Stephen Mark Brown, Tenor
Internationally acclaimed American tenor, Stephen Mark Brown, developed his vocal technique and zest for acting under the famous operatic duo Nicola Rossi Lemeni and Virginia Zeani. Never content with the status quo in opera, he has constantly pushed the bounds of repertoire and dramatic effect with his roles. The expert technique gained from his illustrious teachers, combined with his natural physical ease, has given him the opportunity to undertake a wide repertoire and catch the eye of the most important conductors, directors, and famous opera singers of the world.
He has sung in many of the most important operatic venues across the United States, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina, as well as the major theaters throughout Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, Greece and Turkey. From the beginning of his career he has been highly visible in his collaborations with the late Luciano Pavarotti on Pavarotti Plus, Emmy winning performances on “Live from Lincoln Center” from New York City Opera, live broadcasts in Europe of Manon Lescaut with Karita Mattila, and the opening of the season at Milan’s La Scala with Maestro Riccardo Muti.
Some of Mr. Brown's performances!
David Troy Francis
Two time Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem says of Mr. Francis: He plays the right note with the right tone at the right time. (what more can you ask of any performer?) And with this, he adds that indefinable element of himself, which is the magic of all true interpreters.
Mr. Francis has enjoyed a 50+ year career of musical excellence and performs in recital throughout America and Europe. He has eight cds available including the world premiere recording of Mr. Rorem's Eight Etudes for Piano on the cd entitled The Americans. The Los Angeles Times raves of Mr. Francis’ playing: consistently absorbing whether in lyrical repose or propulsive fury. Two of his best-selling CDs include his unique and compelling arrangements of American Hymns.
He is the recording pianist for such films as Pursuit of Happyness, Elegy and the re-make of Fame. He has composed music for film and television.
Mr. Francis is the creator, composer, musical director and executive producer of the runaway smash hit musical BARK! - the 3rd longest running production in Los Angeles theatrical history. The wildly successful show has been mounted by theatres from Brazil to Alaska. BARK! has been selected critics’ choice by the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune and has received over 30 critic’s pick or rave reviews. BARK! played at the largest arts festival in the world in August 2018 as part of the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. The show has enabled non profit animal organizations to raise over a half a million dollars for their charities.
David Troy Francis was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and is best known for his steadfast championing and performance of contemporary American music. Now living in Roswell, Georgia, he is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as a respected composer, arranger and accompanist.