Cory Schantz

Biography

Cory Schantz is a versatile baritone with captivating stage presence. He was recognized as an “engaging presence on stage” by the Baltimore Sun following his professional debut as Wagner in Gounod’s Faust at Baltimore Opera; a role he reprised in 2014 with Atlanta Opera, where critics called the role “handsomely sung.” Mr. Schantz has appeared in numerous roles with The Atlanta Opera in addition to performing the role of Sharpless in First Coast Opera production of Madama Butterfly in 2017. He is excited to make his Opera Birmingham debut in 2018 as Lord Capulet in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

Mr. Schantz debuted with Rimrock Opera in Billings, MT in 2014 as Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata. He also appeared in Tulsa Opera’s stirring 2012 production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, a performance hailed by critics as the finest production by the company in a decade. He has also performed principal roles with Wichita Grand Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and Winter Opera of St. Louis.

An active recitalist and interpreter of oratorio, Mr. Schantz has appeared in recital and presented master classes at numerous colleges and universities including the University of Connecticut, Elon University, and the University of South Alabama. He has also performed with a number of regional symphony orchestras, most recently the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Schantz made his New York City debut in December 2015 with the New York Repertory Singers in the world premiere of Winter’s Light, a song cycle for Soprano, Baritone, Chamber Chorus, and Orchestra by Michael John Trotta.

Mr. Schantz is currently on faculty at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, where he teaches voice and directs the opera program.

Repertoire

OPERATIC REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work Company Year
Gounod Capulet Roméo et Juliette Opera Birmingham 2018
Puccini Sharpless Madama Butterfly First Coast Opera 2017
Gounod Le Duc Roméo et Juliette Atlanta Opera 2016
Gilbert & Sullivan Pooh Bah The Mikado Capitol City Opera 2016
Verdi Ceprano Rigoletto Atlanta Opera 2015
Verdi Germont La Traviata Rimrock Opera 2014
Gounod Wagner Faust Atlanta Opera 2014
Rossini Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia Atlanta Opera 2014
Heggie Prison Guard 1 Dead Man Walking Tulsa Opera 2012
Menotti Melchior Amahl and the Night Visitors Enid Symphony Orchestra 2010
Donizetti Corporal La Fille du Régiment Union Avenue Opera 2010
Puccini Marcello La Bohème Enid Symphony Orchestra 2009
Puccini Sharpless Madama Butterfly Springfield Regional Opera 2007
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Mozart Requiem
Dubois The Seven Last Words of Christ
Schubert Mass in G
Händel Messiah

Media

In The Press

FAUST

“Mezzo-soprano Emily Fons was most impressive in the trouser role of Siébel, with the kind of light, fleet voice perfect for this role. Cory Neal Schantz was a fine Wagner.” –James Paulk, artsatl.com

“The small but important role of Wagner was handsomely sung by baritone Cory Neal Schantz.” –Daniel Vasquez, newoutpost.com

THE MIKADO

“Baritone Schantz was sometimes as manic as Robin Williams as the self-important Pooh-Bah, the epitome of slimy, buck-passing politician. He was a highlight as he allowed people to ‘insult’ him with bribes.” –Bob Curtright, The Wichita Eagle