Samuel Piper, Baritone.


Piper goes to Italy

This project will round out my artistic interpretation, vocal technique, expand my repertoire, work towards fluency in the Italian language, and form relationships for future career opportunities.

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Taking place in Treviso, Italy, my project is centered around working with renowned Bel Canto teacher Mr Sherman Lowe to further my vocal technique and to prepare core operatic repertoire. I was privileged to spend five weeks in late 2018 studying in Mr. Lowe’s studio, and was heartened by his excellent teaching, which is grounded in his understanding of historical methods of training voices, and his fruitful years of practical teaching experience.

The repertoire studied in lessons will be coached in collaboration with vocal coaches and conductors from Italy and around Europe. This will lead to a more exciting, reliable, and robust interpretation of this new repertoire, as well as potentially leading to performance opportunities.

My project will include 2 x 5-week Italian courses, totaling at least 200 hours, with the provision for 10 hours of individual lessons. This course will develop my ability to work and converse in Italian, as well as increasing my ability to sensitively interpret Italian repertoire.

Now is the opportune time for this project – I have completed tertiary education at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, undertaken post tertiary study with Melba Opera Trust, and had my first experiences as a professional artist through work with Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Pinchgut Opera, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. I am excited to experience and embrace the challenging, eye-opening opportunities which await me in Europe.

Through your philanthropic support of this project you will be fostering the pursuit of classical singing in Australia and Internationally. This is a pursuit which takes many years of dedication and study. You will also be ensuring Australia’s opera companies have a pool of competitive national singers to employ.

I am asking for your support in order to undertake this transformative period of professional development.

Due to my success in receiving the Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship, I have been successfully gathered the funds to cover all my tuition expenses for this project.

Therefore, all funds raised through the Australian Cultural Fund platform will contribute to the expenses of relocating to, and living in Italy for the duration of this project.

This project will ultimately lead to: a significant ongoing improvement in understanding and function of my instrument, multiple ”ready-to-go” roles which can be presented at auditions, repertoire development, fluency in Italian language, a greater understanding of style and performance practice in multiple operatic genres, a more well rounded and distinct artistic sensibility, an extended professional network, and increased employment potential.

It is my ambition to develop connections during this project which will lead to entering the next stage of my career, which I hope to be in an Opera Studio or Young Artist Program in continental Europe.

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Samuel Piper, baritone, has worked with many leading companies including Opera Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Opera Queensland and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Piper recently made his debut with Opera Queensland as Masetto (Don Giovanni) in a new production directed by Lindy Hume and conducted by Johannes Fritzsch. He also performed in Mozart Airborne with Expressions Dance Company/Opera Queensland and as Moralès (Carmen) for QSO/Opera Queensland. Samuel also joined Pinchgut Opera for Athalia, and Opera Australia in La bohème on the Harbour, Aida and Shostakovich’s The Nose.

He is a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and has furthered his education through The Pellegrino Scholarship for study in Italy, Lisa Gasteen National Opera School and has worked with Melba Opera Trust for 2017, 2018, and 2019.


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