Former resident artist Scott Bearden returns to OSJ in 2013-14 to perform the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff. Recent engagements for Mr. Bearden include the roles of Chevreuse (Maria Di Rohan) for the Caramoor Festival, Germont (La traviata) for Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Fremont Opera, and Toledo Opera. For Mercury Opera, he appeared in the title role of Falstaff, a role he also performed with Toledo Opera the prior season.
During the 2008 – 2009 season, Mr. Bearden appeared as Iago (Otello) with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Tonio (I Pagliacci) for Knoxville Opera, covered Conte di Luna for San Francisco Opera’s production of Il trovatore, a role he also performed for Festival Opera in the summer of 2008. Mr. Bearden returned to OSJ as a featured soloist in the company’s 25th Anniversary Gala Concert in September of 2008. And on May 31, 2008, Mr. Bearden was named the First Prize winner and Audience Favorite in the Second Annual Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.
During the 2007 – 2008 season, Mr. Bearden received First Prize in the Second Annual Chester Ludgin Memorial American Verdi Baritone Competition in New York City on November 8, 2007. Out of a field of over 60 applicants, Mr. Bearden was honored with the First Prize from the 10 finalists who were chosen to compete for the top prizes in this very prestigious competition. Judges for this important competition included Placido Domingo, conductor Julius Rudel, singer Mignon Dunn and Ken Benson, VP of Columbia Artists Management. Other 2007 – 2008 engagements included the title role in OSJ’s Rigoletto and Dr. Bartolo (The Barber of Seville).
Other past performances for Mr. Bearden included Dr. Bartolo (The Barber of Seville) in OSJ’s 2006 – 2007 season, the role of Michele (Il tabarro) in Tel Aviv, Germont (La traviata) with the Mississippi Opera, and Marcello (La bohème) for the Midland Symphony. Engagements during the 2004 – 2005 season included Peachum (The Threepenny Opera) for West Bay Opera, Renato (Un ballo in maschera) with Festival Opera, Scarpia (Tosca) for Bel Canto Association of Lima, Peru, Conte di Luna in a joint Monterey Opera/Monterey Symphony production of ll trovatore, the title role in Rigoletto for Opera Theatre of Connecticut and Prism Opera Showcase of New York, and Scarpia (Tosca) with Midland Center of the Arts. During the 2003 – 2004 season, Mr. Bearden returned to Opera San José to appear as Tonio in Pagliacci.
Following his departure from Opera San José in 2002, Mr. Bearden sang concert performances of Rigoletto with Monterey Symphony in June, and appeared as Mustafà in L’italiania in Algeri for Opera Theater of Connecticut. Other recent performances include Renato (Un ballo in maschera) at Opera Memphis, Don Alphonso (Così fan tutte) at the Sanibel Music Festival, Marcello (La bohème) and Scarpia (Tosca) for West Bay Opera, concert performances of Rigoletto with Monterey Symphony, Mustafa (L’Italiana in Algeri) for Opera Theatre of Connecticut, a recital at Central Michigan University and Tosca for Mississippi Opera. Mr. Bearden can be heard as the Vicar in the Vox Classics recording of Britten’s Albert Herring, and he has recently released a solo recording of songs entitled A Piece of Art.