Artist Spotlight: Baritone Scott Thomas

Scott B. Thomas, Baritone

Lyric baritone Scott B. Thomas has performed to critical acclaim in several Washington metro area productions, appearing as Morales in Carmen, Publio in La Clemenza de Tito, Achilles in A Fire in Water, and as Dortch in Norton, A Civil War Operaamong others. With “a smooth baritone that’s very powerful”, Scott enjoys performing throughout the metro area, including frequent appearances with the Opera Company of Brooklyn and the Washington National Opera. Scott earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Arizona and his Master of Music in Voice at the University of Kentucky. Scott will make his Opera Company of Brooklyn debut as Lord Ruthven in the upcoming performance of Der Vampyr on Saturday, October 29, 2016.


How did you get into Opera?

I switched over from computers after taking an opera scenes class. The rest is history.


What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?

OCB is driven by outreach and inclusiveness, because opera is for everyone.


How do you relax when not on stage?

Most anxiety is caused by not being fully prepared so if I am anxious about a role I practice it until I can sing it in my sleep.


Do you have any advice for other singers?

Be 15 minutes early to everything, treat everyone like they matter (because they do) and learn music way past the point you think it’s ready.


What are your dream roles?

Don Giovanni


Which colleagues do you admire?

I admire anyone willing to go onstage and put themselves out there. It takes a lot of willpower to deal with the fear and I respect anyone willing to face that.

What/who is your favorite opera and composer? Why?

Gershwins Porgy and Bess and John Adams Nixon in China. I love the stories and the American style music.


Which character (not in your voice range) would you most like sing and why?

Sportin Life from Porgy and Bess. It’s a super fun role with amazing music!


What other music do you listen to?

Hip hop, rap, rock, metal and electronic dance music mostly. Also some old stuff, like Ray Charles and Johnny Cash, the great story tellers.


Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role?

I try to learn the role first, then influence it after so that I’m not just parroting someone else’s interpretation.


How do you balance a career with a life offstage?

Have to be very self aware since there’s a lot of flux emotionally and mentally with singing. A strong support system with genuine people in your life is probably the best way.


How do you unwind after singing?

Work hard, play hard!


The dreaded question: Have you ever appeared in Phantom of the Opera?

I did scenes from it, but the woman I sang it with was literally in love with the phantom so she would get a little more frisky on stage with me than the blocking suggested!



Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents: Der Vampyr on Saturday, October 29 from 7 PM to 9:45 PM at 600 W 218th Street, 1 G, NY, NY 10034. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 in advance, $40 day of and can be reserved online here. For more information about the production and cast, click here.

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