Baritone Paul Scholten’s recent performance highlights include the creation of Tommy McIntyre in the world premiere of Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers with Cincinnati Opera. He made his debut as the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Kent Singers of Connecticut, and as MacDuff in Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth with Chicago Opera Theatre. Mr. Scholten had previously performed with Cincinnati Opera in their 2015 production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and returned to DuPage Opera to sing Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. He made his Fort Worth Opera Festival debut in the role as Guglielmo, performed the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Opera Company of Middlebury, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with DuPage Opera, and Baburov in Shostakovich’s Moscow Cheryomushki with Chicago Opera Theater. Mr. Scholten created the role of The General in a Metropolitan Opera Workshop of Scott Wheeler’s The Sorrows of Frederick, and sang Der Vater in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Macon Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Scholten is an alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago where he was seen in numerous roles including Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zweiter Priester in Die Zauberflöte, Der Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos, Dancaïro in Carmen, Starveling in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Happy in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. Other performances at the Lyric included Dandini in highlights from Rossini’s La Cenerentola in a concert performance with the Grant Park Music Festival, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola. Mr. Scholten was also young artist in the San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program and a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he sang the role of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte under Maestro James Levine.
Mr. Scholten’s success also extends to the concert stage, where most recently he was the baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Apollo Orchestra and Chorus. He has been the baritone soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation Mass, and Bruckner’s Te Deum. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s The Song Continues Festival. Mr. Scholten was a national semi-finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and is the first-place winner of the American Opera Society Competition, as well as the first-place winner of the Irma M. Cooper International Opera Columbus Vocal Competition.