Randall Scotting’s vocal agility, warm tone, and masculine stage presence define him as an acclaimed interpreter of baroque opera’s heroes. He is recognized for his innovative recital and concert programs and performances of avant-garde contemporary works. He recently made his début with Seattle Opera in Händel’s Semele; did a recital tour of Hungary and the Czech Republic; a program of selections from Saul and Xerxes for the Händel House Museum in London; a concert entitled “The Thief, the Priest, and the Lover” with Ballo Baroque Ensemble in London; and performed the role of Marc Antonio in the modern day première of Daniele de Castrovillari’s 1662 opera La Cleopatra in San Francisco. This season, Mr. Scotting performs Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and selections of Vivaldi with LoftOpera, Capucin/Cuigy in Cyrano with Opera Carolina, and Cupid/Spirit in Venus and Adonis/Dido and Aeneas with Florentine Opera.
Last season, Mr. Scotting performed the title role in Rinaldo at Merkin Hall with Operamission, Valentiniano in Gluck’s Ezio with Odyssey Opera, and Capucin/Cuigy in David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan’s Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theater. He also performed in an Off-Broadway production of Paris! as the Greek goddess Hera with Company XIV, an acclaimed, innovative company in Brooklyn, NY; took part in The Playwright’s Lab series with the New Dramatists in New York City; and joined National Sawdust’s production of Ariodante.
Recent operatic roles include 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; and 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. Additional roles performed include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice, and the leading role in Akhnaten, among others.
In concert, Randall recently 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, 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 also 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 pieces in his concert repertoire include Händel’s Messiah.
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.