Scott Williamson is Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, where he produced the company’s first-ever Wagner opera (Der Fliegende Holländer), and led the western Virginia professional premiere of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. He conducted the world premiere of The Three Feathers, a children’s opera by composer Lori Laitman and poet Dana Gioia. An internationally recognized tenor, the Times of London called his debut at Shakespeare’s Globe, “brilliant.” His work has been praised in The New York Times and Sun, Opera News, and The Washington Post. His performances of Mendelssohn and Dallapiccola with the American Symphony Orchestra are available on iTunes. His “Night by Silent Sailing Night: A Performance of John Cage’s STEPS: A Composition for a Painting,” was acclaimed upon its creation at the Taubman Museum of Art, where he is guest curator in music. Dr. Williamson has served on the faculties of Washington and Lee, Virginia Tech, and Hollins University, and is in demand as a guest artist and presenter. He also serves as Music Director for Roanoke’s Temple Emanuel, and his poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review and Tupelo Quarterly.