Spinto tenor Scott Piper’s rich, resonant voice and charismatic stage presence quickly established him as a sought-after interpreter of opera’s romantic leading men, in roles such as Cavaradossi in Tosca, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana. Of his performance with Utah Opera, the Salt Lake Tribune wrote “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.” Recently transitioning into spinto repertoire, Mr. Piper has sung Calaf in Turandot for Pensacola Opera and Minnesota Opera, Manrico in Il trovatore with Utah Opera, Pollione in Norma in Wiesbaden, and Luigi in Il tabarro and the title role of Otello with Opera Köln, Wiesbaden, Klagenfurt, and Dayton Opera, Verdi’s Requiem with Angers-Nantes in France, and Canio in Pagliacci with Utah Opera. Upcoming engagements include Canio/Turridu in Pagliacci/Cavalleria rusticana with Madison Opera and appearances as Don Jose in Carmen.
Recently, Mr. Piper 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 Anatol in Barber’s Vanessa with Sarasota Opera. Additionally, he returned to his signature roles: Rodolfo in La bohème with Angers-Nantes Opera in France, Don Jose in Carmen with Kentucky Opera and Nashville Opera, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Seattle Opera.
Other engagements from recent seasons for Mr. Piper include Cavaradossi in Tosica (Madison Opera, Utah Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Tulsa Opera and Cleveland Opera), the title role in Faust (New Israeli Opera and Dayton Opera), Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Florentine Opera and Utah Opera), the Duke in Rigoletto (Dublin, Ireland), Roldofo in La bohème (Seattle Opera, Opera Birmingham, and New Israeli Opera), Don José in Carmen (New York City Opera, Intermountain Opera, New Israeli Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera), Alfredo in La traviata (Jacksonville Symphony), Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Florentine Opera), Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut (Intermountain Opera Association), the North American Premiere of Mercadante’s Orazi & Curiazi (Minnesota Opera), Steva in Jenůfa (Glimmerglass Opera), and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Eugene Symphony).
Mr. Piper’s artistry has been heard throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has recently appeared with Houston Grand Opera, Opera Köln, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, 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 of La traviata with Stefania Bonfadell and Renato Bruson, conducted by Placido Domingo.