Millicent Scarlett, Soprano

Canadian soprano Millicent Scarlett hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Brandon University in Canada. While at Brandon she received the silver medal, rarely awarded for the highest GPA in the Applied Music Performance degree. From there she attended University of Maryland College Park, where she received her Master of Music in Opera. She also holds a certificate of study from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

On the operatic stage, Ms. Scarlett made her professional debut in the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess with Opera Illinois under the baton of Feora Contina. She also has performed the roles of: Melide in L'Ormindo by Cavalli, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Godelieva in the North American premiere of Dounaudy's La Fiamminga, and several roles in an opera created for the University of Maryland Opera Studio. Fatal Song, written by Kathleen Cahill, conducted by Paulette Haupt and directed by Leon Major, was debuted by the opera studio in November 1996. In this opera she played the roles of The Countess, Violetta, Desdemona, Poppea and Manon Lescaut. Ms. She has performed the one-woman opera, The Italian Lesson, by Lee Hoiby. As a Winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, she performed the role of Mrs. Ford in Falstaff along with Mo. Pavarotti and Mo. Leone Maggira.

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Porgy and Bess

In 2008, Ms. Scarlett debuted in the world premiere of Free to Sing: The First African- American Opera Company, where she sang the role of Inez from the operetta The Doctor of Alcantara with the Post-Classical Ensemble under the baton of Angel Gil-Ordonez, and directed by Scot Reece. It was commissioned by Strathmore Music Hall. The Baltimore Sun gave the performance rave reviews, saying, "Millicent Scarlett romped through the role Inez, with a juicy tone." She also made her second appearance with Opera Lafayette in the role of Mozart's Donna Anna in The Genesis of Don Giovanni, her first appearance was singing the role of Electra in the opera Idomeneo. Ms. Scarlett also performed at the Corcoran Museum of Art with the Contemporary Music Forum.

Most recently she made her debut with the NIH Philharmonia under the baton of Nancia D'Alimonte in her first Beethoven Ninth. She is looking forward to another performance with them later on in the year. Millicent also had the oppurtunity to work with the In Series and the Wasinghton Ballet in the wonderful and moving production of Moon/Dance at the Atlas Performing Center in Washington DC in the Fall of 2007.

She is preparing a new recital for November 2008 that will be performed as part of the Asbury Concert Series. Millicent also hopes to begin work on her first professional self-titled CD in the Fall of 2008.

Ms. Scarlett has extensive professional experience both in concert and on stage. As the winner of the Western Canada's Young Artist Tour competition, she embarked on a 13-city tour of the western provinces. Since then, Ms. Scarlett has performed with the National Symphony, The Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia Philharmonic Choir in Kitchener-Waterloo, Fairfax Choral Society, The Washington Chorus, York Symphony, University Of Maryland Wind Ensemble, University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Youth Orchestra. She has been soprano soloist in works such as Mozart's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, Haydn's Creation, Handel's Israel in Egypt, and Lord Nelson's Mass.

She has worked with Douglas Mears, Leon Major, Robert Shafer, Ingemar Ohlsson, Roberto de Clara, William Hudson, Howard Dyck, Joan Dornemann, Lucy Arner, John Wakefield, and Ryan Brown, to name a few. Additionally, Ms. Scarlett has performed in such venues as The Arts and Letter's Club in Toronto, Canada and Washington DC, The National Cathedral, Japanese Embassy, Canadian Embassy, Beacon Dacour House, Glenn Gould Studio, and Teatro d'Aquila. One of her most interesting performances occurred at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, where she was a part of the live broadcast of the 2000 Outback Bowl half-time show.

She has won numerous awards and scholarships. Some of note are: Winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Competition, Winner of the Mid-Atlantic Region Metropolitan Opera Competition, National Semi-finalist of the Metropolitan Opera Competition, 2nd place Mid-Atlantic region winner, and numerous study and encouragement awards.

Ms. Scarlett currently resides in Maryland and is a professor at George Washington University in DC. She is part of an actively performing voice faculty and gives lectures, master classes, adjudications and coachings.

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