SCOTT TILLEY, a free-lance conductor and composer based in North Carolina, is mainly known for his work in the orchestra pit. He served as Triangle Opera's Artistic Director, conducting and producing the company's critically acclaimed productions from 1989 until 2001. He has earned praise for his incisive conducting and for the innovative productions he oversaw. In 1993, he conducted the world premiere of Robert Ward's brilliant one-act opera based on an Edith Wharton short story, Roman Fever, an event which put Triangle Opera and the Raleigh-Durham area on the national opera map. In addition, he has led productions of Carmen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly 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.
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. In addition to conducting and composing, Mr. Tilley 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 including State Fair, Carousel, The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Annie Get Your Gun!