Scott Mello has been praised for his “lyrical tenor” (New York Times), “velvet legato” (SanDiego.com) and for being “sonorous and alive to text” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). The 2013/14 season begins with staged performances of Messiaen’s La Mort du Nombre with Cantata Profana at Yale University and New York’s Galapagos Art Space. Mr. Mello continues with debuts in Bach’s Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht (BWV 55) and Schütz’s Musikalische exequien with conductor JanJoost van Elburg and the Westerkerkkoor in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the title role in Britten’s Saint Nicolas with the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys in San Francisco and as the tenor soloist in Graun’s Der Tod Jesu with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra in Turku and Helsinki, Finland. He will return several times this season to Bach Collegium San Diego for performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, as well as Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4) and Mass in B minor. Recent seasons included performances of the title role in Handel’s Samson with conductor Nicholas McGegan, Bach’s Mass in B minor with Juilliard415 under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki on tour in the U.S. and Asia, The Play of Daniel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with Gotham Early Music Scene, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 with Apollo’s Fire, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with Bach Collegium San Diego, as well as performances of Bach’s Magnificat in D Major and Lotti’s Mass for Three Choirs with conductor Jeffrey Thomas and the American Bach Soloists.
Highlights of previous seasons include performances of Brahms’s Liebeslieder and Neueliebeslieder Waltzer on tour with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Sven-David Sandström’s Messiah with Maestro Helmuth Rilling in a presentation for the Philadelphia Bach Institute and American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Bernstein’s MASS and Ramirez’s Missa Criolla with the Camerata Exaudi Orchestra at the Melodia Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the New York City Premiere of Jake Heggie’s song cycle Here and Gone with baritone Christopher Herbert (New York Polyphony) at Gallarie Icosahedron, and the title role in a staged production of Handel’s Jephtha with American Opera Theater. The Baltimore Sun said Mr. Mello’s portrayal of Jephtha was “phrased with admirable sensitivity…He shaped the oratorio’s most famous number, ‘Waft her, angels, through the skies,’ with considerable eloquence.”
An avid interpreter of art song, early music and new music, he has had the opportunity to work with musical luminaries John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Rudolf Jansen, Martin Katz, and Craig Smith in performances at SongFest in Malibu, CA. In 2012, he sang Steve Reich’s Proverb as part of a residency with the composer and New Music New Haven at Yale University. In 2006, Mr. Mello was selected as one of four Virginia Best Adams Fellows at the Carmel Bach Festival and has twice been awarded Stern Fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival. In the spring of 2008 he was selected as one of the ten finalists in the American Bach Society/Bach Choir of Bethlehem Vocal Competition. Mr. Mello has recorded with Apollo’s Fire for Avie Records, Koch International Classics and National Public Radio (NPR), Early Music New York on Ex Cathedra Records, and Bach Sinfonia on Dorian Sono Luminus. As an ensemble artist, he has regularly appeared with Conspirare, Oregon Bach Festival, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Seraphic Fire and TENET.
A dedicated educator, Mr. Mello has served on the voice faculties of Seton Hall University, Washington & Lee University and the University of Richmond. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music from New York University and an Artist Diploma in early music, oratorio, lieder and chamber ensemble from Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and School of Music. For more information, please visit www.scott-mello.com.
© Scott Mello 2013