Scott Mello has been praised for his “lyrical tenor” (New York Times), “velvet legato” (SanDiego.com) and for being “sonorous and alive to text” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). The 2013/14 season begins with staged performances of Messiaen’s La Mort du Nombre with Cantata Profana at Yale University and New York’s Galapagos Art Space. Mr. Mello continues with debuts in Bach’s Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht (BWV 55) and Schütz’s Musikalische exequien with conductor JanJoost van Elburg and the Westerkerkkoor in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the title role in Britten’s Saint Nicolas with the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys in San Francisco and as the tenor soloist in Graun’s Der Tod Jesu with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra in Turku and Helsinki, Finland. He will return several times this season to Bach Collegium San Diego for performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, as well as Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4) and Mass in B minor. Recent seasons included performances of the title role in Handel’s Samson with conductor Nicholas McGegan, Bach’s Mass in B minor with Juilliard415 under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki on tour in the U.S. and Asia, The Play of Daniel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with Gotham Early Music Scene, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 with Apollo’s Fire, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with Bach Collegium San Diego, as well as performances of Bach’s Magnificat in D Major and Lotti’s Mass for Three Choirs with conductor Jeffrey Thomas and the American Bach Soloists.