Countertenor, Randall Scotting has become a sought–after artist by some of the world’s most
esteemed opera houses. In 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, and
immediately after he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. A dramatically persuasive
and intensely musical interpreter, he is recognized for winning over audiences with his
stunning vocal beauty, stylish singing, and charismatic stage presence. As the lead role of the
Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight at Seattle Opera in 2021, a performance for which he was
highly praised in the press, Musical America noted Randall to be ‘marvelous’ with a ‘plangent,
rich–toned instrument’. He made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut in 2022 as the role of
Michael in the groundbreaking modern opera Thomas by Georg Friedrich Haas. His debut
solo album, The Crown: Heroic Arias for Senesino with Laurence Cummings conducting the
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, received widespread international praise: ‘ravishing
vocalism... this recording captures his dramatic artistry’ (BBC Music Magazine); ‘Scotting’s
full, darkly mellifluous voice – smooth and even throughout its range, with a resonant lower
register – is well suited to these amorous outpourings’ (Gramophone); ‘If charismatically sung
baroque opera arias are your thing, Randall Scotting is your man’ (Limelight).
Randall’s past engagements have linked him with major US and European opera houses, orchestras, and venues, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh’s Saint Cecilia’s Hall, Italy’s Spoleto Festival, the Göttingen Handel Festival, Boston Baroque, the New York Philharmonic, and many others. He has also been featured singing the music of JC Bach and speaking about the young Mozart on the BBC documentary Mozart’s London Odyssey. Operatic roles for which he has received acclaim include the leads in Handel’s Rinaldo, Orlando, and Giulio Cesare; Gluck’s Orfeo; and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Alongside more traditional repertoire, Randall plunges headfirst into all manner of musical genres, regularly singing art song, new commissions, and even cabaret. He has performed in staged versions of Xenakis’ The Oresteia, Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. 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 in Vivaldi’s Ercole su’l Termodonte with the ensemble Il Complesso Barocco (also released on DVD). Randall can be heard on other recordings as the soloist in a modern cantata for chorus and countertenor entitled Dive: A Water Music and as the title role in Antonio Caldara’s oratorio Santo Stefano primo re dell’Ungheria. In 2023, he will also release an album of love duets and arias from 17th– century Venice with the Academy of Ancient Music. Remarkably tall with a uniquely muscular build, he breaks the familiar countertenor mold with his warm, full, and resonant sound, defying stereotypes and setting a new standard in the voice part.