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, Canio in Pagliacci with Utah Opera, and Canio/Turridu in Pagliacci/Cavalleria rusticana with Madison Opera. Upcoming engagements include Pablo Neruda in Il postino with Virginia Opera and Opera Santa Barbara.
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.