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Tenor Scott Mello has been praised for his “winningly lucid voice” (WCLV) and being “sonorous and alive to text” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). His 2010/11 season opened with a return to Apollo’s Fire for performances of Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 in Cleveland and on a U.S. Tour from New York to New Mexico. In December, he sang Bach’s “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” (BWV 1) and Telemann’s “Uns ist ein Kind geboren” with Dallas Bach Society and Handel’s Messiah with Orchestra Nova San Diego and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. In the spring, Mr. Mello will debut with Bach Collegium San Diego as Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, as well as American Bach Soloists in performances of Bach’s Magnificat in D Major and Lotti’s Mass for Three Choirs with conductor Jeffrey Thomas in San Francisco.

During the 2009/10 season, he appeared with Early Music New York at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Apollo’s Fire in performances of Praetorius’ Christmas Vespers and Come to the River: An Early American Gathering, the Philadelphia Bach Institute in a presentation of Sven-David Sandström’s Messiah under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling, the University of Virginia Choirs and American Bach Soloists Academy in performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor. Mr. Mello also made debuts with Bach Sinfonia in performances of the complete Bach Motets and American Opera Theater performing the title role in Handel’s Jephtha. 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."

Highlights of previous seasons include performances of Brahms's Liebeslieder and Neueliebeslieder Waltzer on tour with the Mark Morris Dance Group, The Play of Daniel at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bernstein’s MASS and Ramirez’s Missa Criolla with the Camerata Exaudi Orchestra at the Melodia Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the New York City Premiere of Jake Heggie’s song cycle Here and Gone with baritone Christopher Herbert at Gallarie Icosahedron. Additional opera and musical theater credits include Nemorino in L’Elisir D’amore, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Acis in Acis and Galatea, Hippolyte in Hippolyte et Aricie, Guillot de Morfontaine in Manon, Bill in Hand of Bridge, the Sailor in Dido and Aeneas, Harry in Company and El Gallo in The Fantasticks.

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 2006, Mr. Mello was selected as one of four Virginia Best Adams Fellows at the Carmel Bach Festival and has twice been awarded 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.

A dedicated educator, Mr. Mello served on the voice faculty at Seton Hall University for six years and currently teaches on the voice faculties of Washington & Lee University and the University of Richmond. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and New York University. Starting in the fall, Mr. Mello will be pursuing Artist Diploma studies under the tutelage of renowned American tenor James Taylor in the program of early music, oratorio and chamber ensemble at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and School of Music. For more information, please visit www.scott-mello.com.
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