Photo by Stephanie Beattie
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie, called a “smashing success” (San Francisco Examiner) and praised for her “warmth” (New York Times) and “exuberant voice and personality” (Opera News), revels in performing everything from traditional to brand-new classical repertoire, as well as engaging in ongoing collaborations with performance, visual, jazz, folk, and theater artists. Her projects this season include creating the role of Anna in the world premiere of Lembit Beecher’s opera Sophia’s Forest (http://lembitbeecher.com/treeofsound/), written for chamber orchestra (including the award-winning Aizuri Quartet) and electronically-controlled sound sculptures; championing art song written by women & performing with drag queen Cookie DiOrio on her series “The Art of the Heel” (http://fringearts.com/2017/08/17/art-heel-interview-cookie-diorio/); and developing the The Black Queen project (http://queen.black/), an historical discovery/storytelling epic featuring electronic, classical and Slovakian-folk music with composer Juraj Kojs, pianist Adam Marks, and collaborators from four countries, which premieres in Miami in the Fall of 2018.
Jennifer has been a featured soloist with organizations including The National Opera Orchestra at the Kennedy Center; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Opera Philadelphia; the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; Symphony in C; Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Brooklyn Art Song Society; the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago; Malibu’s Stotsenberg Recital Series w/ John Musto at the piano; the National Arts Club NYC; Argento Chamber Ensemble at the Park Avenue Armory; JACK Quartet; Aizuri Quartet; Argus Quartet; and the Lake George Music Festival.
As an important voice in new American music, Jennifer has collaborated with and premiered works by such composers as Tom Cipulloand as vocalist-in-residence for several seasons at the New Music on the Point Festival. Jennifer is a member of chamber music duos Albatross, with pianist Adam Marks (artists-in-residence with the Yale college composers); and So Much Hot Air, with oboe/ English horn player Zachary Pulse. She also serves as co-director of Artists at Albatross Reach, a retreat for the development of weird, wonderful new work and artistic collaborations in northern California.