SCOTT BELLUZ

Countertenor

BIOGRAPHY

Canadian countertenor Scott Belluz has gained recognition for his ‘warm, rich voice and impeccable coloratura,’ (La Marseillaise). Scott brings his committed artistry to repertoire ranging from 17th century to newly composed works.

 

Scott has received great acclaim for his performances in the world premieres of numerous Canadian operatic works, singing the title role in Omar Daniel’s The Shadow with Tapestry New Opera and L’Oiseau in Gilles Tremblay’s Opéra Féerie with Montreal’s Chants Libres. Scott sang in the world premiere of "From the House of Mirth" (Rodney Sharman/Alex Poch-Goldin), choreographed by James Kudelka, for ColemanLemieux Compagnie.

 

In 2017, Scott sings in the Canadian premiere of Salvatore Sciarroni’s The Killing Flower with New Music Toronto, stars in the premiere of The Man Who Married Himself (Palmer/Chatterton) with Toronto Masque Theatre and is a soloist in Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica with RCM’s 21C Festival.

 

Operatic roles include L’humana fragilita and Pisandro in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with Chicago Opera Theatre, Athamas in Handel’s Semele with Pacific Opera Victoria, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Banff Centre, and Medoro in Handel’s Orlando, in a French touring production.

 

Concert performances for this versatile artist include Messiah with the Thunder Bay Symphony, Bach’s Magnificat with the Ottawa Choral Society and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Aix en Provence. Scott made his debut with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream and stepped in at very short notice to great success in PDQ Bach's hilarious cantata Iphegenia in Brooklyn.

As the Prince in The Man Who Married Himself with Toronto Masque Theatre  –

"Before the Prince is split in two, she has counter-tenor Scott Belluz sing in his natural baritone.  When the split is complete he shifts into the full, rich extended falsetto of the counter-tenor for which he known. Near the end Palmer gives the Prince a mad scene which Belluz chillingly performs."

Christopher Hoile, Stage-Door.com

SELECTED ROLES

Medoro | Orlando

L'Oiseau | Opéra Féerie

Oberon | Midsummer Night’s Dream

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Handel | Messiah

Bach | Magnificat

Pergolesi | Stabat Mater

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

DOCUMENTS

Updated Jan 2017

 

 

AUDIO

Britten

Welcome wanderer...
I know a bank

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

Handel

Stille Amare

Tolomeo

Scott Belluz, Countertenor

ARTIST CONNECTIONS

RESUME

Opera

2017

Guest (The Killing Flower)

Prince (The Man Who Married Himself)

2013

Medoro (Orlando)

2012

From the House of Mirth

A Synonym for Love

2010

Orlando/Lunaire

2009

L'Oiseau (Opera Féerie)

Damien (The Children's Crusade)

Athamas (Semele)

Title Role (The Shadow)

2008

Opera Briefs / Opera To Go

A Midsummer Night's Dream

2007

L'humana Fragilita / Pisandro (Il Ritorno D'Ulisse in Patria)

2006

Medoro (Orlando)

Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

2005

Medoro (Orlando)

2004

Medoro (Orlando)

 

 

Sciarroni

Palmer/Chatterton

 

Handel

 

Sharman/Poch/Goldin

Handel/Pearson

 

Handel

 

Tremblay

Schafer

Handel

Omar Daniel

 

Various

Britten

 

Monteverdi

 

Handel

Britten

 

Handel

 

Handel

 

 

New Music Toronto

Toronto Masque Theatre

 

Opera in Concert, Toronto

 

Coleman/Lemieux Compagnie

Volcano Theatre, Toronto

 

Opera Erratica

 

Chants Libres

Soundstreams Canada

Pacific Opera Victoria

Tapestry New Opera

 

Tapestry New Opera

Banff Centre

 

Chicago Opera Theatre

 

Chartres, France

Royal Conservatory, Toronto

 

Festival D'Antibes

 

Theatre Gyptis, Marseille

 

VIDEO

Handel

Orlando/Lunaire

Opera Erratica, Toronto

Omar Daniel

The Shadow

Tapestry New Opera

Oratorio & Concert

2017

Cantatrix Sopranica

2015

Midsummer Night's Dream

St. John Passion

2014

Cantata No. 147

2013

Messiah

2012

Stabat Mater

2011

Messiah

2010

Messiah

"Salsa Baroque"

2008

Tamerlano (Andonicus)

2007

Magnificat (alto soloist)

2006

Messiah (alto soloist)

2005

Arias & Duos Recital with Carla Huhtanen, soprano

2004

Canticle IV – Journey of the Magi

2003

Missa Assumpta & In Nativitatem

Recital with Natacha Canet, harpsichord

Stabat Mater

Recital with Patrick Visseq, piano

Excerpts from Giulio Cesare

 

 

Unsuk Chin

 

Mendelssohn

J.S. Bach

 

J.S. Bach

 

Handel

 

Pergolesi

 

Handel

 

Handel

Various

 

Handel

 

Bach

 

Handel

 

Various

 

Britten

 

Charpentier

Various

Pergolesi

Various

Handel

 

 

Soundstreams/21C Festival

 

Kitchener -Waterloo Symphony Orchestra

Grand River Choir, Brantford

 

Kingston Chamber Choir

 

Kingston Chamber Choir

 

Aradia Ensemble

 

Aradia Baroque Ensemble

 

Thunder Bay Symphony

Ensemble Caprice

 

Opera in Concert

 

Ottawa Choral Society

 

Arcady

 

The Music Gallery

 

Music & Poetry Series, UofT

 

Tafelmusik

St. Remy de Provence

Ensemble Baroques Graffiti

Opera de Marseille

Opera de Toulon

 

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

2001-03 | Centre National D'Artistes Lyriques, Marseille, France

1999-2001 | Masters Degree in Voice Performance, Royal Academy of Music, London England

1999 | Dramatic Integration Program, The Banff Centre for the Arts

1994-99 | Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Toronto

Various | Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Aldeburgh, England

 

AWARDS

2006 | Ontario Arts Council - Chalmers Foundation Grant

2006 | Canada Council for the Arts - Professional Development Grant

2001 | Royal Academy of Music - DipR.A.M. (Postgraduate Excellence Award)

1998 | University of Toronto - Greta Kraus Memorial Scholarship

REVIEWS

As the Prince in The Man Who Married Himself with Toronto Masque Theatre  –

"Before the Prince is split in two, she has counter-tenor Scott Belluz sing in his natural baritone. When the split is complete he shifts into the full, rich extended falsetto of the counter-tenor for which he known. Near the end Palmer gives the Prince a mad scene which Belluz chillingly performs."

Christopher Hoile, Stage-Door.com

 

Dublin Messiah with Aradia Ensemble –

"Countertenor Scott Belluz came in as an emergency replacement and he excelled. His voice has a rich texture and his sense of dramatic shading is impeccable. He captured the joyous exultation of 'O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion' with an ease that appeared effortless. His performance of 'He Was Despised' was delivered with an affinity to the music went far beyond that of one called in on short notice to ‘do a job’."

Brian Hay, NoRules-NoLights.com

 

Orlando/Lunaire with Opera Erratica  –

“Singers Scott Belluz and Carla Huhtanen inhabit their roles completely and seamlessly overcome the many technical challenges in the contrasting musical scores…these have to be the bravest vocal performances we have seen in Toronto this year.”

John Terauds, Toronto Star

 

“Countertenor Belluz, obviously gifted, was impressive in the lyrical Handel excerpts.”

Ken Winters, Globe and Mail

 

The Shadow with Tapestry New Opera –

"Countertenor Scott Belluz commanded a full, rounded tone and clearly relished the role of the elegant, eerie Shadow."

Christopher Hoile, Opera News Online

 

"Belluz played the Shadow as an imperious, slightly campy character. He was the guy who crashed the party with the ugly truth, and had a great time doing it. So did all of us, watching him."

Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail

 

 

'Opera to Go' with Tapestry New Opera –

"The most successful of the comedies is Taylor Graham and William Rowson’s The Virgin Charlie... Belluz and Krisztina Szabó make a great couple, delivering notes of comedy, irony and real feeling during the 15-minute piece."

Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

 

Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with Chicago Opera Theatre –

"Canadian countertenor Scott Belluz shone as one of the suitors."

Richard Covello, Opera Canada

 

'Opera Briefs' with Tapestry New Opera –

"Countertenor Belluz gave a bravura performance in the evening’s most charged work.”

Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

 

"I enjoyed especially the first item, Kagel's Tango Alemán, 'a pathetic story' told in an imaginary language by Scott Belluz with great aplomb as he strutted around the stage."

Peter Grahame Woolf, Musical Pointers