Atlanta based Bass-baritone, Cory Schantz is an active performer of opera, oratorio, and recital repertoire. Mr. Schantz has performed across the United States and Europe and has been recognized by the Baltimore Sun for his “engaging presence on stage” and praised for his “beautifully sung” performances.
In recent years, Mr. Schantz has performed with Opera Birmingham as Lord Capulet in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Amonasro in Spotlight on Opera’s concert version of Aida. Mr. Schantz has performed the role of Giorgio Germont with Rimrock Opera and Winter Opera of St. Louis and has performed multiple principal roles with The Atlanta Opera, including Le Duc in Roméo et Juliette and Count Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto. In 2012, he 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. In addition, he has also performed principal roles with Wichita Grand Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and First Coast Opera.
Mr. Schantz made his Charleston Symphony debut in October 2021with Mendelssohn’s rarely performed Die Erste Walpurgisnacht. He also appeared in Kennesaw State University’s Kristallnacht observance, performing Laurence Sherr’s moving Fugitive Footsteps. In March 2020, he performed the baritone solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Atlanta Wind Symphony. Mr. Schantz made his Carnegie Hall debut in April 2018 as baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah. He has performed the same work with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Enid Symphony Orchestra, Billings Messiah Festival, and Brazos Chamber Orchestra. Other works in his repertoire include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem and Faure’s Requiem.
An active recitalist, Mr. Schantz has presented recitals at Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, University of New Hampshire, Elon University, and others. In March 2023, he will present the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s song cycle, Four Shakespeare Fragments.
Mr. Schantz serves on the voice faculty of Reinhardt University.