Scott J Brunscheen’s “sweet and substantial lyric tenor” (Chicago Tribune) continues to gain recognition in a wide range of operatic and concert repertoire. Engagements during the 2016-17 season include Haydn’s L’isola disabitata with Haymarket Opera, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera, the world premiere of Stewart Copeland’s The Invention of Morel at Chicago Opera Theater, Mozart’s Die Zauberflote with Madison Opera, and performances with Madison Bach Musicians.
Other recent engagements include productions of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (singing L’Aumônier and understudying Chevalier de la Force) and Donizetti’s La Favorite both conducted by maestro Will Crutchfield at the Caramoor Bel Canto Festival. In the Fall of 2015, he sang Peter Quint & Prologue in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with Chicago Fringe Opera, several presentations of Handel’s The Messiah, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, and Bach’s Magnificat.
During previous seasons, Mr. Brunscheen has understudied and performed in Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment, Puccini’s Tosca, and Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (Madison Opera); Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher, Mose in Egitto, Giasone, and Die Zauberflote (Chicago Opera Theater); Chin’s Alice in Wonderland and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Opera Theater of St. Louis); Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia (Caramoor Bel Canto Festival); Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Dean Burry’s The Brother’s Grimm (Lyric Opera of Chicago Lyric Unlimited); Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Chicago Fringe Opera), Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola and Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Candid Concert Opera); and Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera New Jersey.
Outside of his work in opera, Scott has been the tenor soloist for Handel’s The Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion, Resphigi’s Lauda per la Nativita, Donizetti’s Miserere, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s Serenade and Canticles, Mozart’s Requiem, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Stainer’s The Crucifiction, and Dubois’ Seven Last Words.
A Roosevelt University and University of Utah graduate, he continued his training at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Caramoor Bel Canto Festival, Madison Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and Opera New Jersey.