RANDALL SCOTTING   COUNTERTENOR

Biography

Commanding a distinctively resonant, warm vocal timbre, Randall Scotting is a rare find among today’s exceptional countertenors.  Noted for his intensely drawn and committed character portrayals, Randall’s voice has been praised as “excellent, clarion, flexible and expressive” (The New York Times) while possessing “a broad spectrum of colors and a great variety of expressive nuance (Opernwelt).  The press continues to acknowledge his outstanding portrayal of leading roles, including Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Rinaldo, and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s DreamRandall’s wide-ranging musical curiosity and strong vocal ability have led him to shape a versatile international career in opera, concert, and recital.  For the 2019-2020 season, Randall joins the roster of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London covering Handel’s Agrippina and Britten’s Death in Venice, and he will sing the title roles in Alessandro Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista for Opera Omaha, with Christopher Alden directing, and Cavalli’s Eliogabalo in San Francisco.

“stunningly performed by Randall Scotting… his second aria reaffirmed the initial impact of an exceptionally powerful countertenor voice”
– Tony Ryan, TheatreReview

Randall trained at the Royal College of Music in London, the Juilliard School in New York, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.  Soon after winning 1st place in the district Metropolitan Opera Competition, he made his leading operatic debut at the Spoleto Festival in Italy under the baton of Alan Curtis in Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte (available on DVD).  In baroque repertoire, Randall has earned particular acclaim as “he shows not only his technical abilities to pull off the florid ornamentation in spot-on Baroque style, he also demonstrates his downright impressive range” (Examiner), and “His countertenor carried a round timbre and even tone, with a seamless connection to his lower register and a resonant chest voice.  In the duet from Handel’s Giulio Cesare he showed virtuosic perfection, vocal proficiency, and a perfectly formed trill.” (Opera Plus) 

Other notable operatic and concert highlights for Randall include a 2019 performance with Boston Baroque in Handel’s Jephtha, Handel’s Semele with Seattle Opera, and selections from Oscar with Santa Fe Opera.  Randall has collaborated with other top-level companies, including: the New York PhilharmonicNew York City OperaMinnesota OperaThe Bath International Music Festival (UK), Michigan Opera Theatre, Landestheater Neustrelitz (Germany), Fort Worth Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Colorado, Budapest Kamaraopera (Hungary), Hobart Baroque (Australia), and others.  In concert, Randall has sung with the Göttingen Handel Festival in Germany, performed Renaissance song and Purcell in Edinburgh at historic St Cecilia’s Hall, sung Handel’s Judas Maccabeus in New York City, presented castrato arias by Handel on tour in Italy, sung Carmina Burana with the Santa Barbara Symphony, and performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Ecuador.

Randall also embraces the unconventional and his interpretations of contemporary music, utilizing over three octaves of the voice, have likewise received unique praise for “virtuosic skill, vocal wizardry, and commanding stage presence” (Christchurch Mail).  He has improvised with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall, performed Handel arias and Leonard Cohen songs while dancing a burlesque strip-tease in Paris!  for Company XIV, sung Pergolesi and Vivaldi in a Brooklyn warehouse production, performed Handel’s Ariodante  with a bluegrass band at National Sawdust, and sung in Xenakis’ psychologically challenging masterwork Oresteia  in New Zealand.

“Scotting has a luscious countertenor sound with all of the depth and clarity most lack while singing in the stratospheric ranges of the male voice.”
– Evan McCormack, Opera Pulse

As a recitalist, Randall has been endorsed as “a versatile and probing artist, with wide-reaching repertoire interests and a deep sense of musicality and style”.  His passion for recital inspires programs not traditionally associated with the countertenor voice, including Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Ligeti’s Öt Arany‐dal, and Berio’s Canzoni popolari.  He has been presented at several venues in London (St Martin‐in‐the‐fields, The National Gallery, Handel House Museum, the V & A), on tour in Hungary and Czechia, as well as in Boston, Dallas, and Denver.  In 2020, Randall will present a recital program of new works for countertenor in New York, including songs commissioned for his voice.

Originally from a small town in Colorado, an unlikely trajectory led Randall to begin singing countertenor in his mid-20s after several years studying the cello and composition.  In the spring of 2018, he received a PhD from London’s Royal College of Music focused on lesser known 18th century Italian opera.  Randall’s recordings include the DVD of Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte with il Complesso Barocco, the title role in Caldara’s oratorio Santo Stefano, and a contemporary cantata for countertenor and chorus entitled Dive: A Water Music.  For the BBC, he has been featured singing the music of J.C. Bach and speaking about Mozart and the castrato Manzuoli for the documentary Mozart’s London Odyssey.  Future projects and performances include a recording and concerts throughout the US and France of an oratorio by Caldara, and a recording of 18th century arias comprised of modern-day premieres by lesser-known baroque composers.

updated 10 June 2019

Recordings

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SANTO STEFANO

Randall sings the title role of Stefano on this studio recording of the Oratorio di Santo Stefano Primo Re dell’Ungheria by Antonio Caldara.  Recorded with the Savaria Baroque Orchestra in Budapest, Hungary
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ERCOLE SU’L TERMODONTE

Randall performs the role of Teseo on this live DVD recording of Ercole su’l Termodonte by Antonio Vivaldi performed at Teatro Caio Melisso in Spoleto.  Recorded with il Complesso Barocco, conducted by Alan Curtis at the Festival dei due Mondi, Italy.
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THE METAMORPHOSES

Randall sings as the alto soloist on this studio recording of The Metamorphoses by British-American composer Paul Crabtree.  Recorded at Church of the Epiphany in New York City with the Cantori New York Chorus, conducted by Mark Shapiro.

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