Consistently praised by the international press for his performances of leading roles in operas such as Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Rinaldo, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, countertenor Randall Scotting is recognized for his distinctive warm vocal timbre and vivid dramatic characterizations. His voice has been critically acclaimed as “excellent, clarion, flexible and expressive” (The New York Times) while possessing “a broad spectrum of colors and great variety of expressive nuance” (Opernwelt). Particularly lauded in Baroque music, Scotting has shown “virtuosic perfection, vocal proficiency, and a perfectly formed trill” (OperaPlus), “technical brilliance with his delivery of spot on lines of coloratura” (Examiner), and “vocal choices that are imaginative and always stylish” (Limelight Magazine).
Scotting trained at the Juilliard School in New York and the Royal College of Music in London. 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. He continues to collaborate with top-level companies internationally, including Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Fort Worth Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Carolina, Colorado Opera, Spoleto Festival (Italy), the Bath International Music Festival (UK), Landestheater Neustrelitz (Germany) Budapest Kamaraopera, Hobart Baroque (Australia), and others. In concert, he has been seen in Edinburgh at the historic St Cecilia’s Hall; in Germany as part of the Göttingen Haendel Festspiele Historical Music Series; on tour in Italy, Hungary and Czechia; and at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, to name a few.
Scotting is additionally noted for his innovative recital programs and performance of challenging avant-garde contemporary works. His “virtuosic skill, vocal wizardry, and commanding stage presence” (Christchurch Mail) were recently praised for performances of Xenakis’ Oresteia. Scotting has improvised with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall and presented staged versions of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King. Recordings on which Scotting can be heard include the DVD of Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte with il Complesso Barocco, Caldara’s Santo Stefano singing the title role, and a contemporary cantata for chorus and soloist entitled Dive: A Water Music.
Hailing from a small town in rural Colorado, an unlikely trajectory led Scotting to begin singing countertenor in his mid-20s after several years studying the cello. He is an active scholar in all aspects of 17th and 18th century opera; enjoys performing English, Italian, and Hungarian folk song; and he maintains a keen interest in bodybuilding and long-distance hiking. More about Randall online: