- Bachelor of Music, University of Missouri/Kansas City
- Master of Music, University of South Florida
Baritone Scott Wheatley, a native of Kansas, holds degrees from the University of Missouri/Kansas City Conservatory of Music and the University of South Florida. He has performed with the Kansas City Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Whitewater Opera, Bronx Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Northeast, Connecticut Grand Opera, and the Ashlawn Summer Festival companies in a variety of opera roles including Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Boheme, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gerard in Andrea Chenier and Germont in La Traviata.
Scott is equally at home on the concert stage, having performed the Requiems of both Fauré and Duruflé, Ravel’s Don Quichotte et Dulcinée, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Creation and Handel’s Messiah. Scott made his solo Lincoln Center debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore under the baton of Ivan Fisher. In addition, he was a soloist in a Lincoln Center concert production of Gluck’s Alceste starring Deborah Voigt and Vinson Cole. Career highlights include Bluebeard in a new translation of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with the Bartok Foundation in Tampa, and world premiere performances of the role of Recruit in Thea Musgrave’s a cappella opera Voices of Power and Protest with the Virtuoso Singers of New York at both the Society of Ethical Culture and the United Nations. He has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic in concerts throughout Israel and at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Zubin Mehta, the Collegiate Chorale in Verbier, Switzerland and the Bard Festival.
As a choral artist, Scott has sung internationally with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the NY Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra under the batons of renowned conductors Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Leon Botstein, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Nicholas Mcgegan, Louis Langree, Valery Gergiev and Alan Gilbert, and John Mauceri, among others. A few of his numerous other highlights include Verdi’s Requiem with the Israel Philharmonic, conducted by Riccardo Muti, Carnegie Hall performances of the premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum, the Julie Taymor directed production of Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel, Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with the NY Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert.
Scott recently relocated to Portland from New York City and is pleased to be on the faculty of the Portland Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern Maine, serves as the rehearsal accompanist for the Oratorio Chorale and is the Music Director at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland. In addition to a busy singing and teaching schedule, Scott enjoys an active career as a coach/accompanist collaborating with both singers and instrumentalists.