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June 9, 2013
4:00 PM

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Internationally acclaimed tenor Stephen Mark Brown returns to Asheville for a solo recital accompanied by pianist David Troy Francis.  Mr. Brown sang the lead role of Cavaradossi in the Asheville Lyric Opera's April 2013 production of Tosca.

In opera, concerts and recitals, Stephen Mark Brown is emerging as one of today’s leading tenors in the French and Italian repertoires. His recent highlights include singing under the direction of Riccardo Muti for the opening night of La Scala in a new production of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide. Other engagements included the roles of Manrico in Il Trovatore with Piedmont Opera; Cavaradossi in Tosca with Orlando Opera and Cedar Rapids Opera; Don José in Carmen with Granite State Opera, and Luigi in Il Tabarro with El Paso Opera; Paolo Erisso in Rossini’s Maometto Secondo in Bilbao; Madama Butterfly with l’Opera de Montreal, Opera Memphis and Nashville Opera; the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Palm Beach Opera. Other highlights include Canio in Pagliacci with North Shore Music Festival; Rodolfo in La bohème at Minnesota Opera and Boston Lyric Opera; Rodolfo in Luisa Mille” at Palm Beach Opera; Faust at Opera de Marseille; the Duke in Rigoletto at De Vlaamse Opera and Miami; La Damnation de Faust at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and the Teatro Regio in Parma; Werther at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo; and his San Francisco Opera debut as Alfredo in La traviata.

Stephen Mark Brown first attracted national attention in 1992 as a winner of the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti Competition, following which he sang on Live from Lincoln Center in Pavarotti Plus.  He made an auspicious debut with New York City Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for which he was named debut artist of the year.  He sang the role of Fernand in the American premiere of Donizetti’s La favorite with l’Opera Français de New York, and made his highly acclaimed debut with the Canadian Opera Company as Alfredo in La traviata. He opened New York City Opera’s 1994/95 season in Madama Butterfly, with subsequent performances in La bohème and in an Emmy Award-winning production of La traviata, directed by Renata Scotto, and televised on Live from Lincoln Center. In the 1995/96 season, Mr. Brown returned to New York City Opera as Foresto in Verdi’s Attila. He made his Vancouver Opera debut in the title role of Faust, and appeared as Ruggiero in La rondine with Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

One quote from Luciano Pavarotti says all one needs to know about Stephen Mark Brown: “BRAVO!  This tenor reminds me very much of myself.” The Modern American Music Project is thrilled to present internationally acclaimed tenor Stephen Mark Brown in concert accompanied by David Troy Francis.  Selections will include songs of Samuel Barber, Ned Rorem and George Gershwin along with contemporary arrangements of American folk, theatrical and cowboy tunes for an entertaining and thrilling concert experience. Sensational soprano Simone Vigilante will make a special guest appearance for some heart pounding duets with Mr. Brown.

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Tickets: Adults $35/$25, Students & Children 18 & Under $25/$15

Area 1: Orchestra Seating - $35

Area 2: Balcony Seating - $25


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