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Randall Scotting’s vocal agility, warm tone, and masculine stage presence define him as an acclaimed interpreter of baroque opera’s heroes. He is recognized for his innovative recital and concert programs and performances of avant-garde contemporary works. This seasons’ engagements include his début with Seattle Opera in Handel’s Semele; a recital tour of Hungary and the Czech Republic; a program of selections from Saul and Xerxes exploring the year 1738 in Handel’s life for the Handel House Museum in London; a concert entitled “The Thief, the Priest, and the Lover” with Ballo Baroque Ensemble in London; and the role of Marc Antonio in the modern day premiere of Daniele de Castrovillari’s 1662 opera La Cleopatra in San Francisco. Next season he will sing Chichester Psalms and Carmina Burana with Santa Barbara Symphony.
Recent operatic roles include Giuliano in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo for New York City’s Gotham Chamber Opera where Randall was lauded by the New York Times as ‘excellent’ and possessing a ‘clarion countertenor’ voice; the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Fort Worth Opera in which he was praised for his ‘technical brilliance with his delivery of spot on lines of coloratura within his many arias’; and he performed the title role in Handel’s Orlando for Hobart Baroque in Australia, a role he has previously sung with Sacramento Opera and the Liszt Orchestra in Budapest.
In concert, Randall has recently sung at St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh, performed a solo recital for the Göttingen Haendel Festspiele Historical Music Series, presented ‘Handel’s Rivals’ at the Handel House Museum in London, and presented Antonio Caldara’s newly rediscovered oratorio Le gelosie d’un Amore in London. He was also featured vocalist with the Baroque Orchestra of Colorado singing the music of Handel and performed concerts in several well-known London venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, the National Gallery, and the V&A Museum.
Randall has worked with companies and festivals including Santa Fe Opera (Oscar excerpts presented in New York); Fort Worth Opera (title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare); New York City Opera (Handel’s Flavio* and Agrippina*); Spoleto Festival Italy (Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte); Bath International Music Festival (Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas); New York Philharmonic (Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre*); Budapest Kamaraoper (title role in Vivaldi’s il Tigrane); Minnesota Opera (Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio); Des Moines Metro Opera (Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream); and Landestheater Neustrelitz (Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina). He has also been seen twice at Carnegie Hall, first under the baton of Ton Koopman in works of Handel and later in a performance piece with Bobby McFerrin. Additional roles performed include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice, and the leading role in Akhnaten, among others.
Recordings on which Randall can be heard include the title role in Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Santo Stefano; a modern cantata for chorus and soloist entitled Dive: A Water Music; and on the DVD of Vivaldi’s opera Ercole sul Termodonte from the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, with ensemble il Complesso Barocco conducted by Alan Curtis.
Randall is also an award winner and finalist of many competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (District winner), the Marcelo Giordani Competition, Connecticut Opera Competition, McCammon Competition, Licia Albanese Puccini Competition, and Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. Randall has trained at the Royal College of Music in London, the Juilliard Opera Center, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
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