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Sparta native Jonathan Scott to appear as featured soloist with the Morris Choral Society in Faure’s Requiem in D Minor on May 12 at the Historic Methodist Church on the Green in Morristown


Sparta native, Jonathan Scott will perform as featured baritone soloist in Gabriel Faure’s Requiem in d minor, Op. 48 under the baton of noted American conductor Jason Tramm in the Morris Choral Society’s “Rebirth and Renewal: A Celebration of Spring” taking place on Saturday May 12th at 8PM at the historic Methodist Church on the Green, 50 South Park Place in Morristown, New Jersey.

Faure’s masterpiece opens the concert celebrating Morris Choral Society’s 45th Anniversary Season which will also include music by renown contemporary composers Dan Forrest, Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen and Gwyneth Walker as well as works by 20th century American masters Samuel Barber and Randall Thompson.  Special appearances by the Clarum Sonum Choir, conducted by Rider Foster, and the beloved Morris County sextet, Express Male, will complete the program.

Music Director Jason Tramm conducts the 70+ voice Morris Choral Society - which includes Sussex County resident Norma Victor  – and the MidAtlantic Opera Chamber Orchestra in the ethereal masterwork written expressly for chorus, orchestra, baritone and soprano soloists. The Requiem reflects Faure’s affinity for and technical mastery of each of the composition’s musical elements. As a student of the celebrated Niedermeyer School in Paris Faure studied organ, piano, and choral music. Upon graduation he worked as organist and choirmaster in a series of churches and in 1877 was appointed to the prestigious position of choirmaster at the Church of the Madeleine in Paris, succeeding his former teacher, the great composer and organist Camille Saint-Saëns.

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His role as baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem marks Jonathan Scott’s first appearance with the Morris Choral Society.  Jonathan has had the privilege to sing in many of the Tri State regions most celebrated concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and The Riverside Church in Manhattan. A graduate of Westminster College of the Arts, Jonathan has sung with the Metropolitan Opera Extra Men's Chorus since 2011 with whom he shared a 2013 Grammy for Best Opera Recording of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Scott will perform in the Met’s 2018-19 Season  productions of Verdi’s Aida, Wagner’s Götterdämmerung Boito’s Mefistofele  and the Met’s exciting new production of Camille Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila.

In principal roles leading baritone Jonathan Scott has appeared as Ezio in Verdi's Attila, Don Giovanni in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Figaro in Rossini's Barber of Seville and Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème.  

Scott has received praise by opera's foremost monthly publication OPERA NEWS for his comic role in a recent NYC production of Von Winter's Das Labyrinth (an operatic sequel to Mozart's Die Zauberflöte). OPERA NEWS wrote “Jonathan Scott was an ideal Papageno, with excellent diction, an easy stage presence and flawless legato that poured forth through a well-projected tone." Parterre Box, NYC's preeminent online opera publication wrote "The star, in Schikaneder's feathers, was Jonathan Scott, a baritone of lithe and masculine tone and a master of the dim double-take, suavely dressed in tatterdemalion.”

In 2017 Scott made his Italian operatic debut in the title role of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Narnia Festival under the baton of Jason Tramm. While at the Narnia Festival Scott also appeared on Italy's major TV Network Rai – Radiotelevisione’s broadcast of Mozart's Spatzenmesse performed at the Cathedral at Narni. He also appeared in concert during the Narnia Festival singing Verdi's moving aria “Di provenza il mar il suol" from La Traviata. In September of 2017 Scott sang the principal role of Giorgio Germont, in a bold new interpretation of Verdi’s La Traviata, a joint venture of the MidAtlantic Opera and New York Opera Collaborative, conceived and directed by Andrea DelGiudice and conducted by Jason Tramm. Scott performed to critical acclaim in both La Traviata’s concert presentation at Opera America’s National Opera Center in New York City and in the fully staged production at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in New Jersey.

Jonathan Scott is a second-generation graduate of Westminster College of the Arts - Jon’s parents Dave and mother, Sparta resident Karen Scott attended, and were also members of the prestigious Westminster Choir, performing in the chorus with Leonard Bernstein’s New York Philharmonic productions.

The Morris Choral Society and “Rebirth and Renewal: A Celebration of Spring” is funded in part by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Morris Choral Society, its history and programming


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