Described as a “juicy tone” by the Baltimore Sun, soprano Millicent Scarlett, who hails from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, continues to display her artistic and musical artistry on the recital, orchestral and operatic stage.
Since making her operatic debut in 2000, with Opera Illinois in her successful role as Clara in Porgy and Bess, Millicent has gone on to have a wonderful performing career. She recently sang for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and was also heard in the World Premiere of Ozone, featuring the music of Larry Alan Smith, the poetry of US Poet Laureate, Rita Dove, and the Bowen McCauley Dance troupe at the Kennedy Center. In 2010, she was the soloist at the George Washington University Commencement on the National Mall where First Lady Michelle Obama was the key-note speaker.
She appeared as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Shiloh Baptist in Washington DC along with original Three Mo’ Tenor, Roderick Dent. She was part of Margaret Atwood: Year of the Flood, World Book Tour where she was one of the soloists at Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC. She made her debut with the Alexandria Symphony, under the direction of conductor Kim Allen Kluge in Happy Birthday Alexandria, in Alexandria VA, where she performed Duke Ellington selections in their tribute to the Duke. She debuted with the NIH Philharmonic as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth, to a standing room only audience.
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. She also made her second appearance with Opera Lafayette in the role of Mozart's Donna Anna in The Genesis of Don Giovanni, The Post, said, “she added vocal grandeur to the role”. 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. She has also performed with the local opera company the In-Series and the Washington Ballet production of Moon/Dance, The Post, said, “ fine vocals, most notably Millicent Scarlett who combined grandeur with companionable warmth”. She made her Italian debut with the Orchestra Internationale di Italia in the Teatro dell’Aquilla in Fermo. Press reports of the engagement commented on her “beautiful and suggestive voice”, particularly adapted for the program of Gershwin and Bernstein songs, and on her “sublime execution of Summertime”.
Millicent is in demand as a recitalist. In 2014 only, she performed in three solo recitals around the DMV area. Upcoming performances include, performing with the Maryland Community Band in the NextNow event at The Clarice at the University of Maryland, and a concert of Gershwin, performing his songs and excerpts from Porgy and Bess. Millicent will also perform with organist, Eileen Guenther and tenor, Robert Baker in their Spirituals concert. In Dec, she performs once again with the NIH Phil where she will have the pleasure of singing Strauss' 4 Last Songs under the baton of Maestra Nancia D'Alimonte.
Millicent has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships. Most notably she was a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, and returned to perform with Maestro Pavarotti in the role of Mrs. Ford in Falstaff. She was also a winner in the Mid-Atlantic Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a National Semifinalist.
Ms. Scarlett currently resides in Maryland and is a professor, and voice area coordinator at George Washington University in DC. She is also a voice teacher at Washington Opera's Summer Institute. She gives lectures, master classes, adjudications and coachings.