Maurice Stern (Mauro Lampi) is an American operatic tenor and sculptor, Stern graduated from the Eastman School of Music. He made his debut at the New York City Opera as The Emperor Altuom in Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, and was singled out by Eric Salzman of The New York Times for a laudatory solo review of this very small role.
Stern’s operatic trajectory progressed from small character parts to the lyric tenor roles of Don Ottavio, Belmonte, The Duke in Rigoletto, Roméo, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, and Cavaradossi; and ultimately to portrayals of the great dramatic tenor roles, which included Otello, Radames, Canio, Don José, Calaf, Manrico, Don Alvaro, Andrea Chenier, Samson, Dick Johnson, Bacchus, Lohengrin and Tannhäuser. During his international career he also studied with Franco Corelli in New York City.
Stern performed in opera houses of the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and China. Along with critical acclaim for his singing, he received recognition for his acting and character delineation, and also, for his portrait sculpture and works on paper.
Stern now performs in a duet team with his wife, while continuing his portrait sculpture and works on paper.
Life and career
Stern’s vocal training began at 14 years of age in New York City with Eduardo Battente, a tenor graduate of the Naples Conservatory. Stern learned the roles of The Duke in Rigoletto; Nemorino in Don Pasquale and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Stern attended the High School of Music and Art, now known as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. During his years there, Stern performed regularly as a super (non-singing extra) at the Metropolitan Opera.
At 17 years of age Stern performed the leading role of Mr. Scratch (The Devil) in the High School of Music and Art's production of The Devil and Daniel Webster at the Hunter College Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse with composer Douglas Moore attending. Moore expressed his astonishment at so young a person's powerful interpretation of this role. Upon graduation from The High School of Music and Art, Stern received the Voice Award.
Stern married a fellow vocal student, Barbara Cagnazzo (an aspiring soul singer) before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany, where he continued vocal study and gave concerts at the Amerika Haus in Heidelberg, and in the clubs on base singing jazz, rock, Italian and opera songs. Upon returning to the United States he continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (New York) and became a father to his first two children, sons Robert (1952) and Stephen (1954) with his first wife, Barbara Cagnazzo Stern. Mr. Stern received the McCurdy Scholarship for Juniors. He also won the "You Can Be a Star Series" Contest sponsored by WHAM-TV in Rochester. The prize was an automobile, a screen test in Hollywood, and the opportunity to meet celebrity actors of the time, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and Betty White.
Both Stern's parents were immigrants to the United States from various countries in Europe of varied ethnicity. Stern himself mastered 5 languages in his lifetime.
New York City Opera
After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Stern returned to New York City with his family, adding a third child. daughter Heidi, who was born in Queens, New York (1960) where the family first resided. After marrying his second wife Rita Loving Stern, Maurice and his children moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, much closer to his work. Maurice became the cantor soloist in a New York City reform synagogue. Also during this period he performed in the popular Viennese and Italian restaurants of New York City that featured Opera, Operetta and Italian songs, such as the Viennese Lantern, Bianchi & Margaritas, and Asti's.
Throughout most of the 1960s Stern also performed as a tenor soloist with orchestras in many of the Catskill Hotels, including the famous Concord Hotel where the composer Sholom Secunda was the musical director and conductor. Stern performed in the Catskill Mountains and onstage in New York City in collaboration with his second wife as a duet act "Loving and Stern." In addition, Stern performed as soloist under Secunda at Madison Square Garden, accompanied by second wife Rita Loving Stern, who had then begun, as an Oberlin graduate an international career as a well respected, accomplished pianist, singer, and operatic vocal coach. Stern was a multi faceted singer talented and interested in many genres, including gospel music but it was the Opera world that accepted him immediately. Stern has said as he became more successful in the opera world his voice grew "rounder" and deeper, which at the time caused him some difficulty with opera houses as to which roles he would be able to perform. There was controversy as Stern refused to allow himself to be categorized as simply "an opera singer" or "tenor."
Stern received a scholarship from the Henry Street Settlement to study with the Metropolitan Opera soprano Rose Bampton and her husband, conductor Wilfrid Pelletier. Stern performed the role of Spoleta in an NBC production of Puccini's Tosca with Pelletier conducting. An audition for the New York City Opera, arranged by Bampton, began Stern’s operatic career.
Among the many roles he sang at New York City Opera were Porcus in Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher by Arthur Honegger; Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro and Tanchum the Madman in the world premiere of The Golem, by Abraham Ellstein. In the role of Tanchum Miles Kastendieck of the New York Journal-American noted "Maurice Stern's madman topped all the characterizations, for he acts and sings with complete conviction." Paul Henry Lang of New York Herald Tribune noted “Maurice Stern acted and sang the role of the madman with convincing force." Winthrop Sargeant of The New Yorker stated “Maurice Stern, as a ghetto madman, made outstanding contributions …with his exceptional abilities as an actor."
Stern sang the role of Giles Corey in the world premiere of The Crucible (opera) by Robert Ward at the New York City Opera, and also in its first recording. Irving Kolodin noted in The Saturday Review that "Maurice Stern was a striking Giles Corey". Stern performed regularly with the company through 1963 and later returned as guest in the roles of Robespierre in the American premieres of Danton's Death by Gottfried von Einem and The Inspector General by Werner Egk. He also appeared as the Shepherd in Oedipus Rex by Igor Stravinsky. Further roles in Douglas Moore operas that Stern performed were An Old Silver Miner in The Ballad of Baby Doe; The Lecturer at the National Gallery in the world premiere of The Wings of the Dove at the New York City Opera, and a repeat performance of Mr. Scratch in The Devil and Daniel Webster at Kansas City Lyric Theater.
Stern appeared as Capt. James Lee in the world premiere of Deseret, an opera by Leonard Kastle based on an episode in the life of the Mormon prophet Brigham Young. Both the world premiere with the Memphis Opera Theatre and later performances with the Pasedana Opera Company were conducted by Anton Coppola and directed by Leonard Kastle.
As character tenor, Stern performed the roles of The Steersman in Der Fliegende Hollander with Birgit Nilsson and Ramon Vinay at the Pittsburgh Opera, directed by Tito Capobianco; Gaston in La Traviata with Joan Sutherland at Philadelphia Lyric Opera; Remendado in Carmen with Jon Vickers at Philadelphia Lyric Opera; Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with Franco Corelli at Philadelphia Lyric Opera; and Trin in La Fanciulla del West with Franco Corelli at Philadelphia Lyric Opera with Anton Guadagno conducting. It was at this time that Maestro Guadagno suggested that Stern change his professional operatic name to "Mauro Lampi" and it was as Mauro Lampi he performed in the late 1960s throughout Europe, most notably on RAI, the national Italian televised opera series, as the lead tenor, singing in Italian, a culture, language and music he was personally drawn to at that time in his long career as a performing artist.
As Mauro Lampi, Stern performed the role of Rustighello at the debut of Montserrat Caballé in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall. When Caballé appeared again at Carnegie Hall later that year in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, Stern performed the role of Lord Cecil. Both performances at Carnegie Hall were commercially recorded.
In 1962 Stern was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Grant for Opera Singers. He began singing leading tenor roles nationally in opera houses around the United States, such as Rodolfo in La Boheme with The Syracuse Opera Company and with Arlington Opera, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Seattle Opera; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Dayton Opera and Toledo Opera; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Connecticut Opera, The Duke in Rigoletto with Hartford Opera, the title role in Faust with Connecticut Opera, and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Dayton Opera, Columbus Opera and the Opera Guild of Greater Miami.
Stern’s second career in Europe began when he was engaged as leading tenor in Städtische Bühnen Flensburg from 1969 to 1971. His second wife, Rita Loving Stern along with his three children moved with him from The Upper West Side, New York City to Flensburg, Germany. In Flensburg, Germany he sang the title roles in Lohengrin and Andrea Chenier, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Radames in Aida, The Duke in Rigoletto and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
This was followed by an engagement at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden where he sang Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Don José in Carmen, Alfredo in La Traviata, the title role in Xerxes (Serse), Barinkay in Der Zigeunerbaron, Hans in The Bartered Bride, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, The Singer in Der Rosenkavalier and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi.
During this time he made guest appearances at the Oper Frankfurt as Rodolfo in La Boheme; at Stadttheater Klagenfurt as Hans in The Bartered Bride; at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and The Duke in Rigoletto; and at Theater der Stadt Koblenz as Cavaradossi in Tosca.
Voice professor at the University of Washington
In 1973 Stern joined the Voice Faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he met his future third wife, Molly Hogan who at the time was a student at the University of Washington. He gave many solo concert performances at the University and appeared as tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Detroit Symphony under Paul Freeman, the Verdi Requiem with the Honolulu Symphony under Robert LaMarchina and in numerous concerts with the University Symphony Orchestra under Samuel Krachmalnick.
He appeared as Manrico in Il Trovatore at The Nevada Opera and in the title role of Andrea Chenier at the Houston Grand Opera, indicating that his voice was leaning toward a dramatic tenor. Pupils of Stern have performed as soloists at the opera companies of Houston, San Francisco, and Seattle, and in Europe, of Essen, Flensburg, Linz, Hamburg and Zürich.
Dramatic tenor roles
Adding on to his early career in Europe, in 1979 Stern moved back to Europe using his earlier stage name Mauro Lampi, to sing the role of Calaf in Turandot and the title role of Tannhäuser at the Landestheater Linz in Linz, Austria. The next season as Maurice Stern he became a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany (Opernhaus Düsseldorf) where he premiered the title role of Otello in a new production under the baton of Maestro Alberto Erede. He also performed the role in Theater Duisburg. The Neue Ruhr Zeitung Duisburg noted that “Maurice Stern gives OTELLO greatness and stature, in combination with excitement and expressive singability of his dark-toned tenor voice”. Otello became a staple of Stern's repertoire. He also performed it in the German theaters of Musiktheater im Revier, Theater Lübeck and Theater Augsburg.
Stern appeared in a production of Otello in Montréal. He sang "Dio, mi potevi scagliar" which resulted in L'Ôpèra de Montréal engaging Stern to sing seven performances of Otello in a televised production with Alfredo Silipigni conducting and Antoine Vitez directing.
Stern was called upon to sing Otello at The Kentucky Opera, replacing James King who withdrew because of illness. Sir Alexander Gibson conducted the performances. The critical response to Stern's portrayal of Otello was enthusiastic: “He managed Otello’s progress through jealousy to the edge of madness movingly, and his entire performance was heightened by his eager attention to every possibility for emotional nuance.”
Additional roles that Stern performed at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein were Don Alvaro in La Forza del Destino, Canio in Pagliacci, Porcus in Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher by Arthur Honegger and Alfred in Die Fledermaus under the stage direction of Otto Schenk.
Stern sang the role of Canio at the Frankfurt Opera in Germany and in Belgium at De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, which then toured the production to Ghent and Brugges. In America he portrayed Canio at the Michigan Opera Theatre opposite the Nedda of Diana Soviero, again with the Dayton Opera, National Grand Opera, Brevard Festival and in Charleston, West Virginia.
Stern's repertoire included Radames in Aida, which he performed in several productions of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin opposite Anna Tomowa-Sintow as Aida; at De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Belgium opposite Livia Budai as Amneris; followed by performances at the Norwegian National Opera, with Giancarlo del Monaco directing. Other engagements with Stern as Radames followed at the Austin Lyric Opera, Taipei National Opera; Opera/Columbus and the Miami Greater Opera Association with the Aida of Alessandra Marc.
Stern appeared as Calaf in Turandot opposite Olivia Stapp as Turandot at the Teatro de la Opera, San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1985 he sang the role of Dick Johnson in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West at Gian Carlo Menotti's Festival dei Due Mondi in Charleston, South Carolina. The opera was directed by Bruce Beresford. The production was then taken to Spoleto, Italy and the premiere was televised by Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI). He later performed the role of Dick Johnson at Opera/Columbus opposite Carol Neblett as Minnie.
Stern sang Samson in Samson et Dalila at the Utah Opera in Salt Lake City. He was later engaged by the Metropolitan Opera as a cover for Plácido Domingo for the role of Samson in the Metropolitan’s new production of Samson et Dalila.
Other roles Stern performed were Manrico in Il Trovatore at the Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Venezuela which was broadcast for television; another Manrico at the Austin Lyric Opera; Don José in Carmen in Mexico City, Querétaro and Toluca with Enrique Batiz conducting; Turrídu in Cavalleria Rusticana in Reykjavík, Iceland; Cavaradossi in Tosca in Winterthur, Switzerland and in the French cities of Perpignan and Sette; and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus in the Italian cities of Bolzano, Trieste, Bregenz, and Riva del Garda.
Sculptor and graphic artist
On the long bus tours around the country with New York City Opera, Stern started sculpting busts of fellow singers. Gradually, his repertoire expanded to include other personalities, such as the former director of New York City Opera, John Simon White, and New York City Opera conductor Felix Popper.
After returning to New York City after graduation from Eastman School of Music, before marrying his second wife Rita Loving Stern, his roommates were at one time Dustin Hoffman and Robert Duvall. Stern sculpted portraits of both of his friends. The sculpture of Hoffman was displayed at the opening of The Graduate and also featured in Life magazine. Stern sculpted continuously and prolifically throughout his career as an opera singer. He sculpted his children, wives, family and friends. His sculpting talent especially in Flensburg, Germany provided the Stern family with much needed additional income. It was first in Germany Stern's sculpting talent was noticed locally and he was commissioned to sculpt busts of quite a few children of families who appreciated sculpture, as so much art has not survived WW2.
Stern has received awards both for his portrait sculptures and his works on paper. He is a member of Audubon Artists, Allied Artists of America, The American Artists Professional League, The National Sculpture Society, and his work has been featured in “The Signature” magazine of The American Society of Portrait Artists. He has presented one-man shows at the Cornish Gallery in Seattle; in Germany at the Flensburger Stadtstheater in Flensburg and at the Atelier Moering in Wiesbaden.
Maurice Stern is the father of three children. Robert, Stephen and Heidi Stern. The three are musicians, in different musical genres. Stephen Stern has the additional talent of his father, graphic artistry, having attended The Arts Students League in New York City until 1969. Robert Stern like his father auditioned and was accepted into The High School of Music and Art in New York City. Stern's daughter Heidi Stern, studied violin and music theory at the Juilliard School of Music, in the children's orchestra before the family move to Flensburg, Germany in 1969. Heidi Stern later became better known as a singer under the name Jennifer Rush. Her 1984 single "The Power of Love" was a top-10 hit in several European countries.
In 1993 Stern became a grandfather to his one grandchild, Ariel Stern Rush, daughter of Heidi Stern.
- Salzman, Eric (October 30, 1959). "'TURANDOT' AT CENTER - Maurice Stern Bows in Role of Emperor of China". The New York Times.
- "MUSIC, ART GIVES TWO OPERAS". The New York Times. January 19, 1946.
- "NEW YORKER IN 'VOLPONE' Maurice Stern Sings Lead in Eastman School Production". New York Times. May 5, 1954.
- "MUSIC FOR A SUMMER NIGHT". Star News. Pasedena. June 4, 1960. p. 16. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- Kolodin, Irving (October 9, 1963). "Music to My Ears: A Concerto of Quality -- Joan at Stake". Saturday Review: 47. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- Sargeant, Winthrop (October 28, 1961). "Musical Events - M. Poulenc..." The New Yorker: 163. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- Kastendieck, Miles (March 24, 1962). "THE GOLEM AT CITY CENTER - New Opera A Belabored Work". The New York Journal-American.
- Lang, Paul Henry (March 23, 1962). "OPERA - 'The Golem'". The New York Herald Tribune.
- Sargeant, Winthrop (March 31, 1962). "Musical Events - Monster". The New Yorker: 132.
- Kolodin, Irving (November 11, 1961). "Music to My Ears: Ward on Miller's 'Crucible'..." The Saturday Review. p. 59.
- Balliett, Whitney (March 3, 1966). "Musical Events - Poor Danton". The New Yorker: 197.
- Parmenter, Ross (October 20, 1960). "Opera: Egk's U.S. Debut; ' The Inspector General' in Premiere at Center". The New York Times. p. 44.
- "CITY OPERA TROUPE OFFERS 'BABY DOE' - Beverly Sill Sings Title Role in Moore's Work". The New York Times. March 24, 1962.
- Sargeant, Winthrop (October 21, 1961). "Musical Events - "Triumph"". The New Yorker: 168.
- "Mauro Lampi To Sing Romeo". TRI-CITY HERALD - PASCO, KENNEWICK, RICHLAND, WASHINGTON. October 15, 1967.
The six-foot tenor sang the leading role of James in Leonard Kastle's opera "Deseret," first presented last March at Memphis Opera Theater. He will repeat the role this season for Pasadena Opera.
- Bates, Hal (February 16, 1968). "Hail 'Deseret' as Enchanting Opera". THE NEWS - Van Nuys (Calif.) 26-A-Central. Concert, Drama Guide. p. 47. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
Tenor Shows Range - Mauro Lampi, as Capt.Lee, is gifted with a rich, top tenor range.
- Steinfirst, Donald (October 1963). "Opera Season Opening is Tribute to Wagner - 'The Flying Dutchman' presents on 150th Anniversary of Composer's Birth". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Mauro Lampi was the Steersman with a limpid clear tenor in his first aria.
- Seghers, René (2008). FRANCO CORELLI Prince of Tenors. "Roméo in Philadelphia": Amadeus Press. p. 297.
- Boagno, Maria (1996). CORELLI A MAN, A VOICE. Baskerville Publishers. pp. 254–255, 262.
Chronology: 1964 Apr 14 Roméo at Juliette; 1964 Nov 10 La Fanciulla del West; 1968 Oct 31 Roméo at Juliette
- Ericson, Raymond (April 21, 1965). "Opera: A New Soprano". The New York Times.
- Schonberg, Harold (December 15, 1965). "Music: Donizetti Trove - Opera Society Unearths 'Roberto Devereux'". The New York Times.
- "33 U.S. SINGERS GET $2,500 GRANTS". The New York Times. May 9, 1962.
- Simmons, Harwood (March 11, 1965). "'La Boheme' Stage Masterfully". Syracuse Post-Standard.
- Johnson, Wayne (November 6, 1967). "'ROMEO AND JULIET' - Opera Production if First-Rate". The Seattle Times.
- Carroll, Robert (January 29, 1968). "Toledo Opera Presents Mozart's 'Don Giovani'". The Toledo Times.
- Pascone, Tere (January 11, 1963). "3,200 Youngsters At Afternoon Performance". The Hartford Times.
- Carroll, Robert (October 24, 1966). "Toledo Opera Sparkles with 'Die Fledermaus'". The Toledo Times.
Von Eisenstein himself, the villain-hero-victim, was finely cast in Mauro Lampi, whose tall figure and graceful hands conveyed just the right feeling to the role of this easily led, pleasure-seeking nobleman... his singing was excellent and his acting very convincing.
- H-e. (September 21, 1969). "Die Macht der Illusion - Immer noch beliebt: 'Lohengrin' im Flensburger Stadtheater". Flensburger Heimatzeitung.
The Lohengrin is sung by the newly engaged tenor Maurice Stern: a shining Knight with a voice of metallic sheen and acting of notable agility
- Hambuch, Dr. Wilhelm (December 22, 1969). "'Tosca' kaum wiederzuerkennen - Moderne Wiedergabe in vortrefflicher Besetzung im Flensburger Stadtheater". Flensburger Feuilleton (in German).
Maurice Stern, as the painter Cavarodossi, shows the capabilities of his notable talent. Every component of his art has its own fascination for the listener: The way his voice is "there" in every part of his range, the way he masters the typically Puccinian Melos in all its incredible difficulties -- and still, he never succumbs to the temptation to simply demonstrate his gorgeous tenor; rather, he builds his performance logically. With him, song and alluring portrayal are one: Mr. Stern fulfills all that we have long wanted from a good tenor in Flensburg.
- Ga. (November 15, 1972). "'Carmen' in Umbesetzung". Wiesbadener Kurier.
Of primary interest in this performance was the 'Don José' of Maurice Stern. He was all of the weaknesses and strength of 'José' and forms a character study of a man who is in his deepest sense betrayed and driven to insanity. He also follows this pure concept in his vocal presentation - his voice has never been more brilliant in it's lyric and dramatic effect." (Deren Faszination bestimmt hier primär der José des Maurice Stern. Er nimmt dieser Partie jegliche Charakterschwäche, alles ihr sonst angelastet Trottelhafte. Stern formt einer Charakterstudie voll männlicher Wärde, die in ihrem edelsten, reinsten Empfinden enttäuscht und zu Tode gepeinigt, zum Letzten, zur Verzweiflung getrieben wird. Diese edle Linie verfolgt auch sein nie zuvor so brillant im Lyrischen wie Dramatischen entfaltetes Stimm-material.)
- Grenius, Jochen (July 1, 1972). "Wiesbaden - hessiches Staatstheater - 'Xerxes' Premiere". Oper und Konzert.
Maurice Stern was a Xerxes full of priceless self-irony. In addition he easily won the audience with his meltingly rich high register and effortless legato. (Maurice STERN war ein Xerxes voll köstlich nonchalanter Selbstironie, dazu mit einer Stimme versehen, die durch ihre schmelzreiche Höhenlage und durch mühelose Legatobögen sehr für sich einnahm.)
- "Saftige Schramm-Saffi". Feuilleton Wiesbaden. February 21, 1972.
- Hampel, Helmut (April 4, 1973). "Wiesbaden - Hessisches Staatstheater - 'Der Rosenkavalier'- Premiere". Oper + Konzert.
- Campbell, R.M. (May 1975). "Versatile Stern". The Seattle Post Intelligencer.
- Clements, David (Spring 1978). "Il Trovatore by memory". The Daily - University of Washington.
- Holmes, Ann (March 6, 1977). "'Andrea Chenier' opera in English is sensational". Houston Chronicle.
- Rudolf, B. (1979). "LINZ - Turandot Premiere 15.11.1979". Oper+Konzert -München (in German). 17. Jahrgang.
The new tenor, Mauro Lampi, was thrilling as Calaf. This lyrico spinto tenor with his beautiful phrasing was worthy of the success awarded him at the premiere. His aria 'Nessun Dorma' was a gem." (Tenor Mauro Lampi war als Kalaf ein Erlebnis. Ein gut phrasierender jugendlicher Heldentenor, dem der Debuterfolg zustand. Seine Arie "Keiner schlafe" war ein Jewel)
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- Donat, Dr. F. W. (November 20, 1982). "Sturm auf der Bühne riß Publikum von den Sitzen - Neuauflage des 'Otello' an der Rheinoper" (Storm on the Stage rips the audience from their seats - New production of 'Otello' at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein)". Duisburg NRZ (in German). Nummer 269.
Maurice Stern, zum ertenmal in der Partie, gibt ihm Größe und Haltung, verbunden mit Temperament und sängerischer Ausdruckskraft des dunkelgefärbten Tenors
- Engelhart, Manfred (March 31, 1992). "Jago sticht Otello". Augsburger Allgemeine.
- Lardet, Jacques-Henri. "Othello: Une Tragédie domestique". Aria - Revue d'art lyrique (in French). X, numéro 3, Automne 1987: 5–6.
- Mootz, William (March 2, 1991). "In Review - Louiseville". Opera News. 55 (12).
- Mootz, William (October 15, 1990). "MUSIC REVIEW - OTELLO". The Courier-Journal.
- Theens, Ria (March 11, 1983). "Otto Schenk inszenierte 'Die Fledermaus' - Furioser Wirbel krönte den zweiten Akt". Rheinische Post/ DUISBURGER STADTPOST, DUISBURGER FEUILLTON, format Nr. 59.
- Olivier (January 2, 1984). "Le Nouvel An à l'Opéra de Flandres - 'I Pagliacci' & 'Cavalleria Rusticana'". La Semaine d'Anvers (in French).
The tenor Maurice Stern created an impressive and tragic Canio, not with shouting vocal effects but with mastery and sensitive interpretation.
- K.D.D (January 2, 1984). "OPERA VOOR VLAANDEREN - Bel-canto troef in KVO". Niewe Gids - Brussel.
Maurice Stern presented a dramatically moving and vocally exceptionally believable, truly gripping Canio.
- "Detroit - Michigan Opera Theatre". Opera Magazine UK. 37 (8). August 1986.
As Canio, Maurice Stern gave a well-crafted performance. His 'Vesti la giubba' was clear, unforced, not overwrought: He saved a great deal of energy both vocally and physically for the final, terrifyingly realised scene. It was a well-modulated, dramatically firm performance.
- "The MET Comes to Brevard Center - Met Tenor Maurice Stern to sing the lead role in I PAGLIACCI". Herald-Journal. July 6, 1989. p. 31.
- "In Review - Charleston, WV". Opera News. 57 (9). January 16, 1993.
n a memorable portrayal, tenor Maurice Stern sang Canio with depth, power and emotion that never became overwrought.
- Roos, James (March 24, 1991). "Music alone in spotlight when opera sung in concert". The Miami Herald.
- A.D.S. (September 19, 1984). "Opera voor Vlaanderen te Antwerpen met Aida - Gejuich voor muziek en gejouw voor enscenering". Gazette van Antwerpen (in Flemish). Antwerp, Belgium.
In the role of Radames we made the acquaintance of the American tenor Maurice Stern, and enjoyed his powerful voice, brilliant high tones and impressive presentation.
- Hegdal, Magne (November 20, 1984). "Stolt og sterk Aida". Dagbladet - KULTUR/DEBATT (in Norwegian).
- www.OPERA-L.org. "PERFORMANCE (1991) AUSTIN". Retrieved 26 August 2012.
- Roos, James (March 28, 1991). "MUSIC REVIEW - A rousing 'Aida'". The Miami Herald.
...alluring pognancy ..that made O, terra, addio, sung with Stern, deeply moving…. Stern, a newcomer here, …. has a robust voice with a clear, ringing tone and good range, and nowadays, tenors like that don't grow even on beanpoles wired for sound... As Stern warmed further to the music, he gained additional strength and power. The proof of Stern's quality came in the duets and ensembles, especially at the end, where he held his own with Marc.
- Sierra, Roberto (September 2, 1984). "TURANDOT". El Mundo - Dos críticas musicales (in Spanish).
- Farwell, Harold (October 1985). "In Review - Charleston". Opera News.
Maurice Stern's stoical bandit complemented this. His "Or son sei mesi" was an explanation, not an apology, with singing that was Eastwood steel, not Italian sobs.
- Jones, Robert (May 26, 1985). "Spoleto Overview". The News & Courier/The Evening Post.
Ramerrez is Maurice Stern, an imposingly tall and beefy tenor with a voice to match. The high notes ring out with force and quality. He managed to create a character that was strong, touching and believable.
- Zuck, Barabara (March 18, 1988). "Neblett shines in slightly tarnished 'Golden West'". The Columbus Dispatch.
- Stowe, Dorothy (January 4, 1992). "In Review - Salt Lake City". Opera News. 56 (8).
As Samson, Maurice Stern sang out in a big, heroic tenor with a minimum of forcing and resisted the tempatation to overact a two-dimensional character.
- "Talent coming near and far for 'Samson'". The Salt Lake Tribune. October 6, 1991.
- Buttó, Angel García (July 10, 1988). "El Trovator como le habria gustado a Verdi". El Diario de Caracas.
- Valdes Diaz, Claudia G. (September 17, 1990). "Magistral Interpretacion de la OSEM a la Opera 'Carmen', en Querétero". El Sol de Toluca (in Spanish).
- Hjálmtýsson, Hjálmtýr (May 26, 1983). "Frábær söngvari í hlutverki Turiddus (Great Singer in the Role of Turíddu)". MORGEUNBLAÐIÐ - Fimmtaudagur, (in Icelandic).
- "Eindrucksvolle 'Tosca'". Weinländer Tagblatt, Winterthur (in German). March 30, 1982.
As the painter Cavaradossi, Maurice Stern is convincing. His voice is rich and powerful and lends itself to the nature of this tragic role. (Als Maler Cavaradossi überzeugte Maurice Stern nicht weniger: volltönend und kraftvoll lieh er seinen Heldentenor dieser tragikumworbenen Gesalt.)
- Bargreen, Melinda (January 17, 1991). "A Singer-Sculptor Who's Carved Out His Niche". The Seattle Times.
- Bargreen, Melinda (January 21, 1991). "Rare opera, and delightful surprises". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
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