Randall Scotting

Randall Scotting

Countertenor, Randall Scotting, has become a sought-after artist by some of the world’s most esteemed opera houses. He recently made a spectacular debut at the Royal Opera House as Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice, singing to sold-out audiences at Covent Garden in Sir David McVicar’s acclaimed production. Randall then joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover performances of Handel’s Agrippina and was invited to sing in Handel’s Xerxes for concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. In 2021, after a widely praised performance as the Refugee in Flight at Seattle Opera, he performed the title role in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo in San Francisco and returned to London to record a highly anticipated solo album of virtuosic castrato arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment led by Handel-specialist Laurence Cummings. Last season, Randall made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut in Georg Friedrich Haas’ opera Thomas and joined the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Eurydice. This season, Scotting will appear in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere production of Proximity and sing Carmina Burana for Santa Barbara Symphony.

 

Calendar

Event Date
Oct 15
to
Oct 16
Carmina Burana
Soloist
Santa Barbara Symphony
Santa Barbara, CA
Event Date
Mar 24
to
Apr 8
Proximity
(Four Portraits, Soloist A)
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Artist Bio

Countertenor, Randall Scotting, has become a sought-after artist by some of the world’s most esteemed opera houses. He recently made a spectacular debut at the Royal Opera House as Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice, singing to sold-out audiences at Covent Garden in Sir David McVicar’s acclaimed production. Randall then joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover performances of Handel’s Agrippina and was invited to sing in Handel’s Xerxes for concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. In 2021, after a widely praised performance as the Refugee in Flight at Seattle Opera, he performed the title role in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo in San Francisco and returned to London to record a highly anticipated solo album of virtuosic castrato arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment led by Handel-specialist Laurence Cummings. Last season, Randall made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut in Georg Friedrich Haas’ opera Thomas and joined the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Eurydice. This season, Scotting will appear in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere production of Proximity and sing Carmina Burana for Santa Barbara Symphony.

A dramatically persuasive and intensely musical interpreter, Randall is recognized for winning over audiences with his stunning vocal beauty, stylish singing, and charismatic stage presence. He received rave reviews in a filmed version of Flight by composer Jonathan Dove, with critics acclaiming, “American countertenor Randall Scotting is marvelous as the Refugee, his plangent, rich-toned instrument possessing just the right degree of otherworldliness… he’s a compelling actor as well.” – Musical America, and “Scotting has a lilt and a mellow smoothness to his countertenor voice that is particularly appealing.” – Bachtrack. Randall’s forthcoming solo album with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be released by the Signum Classics label in September 2022, along with another album in early 2023 of lute and folk songs recorded with Grammy® award winning lutenist Stephen Stubbs.

Randall’s past engagements have linked him to major US and EU opera houses and orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Michigan Opera Theatre, Italy’s Spoleto Festival, the Göttingen Handel Festival, and others. In concert, he has sung at diverse venues including Carnegie Hall, Boston Baroque, National Sawdust, Edinburgh’s Saint Cecilia’s Hall, Hobart Baroque, the Christchurch Intl Arts Festival, and London’s National Gallery. Randall was featured singing the music of JC Bach and discussing Mozart on the BBC documentary Mozart’s London Odyssey. Additional roles for which he has received acclaim include the leads in Handel’s Rinaldo, Orlando, and Giulio Cesare; Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Gluck’s Orfeo.

Alongside more traditional repertoire, Randall plunges headfirst into all manner of musical genre, regularly singing art song, new commissions, modern cantatas, and even cabaret. He has performed in staged versions of Xenakis’ The Oresteia, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, and Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King. He has improvised with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall and performed with the provocative burlesque troupe Company XIV in a virtuosic spectacle singing opera, folk, and pop standards, while strip-teasing in stiletto platform boots.

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. He made his leading operatic debut at Spoleto’s Festival dei due mondi as Teseo in Vivaldi’s Ercole su’l Termodonte (available on DVD) with the ensemble Il Complesso Barocco. Randall’s discography also includes the title role in Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Santo Stefano primo re dell’Ungheria and as the soloist in a modern cantata for chorus and countertenor entitled Dive: A Water Music.

Updated September 2, 2022

Audio Samples

Audio Sample “I know a bank”
Audio Sample “Sovvento il sole”
Audio Sample “Orlovsky’s aria”

Video

“Fra l’orror d’atra foresta” by Giovanni Antonio Giaj

The Refugee’s Aria from Flight

“Dull delay in piercing anguish” from Jephtha

“Spoeghi pur” from Santo Stefano

“O, Lord whose mercies numberless” from Saul

Clip on Mozart-Manzuoli

Excerpt from Iannis Xenakis’ opera ORESTEIA

Press

"...Scotting is marvelous... compelling actor..." – Musical America

Flight – “American countertenor Randall Scotting is marvelous as the Refugee, his plangent, rich-toned instrument possessing just the right degree of otherworldliness to suggest his mysterious origins and the complexities of his unique dilemma. He’s a compelling actor as well, which ensures that his final aria and its dramatic reveal (no spoilers) lands with due pathos.”

"...sung brilliantly..." – Le Salon Musical

Death in Venice – “Apollo è cantato brillantemente dal controtenore Randall Scotting.” |tr| “Apollo is sung brilliantly by countertenor Randall Scotting.”

"...there can surely only be a handful of singers on the planet that can carry this off..." – The Christchurch Mail

Oresteia Experience – “Scotting was absolutely amazing, commanding the stage for two long periods of demanding extremes […] There can surely only be a handful of singers on the planet that can carry this off and with his strong physical presence he really was remarkable.”

"...his vocal choices are imaginative and always stylish..." – Limelight Magazine

Orlando – “Randall Scotting’s Orlando is highly watchable. He delivers a most convincing dramatic and musical performance… his vocal choices are imaginative and always stylish – ‘Fammi combattere’ is terrifically decorated – and he grows in intensity as the evening progresses, delivering an excellent mad scene.”

"...he made it feel like a showpiece, as though we’ve been listening to it forever…" – Allegri con fuoco

Rinaldo – “Randall Scotting in the role of Rinaldo lent this aria [“Cara sposa, amante cara”] an emotionality that burst out into the space and pushed against the ceiling. Imbuing it with the confidence of familiarity, he made it feel like a showpiece, as though we’ve been listening to it forever… Scotting showed that it was his night. He really shined as Rinaldo.”

"...a very clear, sweet tone that captivates the audience..." – TheaterJones

Giulio Cesare – “Scotting handles the complex technical demands of the music well, but his greatest strength lies in his intensely lyrical musical ability. He has a very clear, sweet tone that captivates the audience in many of his arias… he exudes the idea of a man’s man – a masculine hero who makes women swoon… the performances are world class.”