Samuel Piper is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He is an alumnus of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School and has studied German at the Goethe-Institut, Berlin. In 2017, Samuel joins the Melba Opera Trust, where is he studying under the John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship.
Most recently, Samuel played the roles of Sid in Albert Herring and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and performed in Brisbane Baroque’s production of Purcell’s King Arthur, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Bruckner’s Te Deum. A further recent highlight was performing in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic’s oratorio competition.
Operatic roles have included: The Gamekeeper in The Cunning Little Vixen, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro (covering Figaro), Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea and in the premiere of Gerard Brophy’s A Water Parable. Opera scenes experience includes roles from Don Giovanni, A Streetcar named Desire, Così fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore,Carmen, Pagliacci and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Other engagements include concerts with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland, The Queensland Choir, Noosa Chorale, The Bach Society of Queensland, and performances with many local and regional groups performing repertoire such as Handel’s Messiah, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s Ich habe genug, Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, Schumann’s Dichterliebe op. 48, Barber’s Dover Beach, Vaughan-Williams’ Songs of Travel, Brahms’ Liebeslieder and Schmitt’ss Chansons a quatre voix.
In 2017 Samuel looks forward to performing Vaughan-Williams’ Songs of Travel for 4MBS Festival and singing Bass Soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at St. John’s Catholic Church, Mullumbimby.