ABOUT

Garnering praise for his combination of vocal beauty, musicality and charisma, bass-baritone Michael Scarcelle has proven his versatility in concert, recital, opera and theatre. Recent performances include Herrmann Augustus CANDIDE with Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra, Poo-Bah MIKADO with Mobile Opera, HYDROGEN JUKEBOX with Skylight Music Theatre, Poo-Bah MIKADO with Shreveport Opera. Other performance highlights include Demetrius A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM with Opera Naples, King Melchior AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, Beaupertuis in Nino Rota's THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT and Don Pedro LA PÉRICHOLE with Amarillo Opera, The Pirate King THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE with Anchorage Opera, Alidoro LA CENERENTOLA and Ceprano RIGOLETTO with Salt Marsh Opera, and the role of Death in Holst’s SAVITRI with Little Opera Theater of New York, for which The New York Times praised his “forbidding, resonant bass-baritone.”    In 2015 he made his Carnegie Hall debut as Masolino in American Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Schillings’ MONA LISA, then performed at the hall again with New York City Chamber Orchestra as soloist for both Duruflé Requiem and Fauré Requiem.  Additional roles this season include Papageno THE MAGIC FLUTE with Anchorage Opera and Figaro THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh as well as the bass soloist in Greenwich Choral Society's concert of Handel's JUDAS MACCABAEUS. 

Mr. Scarcelle made his European debut singing Crespel LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and Marchese LA TRAVIATA with Festival lyrique international de Belle-Île-en-Mer and returned to the festival as Schaunard LA BOHÈME.  Other notable performances abroad include Plutone ORFEO in Chiari, Italy, and Escamillo CARMEN, Figaro LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Dominick in the world premiere of Georg Kreisler's DAS AQUARIUM with Volkstheater Rostock.  For his performance as Elviro in Boston Baroque’s production of SERSE, Opera News wrote "bass Michael Scarcelle possessed an appealing, charismatic stage presence and a spot-on sense of comic timing reminiscent of a young Cary Grant" and Boston Globe noted his "fluidly sung comic relief."


He recently made his debut with Munich Philharmonic performing Herrmann Augustus CANDIDE, a role he reprised with London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Theatre, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at Bremen's Glockenspiel and Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich at Vienna Konzerthaus. His bass aria in Bach MAGNIFICAT (nationally televised from the National Cathedral) was praised by The Washington Post as "fresh" and "animated". Other notable concert engagements include Avery Fisher Hall performances as bass soloist for Händel's MESSIAH  and Verdi REQUIEM, Schütz FILI MI ABSALON with St. Luke's Trombone Quartet, Händel MESSIAH with Norddeutsche Philharmonie; Mozart MASS IN C MINOR; Haydn LORD NELSON MASS and Bach CANTATAS 4 and 111 with Yale Symphony Orchestra; Haydn THERESIENMESSE and Händel ALEXANDER’S FEAST at Hunter College; Bach CANTATA 182 with St. Bartholomew's Church New York City, and a concert of Broadway music with the Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra that earned him a Cultural Diplomacy award from the United States Embassy.


Other performances include Hanezò L'AMICO FRITZ with Sarasota Opera, Friar Laurence (cover) ROMEO AND JULIET and Monterone (cover) RIGOLETTO with Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Police Sergeant THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE with Colorado Symphony; Filiberto (cover) IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO with Gotham Chamber Opera, Masetto DON GIOVANNI with H&K Arts Japan, Alessio LA SONNAMBULA with Salt Marsh Opera, Ceprano RIGOLETTO with Westfield Symphony Orchestra, Pistola FALSTAFF and Guglielmo COSI FAN TUTTE with Hunter College, Marco GIANNI SCHICCHI, Valere LE MÉDECIN MALGRÉ LUl, Erminio IL TRIONFO DELL'ONORE, Antonio LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Sprecher DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Yale Opera, Michele IL TABARRO at Catholic University, Schlémil LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN, Lucas THE STUDENT PRINCE and Sculpteur LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE DAME with Central City Opera where, as an apprentice artist,  he was singled out by Opera News as "particularly promising, for cultivated sonorous vocalism and good stage presence." 


Mr. Scarcelle, a Philadelphia native, has appeared in concert internationally including several recitals at the historic Academy of Music in his hometown. Among his theatre credits are roles in NAUGHTY MARIETTA, HELLO DOLLY, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, THE DESERT SONG and THE KING AND I. He holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Hunter College. He additionally studied at The Catholic University of America and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy focusing on dancing and acting.