Bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck is widely respected for the dignity he brings in both concert and operatic performances. Current and upcoming engagements include Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Colorado; and in concert Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Glacier Symphony and Chorale in Montana, Ein Deutsches Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Sheboygan Symphony, Elijah with Opera Naples, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Music of the Baroque, Verdi’s Requiem with the Knoxville Symphony Society, Messiah with Pacific Symphony, Dvorak’s Requiem with the UNC Summer Music Festival, Capellio in I Capuleti e I Montechi with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Orlando Philharmonic, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Soli deo Gloria under John Nelson.
Last season, engagements included Capulet in Roméo et Juliette at the Dallas Opera and Florida Grand Opera, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro at Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Father Trulove in The Rake’s Progress at the Princeton Festival, where he previously performed Il Ré in Ariodante. In concert, he saw performances of Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Netherlands Radio Kammerphilharmonie as well as with Festival de Saint-Denis and SDG Music under John Nelson; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra; Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra Kentucky; St. John Passion at the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Chicago; Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony; Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Symphony No. 9 with the Roanoke Symphony and Alabama Symphony; and Mozart’s Requiem with the Sheboygan Symphony.
Additional Operatic engagements have included Palemon in Thaïs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Colline in La bohème with Los Angeles, Dallas Opera and L’Opera de Montreal; Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington National Opera and Arizona Opera; Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Dallas Opera; Rocco in Fidelio at Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee; Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with L’Opera de Montreal, Kentucky Opera, and Atlanta Opera; Alidoro in La Cenerentola with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Orlando Opera, and Florentine Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Carolina; Sparafucile in Rigoletto with the Florentine Opera; Don Alphonso in Cosi fan tutte with Arizona Opera and Kentucky Opera; and Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Kentucky Opera. With the Spoleto Festival USA, appearances have included Le Chiffonnier in Louise and John Adams in Amistad and with the Santa Fe Opera, Publius in La Clemenza di Tito.
A very active soloist, he has appeared numerous times with the L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris in repeat performances of both St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion. With the Music of the Baroque in Chicago he has performed Mozart’s Requiem, Simon in Judas Maccabeus, King Arthur, and the title role in Hercules. Additional appearances have included Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Bach Society, and Duke Chapel Choir; Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Berkshire Choral Festival; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Santo Domingo; Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the Spoleto Festival; Verdi’s Requiem with the Anchorage Symphony and University of North Texas; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Milwaukee Symphony and the Choral Society of Durham; Bach’s B-minor Mass with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica in San Jose; Mozart’s Requiem with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony; and soloist in the Atlanta Opera’s La Belle Soirée.
Stephen Morscheck graduated from Wheaton College and completed advanced degrees from the University of Michigan. In 1995, he was awarded the “Richard Tucker Career Grant.” He currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of North Texas, Denton.