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Millicent Scarlett


Described as a “juicy tone” by the Baltimore Sun, Canadian soprano Millicent Scarlett continues to display her artistic and musical artistry on the recital, orchestral and operatic stage. Since making her operatic debut in the role of Clara, in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, she has gone on to a very promising career as an in-demand vocalist.

In the 2018-2019 season, Scarlett will be heard in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the NIH Philharmonia, under the baton of Maestra Nancia D’Alimonte. She recently presented two concerts “Who’ll be a Witness” with Dr. Eileen Guenther, Mark Reppert and the Siskiyou Singers in Ashland, OR. Scarlett was also heard in “A Gershwin Celebration” with the Amadeus Concert Series in McLean, VA. Ms. Scarlett is part of a new musical theatre show 19: A Musical About Winning The Right to Vote, based on the 19th ammendment, in which she plays the roles of Ida B. Wells and Emmeline Pankhurst, where she is described as “earthy and powerful.” 19 made its World Premiere in the Fall of 2017 in a series of public workshops in Alexandria, VA. Since its debut, she has participated in a number of other public readings with more performances slated for 2018-2019.

During the 2016-2017 season, Scarlett was the guest soloist at the Washington National Cathedral’s Veterans Day concert , where she performed with “The President’s Own” Marine Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Lt. Col. Jason Fettig. Prior to that engagement, she was the featured soloist in the National Cathedral’s “God’s Gonna Trouble the Waters” concert, celebrating the opening of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NAAHC).The 2015-2016 season included Scarlett performing Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs with NIH Philharmonia under the baton of Maestra Nancia D’Alimonte.

Other credits include, the World Premiere of Free to Sing: The First African American Opera Company, in 2008, 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; the entire project was commissioned by The Music Center at Strathmore. She appeared with Opera Lafayette in the role of Donna Anna in The Genesis of Don Giovanni. The Washington Post said, “she added grandeur to the role”. Ms. Scarlett was also a soloist with the In Series and the Washington Ballet in their joint production of Moon/Dance. Washington Post said, “fine vocals, most notably Millicent Scarlett, who combined grandeur with companionable warmth”. With her “sublime and beautifully suggestive voice” Scarlett has been a recipient of many awards and scholarships. Most notably she was a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition, as well as a winner in the Mid-Atlantic Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a National Semifinalist.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/23/2018: Messiah Sing-Along

Be part of Washington’s most popular free holiday event, the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. Back by popular demand, the evening concert features conductor Nancia D’Alimonte as she leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece. A family and community tradition since 1971!

Handel's Messiah - Novello Edition will be available for purchase at the Kennedy Center starting a week before the performance. 

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

This performance will not be live streamed or archived!

Dec 23 - Millicent Scarlett