Samuel Piper is the current recipient of the Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship and Arts Queensland Individuals Fund, enabling him to undertake a period of intensive study in Italy from September 2019 onward. He will be based in Treviso, where he will study with renowned Bel Canto specialist Sherman Lowe, as well as studying languages and working with coaches and conductors across Europe.
In 2018, Samuel made his debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni in a new production conducted by Johannes Fritzsch and directed by Lindy Hume.
“…Masetto was brilliantly played by Piper... It was a performance that evoked sympathy and compassion from the entire audience...”
With his home company, Opera Queensland, he has performed in numerous productions and events including the Helpmann Award nominated Mozart Airborne, which saw Mozart’s music sung and danced to by artists from Opera Queensland and Expressions Dance Company, and in education launches, season launches, gala events, and concerts.
With Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Samuel has performed Moralès in Carmen, and as a soloist for two of their Morning Music concerts.
His operatic repertoire also includes Sid (Albert Herring), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), The Gamekeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen), The Father (Hansel and Gretel), Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro), and multiple roles in Purcell's King Arthur. Alongside these roles, he has also performed scenes from Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, A Streetcar Named Desire, Così fan tutte, L'elisir d'amore, Pagliacci, L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Il barbiere di Siviglia. His repertoire also extends to oratorio repertoire such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Cantata 4 Christ lag in todes banden and 82 Ich habe genug, Handel’s Messiah, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Schubert’s Mass in G.
Alongisde his solo performances, he also joined Opera Australia in seasons of La bohème on the Harbour, Aida and Shostakovich’s The Nose. Samuel performed with Cantillation and Pinchgut Opera in their acclaimed production of Handel’s Athalia at the City Recital Hall.
Samuel has worked with many of Queensland’s premiere organisations including Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium, Opera Queensland, Expressions Dance Company, Brisbane Baroque Festival, 4MBS Festival of Classics, Bach Society of Queensland, The Queensland Choir, Noosa Chorale, Southern Cross Soloists and Bangalow Music Festival.
A graduate of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Samuel is the recipient of numerous scholarships and prizes and has furthered his training through opportunities with Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, Southern Cross Soloists, Goethe Institut Berlin, and as a recipient of the Pellegrino Scholarship through the Italian Consulate. Since 2017, Samuel has been supported as a scholar with Melba Opera Trust. He is the recipient of the John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship, and the inaugural recipient of the Ryman Healthcare Opera Scholarship.