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Young American tenor Scott Joiner made an auspicious debut for the San Francisco Opera creating the role of Dickon in the world premiere of 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” and the THE AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE called his role "flawlessly sung." In 2016, Joiner “unleashed a lovely lyric sound” (OPERA NEWS) as Piemonteser in Strauss' Friedenstag in his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein.
Joiner capped off the 2017/2018 Season singing the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Odeon Theater Wien under the baton of Christian Schulz as the 2018 Artist-in-Residence for the Vienna Summer Music Festival, returning to the United States as a Festival Artist at Sherrill Milnes’ 2018 Savannah VOICE Festival. Earlier in the season, he sang the leading tenor role (Edoardo) in the US premiere of Zandonai's Il grillo del focolare with Teatro Grattacielo led by Israel Gursky; performed the role of Young Gulliver in the world premiere of Gulliver's Travels with American Opera Projects; returned to Carnegie Hall as soloist in Mark Hayes' International Carol Suites with Distinguished Concerts International; appeared as tenor soloist in the US premiere of Strictly Gershwin with the Tulsa Ballet/Tulsa Symphony; and created the title role for the world staged premiere of Eric Salzman's Big Jim & the Small-Time Investors with Gramercy Opera at NY Symphony Space, “Surmounting Salzman's composition with an elastic tenor sound that thrillingly embraces the abstract… The payoff was a magical performance by Scott Joiner” (SCHMOPERA.COM). He was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered for his roles as singer and composer in the award-winning short-film operas Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera) and Something Blue (The Bachelor Opera).
Joiner’s recent concert appearances include a return to Carnegie Hall for the New York premiere of Howard Goodall's Eternal Light: A Requiem, Tenor Soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Garden State Philharmonic, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers for the New Jersey Choral Society, and Händel's Messiah with the Helena Symphony Orchestra. Other career highlights include Pedrillo in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail with St.Petersburg Opera, Rochester in Karchin's Jane Eyre with NYC's Center for Contemporary Opera, Joseph Treat in Victoria Bond's Mrs. President at the National Opera Center, Goro in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera, Ferrando in Cosí fan Tutte and Tamino 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 at Teatro Magnani di Fidenza, Italy. Past seasons have heard the tenor in Sonenberg's The Summer King with American Opera Projects, Die Zauberflöte at Central City Opera, and Tosca with Opera Colorado. Joiner also appeared in the 2014 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 encompassing Donizetti, Puccini, Mozart, and Verdi as well as crossover works. Upon his performance of Gerald Finzi's For St. Cecilia with 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 has appeared with the Colorado Music Festival, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Choral Society & Orchestra, Wintergreen Music Festival, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Escher String Quartet. 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.