Randall Scotting, whose “strong masculine countertenor matches his handsome muscular physique” continues to garner praise in the opera house and on the concert stage for his versatility, depth of musical interpretation and “technical brilliance with his delivery of spot on lines of coloratura”. His repertoire spans from the Renaissance to contemporary works and he has been particularly praised for his performances of Baroque operas’ leading men.
Recent and upcoming engagements include the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo at Merkin Concert Hall in New York; DiChiera’s Cyrano at Michigan Opera Theatre; the role of Juno in PARIS with Company XIV in New York; the modern premiere of the 1665 baroque opera La Circe in California; Gluck’s Ezio with Odyssey Opera in Boston; Carmina Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in Santa Barbara; and the modern premiere of Castrovillari’s seventeenth-century opera La Cleopatra in San Francisco.
A selection of opera companies with which Scotting has performed include: Seattle Opera in Handel’s Semele; New York City’s Gotham Chamber Opera in Eliogabalo by Cavalli; at Fort Worth Opera as the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare; the title role in Handel’s Orlando with Brisbane Baroque in Australia, the Liszt Orchestra in Budapest, and Sacramento Opera; in Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte at the Spoleto Festival with ensemble il Complesso Barocco (on DVD); Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with the Bath International Music Festival; the title role in Vivaldi’s il Tigrane with the Budapest Kamaraoper; Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio with Minnesota Opera; Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera North; Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina at the Landestheater Neustrelitz in Germany, and others.
Scotting continues to embrace innovative recital and concert repertoire, performing Hungarian songs by György Ligeti and Bela Bartók as well as avant-garde contemporary works like Schoenberg’s Peirrot Lunaire. In addition to standard repertoire for countertenor, including various oratorios and Bach cantatas, he has also performed with Bobby McFerrin as part of an improvised work at Carnegie Hall. In concert, Randall has sung at prominent venues, including Edinburgh’s St. Cecilia’s Hall, the Göttingen Haendel Festspiele Historical Music Series in Germany, and multiple venues in London including the Handel House, Victoria & Albert Museum, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the National Gallery. He has also performed throughout the Czech Republic and Hungary touring a concert programme of music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Luciano Berio.
Randall’s recordings include the title role in Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Santo Stefano (Hungaroton); a modern cantata for chorus and countertenor entitled Dive: A Water Music (Arsis); and on the DVD of Vivaldi’s opera Ercole sul Termodonte from the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, conducted by Alan Curtis (Dynamic). Most recently, Randall was featured on the BBC documentary Mozart’s London Odyssey singing the music of Johann Christian Bach and discussing Mozart.
Scotting is an award winner and finalist of several vocal competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (1st place District winner), the Marcelo Giordani Competition, McCammon Competition, and Licia Albanese Puccini Competition. Randall has 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.