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Scott Tilley, North Carolina-based conductor and composer, is primarily known for his work as an opera conductor. He served as Artistic Director of Triangle Opera in Durham, conducting and co-producing the company’s productions from 1989 until 2001. He has led critically acclaimed performances of Carmen, Tosca, L’elisir d’amore, and Fidelio, among many others. Mr. Tilley has also appeared with the Memphis Opera and the Asheville Lyric Opera in productions of The Mikado, Madama Butterfly, and The Barber of Seville. Most recently, he guest conducted Amarillo Opera’s productions of Rigoletto and La Bohème, the latter a performance that was broadcast on Texas public television.
As a composer, Mr. Tilley has created works in a wide variety of genres, including the one-act opera The Last Straw, two string quartets, an orchestral suite, and numerous art songs, including two commissions for his wife, Song Offerings (2002), and Five Questions (2014).
In addition to conducting and composing, Mr. Tilley has served as a co-editor and engraver of critical editions of the scores of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and other musicals in their catalogue.
He continues to work as an engraver and co-editor for the works of Jerome Moross.
He resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, the opera singer Susan Dunn.