Jennifer Marten-Smith

JENNIFER MARTEN-SMITH

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At age 12 Jennifer Marten-Smith was invited to study piano with Professor Gediga-Glombitza at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany.

At age 16 she made her public debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor , having previously recorded the Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto with this orchestra. Two years later she again performed with the TSO, playing Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No 4. That same year, Jennifer was the youngest graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where she was awarded a high distinction as a double major in piano performance and accompaniment.

Other concertos in her repertoire include works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnányi, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, and she has appeared as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover.

Jennifer has performed as solo pianist throughout Australia and Europe and was a member of chamber groups Trio Médard (Germany) and The Kettering Piano Quartet (Australia).In 1989 she began work as a repetiteur with the State Opera of South Australia, after which she joined the Victorian State Opera Young Artist Programme. From 1997 to 2001 she was a full-time member of the music staff at the Staatsoper Hannover, Germany, subsequently working as music staff at Opera Australia for the next 11 years, before returning to her beloved city of Hobart.

Jennifer is in demand as a soloist, accompanist, teacher, vocal coach and chamber musician.

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State Opera is saddened to learn of the passing of John Haddock overnight. A wonderful musician and composer, John’s powerhouse opera Madeline Lee was part of our inaugural Lost Operas of Oz season in 2019. A consummate artist, John performed the two-piano version of his score for the Adelaide season with Michael Ierace, under the baton of Warwick Stengårds. State Opera staff and artists honour the passing of an enormously talented man.

📷 John Haddock (centre), rehearsing with Warwick Fyfe and Robert Macfarlane. ©Soda Street Productions

📷The flight crew of Madeline Lee – State Opera South Australia season, 2019 (Robert Macfarlane, Pelham Andrews, Nicholas Cannon, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i) ©Soda Street Productions
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State Opera is saddened to learn of the passing of John Haddock overnight. A wonderful musician and composer, John’s powerhouse opera Madeline Lee was part of our inaugural Lost Operas of Oz season in 2019. A consummate artist, John performed the two-piano version of his score for the Adelaide season with Michael Ierace, under the baton of Warwick Stengårds. State Opera staff and artists honour the passing of an enormously talented man. 

📷 John Haddock (centre), rehearsing with Warwick Fyfe and Robert Macfarlane. ©Soda Street Productions

📷The flight crew of Madeline Lee – State Opera South Australia season, 2019 (Robert Macfarlane, Pelham Andrews, Nicholas Cannon, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i) ©Soda Street ProductionsImage attachment

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Such a very sad loss. His Madeline Lees was unforgettable.

Valé 🙏

A very sad news, vale.

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If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. To our Victorian counterparts, to everyone affected by the lockdown, we are thinking of you over the next five days.

For the students in Melbourne who are part of our Summer Opera Academy, it wouldn’t be the same without you, so we are postponing until we can have you all here with us. For those that have purchased tickets to any of the events, your tickets will be automatically refunded in the next 7 days.

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If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. To our Victorian counterparts, to everyone affected by the lockdown, we are thinking of you over the next five days. 

For the students in Melbourne who are part of our Summer Opera Academy, it wouldn’t be the same without you, so we are postponing until we can have you all here with us. For those that have purchased tickets to any of the events, your tickets will be automatically refunded in the next 7 days.

Image: Dominic J Walsh & Amelia Berry - The Mikado - State Opera South Australia © Soda Street Productions

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Is there meaning in the fact that the woman representing the rest of Australia is a New Zealander?

We are delighted to welcome our very first cohort to the State Opera Summer Opera Academy, commencing on February 15. We are committed to nurturing and championing emerging Australian operatic talent and are thrilled at the calibre of participants. Presenting the class of 2021. stateopera.com.au/opera-academy/

Cameron Sibly - Tenor (VIC)
Gabrielle Penney - Soprano (NSW)
Kim Worley - Tenor (SA)
Stella Hannock - Mezzo (NSW)
Kiran Rajasingam - Baritone (VIC)
Esther Counsel - Soprano (VIC)
Kristin Astouroghlian - Mezzo (VIC)
Zachary McCulloch - Tenor (VIC)
Sara Donnelly - Soprano (QLD)
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We are delighted to welcome our very first cohort to the State Opera Summer Opera Academy, commencing on February 15. We are committed to nurturing and championing emerging Australian operatic talent and are thrilled at the calibre of participants. Presenting the class of 2021. stateopera.com.au/opera-academy/

Cameron Sibly - Tenor (VIC)
Gabrielle Penney - Soprano (NSW)
Kim Worley - Tenor (SA)
Stella Hannock - Mezzo (NSW)
Kiran Rajasingam - Baritone (VIC)
Esther Counsel - Soprano (VIC)
Kristin Astouroghlian - Mezzo (VIC)
Zachary McCulloch - Tenor (VIC)
Sara Donnelly - Soprano (QLD)

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Excellent. Well done. Will there be a "graduation" concert?

Yay for Sara and Cameron! 👏👏

Oh dear - another border closure - I hope this does not affect the academy?

Congrats everyone!!

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