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. This year in Los Angeles Randall records Lovesick, a song album with GRAMMY® Award winning lutenist Stephen Stubbs. Early in 2021 he returns to Seattle Opera to sing the Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, and then travels to London to record a highly-anticipated solo album of castrato arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In August he performs the title role in Eliogabalo by Cavalli with San Francisco’s ever-provocative West Edge Opera.
“stunningly performed by Randall Scotting… his second aria reaffirmed the initial impact of an exceptionally powerful countertenor voice”
– Tony Ryan, TheatreReview
Raised in Colorado, he played the cello for 14 years while growing up; his 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, UK, 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… and 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
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 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 May of 2018, he received his PhD from London’s Royal College of Music focused on unexplored 18th century Italian operas for the castrato Senesino. 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 in 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.