Bass-baritone Conroy Scott started his musical training at an early age in the New Apostolic Church where he learnt to play all recorders, piano, flute and clarinet. Prior to pursuing a career in opera, he qualified as a mechanical engineer. Conroy furthered his musical studies at the University of Cape Town, specialising in opera under Dr Brad Liebl and then Professor Virginia Davids. He also studied double bass under the late Zoltan Kovats. He is a regular an ad-hoc player with all major South African orchestras, teaches both double bass and voice. Conroy has done vocal master classes and voice lessons across the whole of South Africa, has performed all over the world, and participated in numerous competitions and master classes. In 2017 he returned from Spain after 6 years performing the beloved sounds of Motown with the critically acclaimed group Soul Avenue. His operatic repertoire covers an array of roles, including the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Germont in La Traviata, Doctor Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon. In 2018 his close friend and mentor the late George Stevens invited him to perform the title role in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in a collaborative production of the UCT Opera School and Cape Town Opera, a role which he repeated at last year’s Suidoosterfees. He was part of the original cast of the musical Calling Me Home performing the world premiere in Johannesburg and a subsequent run in Cape Town, after which he was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for his portrayal of Ivan for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Conroy has appeared as bass soloist oratorios such as Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, for which he received the Woordtrofees(2018) for best classical vocal performance, Verdi’s Requiemat the 2019 Woordfees. Most recently, Conroy’s portrayal of the title role in Cape Town Opera’s 2022 production of Le nozze di Figaro earned him a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best Performance in an Opera. In 2023, Conroy was appointed one of Cape Town Opera’s Soloists, and some of his highly anticipated coming performances with the company this year include Zurga in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca, and Germont in Verdi’s la Traviata.