein and Julio Esteban.

She is currently an Associate Professor of Music at West Virginia University.