RANDALL SCOTTING COUNTERTENOR
Commanding a distinctively resonant and warm vocal timbre, Randall’s voice has been acclaimed 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). He is consistently praised for his intensely drawn character portrayals and the international press continues to recognize his outstanding performance of leading roles in operas such as Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Rinaldo, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Randall’s wide-ranging curiosity and vocal ability have led him to shape a versatile career in opera, concert, and recital. In the 2019-2020 season, Randall debuts at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to sing Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice, and will cover Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina. He will sing the title role in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista for Opera Omaha, (with Christopher Alden directing and Stephen Stubbs conducting). Randall will also sing the title role in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo with West Edge Opera in San Francisco. Later in 2020, the Crypt Sessions series in New York will present Randall in a recital including newly commissioned songs for his countertenor voice.
“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)
Notable operatic and concert highlights for Randall include a recent performance with Boston Baroque in Handel’s Jephtha, Handel’s Semele with Seattle Opera, and selections from Oscar with Santa Fe Opera. He has collaborated with other 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 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 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.