A rare find among today’s exceptional countertenors, Randall Scotting stands out. Commanding a warm, resonant and profoundly dramatic voice, he continues to shape a remarkably versatile and international career. 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. His boundless vocal ability and tenacious musical curiosity have led him across the globe in opera, concert, and recital performances.
Randall has been praised for his intensely drawn and committed character portrayals while possessing “a voice with a broad spectrum of colors and a great variety of expressive nuance” (Opernwelt). The press continues to commend his portrayal of heroic roles, including Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, and Orlando. Having spent years perfecting the particular demands of baroque repertoire, “he shows not only his technical abilities to pull off the ridiculous florid ornamentation in spot-on Baroque style, he also demonstrates his downright impressive range” (Examiner). Randall’s interpretations of contemporary music, utilizing over three octaves of the voice, have likewise received particular acclaim for “virtuosic skill, vocal wizardry, and commanding stage presence” (Christchurch Mail).
Notable operatic and concert highlights for Randall include Handel’s Semele with Seattle Opera, Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte at the Spoleto Festival (available on DVD), and selections from Oscar with Santa Fe Opera. He continues to collaborate with top-level companies, including: the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, The 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 on the Göttinger music series in connection 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 the music of Handel on tour in Italy, sung Carmina Burana with the Santa Barbara Symphony, and performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Ecuador.
A skilled actor and multi-talented performer, Randall also embraces the unconventional. He has improvised with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall, performed Leonard Cohen songs while dancing a strip tease in Paris for Company XIV, sung Pergolesi in a Brooklyn warehouse, performed Handel’s Ariodante with a bluegrass band at National Sawdust, and sung in Xenakis’ psychologically challenging masterwork Oresteia in New Zealand, all to resounding critical acclaim. Exploring emotional extremes, Randall has also presented staged versions of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King in immersive, multi-media theatrical events.
As a recitalist celebrating an eclectic array of art song, folk traditions, and new composition, 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 many venues throughout London (St Martin-in-the-fields, Handel House Museum, The National Gallery), throughout Hungary, on tour in Czechia, as well as in Boston, Dallas, and Denver. Randall’s current program with the British pianist Simon Lepper, Here, before we parted, explores music ranging from Hungarian folk song to a new cycle by the American composer Clint Borzoni.
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. He ultimately received a PhD from London’s Royal College of Music in Baroque operatic vocal performance focusing on Handel and his singers. 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. A recording of 18th century arias is currently in development comprised of modern-day premieres by lesser-known baroque composers. More about Randall online: