Scott Wichael

Biography

Praised for his expressive voice and versatile stage presence, tenor Scott Wichael has appeared on stages throughout the United States with a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Floyd.

Recently, Mr. Wichael performed with Asheville Lyric Opera and Indianapolis Opera as Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha and Rimrock Opera as Hywell Ddu in the North American Premiere of the Welsh Opera Blodwen, Eric in Nosferatu and Pong in Turandot. In 2014 Mr. Wichael debuted the role of Little Bat in Susannah with St. Petersburg Opera with a DVD release in 2017 hailed by OPERA NEWS as one of The Best of 2017. With The Lyric Opera Of Kansas City, roles include Spoletta in Tosca, Pang in Turandot and Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus. The Witch in Hansel and Gretel is a favorite role performed in English and German with companies such as Opera Omaha, Die Eutiner Festspiel, Soo Theatre Project and OPERA Iowa.

Past seasons included Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte with Asheville Lyric Opera, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Soo Theatre Project and Nanki Poo in The Mikado with Kansas City Metro Opera, Prunier in La rondine and Spoletta in Tosca with the Kansas City Puccini Festival; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Beppe in Pagliacci with The Crested Butte Music Festival; with Tulsa Opera he performed Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos.

OPERA NEWS stated “Scott Wichael was delightful as the four servants…” in Les contes D’Hoffmann at Des Moines Metro Opera. Other roles at Des Moines Metro Opera include The Spirit of the Masque in Gloriana and The Dancing Master in Ariadne auf Naxos.

Mr. Wichael, also an active concert soloist, has performed in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Rachmaninov’s “The Bells” and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
Parry Hywel Ddu Blodwen Rimrock Opera 2019
Henderson Erik Nosferatu Rimrock Opera 2018
Wagner Steuermann Der fliegende Holländer TBA 2018
Leigh Sancho Panza Man of La Mancha Indianapolis Opera 2017
Leigh Sancho Panza Man of La Mancha Asheville Lyric Opera 2016
Puccini Pong Turandot Rimrock Opera 2016
Puccini Spoletta Tosca Lyric Opera of Kansas City 2015
J. Strauss Dr. Blind Die Fledermaus Lyric Opera of Kansas City 2014
Floyd Little Bat Susannah St. Petersburg Opera 2014
Humperdinck The Witch Hansel and Gretel Soo Theatre Project 2013
Humperdinck The Witch Hansel and Gretel Opera Omaha 2011
Puccini Pang Turandot Lyric Opera of Kansas City 2011
Humperdinck Die Knusperhexe Hänsel und Gretel Eutiner Festspiele 2011
Susa #5 Magic Object Transformations Kansas City Civic Opera 2011
Mozart Monostatos Die Zauberflöte Asheville Lyric Opera 2010
Puccini Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi Soo Theatre Project 2010
Gilbert & Sullivan Nanki-Poo The Mikado Kansas City Metro Opera 2010
Puccini Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi Rimrock Opera 2009
Mozart Mr. Angel The Impresario Rimrock Opera 2009
Puccini Parpignol La bohème Opera Omaha 2009
Puccini Prunier La rondiner Kansas City Puccini Festival 2008
Puccini Trin La fanciulla del West Rimrock Opera 2007
Puccini Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi Crested Butte Music Festival 2007
Leoncavallo Beppe I Pagliacci Crested Butte Music Festival 2007
Puccini Spoletta Tosca Kansas City Puccini Festival 2007
Mozart Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro Tulsa Opera 2006
R. Strauss Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos Tulsa Opera 2006
Weill Daniel Buchanan Street Scene Maine Grand Opera 2005
Offenbach The Four Servants Les contes d’Hoffmann Des Moines Metro Opera 2005
Britten The Spirit of the Masque Gloriana Des Moines Metro Opera 2005
Mozart Monostatos The Magic Flute Milwaukee Opera Theater 2005
R. Strauss Tanzmeister Ariadne auf Naxos Des Moines Metro Opera 2004
Puccini Goro (cover) Madama Butterfly Des Moines Metro Opera 2004
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Beethoven Jaquino Fidelio
Berg Captain Wozzeck
Bernstein Governor, Vanderdendur Candide
Bizet Remendado Carmen
Britten Albert Herring, Mayor Upfold Albert Herring
Britten Squeak Billy Budd
Britten Flute, Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Britten Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia
Britten Prologue/Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw
Corigliano Bégearss The Ghosts of Versailles
Donizetti Normanno, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor
Floyd Curley Of Mice and Men
Gilbert & Sullivan Marco The Gondoliers
Giordano Incredibile Andrea Chenier
Gounod Benvolio, Tybalt Roméo et Juliette
Menotti King Kaspar Amahl and the Night Visitors
Menotti The Magician The Consul
Mozart Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Mozart Don Basilio Le nozze di Figaro
Puccini Tinca Il tabarro
Puccini Joe, Nick La fanciulla del West
Smetana Vašek The Bartered Bride
R. Strauss Valzacchi Der Rosenkavalier
R. Strauss 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Jews, Herod Salome
Stravinsky Sellem The Rake’s Progress
Verdi Bardolfo, Dr. Caius Falstaff
Verdi Rodrigo, Cassio Otello
Wagner Loge, Mime Das Rheingold
Wagner Der Steuermann Der fliegende Holländer
Wagner David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner Mime Siegfried
Ward Giles Corey, Rev. Parris The Crucible
Weill Lippo Fiorentino Street Scene
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Britten Serenade for Tenor and Horn
Britten War Requiem
Finzi Dies Natilis
Handel Messiah
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass
Haydn Creation
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Rachmaninoff The Bells
Stainer The Crucifixion
Schubert Mass in G
Vaughan Williams Four Hymns
Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge
Verdi Requiem

In The Press

BLODWEN

“Of the American lead singers, Scott Wichael…was by far the best. His strong tenor voice captivated the audience and his Welsh diction was equally as strong as the native speakers.” – Ninnau & Y Drych

SUSANNAH (DVD)

“Little Bat, seemingly devoted to Susannah but guilty of fabricating a sexual encounter with her, is sung by tenor Scott Wichael, who spouts his lines with intensity and crisp diction, plus a touch of wildness. He and Spatafora are very good in their fraught back-and-forth, and Wichael looks devastated at the end when Susannah pretends to seduce him and then cruelly mocks him.” – Opera News

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN

“New opera-goers will delight in the theatricality and humorous touches of the libretto, such as the servants and sidekick, one mechanical, one stone-deaf, one humpbacked, all played by the same clever performer, Scott Wichael, one of the busiest people in the production.” – Des Moines Register

“Scott Wichael was delightful in the servant roles, particularly with Cochenille’s presentation as one of Spalanzani’s mechanical marvels.” – Opera News

TURANDOT

“The comic relief in this opera comes in the form of three bureaucrats — Ping, Pang and Pong (baritone Michael Chioldi and tenors Scott Wichael and Doug Jones) — whose long service as administrators has made them cynical, even as they indulge in sentimental dreams of returning to their homes to lead a simpler life. These are fine performances.” – The Kansas City Star

“Turandot’s ministers, Ping, Pang, and Pong, were played by Michael Chioldi, Scott Wichael, and Doug Jones, respectively. The trio had a brilliant chemistry, mixing comedic intent and foreboding in Act 1 when trying to convince the prince to move on (“Fermo! Che fai?”).” – KC Metropolis.org

TOSCA

“…Scott Wichael deserves credit for his Spoletta, a cruel weasel.” – InfoZine

“…Scott Wichael was a weasely Spoletta” – The Kansas City Star

“Lending additional vocal power in supporting roles were Jonathan Moots as the escaped prisoner Angelotti and Scott Wichael as a spy whose double-dealing plays a hand in the mounting body count at evening’s end.” – The Kansas City Star

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

“Tenor Scott Wichael cavorts through his role as the Dancing Master.” – Des Moines Register