Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie, called a “smashing success” by the San Francisco Examiner, has been praised for her “exuberant voice and personality” (Opera News) and her “warmth” (New York Times). A remarkably engaging and versatile performer, she embraces a wide range of repertoire, from Handel to Puccini to Mahler to new American music. She is also dedicated to expanding the boundaries of classical performance, and frequently collaborates with musical theater, jazz, folk, language, visual, and performance artists.
As a soloist on the concert and opera stages Ms. Beattie has appeared with The National Opera Orchestra at the Kennedy Center (Handel’s Messiah), The Philadelphia Orchestra (Holst’s Christmas Day), Opera Company of Philadelphia (Puccini Manon Lescaut), the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Grieg Peer Gynt), Symphony in C, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra (W.P. Jeremy Gill Before the WrestingTides), the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus (Haydn Paukenmesse, Bach St. Matthew Passion), Kimmel Center Organ Concerts Series, ConcertOPERA Philadelphia (Puccini Suor Angelica), Opera Philadelphia, The Eastern Festival Orchestra and Opera (Puccini La Boheme), the Moravian Chorus and Orchestra (Mozart Requiem), and the Zoellner Arts Center (Haydn Nelsonmesse).
As a passionate performer of art song and chamber music, Ms. Beattie has appeared in recital with Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, the Brooklyn Art Song Society, the National Arts Club in NYC, the Vocal Arts Society of DC (education series), Yale University, the Stotsenberg Recital Series in Malibu, the Cantabile Series in VA, the Lake George Music Festival, The Texas Music Festival, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Juilliard School, San Francisco’s Old First Concert Series, and as a chamber musician with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Argento Chamber Ensemble at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC (Mahler’s das Lied von der Erde), the JACK Quartet, XTrigger New Music Ensemble (Ted Hearne’s Katrina Ballads), the Network for New Music, and the Mimesis Ensemble. In Spring 2016 she will be featured on the Gualala Chamber Series in CA with Matt Albert, violin, and Adam Marks, piano.
An important voice in the world of American music, Ms. Beattie has premiered pieces by such pre-eminent composers as Tom Cipullo, Laura Schwendinger, Kathryn Alexander, Jeremy Gill, Michael Klingbeil, Byron au Yong, and Tom Whitman. She has been the Vocalist-in-Residence at the New Music on the Point festival in Vermont since 2011, as well as a regular artist-in-residence with the Yale College composers along with her duo partner, pianist Adam Marks, since 2009. Ms. Beattie and Mr. Marks are also co-curators of the Artists at Albatross Reach artists’ colony in Gualala, California, which provides a laboratory for new music and cross-arts collaborations and development. Ms. Beattie also serves as Managing Artistic Director for the Artsong Repertory Theater Company (ARTCy), which uses art songs both old and new to create novel theatrical shows and experiences. Her collaborative history includes Lisa Kaplan (pianist, 8th blackbird/ composer), John Musto (composer/ pianist), J.J. Penna (pianist), the American Modern Ensemble, 5th House Ensemble, Conrad Freiburg (visual artist/ folk musician) Jon Irabagon (jazz musician & composer), Juraj Kojs (composer & performance artist) and ICE.