“With a vocal register that the program describes as spinto tenor — named for the Italian word for “pushed” — Piper delivers exaltant crescendoes that sound effortless, especially in the opera’s famous, murderous finale, “No, pagliaccio, non son” (Opera Tampa -Cavalleria/Pagliacci)
Spinto tenor Scott Piper’s rich, resonant voice and charismatic stage presence are quickly establishing him as a sought after interpreter of opera’s romantic leading men, in roles such roles as the Cavaradossi in Tosca, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana. The Salt Lake Triubune wrote of his Utah Opera performance “His voice was rich and natural, with baritone heft in the lower range; his heart-tugging third-act aria, “E lucevan le stelle,” was one of the evening’s highlights.” Last season as he transition into spinto repertoire, Scott sang Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Seattle Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Opera New Jersey, Calaf in Turandot for Pensacola Opera, Don José in Carmen for Nashville Opera and Alfredo in La traviata for Indianapolis Opera. Last summer, he returned Israel to sing Verdi’s Jerusalem.
Recently Scott made his role debut as Turiddu with the New Israeli Opera, added Canio for a Cavalleria – Pagliacci double bill with Opera Tampa, and debuted Manrico in Verdi’s Il trovatore with Opera Roanoke, and with Sarasota Opera Anatol in Barber’s Vanessa and returned to his signature roles; Rodolfo in La boheme with Angers-Nantes Opera in France, and Don Jose in Carmen with Kentucky Opera. This season he’ll return to Minnesota Opera as Calaf in Turandot, to Utah Opera as Manrico in Il Trovatore , and will make his role and company debut as Luigi in Tabarro with Cologne Opera in Germany. Future engagements include his debut at Austin Lyric Opera.
During the 2009-2010 season he was seen as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Tulsa Opera, and Cleveland Opera, and the title role in Faust with The New Israeli Opera and Dayton Opera. Engagements for 2008-2009 included Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Dayton Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with both Florentine Opera and the Utah Opera, the Duke in Rigoletto with the Anna Livia International Opera Festival in Dublin Ireland, and Roldofo in La bohème and Don José in Carmen with New Israeli Opera. Engagements for 2007-2008 saw Mr. Piper as Don José in Carmen once again with New York City Opera as well as with Intermountain Opera, returning to Jacksonville Symphony for Alfredo in La traviata, singing Cavaradossi for Utah Opera’s Tosca, and making his debut with Florentine Opera as Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi.Highlights of the 2006-2007 included his debuts with Seattle Opera and Opera Birmingham as Rodolfo in La bohème, Jose in Carmen with New York City Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Eugene Symphony. Other recent engagements include a return to Minnesota Opera in the North American Premiere of Mercadante’s Orazi & Curiazi, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut for the Intermountain Opera Association, and his Glimmerglass Opera debut as Steva in Jenůfa.
Mr. Piper’s artistry has been heard throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has recently appeared with Houston Grand Opera, the International Music Festival of Macau, Vancouver Opera (British Columbia), Compañia Lírica Nacional de Costa Rica, the New Peoples Theater of Moscow (Russia), Minnesota Opera, Opera Pacific, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Opera, Madison Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and New York City Opera. In Italy he has appeared in Rome, Catanzaro, Modena, Ravenna, and at Teatro di Verdi in Busseto. He also appears as Alfredo in the DVD of Franco Zeffirelli’s production’s of La traviata with Stefania Bonfadell, Renato Bruson and conducted by Placido Domingo.
As a guest soloist Scott Piper has appeared with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Plymouth Symphony, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Madison Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony. With the Friends of the Opera of Michigan he sang the North American Premiere of Perosi’s oratorio La Rissurezione di Christo. Scott has received awards from: the Univeristy of Michigan Friends of the Opera, the National Society of Arts and Letters, the William C. Byrd Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Ken Boxley Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition, the George London Foundation, and received the Jim and Janice Botsford Study Grant.