Hailed by the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review for his “tour de force expressed with a powerful and resonant voice,” bass-baritone Matthew Scollin returns to the Opéra National de Bordeaux as Goffredo in Il pirata in the 2017-18 season. Stateside, he makes debuts with both Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera as Martin and James in Candide and Washington Concert Opera as Montolino in La strainera in addition to returning to Pittsburgh Opera as the Sacristan in Tosca. In the summer, he sings his first performances of Colline in La bohème and Count Waldner in Arabella with Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Last season, he made his international debut with the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, followed by his first performances with Opéra National de Bordeaux, as Martin and James in Candide. He sang Jeff in Beck’s The Long Walk with Utah Opera and the Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera, returned to Pittsburgh Opera for both Dottore Grenvil in La traviata and the Second Soldier in Salome, and reprised Pistola in Falstaff with Resonance Works Pittsburgh. On the concert stage, he joined the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic for Mozart’s Requiem and the Westmoreland Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Other recent performances for Mr. Scollin include Pistola in Falstaff and Simplico in Glass’ Galileo Galilei with Des Moines Metro Opera, his first performances of Martin and James in Candide and ein Lakei in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glimmerglass Festival, Colline in La bohème with DC Public Opera, and the Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte with Pacific Musicworks. He maintains a strong relationship with Pittsburgh Opera, where as a former Resident Artist, his performances included Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Friedrich Bhaer in Adamo’s Little Women, Ernest Hemingway in Gordon’s 27, the Gran Sacerdote in Nabucco in addition to covering Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte.
With Virginia Opera, he sang Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore, Zuniga in Carmen, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, First Nazarene in Salome, the Sprecher and First Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte, and the Marchese d’Obigny in La travaiata. With Seattle Opera, he sang La Rocca in Un giorno di regno in the company’s young artist presentation as well as the Second Prisoner in Fidelio. He joined the Merola Opera Program in association with San Francisco Opera as the Man with a Cornet Case in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco and is a former Apprentice Artist of Santa Fe Opera. Among his other recent concert engagements are Handel’s Messiah with the Lansing Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with the Portland Symphonic Choir; Bach’s Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BMV 56 with the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore and performances of the composer’s Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BMV 80 in Pittsburgh; as well as Raphael in Haydn’s Creation in Peoria, Illinois.
He is the winner of a Career Development Award from the The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation. Mr. Scollin earned his Master of Music from the University of Illinois, at which he received the Jerry Hadley Memorial Scholarship and sang the Duruflé Requiem, Monterone in Rigoletto, and Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University, where he sang his first performances of Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Alidoro in La cenerentola, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, El capitán in Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Elder McLean in Floyd’s Susannah, and Simone in Gianni Schicchi.