Baritone Scott Bearden continues to impress audiences and critics alike with his portrayals of the heavier baritone roles in the Italian repertoire. Having been heard often in the baritone roles of Verdi, making Falstaff and Rigoletto signature roles, Mr. Bearden has sung throughout the United States. Opera companies and orchestras Mr. Bearden has performed with include San Francisco Opera, Opera Boston, Opera San Jose, Knoxville Opera, Toledo Opera and Opera Memphis and Symphony Silicone Valley, Midland Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra and the Sanibel Island Music Festival among others.
This performance will mark Mr. Beardens’ Knoxville Symphony debut. Recent performances have included Maria Stuarda, Tosca, and Hansel and Gretel with Knoxville Opera. Mr. Bearden will proudly take part in the 40th Anniversary celebrations with Knoxville Opera this fall as well as perform in Verdi’s Aida next spring.
Mr. Bearden was the First Prize Winner as well as Audience Favorite in the 2008 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition. In 2007, the winner of the Audience Prize in the same competition. Also in 2007, the Winner of the 2nd Chester Ludgin American Verdi Baritone Competition in front of a jury of judges led by Placido Domingo.
Mr Bearden earned a Bachelor of Music from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. It is possible to hear Mr. Bearden as the title character on the newly released recording of The Secret Agent by Michael Dellaira with the Center for Contemporary Opera in NYC, and as the Vicar on the Vox Classics recording of Brittens’ Albert Herring. Mr. Bearden has taught at Santa Clara University, University of Arkansas-Monticello and currently teaches privately and at Lincoln Memorial University. He and his wife have relocated to Knoxville and are enjoying the mountains.