A Kansas native, the young bass Scott Conner has been lauded by critics and audiences as a major talent on the rise. Mr. Conner’s warm, flexible voice and elegant stature brings proficiency in a wide range of repertoire, including Mozart, Rossini, Handel, and Donizetti. He is the recipient of a 2012 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and First Prize winner of both the 2012 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition and 2012 Loren L. Zachary Competition.
Scott Conner joined the Ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden during the 2012-2013 season, where he sang Colline in La Bohème, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Scott finished the 2012 year by making his debut at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center singing Handel's Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra. Future seasons will include his debuts with the Zürich Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, San Francisco Opera, Versailles Opera, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, and L'Opéra de Lille.
Scott Conner is a 2012 graduate of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA). There, he performed major roles such as the title role in Don Giovanni, Colline in La bohème, La Roche in Capriccio, Oroveso in Norma, and First Man in the world premiere of Scarlet Letter, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, title role in Verdi's Oberto, and Dulcamara in L'elsir d'amore.
The early years of his career have seen Mr. Conner perform the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Nashville Opera and Columbus Opera, the Commendatore and Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Cleveland, Alidoro in La cenerentola with Opera New Jersey, and Curio in Giulio Cesare with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Additional appearances include: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra; Dottore Grenvil in La traviata with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera New Jersey; the roles of Colline (La bohème), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Nourabad (Les pêcheurs de Perles), and Il Re (Aida) with Wichita Grand Opera. Mr. Conner attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City for his Bachelor of Music degree, where roles included Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and the title role in The Mikado.
A District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Conner has been a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and was named a Gold Winner in Voice by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA).