Praised for his “penetrating bass voice and strong stage demeanor” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), bass-baritone Matthew Scollin began his operatic career with residencies at Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, and Pittsburgh Opera. This season, Scollin returns to Pittsburgh Opera to perform Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata) and Second Soldier (Salome), after which he’ll make his international debut as Martin/James in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at Théâtre du Capitole and Opéra National de Bordeaux. Additionally, Scollin will sing Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte) at Madison Opera, as well as Pistola (Falstaff) with Resonance Works Pittsburgh and the Bass Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
Scollin recently made his Des Moines Metro Opera debut, performing both Pistola (Falstaff) and Simplicio (Galileo Galilei). As a Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist during the 2015-16 season, Scollin sang Gran Sacerdote (Nabucco), Friedrich Bhaer (Little Women), Henri Matisse / Ernest Hemingway (27), Keeper of the Madhouse (The Rake’s Progress), and Don Basilio in the student matinee of Il barbiere di Siviglia. He was also a finalist in James Conlon’s Initiative for Recovered Voices competition in Los Angeles, and was awarded a Career Development Grant from The Sullivan Foundation.
For the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, Scollin participated in the Emerging Artists Program at Virginia Opera. During his tenure there, he sang Speaker / 2nd Armored Man (The Magic Flute), Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos), Zuniga (Carmen), Dick Deadeye (H.M.S. Pinafore), 1st Nazarene (Salome), and Marchese d’Obigny (La Traviata). As an apprentice at the Glimmerglass Festival, Scollin sang Lackey (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Martin/James (Candide). Additional credits include Sprecher in Pacific MusicWorks’ Die Zauberflöte, Colline in DC Public Opera’s La bohème, and the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Portland Symphonic Choir.
A Michigan native, Scollin holds degrees from Michigan State University (B.M.) and the University of Illinois (M.M.), where he studied with Jerold Siena and Julie and Nathan Gunn.