An die Musik

Jennifer Black, Soprano

Ms. Jennifer Black

"Soprano Jennifer Black is gleaming and glorious, with wonderful nuances of light and shade and complete dynamic control.” (Santa Fe New Mexican).

She has been praised for her versatility, range, grace and beauty of tone and range throughout the United States, South America, Europe and Australia.

Ms. Black's engagements for 2021 at Opera Australia include performing and participating in Ernani, The tales of Hoffmann, Attila, The Ring Cycle and Aida (Brisbane).

2019 brought her Opera Australia debut in the company's new production of Il Viaggio a Reims. Ms. Black also covered the role of Contessa di Folleville, a true role of vocal acrobatics, and was subsequently asked to cover the title role of Anna Bolena. Finding a home in this repertoire, the Opera Australia 2019/2020 season was filled with exciting new opportunities to cover the following leading ladies; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Odabella in Verdi's Attila.

Recent seasons saw her role/company debut as Lida in Sarasota Opera's much anticipated production of La battaglia di Legnano, and debut Strauss' Vier Lezte Lieder in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She held the stage as Isolde in Jean-Pierre Arnod's adaptation of Tristan et Yseult with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio. Ms. Black then participated as the soprano soloist for Mozart;'s Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall, soprano soloist in Beethoven 9 with both the Phoenix Symphony and Albany Symphony Orchestra, reprised Violetta in Sacramento Philharmonic's concert presentation of La Traviata; and sang the Countess in On Site Opera's production of la mère coupable in New York.

On the opera stage, she performed her signature role of Mimì in La Bohème in her Seattle Opera debut; both Desdemona in Otello and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Arizona Opera. Recent past performances include her role and company debut as Bea in Jake Heggie's Three Decembers for Atlanta Opera, a recital tour of three US cities and as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with Southwest Florida Symphony.

Throughout her career, Ms. Black has sung numerous times at the Metropolitan Opera, including Lisa in a new production of La sonnambula, Micaëla in Carmen, Javotte in Manon, and made appearances in La Bohème, The Makropulos Case, Suor Angelica, Jenufa and on tour to Japan in La Bohème, to name a few.

Other noted engagements include her Los Angeles Opera début as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica in a new production of Il Trittico; her Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse début as 5th Maid in Elektra followed by a return as Musetta in La Bohème and Norina in Don Pasquale; and Desdemona in Otello with the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer de Belle-Île. Ms. Black's first performance as Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Carolina "was an outstanding Violetta with the perfect blend of vocalism and acting," (Classical Voice of North Carolina) and then went on to perform the role with Nashville Opera.

With the Santa Fe Opera, she made her début as Micaëla in Carmen, and returned for her role début as Mimì in La Bohème. With the former New York City Opera, she made her company début as Musetta in La Bohème, and subsequently returned as Micaëla in Carmen, both at Lincoln Center.

In concert, Ms. Black made her début with the New York Philharmonic as Amanda in Ligeti's Le grand macabre, her Munich Philharmonic debut performing Musetta in La Bohème under the baton of Loren Maazel, her Santa Barbara Symphony debut performing Mahler's Symphony No. 2; and a return to the Castleton Festival as the soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

Louise Scott, piano

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. Ms. Scott 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 to focus more on her performing career.

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), Linda Barcan (mezzo soprano) and others. In 2013 in Canberra, she premiered new works for voice by Larry Sitsky, Houston Dunleavy, Clare Maclean and May Howlett with Jenny Duck-Chong and Lotte Latukefu (contraltos). She has also performed with Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo soprano) in Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Tasmania.

Her passion for Art Song led to the creation of An die Musik (To Music) in 2018. Its mission is the education and performance of Art Song. Following 2019 and during the pandemic of 2020, Ms. Scott was inspired to create Online Art Song Experience. Her mission in doing so is to educate and grow audiences, to foster the love of Art Song, and at the same time give artists work and a means of expression. Her desire is to reach and grow audiences around the world. Recent presentations from Online Art Song Experience include Ms. Scott performing with Adrian Tamburini (bass-baritone) and Jennifer Black (soprano).

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)