October 11, 2007
Clara O’Brien has appeared on many European opera stages. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, she will be at Oklahoma Baptist University, as part of her first performances in the United States after performing overseas for 16 years.
Along with pianist Howard Lubin, O’Brien will give a recital in OBU’s Yarborough Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m.
Among her many operatic roles are Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, Mignon in Mignon. Most recently she portrayed Musetta in La Bohéme, Helene in La Belle Helene and Adalgisa in Norma.
O’Brien was a regular soloist with the International Handel Festspiel, in such roles as Melissa in Amadigi, Carilda in Arianna in Creta, Irene in Tamerlano and Gismonda in Ottone.
Currently, she is a music class technician and an assistant professor of voice at the University of Oklahoma. She also teaches at the American Institute of Music Studies, in Graz, Austria.
After receiving degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Dana School of Music, O’Brien completed her stage training at the Curtis Institute of Music and performed at the Chicago Lyric Opera Center.
Lubin graduated from Oberlin College with degrees in German literature and piano performance. He was a recipient of the Hurlbutt Award.
He completed his graduate studies at the Juilliard School where he was awarded the Roeder Prize for outstanding pianistic achievement. He also served as a faculty member of Juilliard’s American Opera Center, coaching singers and teaching German diction.
Of his solo performances, the Washington Post wrote, “An overwhelming performance of Liszt’s Herculean B minor Sonata. Few major artists now before the public could handle the work with such technical and stylistic command.”