Stephen Morscheck is widely respected for the "dignity" he brings to signature roles such as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Colline in La boheme, 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 in Fidelio with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Escamillo in Carmen, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington Opera, Publius in La Clemenza di Tito with Santa Fe Opera, Palemon in Thais with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Colline in La boheme with Los Angeles, Dallas Opera and Montreal Opera, 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 covered Angelotti in Tosca with the Metropolitan Opera.
Engagements for the 2006-2007 Season and beyond include Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Atlanta Opera, St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion with the L'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Nourabad in Pearl Fishers with Kentucky Opera, Missa Solemnis with the Milwaukee Symphony, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Elgin Symphony, Simon in Judas Maccabeus and King Arthur with Music of the Baroque in Chicago, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Carolina, and the Atlanta Opera Gala concert.
The extent of his performed repertoire include the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Alphonso in Cosi fan tutte and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Capulet in Bellini's I Capuletti e Montecchi, the title-role in Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dr. Reischmann in Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers, Don Basilio in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Gessler in Guillaume Tell, and Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Colline in Puccini's La boheme and Angelotti in Tosca and the Bonz in Madama Butterfly, Frere Laurent in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, the Parson in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Leone in Handel's Tamerlano and Melisso in Alcina, Tomaso in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, and The Night Watchman in Wagner's Die Meistersinger.
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."
Opera Carolina Performances:
Don Giovanni (2007–2008)