Particularly lauded for his interpretations of Baroque operas heroes, countertenor Randall Scotting is acclaimed as possessing a distinctively warm vocal timbre that is ‘clarion, flexible and expressive’ (New York Times) and possessing ‘a broad spectrum of colors and great variety of expressive nuance’ (Opernwelt). He collaborates with top-level companies in the United States and abroad, including Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, The Spoleto Festival (Italy), the Bath International Music Festival (UK), the Budapest Kamaraopera, Hobart Baroque (Australia), and others. In concert, he has been seen in Edinburgh at the historic St Cecilia’s Hall; in Germany as part of the Göttingen Haendel Festspiele Historical Music Series; on tour in Italy, Hungary and Czechia; and at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, to name a few.
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Handel in Love
Randall Scotting and soprano, Ambur Braid perform Handel in Love
, a celebration of the famed composer’s most memorable and sublime music for the operatic stage. Mythical heroes become enamored with exotic Queens; majestic crusaders are devastated by lost love; and a cunning empress-in-disguise seduces one of history’s greatest military generals. Selections from Rinaldo, Giulio Cesare, and Agrippina reveal why Handel was the most distinguished composer of his day; while the fiery music of his contemporaries, including Hasse and Vivaldi, further transports the audience into a magic-filled world of musical and dramatic fantasy.
“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.”
Here, before we parted
Randall Scotting and pianist Simon Lepper perform Schumann’s cherished song cycle, Dichterlibe
paired with passionate and sometimes raucous Hungarian songs by Béla Bartók and György Ligeti. The cycle, Earth, My Likeness
concludes the program with an exploration of love by the young American composer Clint Borzoni.
“Scotting has a luscious countertenor sound with all the depth and clarity most lack while singing in the stratospheric ranges of the male voice.”
Baroque Unbound: (60 minute presentation) Select a non-concert day to schedule an engaging and entertaining hour-long talk given by Randall Scotting about Handel as composer and star-maker, the flamboyant singers with whom he worked, the castrato phenomenon, and dramatic tales of opera during the 1700s. Questions are encouraged! Mr Scotting received his PhD in 18th century Italian opera from the Royal College of Music in London.