Randall Scotting

Randall Scotting

Countertenor, Randall Scotting, is becoming a sought-after artist by the world’s most esteemed opera houses. Fall of 2019, he 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 in early 2020 to cover performances of Handel’s Agrippina, also directed by McVicar. He was then 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 (canceled due to covid). A dramatically persuasive and intensely musical interpreter, Randall is consistently recognized for winning over audiences with his stunning vocal beauty, stylish singing, and charismatic stage presence.

Calendar

Event Date
Nov 23
to
Dec 16
Eurydice
(Orpheus' Double)
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Apr 29
to
May 1
Salome
Page
Tulsa Opera
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Artist Bio

Countertenor, Randall Scotting, is becoming a sought-after artist by the world’s most esteemed opera houses. Fall of 2019, he 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 in early 2020 to cover performances of Handel’s Agrippina, also directed by McVicar. He was then 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 (canceled due to covid). A dramatically persuasive and intensely musical interpreter, Randall is consistently recognized for winning over audiences with his stunning vocal beauty, stylish singing, and charismatic stage presence.

Randall’s past engagements have taken him to major American and European opera houses and orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Italy’s Spoleto Festival, Michigan Opera Theatre, Boston Baroque, Bath International Music Festival, and the Göttingen Handel Festival, among others. He has sung at diverse international venues including Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, Christchurch International Arts Festival, England’s National Gallery and V&A Museum, and the Liszt Museum in Budapest. Randall was featured singing the music of JC Bach and speaking about young Mozart on the BBC documentary Mozart’s London Odyssey.

In addition to more traditional opera and concert repertoire, Randall playfully oversteps the boundaries of musical genre and regularly sings new commissions, art song, and gender-bending cabaret. In the latter, he performed with Brooklyn’s cutting-edge burlesque troupe Company XIV in a virtuosic spectacle singing opera, jazz, and pop standards, while strip-teasing in stiletto platform boots.

In early 2021, he returned to Seattle Opera to sing the Refugee in a filmed version of Flight by composer Jonathan Dove which was streamed and received rave reviews, critics exclaiming, “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.” – Clive Paget, Musical America and “Scotting has a lilt and a mellow smoothness to his countertenor voice that is particularly appealing, heartbreaking in the denouement scene where we learn the details of how the Refugee has come to be at the airport.” – David Karlin, Bachtrack

This summer he sang the title role in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo with San Francisco’s ever-provocative West Edge Opera. Randall will also record a highly anticipated solo album of castrato arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London, conducted by Handel-specialist, Laurence Cummings, and released by Signum Classics. This fall, Randall will record Lovesick, an album with GRAMMY® Award winning lutenist Stephen Stubbs. Combining gutsy music-making with historically informed style, the program chronicles a heartbroken lover’s emotional transformation as told through the music of Purcell, lute song, and folk melodies.  He will make his long awaited Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich) debut in 2022 in Georg Friedrich Haas’ Bluthaus.

A district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and prize winner in several other American competitions, The New York Times has described Randall as “impressive and excellent” being singled out for his “expressive, flexible, and clarion countertenor”. He 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. Randall made hisleading operatic debut at Spoleto’s Festival dei due mondi in Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte (available on DVD).

2020 engagements were to include performing the title roles in San Giovanni Battista with Opera Omaha directed by Christopher Alden, as well as singing Carmina Burana with the Springfield Symphony.  Prior to the shutdown, Mr. Scotting performed Hamor in Jephtha with Boston Baroque, an off-Broadway production of Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined with Ensemble for the Romantic Century, and as soloist in selections from Christopher Cerrone’s In A Grove for American Lyric Theater’s Composers and Librettist series in New York.

Operatic engagements include the title role in Rinaldo at Merkin Hall with Operamission; the role of Marc Antonio in the modern-day première of Daniele de Castrovillari’s 1662 opera La Cleopatra in San Francisco; Valentiniano in Gluck’s Ezio with Odyssey Opera; Capucin/Cuigy in David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan’s Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theater; his début with Seattle Opera in Händel’s Semele; Capucin/Cuigy in Cyrano with Opera Carolina; a double bill of Dido and Aeneas/Venus and Adonis in the roles of Spirit/Cupid with Florentine Opera; Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus; the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice; joined National Sawdust’s production of Ariodante; and performed the leading role in Akhnaten.

Additionally, Mr. Scotting performed Giuliano in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo for New York City’s Gotham Chamber Opera, where he was lauded by the New York Times as “excellent” and possessing a “clarion countertenor” voice; the title role in Händel’s Giulio Cesare at Fort Worth Opera where he was praised for his “technical brilliance with his delivery of spot-on lines of coloratura within his many arias;” excerpts from Oscar with Santa Fe Opera; the title role in Händel’s Orlando for Hobart Baroque in Australia, a role he previously performed with Sacramento Opera and the Liszt Orchestra in Budapest; and performed in Calcutta, a cross-over concert combining traditional eighteenth-century British and Indian music, with Ensemble Tempus Fugit at the Left Bank Opera Festival in Leeds and at the SAMA Arts’ Women in the Arts Festival at Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

In concert, Randall appeared at St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh; sang Chichester Psalms and Carmina Burana with Santa Barbara Symphony; performed a solo recital for the Göttingen Haendel Festspiele Historical Music Series; presented ‘Händel’s Rivals’ at the Händel House Museum in London; presented staged versions of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King and presented Antonio Caldara’s newly rediscovered oratorio Le gelosie d’un amore utilmente crudele in London. He was also the featured vocalist with the Baroque Orchestra of Colorado singing the music of Händel and performed concerts in several well-known London venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, the National Gallery, and the V&A Museum. He has been seen twice at Carnegie Hall, first under the baton of Ton Koopman in works of Händel and later in a performance piece with Bobby McFerrin.

Additional concert engagements include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and selections of Vivaldi with LoftOpera; a recital tour of Hungary and the Czech Republic; a program of selections from Saul and Xerxes for the Händel House Museum in London; and a concert entitled “The Thief, the Priest, and the Lover” with Ballo Baroque Ensemble in London. In the realm of musical theatre, Mr. Scotting performed in an Off-Broadway production of Paris! as the Greek goddess Hera with Company XIV, an acclaimed, innovative company in Brooklyn, NY; and took part in The Playwright’s Lab series with the New Dramatists in New York City.

Randall works regularly with leading companies and festivals including Fort Worth Opera as the title role in Händel’s Giulio Cesare; New York City Opera for Händel’s Flavio and Agrippina; Spoleto Festival Italy for Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte; Bath International Music Festival for Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas; New York Philharmonic for Ligeti’s opera Le grand macabre; Budapest Kamaraoper as the title role in Vivaldi’s Il Tigrane; Minnesota Opera for Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio; Des Moines Metro Opera for Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Landestheater Neustrelitz in Germany as Ottone in Händel’s Agrippina.

Mr. Scotting’s discography includes recordings of the title role in Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Santo Stefano, a modern cantata for chorus and soloist entitled Dive: A Water Music, and on the DVD of Vivaldi’s opera Ercole sul Termodonte from the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, with ensemble Il Complesso Barocco conducted by Alan Curtis.

Scotting is also an award winner and finalist of many competitions including The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (District Winner), the Marcelo Giordani Competition, Connecticut Opera Competition, McCammon Competition, Licia Albanese Puccini Competition, and Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. Randall trained at the Royal College of Music in London, the Juilliard Opera Center, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.

Updated 4.30.21

Audio Samples

Audio Sample “O, Lord whose mercies numberless”
Audio Sample “Spieghi pur”
Audio Sample “Sovvento il sole”
Audio Sample “I know a bank”
Audio Sample “Ombra cara”
Audio Sample “Orlovsky’s aria”

Video

Clip on Mozart-Manzuoli

“Son sventurato” from Adriano in Siria

“Dove sei” from Handel’s Opera RODELINDA

“Frondi tenere … Ombra mai fu” from Handel’s Xerxes

Excerpt from Iannis Xenakis’ opera ORESTEIA

Press

"...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.”

"...we will hear great things about him in the future...” – l’Opera

Ercole sul Termodonte – “The American Randall Scotting, with the ideal physique to give life to the loving chivalry of Theseus, evidenced his beautiful voice in the aria Scorre il fiume mormorando… We will hear great things about him in the future.”