The American lyric tenor, Scot Weir, studied at the University of Colorado School of Music in Boulder, Colorado, USA, with Louis Cunningham, Barbara Doscher, Gerhard Hüsch, Gérard Souzay, Renato Cappechi and Ralph Herbert. He graduated in 1980.
Following his studies, Scot Weir went to Germany where he was engaged as a lyric tenor, first at the the Musiktheater Gelsenkirchen, then at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden. During his first seasons in Europe he quickly acquired a vast operatic repertoire including all the major roles of Mozart and Rossini operas, as well as more dramatic repertoire such as Narraboth in Salome and Lenski in Eugene Onegin.
Freelance since 1989, Scot Weir performs throughout the world. Currently, he is a regular guest at the Zürich Opera House, where he performs Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt; at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brüssels where he has participated in productions of Purcell-Dido and Aeneas, Berlioz-Les Troyens, Strauss-Salome, Rossini-Othello, Wagner-Tristan und Isolde, Mozart-Idomeneo and Cosi fan tutte; with the Salzburger Festspiele in productions of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and C Minor Mass and Britten's Les Illuminations and most recently at the Théâtre Chatelet in Paris in Verdi's Don Carlos which was recorded by EMI Records. Weir has also sung Tamino in Die Zauberflöte on tour in Japan with the Vienna Staatsoper. He has also sung at the Teatro Reggio in Turin, Italy and Teatro Bellini in Catania, Sicily.
Scot Weir is internationally acclaimed as an expert for the Bach Evangelists, which he has performed virtually all over the world. With conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Roger Norrington, Helmuth Rilling, Charles Dutoit, Claudio Abbado, Jesús López-Cobos, Sergiu Celebidache, Vaclav Neumann, Adam Fischer, James Conlon, Philippe Herreweghe, Gustav Leonhardt, Karl Münchinger, Leopold Hager and Antonio Pappano, Weir has made a name for himself as a specialist for Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann.
As an Oratorio singer, Scot Weir has sung at virtually every major festival in Europe, at the Musikfest Stuttgart, Bachtage Berlin, Salzburger Festspiele, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Bachfest Leipzig, Händel Festival Halle, Granada Festival, Prager Frühling, Berliner Festwochen, Internationale Haydnfestspiele Eisenstadt, Tage der Alten Musik Innsbruck, Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, and with many major orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, La Chapelle Royale (Paris), Concentus Musicus Wien, Musica Antiqua Köln, La Petite Bande, and Stuttgarter Kammerorchester.
Recent North American appearances include with Toronto's Baroque Ensemble Tafelmusik as well as with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Montréal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
As a recitalist, Scot Weir has performed in London's Wigmore Hall (Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (Schubert Winterreise), on the subscription series of the Alten Oper Frankfurt and at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brüssels, at the Théâtre de la Villes in Rennes as well as at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Scot Weir is Artistic Director of the Wiesbaden Musikherbst, a yearly festival concentrating on the music of a specific composer or group of composers including solo and chamber recitals, orchestral and oratorio performances as well as lectures and art exhibits.
Since 1992, Scot Weir has taught master-classes regularly at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart and at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In October 1995, he accepted a lifetime professorship in Voice at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin.
Scot Weir's discography includes opera recordings for EMI (Verdi: Don Carlos) and Channel Classics (Mendelssohn-Die Hochzeit des Carmacho); oratorio for Superphon (works of F.X. Brixi), Hännsler (Mozart-C minor Mass, Requiem, Frank-Les Beatitudes, Schubert-Lazarus), Harmonia Mundi (Mozart-C minor Mass), ebs Records (Schumann-Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Paradies und die Peri, Mass in C minor and Archiv Productions - Deutsche Grammophon (works of Johann David Heinichen). Weir's massive song repertoire is documented in part through numerous recordings on the TACET, EigenArt, Signum and Preiser Records Labels.