Scott J. Brunscheen’s “sweet and substantial lyric tenor” (Chicago Tribune) has garnered acclaim throughout the country in baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire. His recent performances of Haydn’s L’isola disabitata, Marais’ Ariane et Bachus, and Cesti’s L’Orontea with Haymarket Opera received praise from Opera News, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and many others.
Recent concert and operatic engagements have included the world premiere of Stewart Copeland’s The Invention of Morel at Chicago Opera Theater, Mozart’s Die Zauberflote with Madison Opera, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at Long Beach Opera, Mozart’s Requiem with Chicago Chorale and Haydn’s The Creation at DuPage University. He has also performed in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at Chicago Opera Theater, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Donizetti’s La Favorite at the Caramoor Bel Canto Festival, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and The Rape of Lucretia with Chicago Fringe Opera, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited program.
As a young artist, Mr. Brunscheen 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 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 multiple Bach cantatas, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s The Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, 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, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, and Dubois’ Seven Last Words. He has been a finalist and prize winner in the Oratorio Society of New York, Handel Aria Competition, Grand Rapids Keller Bach Award, and American Prize in Opera. Scott is currently on faculty at Drake University and lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his husband and their dog.