Obituary: Metropolitan Opera Conductor Scott Bergeson Dies at 69

By Francisco Salazar

American conductor Scott Bergeson has died at the age of 69.

The conductor was found dead at his home in Jay, Vermont on Oct. 28 just short of his 70th birthday, and as of now the cause of death is unknown.

Born Dec. 1, 1950, Bergeson went on to graduate from both Oberlin and Juilliard and joined the music staff of New York City Opera in 1977. He would make his company debut as a conductor in 1981 and became a resident conductor under Beverly Sills. He eventually went onto conduct over 300 performances with the company including “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” the Live from Lincoln Center telecasts of “The Cunning Little Vixen,” “Candide,” and Le Nozze di Figaro.

In 1992 he joined the Metropolitan Opera staff and became an assistant conductor.  He would make his conducting debut in 1998 leading “Salome” with Karita Mattila and “Die Zauberflöte” with Jonas Kaufmann. He also went on to conduct productions of “La Traviata,” “Idomeneo,” and “The Rake’s Progress.”

Outside of his work at the Met, he also conducted at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the San Diego Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, and many other companies.

Here he is conducting “Le Nozze di Figaro.”