RANDALL SCOTTING countertenor
At a Glance
Countertenor, Randall Scotting, is becoming a sought-after artist by the world’s most esteemed opera houses. This past autumn, he made a spectacular debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice, singing to sold-out audiences in Sir David McVicar’s acclaimed production. He then joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover performances of Handel’s Agrippina, and was later invited to sing the title role in Handel’s Xerxes for concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, including a broadcast on Mezzo TV and on DVD. A dramatically persuasive and intensely musical interpreter, he is consistently recognized for winning over audiences with his stunning vocal beauty, stylish singing, and charismatic stage presence. In the autumn of 2020 in Los Angeles Randall records Lovesick, a song-album with GRAMMY® Award winning lutenist Stephen Stubbs. He returns to Seattle Opera in 2021 to sing the Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, and in August he performs the title role in Eliogabalo by Cavalli with San Francisco’s ever-provocative West Edge Opera. Later in the year, Randall travels to London to record a highly-anticipated solo album of castrato arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
“stunningly performed by Randall Scotting… his second aria reaffirmed the initial impact of an exceptionally powerful countertenor voice”
– Tony Ryan, TheatreReview
Raised in rural Colorado, he also played the cello for 14 years while growing up. His family roots are English, Welsh and Scottish… so, yeah, he can also rock the bagpipes when the occasion calls.
Standing 6’3” (191 cm) with a muscular build, he breaks the countertenor mold. Randall’s warm, full, and resonant voice defies stereotypes and sets a new standard.
Studied vocal performance at Juilliard and the Univ. of Colorado. He was awarded a PhD from London’s Royal College of Music for his thesis on 18th century Italian opera.
A former vocal fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Institute in Chicago, the Britten-Pears Programme in Aldeburgh, and the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York.
A previous Fulbright Scholar at the Liszt Academy of Music, performing Bartók and Ligeti, he lived in Budapest for three years. Over a drink, he will happily teach you how to swear in Hungarian.
Passionate about health and fitness, any day that’s not spent performing, Randall can usually be found lifting heavy things at the gym or trekking up the nearest mountain.
Role and house debut as Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in November 2019
Joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in January 2020 to cover in David McVicar’s production of Handel’s Agrippina
Upcoming recording of a song-album with renowned lutenist and GRAMMY® Award winner Stephen Stubbs, set for release in 2021
Debut at Seattle Opera in 2015 as Athamas in Handel’s Semele, and a 2021 role debut as the Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s opera Flight
Forthcoming solo album of castrato arias in 2022 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Laurence Cummings
Featured on the BBC documentary Mozart’s London Odyssey singing JC Bach and discussing castrati
European debut at Italy’s Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi as Teseo in Vivaldi’s Ercole su’l Termodonte
Randall also embraces the unconventional and his interpretations of contemporary music, utilizing over three octaves of the voice, have likewise received special praise for “virtuosic skill, vocal wizardry, and commanding stage presence” (Christchurch Mail). He has improvised with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall, sung Handel arias and Leonard Cohen songs while dancing a burlesque strip-tease for Company XIV, performed Pergolesi and Vivaldi in a Brooklyn warehouse, sung Handel’s Ariodante with a bluegrass band at National Sawdust, and performed Xenakis’ challenging masterwork The 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 Italy, Hungary and Czechia, as well as in Boston, Dallas, Denver, Hobart, Australia, and Quito, Ecuador. In the 2021-22 season, Randall will present a song recital for the Death of Classical series in New York, including songs commissioned for his countertenor voice.