Cory Schantz is a versatile baritone with wide dramatic and comedic range. With a captivating manner on stage and a voice of both brilliance and depth, he most recently sang Count Ceprano in Atlanta Opera’s triumphant 2015 production of Rigoletto, He was recognized as an “engaging presence on stage” by the Baltimore Sun following his professional debut as Wagner in Gounod’s Faust at Baltimore Opera, a role he reprised in 2014 with Atlanta Opera, where critics called the role “handsomely sung.”
Mr. Schantz returned to Atlanta in the role of Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He debuted with Rimrock Opera in Billings, MT in 2014 as Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata. Mr. Schantz appeared in Tulsa Opera’s stirring production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, a performance hailed by critics as the finest production by the company in a decade. He has also performed principal roles with Wichita Grand Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and Winter Opera of St. Louis.
An active recitalist and interpreter of oratorio, he has appeared as baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Enid Symphony Orchestra, the Billings Messiah Festival, and Brazos Chamber Orchestra.
Upcoming performances include the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado with Capitol City Opera (Atlanta) and recitals at the University of Connecticut and the University of New Hampshire.
Mr. Schantz studied with Marilyn Horne, at The University of Oklahoma (where he earned his D.M.A.) and the Académie Musicale de Villecroze (France). He has served on the voice faculty at Ouachita Baptist University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University and is currently on faculty at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, where he teaches voice and coordinates the opera program.