Lauded by the Dallas News for a “clarion” voice, tenor Scott Quinn sings his first performances of Boris in Káťa Kabanová in his Seattle Opera debut in the 2016–2017 season. He also returns to Rodolfo in La bohème with Minnesota Opera and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Palm Beach Opera. Last season, he made role and company debuts with San Francisco Opera as Števa Buryja in Jenůfa, Den Jyske Opera as Fritz in L’amico Fritz, and Arizona Opera as Don José in Carmen. He also returned to Houston Grand Opera to create the role of Villiers, Duke of Buckingham in the world premiere of Floyd’s Prince of Players.
Mr. Quinn recently sang his first performances of Alfredo in La traviata with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Duca in Rigoletto with Atlanta Opera, and Narraboth in Salome. He maintains a close association with Houston Grand Opera and recently returned as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and Tamino in outdoor performances Die Zauberflöte. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio. During his tenure, his performances included Rodolfo in La bohème, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music, the Sailor in Tristan und Isolde, Ruiz in Il trovatore, and the Royal Herald in Don Carlos. His other recent performances include Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Fort Worth Opera and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Chautauqua Opera. He is also a former Artist in Residence of Dallas Opera where his performances included Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, Roderigo in Otello, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. He joined Shreveport Opera for Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd and The Living Opera (Richardson, Texas) for Martin in The Tender Land and Fredric in The Pirates of Penzance. He has also sung previous performances of Rodolfo in La bohème at the Northern Lights Music Festival.
On the concert stage, the tenor has sung Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the Arts District Chorale in Dallas, Texas; Handel’s Messiah at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin State University, University Baptist Church (Clearlake, Texas), and Christ Episcopal Church (Tyler, Texas); Schubert’s Mass in G at Emmanuel Lutheran (Seguin, Texas); and Vaughn Williams’ Hodie in a return to University Baptist Church.
Mr. Quinn is a former participant in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program in which he sang excerpts of the title role of Don Carlos in the Schwabacher Summer Concert as well as Nadir in the well-loved duet from Les pêcheurs de perles. He has won first place in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, second place in the Dallas Opera Guild Competition and has also placed in the competitions of both Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Opera. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.