Vincenzo was born in New Jersey, USA, of Italian-American parents and began piano studies at the age of five. He graduated from Manhattan School of Music and worked as assistant conductor with the New Jersey State Opera.
He continued his studies in Italy and in 1980, joined the musical staff of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala as coach and pianist, assisting conductor’s Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Giannandrea Gavazzeni and Carlos Kleiber, among others.
Mr. Scalera has participated in many important music festivals, including Edinburgh, Martina Franca, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Les Choregies d’Orange, Carinthischer Sommer Ossiach, Salzburger Festspiele, and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Accompanying such celebrated singers as Carlo Bergonzi, Andrea Bocelli, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras ,Juan Diego Florez, Leyla Gencer, Vittorio Grigolo , Sumi Jo, Raina Kabaivanska, Katia Ricciarelli, , Renata Scotto, Cesare Siepi, Lucia Valentini Terrani, , etc., he has been heard in all the major music centers of the world.
His discography includes these recitals: Sumi Jo “La Promessa”, Renata Scotto in the “Complete Songs of Verdi”, “Carlo Bergonzi in Concerto”, Carlo Bergonzi in the “Art of Bel Canto-Canzone”, “The Comeback Concerts of José Carreras”. Mr Scalera has three recitals on Video with José Carreras, “In Vienna”, “In Concert”, and “Comeback Concert in Spain”.
Documenting his extensive collaboration with Carlo Bergonzi is a video concert entitled “Bergonzi Celebrates Gigli”, the program they performed together in a highly acclaimed 1985 Carnegie Hall recital.
As harpsichordist, he recorded the soundtrack of the video of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” under the direction of Claudio Abbado, and the world premiere recording of Rossini’s “Il Viaggio a Reims”, also with Abbado.
Mr. Scalera is a Steinway Artist and is currently on the staff of Milan’s Accademia d’Arti e Mestieri of Teatro alla Scala.