Mezzo-soprano Marie Engle and pianist Mary Castello will perform “Songs from Far and Near” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church in Deer Isle.

Hitting the high notes: Young mezzo-soprano, pianist to perform

DEER ISLE — It’s been two years since gWatson Gallery has featured live music in Stonington. Gallery owner Ron Watson is back bringing fine musicians to town again. His gallery will present American lyric mezzo-soprano Marie Engle, who will perform “Songs from Far and Near,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church in Deer Isle.

Engle, accompanied by Canadian pianist Mary Castello, will sing songs by German, French and American composers, including selections from the American Songbook.

An Ohio native, Engle is an active recitalist and chamber musician who studied at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and The Juilliard School in New York. Her operatic work includes Donna Elvira in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (Wichita Grand Opera) and she has had various roles in the operas of Bellini, Bizet and others. She has performed in Canada, Austria, France and the United States. Before performing in Stonington, she has been an artist-in-residence at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont. She spent the past year in France, completing here French language studies, auditioning at European opera houses and performing in Paris.

Mary Castello has established herself as a sought-after freelance collaborative pianist and recital partner in Nova Scotia and beyond. She is an alumna of several international collaborative pianist-training programs for art song and opera, including Franz-Schubert-Institut (Baden Bei Wein, Austria), Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program, Opera Saratoga; Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy; Opera McGill; and Opera on the Avalon. Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, Castello holds performance degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University and McGill University. She lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church is located at 627 N. Deer Isle Road in Deer Isle. Masks are required and available at the door. To reserve seats, call 367-2900.

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