Randall Scotting & Stephen Stubbs
Biography Randall Scotting & Stephen Stubbs
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 then he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera and was soon after invited to sing in Handel’s Xerxes for concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. 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, a performance for which he was highly praised in the press, Musical America noted Randall to be ‘marvelous’ with a ‘plangent, rich-toned instrument’ and also a compelling actor. He made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut in 2022 as the role of Michael in the ground-breaking, modern opera Thomas by Georg Friedrich Haas.
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 J C 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. 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.