An die Musik

Warwick Fyfe, Baritone
Louise Scott, Piano

Mr. Warwick Fyfe

Born in Canberra, Warwick Fyfe is one of Australia's most well-loved singers; highly respected for his ability to perform difficult and challenging roles. Major roles include: Sancho Panza (Don Quichotte); Alberich (Der Ring des Nibelungen); Klingsor (Parsifal); Wolfram (Tannhäuser); Holländer (Dutchman); Scarpia (Tosca); Pizarro (Fidelio); Tonio (Pagliacci); Bluebeard; Paolo (Simon Boccanegra);Amonasro (Aida); Four Villains (Tales of Hoffmann); Falstaff; Rigoletto; Mandryka (Arabella); Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier); Dr Schön / Jack the Ripper (Lulu); Leporello (Don Giovanni); Fra Melitone (Forza del Destino); Taddeo (Italian Girl); Papageno (Magic Flute); Bartolo (Marriage of Figaro); Bartolo (Ill Barbierei di Siviglia).

A Victorian College of the Arts alumnus, he has been the recipient of many awards including a Helpmann Award, Green Room Award, and the prestigious Bayreuth Scholarship. In 2015 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study Wagnerian Vocal Technique in Germany, the US and the Uk. In November he will make his debut in the role of Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger) in Melbourne.

Warwick has a long association with Opera Australia, and also has worked with the English Touring Opera, West Australian Opera, Welsh National Opera, New Zealand Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Victorian Opera, and Victoria State Opera. He has performed in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and China. Next year he will make his debut with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet company in Helsinki.

Concert work includes performances with the Japan Philharmonic, the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Queensland Symphony, West Australian Symphony; the Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony, Warsaw Symphony, and Singapore Symphony orchestras, and The Orchestra of The Music Makers (Singapore).

Concert repertoire includes: St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Mass in B Minor (Bach); Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms); Messiah (Handel); Symphony No 8 (Mahler); Requiem (Mozart); Carmina Burana (Orff); The Bells (Rachmaninoff); Stabat Mater (Rossini); Stabat Mater (Szymanowski); Requiem (Verdi).

Ms. Louise Scott

Louise Scott is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She furthered her studies in London with Paul Hamburger and Geoffrey Parsons. She has worked with the Australian Opera, The Song Company, other regional opera companies, and chamber music groups. Before moving to the US, she made numerous tapings with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was a clinician at Master Classes, and for eight years was a visiting lecturer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

Whilst in the US, she was on the faculty of numerous universities culminating in her position as Professor of Accompaniment at DePauw University (Indiana) for four years where she created the accompanying program amongst other activities. Louise has performed extensively in Australia as well as in London, Paris, Germany, the Far East, and the US including solo and collaborative work (instrumentalists and singers). She initiated a competition for young performers in El Paso, judged piano competitions, conducted master classes and coached singers at all levels in the US. She founded the El Paso Summer Music Festival in 2005 and was instrumental in the establishment of ArtSong NSW in 2009. As part of her tenure as Artistic Director of the festival in El Paso, she gave a well received concert of Australian twentieth and twenty-first century solo piano music in 2011. The concert included a world premiere of a work by Diana Blom. In 2012, she resigned her position as Artistic Director of the El Paso Summer Festival and her position of Music Director of ArtSong NSW.

Since 2009 she has performed with Fiona Ziegler (violin), Deborah De Graaff (clarinet), Michael Lewis (baritone), Elizabeth Campbell (mezzo soprano), Warwick Fyfe (baritone), Margaret Plummer (mezzo soprano), David Corcoran (tenor), the late Amanda Thane (soprano), Nicole Youl (soprano) and others. In 2013 in Canberra, she premiered new works by Larry Sitsky, Houston Dunleavy, Clare Maclean and May Howlett with Jenny Duck-Chong and Lotte Latukefu (contraltos).

She works regularly with talented instrumentalists from Sydney Grammar School. Recent performances with Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo soprano) have been in Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Tasmania. She is Assistant Music Director for Hunters Hill Music Club.

I recently heard Louise play Schubert's Winterreise. Rarely have I been so impressed by the artistry and understanding of both text and music that Louise displayed during that performance. To be able to bring to the art of Lieder this level of musicianship is a rare gift. (Lauris Elms, OBE AM)

One cannot fail to be impressed by the extraordinary sensitivity and musicianship of Louise Scott. Combining insight through research with sympathetic accompaniment, she puts into practice music making of rare delicacy.  (Geoffrey Chard, AM)