Stephen Morscheck is widely respected for the “dignity” he brings to signature roles such as Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, Colline in La Bohème, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. The Washington Times says, “As Raimondo, bass Stephen Morscheck added a clear vocal gravity and sanity to a chaotic situation,” while the Washington Post hails the “…grave dignity” he brought to the character.
In recent seasons, he has performed to much acclaim the roles of Rocco inFidelio with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington Opera, Publius in La Clemenza di Tito with Santa Fe Opera, Palemon in Thaïs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Colline inLa Bohème with Los Angeles, Dallas Opera and L’Opera de Montreal, Don Alphonso in Cosi Fan Tutte and Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Kentucky Opera, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Florentine Opera, and Angelotti cover in Tosca with the Metropolitan Opera.
In the summer 2008, he performed John Adams in Amistad at Spoleto Festival U.S.A., and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the National Symphony Orchestra in Santo Domingo. In the 2008-20009 Season, he performs Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with Dallas Opera, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Orlando Opera, the title role in Hercules with Music of the Baroque, and Bach’s B Minor Masswith the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica in San Jose. In the 2007-2008 Season, engagements included Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with L’Opera de Montreal, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Carolina, Figaro inLe Nozze di Figaro with Atlanta Opera, St. Matthew Passion with the L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Duke Chapel Choir, and soloist in the Atlanta Opera La Belle Soirée.
Engagements from the 2006-2007 Season include Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Atlanta Opera, Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Kentucky Opera, St. John Passion with the L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Mozart Requiemwith the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Verdi Requiem with the Anchorage Symphony, Missa Solemnis with the Milwaukee Symphony, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Berkshire Choral Festival, and Simon in Judas Maccabeus and King Arthur with Music of the Baroque in Chicago.
Mr. Morscheck has also been active in recitals and oratorios. Among his repertoire are Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat, and St. Matthew Passion, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mendelsshon’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s The Seasons and Teresian Mass, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Philip Glass’ The Civil Wars at Carnegie Hall and in a recording with Jessye Norman, George Crumb’s Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death, and Kurt Weill’s Der Lindbergflugh.
Stephen Morscheck graduated from Wheaton College and completed advanced degrees from the University of Michigan. In 1995, he was awarded the “Richard Tucker Career Grant.”