Internationally acclaimed, Kansas native, Scott Conner has been lauded by major critics and audiences as an extraordinary operatic bass. Mr. Conner’s warm, flexible voice and elegant stature brings proficiency in a wide range of repertoire, including Mozart, Rossini, Handel, Verdi and Wagner. Originally from Olathe Kansas, Mr. Conner has ascended into the international opera scene making significant debuts with the leading opera houses across North America, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Scott Conner began the 2023-2024 season returning to The Metropolitan Opera for his sixth season performing Colline in La Boheme. He also joins the Jacksonville Symphony for his role debut as Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen. During the summer, the bass makes a return to Santa Fe Opera as the Police Commissioner in Der Rosenkavalier.
Mr. Conner's 2022/2023 season included a return to the Metropolitan Opera as The Police Commissioner in Der Rosenkavalier as well as Neptune in Mozart's Idomeneo. Scott also made his Canadian debut with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto singing the Soldier in Strauss's Salome. Additionally, Scott returned to his alma mater the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to sing Mephistopheles for the annual Crescendo Concert and Gala at the Kaufmann Center in Kansas City. Other highlights include Bartolo in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro with the Handel and Haydn Society at the Boston Symphony Hall. Scott also performed Puccini's La Fanciulla del West as Ashby with the prestigious Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Scott performed the role of the King in Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges with Des Moines Metro Opera in Summer of 2023.
The 2021-2022 season featured a variety of assignments for the bass at The Metropolitan Opera, most notably singing Schwarz in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, as well as covering Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Colline in La bohème. He then made his return to Santa Fe Opera in the summer as Pistola in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Falstaff.
Original engagements for Scott Conner’s 2020-2021 season included King Balthazar in Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as his return to The Metropolitan Opera, singing the High Priest of Baal in Nabucco, and covering the King in Aida, Goffredo in Il Pirata, and Colline in La bohème (all Met engagements cancelled due to the pandemic). He closed the season by making his return to Des Moines Metro Opera as Jupiter in Platée. Mr. Conner’s COVID-affected 2019-2020 season began with Opera Philadelphia, where he performed the role of The King in The Love for Three Oranges. He then returned to the Metropolitan Opera singing the Police Commissioner in Der Rosenkavalier.
Mr. Conner made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2017 as the Police Commissioner in Der Rosenkavalier, and has subsequently returned in numerous roles, including Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi, and covering Bello in La fanciulla del West. Other notable US appearances include San Francisco Opera as Tom in Un ballo in maschera, Colline in La bohème and Angelotti in Tosca; San Diego Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, Santa Fe Opera as Mustafa in L’italiana in Algeri, Portland Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto; Palm Beach Operaas Angelotti in Tosca, Bard Summerscape as a Judge in the American Premiere of Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane and the Spoleto Festival USA as the First Soldier and First Nazarene in Salome. Additionally, he joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover the role of Mephistopheles in Faust.
Scott Conner began his career in Europe as an Ensemble member of Semperoper Dresden, where his roles included Colline in La bohème, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He has also appeared with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and BBC Proms as the Police Commissioner in Der Rosenkavalier, Zürich Opera for Don Profondo in Il Viaggio a Reims, as well as Zoroastro in Orlando under the baton of William Christie; Bayerische Staatsoper singing Tom in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, conducted by Zubin Mehta, as well as the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Theseus in Robert Carsen’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cavalli’s Elena; Opéra National de Paris as Nerbulone in Eliogabalo; Opera de Dijon as Jupiter/Vulcano in La finta pazza, led by Leonardo Alarcon; Dutch National Opera as Nerbulone in Eliogabalo and Bernardino in Benvenuto Cellini; Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin; and L’Opéra de Lille as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Mr. Conner was the recipient of the 1st Prize Award in the 2012 Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition and the 2012 Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition. Conner attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City for his Bachelor of Music degree.