Faculty Profile

Scott Ramsay

NMS Voice Faculty


Praised by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times for his impressive bright-voiced tenor, Scott Ramsay is highly regarded by Opera companies and Symphony Orchestras across North America and abroad for his dynamic performances in repertoire ranging from Bel Canto to the 20th Century. Following his portrayal of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, under the baton of Jesús López-Cobos at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times proclaimed "He brought a passionate intensity to the role that matched the fire of Dessay's riveting Lucia." His European debut in the same role quickly followed to great acclaim at the Dublin Int’l Opera Festival. Of his Canadian debut in Verdi’s Requiem with Sir Andrew Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Globe & Mail declared, "He proved a real find. His Ingemisco, Hostias and solo in the Lux Aeterna, had a sweetness and modest purity reminiscent of vintage Bjoerling and Simoneau.

Mr. Ramsay's recent operatic performances include leading roles with Virginia Opera/Sweeney Todd & A Streetcar Named Desire; musicArtes Inc: Manilla, Philippines/La Boheme; Duluth Superior Symphony and Cleveland Suburban Symphony/Carmen; Boston Youth Symphony/Un Ballo in Maschera; Portland Opera, Anchorage Opera, Dublin International Opera Festival, Kentucky Opera, New Orleans Opera, San Francisco Opera/Lucia di Lammermoor; Opera Southwest/Les pêcheurs de perles; Lyric Opera of Chicago/A Streetcar Named Desire, Turandot, Lulu & A Midsummer Marriage; Madison Opera/Eugene Onegin; Sacramento Opera/Rigoletto; Lubbock Symphony & Intermountain Opera/La Traviata; Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra/The Rakes Progress; Opera Theatre of St. Louis/Sweeney Todd; Michigan Opera Theater/L’elisir d’amore & Turandot; Opera Boston/Semele & La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein; Arizona Opera/Semele, Magic Flute & Cosi fan Tutte; Eugene Opera/Faust; Opera New Jersey/Roméo et Juliette & Abduction from the Seraglio; Syracuse Opera/Roméo et Juliette; Austin Lyric Opera & Dayton Opera/Don Giovanni; Chicago Opera Theatre/Il Viaggio a Reims.

Mr. Ramsay’s numerous symphonic engagements have included solo appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Francesca da Rimini& A Child of Our Time); Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Verdi Requiem); Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (Kammermusik 1958); American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space & the Bard Festival (U.S. Premiere - The Destruction of Jerusalem & Beethoven 9th) ; Ravinia Festival (Grier's Songs from Spoon River); Grant Park Music Festival (Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi & Die Erste Walpurgisnacht); Berkshire Choral Festival (the title role in Handel's Judas Maccabeaus, Beethoven 9th, Carmina Burana & Verdi Requiem at the Terezin Memorial in Prague, Czech Republic); Rochester Philharmonic (Verdi Requiem); Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra & Bel Canto Chorus (Verdi Requiem); The Louisville Orchestra (Verdi Requiem); Master Choral of South Florida (Verdi Requiem); Pacific Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky & Taneyev's Roméo et Juliette & Messiah); Nashville Symphony Orchestra (Messiah); Chicago’s Music of the Baroque (Mozart Requiem & Cantatas of Telemann and Bach); Toledo Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven 9th); Santa Cruz Symphony (Beethoven 9th); Albany Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven 9th, Opera Gala Concert & Mozart at the Opera); Bach-Collegium Stuttgart (Bach Cantatas No. 41, 109 & 205); Pasadena Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven 9th & Mozart Requiem); Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven 9th & Mozart Requiem); Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Opera Gala Concert & Carmina Burana); Madison Symphony Orchestra (Bach Magnificat); Mobile Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven 9th); Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (Opera Gala Concert & Messiah) and Songs by Edward T. Cone at Princeton University.

During his three-season engagement as a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center, Mr. Ramsay made his debut as Rodrigo in Verdi’s Otello alongside Canadian tenor Ben Heppner and American soprano Renée Fleming. During this time, he sang principal roles in La Boheme, Die Zauberflöte, Parsifal, La Traviata, Samson et Dalila, Regina, Lucia di Lammermoor and Madama Butterfly.

Mr. Ramsay has won the top prizes from the American Opera Society and the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation. Additional training programs have included Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera and the Berkshire Choral Festival.