The Weymouth Chamber Music Program offers this special program, limited to 80 people, featuring artists from one of the finest schools of music in the country.
Clara O’Brien is equally admired for her exquisite Mezzo timbre and flawless vocal technique as for her extraordinary acting ability. Much to the delight of her audiences she brings even the most difficult the music to life effortlessly with her broad vocal and stylistic range. O’Brien’s international career began with the awarding of the Sonderpreis des Badischen Staatstheaters, an award specifically created for her at the first International Coloratura Composition, Sylvia Geszty. She had arrived in Germany on a Fulbright Grant a few months before following studies at the Eastman School of Music, the Curtis School and a year’s residency with the Chicago Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. In 2003, an offer to teach brought O’Brien back to the U.S. and she is presently Associate Professor of Voice at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Donald Hartmann, bass-baritone, began his operatic career in 1978 at the Stadttheater Regensburg, and then with the Vereinigte Städtiches Bühnen Krefeld/Mönchengladbach in Germany. He continues to be an active performer with regional and national opera companies. Having performed in over 135 operatic productions, more than 55 operas singing 70 different roles, he is a commanding leading man who also adds dramatic flair to his character roles. As a professor of music and voice at UNCG, Hartmann brings both knowledge, developed through his international career, and talent to his role as a teacher, musician, and artist. Hartmann is in demand across the country and Weymouth is delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to see him in such an intimate setting.
Accompanying on the piano, James Douglas‘s repertoire includes such diverse genres as chamber music, vocal arts, opera, choral arts, symphonic repertoire, jazz, cabaret, and musical theater. His collaborative pianist performances include recitals, television and radio broadcasts across the United States and in Europe. Douglass has accompanied artists Dawn Upshaw, Carol Vaness, Vladimir Chernov, Norman Luboff, Paul Salamunovich, Natalie Hinderas and Leon Bates in master classes. He now serves as assistant professor of collaborative piano and auditions coordinator for applications to the Accompanying and Chamber Music degree program at UNC-G.
Weymouth Centre for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization and home to the NC Literary Hall of Fame.