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Scot Weir  
"bright, totally effortless singing"

Scot Weir is internationally acclaimed as an expert for the Bach Evangelists, which he has performed virtually all over the world. With conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Roger Norrington, Helmuth Rilling, Charles Dutoit, Claudio Abbado, Jesus Lopez-Coboz, Sergiu Celebidache, Vaclav Neumann, Adam Fischer, James Conlon, Philippe Herreweghe, Gustav Leonhardt, Karl Münchinger, Leopold Hager and Antonio Pappano, Weir has made a name for himself as a specialist for Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann.

Following his studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, from which he graduated in 1980, Weir went to Germany where he was engaged first at the opera in Gelsenkirchen, then in Wiesbaden. During his first seasons in Europe he quickly acquired a vast operatic repertoire including all the major roles of Mozart and Rossini operas, as well as more dramatic repertoire such as Narraboth in Salome and Lenski in Eugene Onegin. Currently, Weir is a regular guest at the Zurich Opera House, where he performs Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt; at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brüssels where he has participated in productions of Purcell-Dido and Aeneas, Berlioz-Les Troyens, Strauss-Salome, Rossini-Othello, Wagner-Tristan und Isolde, Mozart-Idomeneo and Cosi fan tutte; with the Salzburger Festspiele in productions of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and C Minor Mass and Britten's Les Illuminations and most recently at the Théâtre Chatelet in Paris in Verdi's Don Carlos which was recorded by EMI Records. Weir has also sung Tamino in Die Zauberflöte on tour in Japan with the Vienna Staatsoper. He has also sung at the Teatro Reggio in Turin, Italy and Teatro Bellini in Catania, Sicily.

As an Oratorio singer, Weir has sung at virtually every major festival in Europe, at the Musikfest Stuttgart, Bachtage Berlin, Salzburger Festspiele, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Bachfest Leipzig, Handel Festival Halle, Granada Festival, Prager Frühling, Berliner Festwochen, Internationale Haydnfestspiele Eisenstadt, Tage der Alten Musik Innsbruck, Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, and with many major orchestras such as the Berlin, Munich and Vienna Philharmonics, Bamberg and Nürnberg Symphonies, Staatskapelle Dresden, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de la Chambre Lausanne, Chapelle Royale Paris, Concentus Musicus Vienna, Musica Antiqua Köln, Le petit bande and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.



Recent North American appearances include with Toronto's Baroque Ensemble Tafelmusik as well as with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, New York, Montréal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Toronto, and Atlanta.

As a recitalist, Weir has performed in London's Wigmore Hall (Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (Schubert Winterreise), on the subscription series of the Alten Oper Frankfurt and at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brüssels, at the Théâtre de la Villes in Rennes as well as at the Musikverein in Vienna.

Weir is Artistic Director of the Wiesbaden Musikherbst, a yearly festival concentrating on the music of a specific composer or group of composers including solo and chamber recitals, orchestral and oratorio performances as well as lectures and art exhibits.

Since 1992, Weir has taught masterclasses regularly at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart and at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In October 1995, Weir accepted a lifetime professorship in Voice at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin.


Weir's discography includes opera recordings for EMI (Verdi: Don Carlos) and Channel Classics (Mendelssohn-Die Hochzeit des Carmacho); oratorio for Superphon (works of F.X. Brixi), Hännsler (Mozart-C minor Mass, Requiem, Frank-Les Beatitudes, Schubert-Lazarus), Harmonia Mundi (Mozart-C minor Mass), ebs Records (Schumann-Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Paradies und die Peri, Mass in C minor and Archiv Productions-Deutsche Grammophon (works of J.D. Heinichen). Weir's massive song repertoire is documented in part through numerous recordings on the TACET, EigenArt, Signum and Preiser Records Labels.


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