Biography

American soprano Carter Scott has received tremendous critical acclaim for her portrayals of a wide variety of Verdi, Strauss, and Wagner heroines, including those most difficult to cast. The title role of Turandot has become one of Ms. Scott’s signature portrayals: she has sung over 40 performances of the role in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Ms. Scott opens her 2012-13 season with a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their new production of Elektra, in which she covers the Overseer. Also in 2012-13, she makes her role debut as Minnie in La fanciulla del West with Knoxville Opera and bows with Theater Erfurt as Turandot. Ms. Scott made her official Lyric Opera of Chicago stage debut during the 2010-11 season as the Lady in Waiting (also covering Lady Macbeth) in a new production of Macbeth. In the 2011-12 season she sang Lady Macbeth with Boston Lyric Opera and returned to Fort Worth Opera to sing the title role in Tosca.

In the summer of 2009, Ms. Scott portrayed Turandot with South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Tosca with Des Moines Metro Opera and Chautauqua Opera. She began the fall covering Tosca at Lyric Opera of Chicago, before making her Washington National Opera debut as the 3rd Norn (also covering Gutrune) in concert performances of Götterdämmerung. Ms. Scott concluded the 2009-10 season with concert performances of Turandot for Piedmont Opera.

In the 2007-08 season, Ms. Scott returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten and enjoyed a major success singing Turandot at short notice with Fort Worth Opera. Other engagements during the 2007-08 season included Leonora in La forza del destino with Knoxville Opera and Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana with San Diego Opera.

Other major highlights of Ms. Scott’s career include Abigaille in Nabucco for her European debut with the Dortmund Opera (2003-04 season); Ježibaba in Rusalka at San Diego Opera (opposite Renée Fleming); her first performances of the title role in Aida with Syracuse Opera; and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth with Syracuse Opera, Opera Roanoke and Washington National Opera (cover). She has served as understudy for the title roles in Salome and Turandot for Lyric Opera of Chicago and has sung excerpts from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with the Mobile Symphony.

Ms. Scott was engaged by the Bremen Opera for 24 performances of the title role in Turandot during the 2004-05 season. She recently returned to Germany for Die Walküre with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.

Ms. Scott is a recipient of many prestigious awards and grants, including the 1996 William Matheus Sullivan Award, as well as awards from the Metropolitan Opera, Southern California Opera Guild, and the Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Competition. Her vocal training includes study at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of California, the Music Academy of the West, the Tanglewood Festival, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.