Mezzo-soprano Linda Barcan trained at the Conservatorium of Newcastle, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Linda received the University Medal from the University of Newcastle, and in 2015 was a finalist in the University of Newcastle's Alumni Awards.
Early in her career, Linda was the recipient of a French Government scholarship, leading to a two-year engagement with the Opéra de Lyon. After a period of intense study in Cologne, Germany, Linda returned to Australia and performed for many years with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House and the Victorian Arts Centre. Linda's affinity for 20th and 21st century opera led to appearances in Christina's World (Sydney Chamber Opera), Abelard and Heloise (Opera Hunter), Pecan Summer (Short Black Opera) and The Emperor of Atlantis (Lost & Found Opera).
Linda has performed in concert for numerous companies, festivals and art song and Lieder societies in Australia, France and South-East Asia. Orchestras she has performed with include the Sinfonia de Lyon, the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. A specialist in French vocal repertoire, Linda has frequently appeared in cultural and diplomatic circles, performing for the L'Ecole Territoriale de Musique (New Caledonia), the French Navy, the French Consulate, the French Embassy and for branches of the Alliance Française nationwide. Linda has featured on recordings for Virgin, Decca, Warner and ABC Records, and in broadcasts for ABC-TV, ABC Radio, Radio France and Radio France Outre-Mer.
A dedicated teacher, Linda has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy, the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), the Actor's College of Theatre and Television (ACTT), Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). For nine years Linda held a position as Lecturer in Voice at WAAPA, teaching into the Classical Voice, Music Theatre and Acting departments. Linda has presented at national and international conferences for the Musicological Society of Australia (MSA), the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT), the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) and the Australasian Drama Studies Association (ADSA).
Linda is currently Lecturer in Music (Voice) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where she is also completing a PhD (Music Performance) on the nineteenth-century French-Spanish mezzo-soprano and composer, Pauline Viardot.
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)