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Scott Joiner

Scott Joiner


Young American tenor Scott Joiner recently made an auspicious debut for the San Francisco Opera with his appearances as Dickon in Gasser’s The Secret Garden. Critics and public alike were unanimous in their praise, with the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER exclaiming, “Scott Joiner, in his local debut, was splendid as Dickon.” Accordingly, the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE noted, “A stellar cast…Scott Joiner brings a bright, arching tenor to the role of Dickon.” The national and international press concurred, with THE AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE noting that Joiner’s role was “flawlessly sung.” SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL chimed, “Scott Joiner delivered Dickon’s music with freshness and a vibrant, piquant sound.”

Mr. Joiner is a tenor in the lineage of Charles Anthony and Piero de Palma - a skilled actor possessing a full, lyric voice of leading quality employed to great effect in a wide variety of principal, character and crossover roles. Recent role highlights include performances as Edward Rochester in Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre with the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York City, Goro in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera, Ferrando in Cosí fan Tutte and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for Asheville Lyric Opera, Pang in Turandot for Opera Company of Middlebury, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff with Cinnabar Opera, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with the Bucks County Symphony and his international debut as Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Teatro Magnani di Fidenza, Italy.

Past seasons have heard the tenor in Sonnenberg’s The Summer King with American Opera Projects, Die Zauberflöte at Central City Opera, and Tosca with Opera Colorado. In 2014, Joiner also appeared in the world premiere of the Boston Tea Party Opera at the New York International Fringe Festival.

As a principal artist with Asheville Lyric Opera, Mr. Joiner demonstrated a broad range of dramatic and vocal skill, assuming nine roles over four seasons in repertoire that encompassed the works of Donizetti, Puccini, Mozart, and Verdi as well as crossover works. Upon his performance of Gerald Finzi’s For St. Cecilia with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, CLASSICAL VOICE OF NORTH CAROLINA singled out Joiner for special praise noting his “high arcing lines, delivered in thrilling fashion” adding that, “this inspired performance was one to remember.”

Extremely active on the concert and recital stage, Mr. Joiner’s recent activity includes appearances with the Colorado Music Festival, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Choral Society & Orchestra, Wintergreen Music Festival, Asheville Chamber Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Escher String Quartet and Stravinsky Ensemble, conducted by Ted Hearne.

Mr. Joiner was a 2011 Regional Finalist and District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and winner of the North Carolina Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition. He received his BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music with additional studies in Art Song with celebrated repertoire coach and Grammy-nominated pianist Warren Jones.

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