Edward Randall Biography
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American tenor Professor Edward Randall currently makes his home in Germany, where during the last twenty five years he has sung over 1400 performances in more than 80 new opera productions. His model career began with nearly the complete Mozart repertoire and as the leading tenor in the Chemnitz Opera he profited from the demanding German repertoire system where he developed in such roles as Alfredo in La Traviata, Macduff in Macbeth, Hans inThe bartered Bride, Don José in Carmen, Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress to mention just a few. His reputation as an outstanding singing actor spanning the repertoire from the vocally and physically demanding Erik in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, to the psychologically tormented Hoffmann in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann grew and brought him to the attention of Europe's leading stage directors. As one of the few tenors to master the role of Arindal in Wagner`s seldom heard work Die Feen in Christian Pöppelreiter`s staging in Würzburg, Vienna's "Neue Merker" wrote "The tenor role of Arindal demands youthful fire, a tragic figure a la Tannhäuser and Tristan, and flexible melisma as well as helden tenor power and stamina. Edward Randall brought all of these qualites in such a degree that enabled him to create an enthralling portayal of this torn, happless Prince . His beautiful as well as flexible voice with remarkable soaring high notes conquered the evil forces". After his success in this demandanding helden tenor role the award winning stage designer and intendant of the Graz Opera Jörg Koßdorff invited him to sing Erik in Der fliegende Holländer with director Peter Konwitschny. Christine Mielitz engaged Mr. Randall as Siegmund in Wagner's Die Walküre in the Dortmunder Ring der Nibelungen, a role he sang as well as in Michael Heinicke's internationally praised Ring in Chemnitz, one of Germany's most respected "A" theaters, where was the leading tenor for 20 years. He was praised as the Prince in Prokofiev's The Love of three Oranges in Dietrich Hilsdorf's Faust Prize winning production in Chemnitz. Other key roles in Mr. Randall's repertoire include the title role in Mozart's Idomeneo, Bacchus in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxo and Max in Der Freischütz. In the summer of 2007 Mr. Randall made his Bayreuther debut als Balthazar Zorn in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in a new staging by Katharina Wagner. In 2016 Mr. Randall will celebrate 25 years as a member of Chemnitz's ensemble and continues to bring his many years of experience to numerous character roles.

Edward Randall as Max in Weber's Der Freischütz
As Max in Weber's Der Freischütz
Edward Randall as Turiddu and Heléne Bernardy as Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana

Turiddu in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana

Other highlights in Mr. Randall's career include his creation of the role of King David in the world premiere of Kurt Weill's Der Weg der Verheissung (The Eternal Road) at New York's Brooklynn Academy of Arts and subsequently in Tel Aviv. America's premiere opera magazine Opera News wrote "Edward Randall sang David's initially amorous, then grieving music in handsome, charged tones.„ In Chemnitz he was celebrated as Mathias in Wilhelm Kienzel's seldom heard romantic German opera The Evangelist with stage director and Rostock Intendant Steffen Piontek. The Vienna opera magazine Der Neue Merker wrote "I remember Sandor Konya and Siegfried Jerusalem in the title role. In Chemnitz Edward Randall endured the enormous challenge brilliantly. He is an intelligent singer who has slowly developed his voice and is singing his way more and more into the dramatic repertoire." Other important roles include Aubrey in Marschner's Der Vampyr, Lyonell in Flotow's Martha, Lenski in Tchaikovski's Onegin, The Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucrecia and Slimbroek in Schreker's Der Schmied von Gent available on CD. His large repertoire and enormous flexibility made him a popular guest in over a dozen German theaters including Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Kassel, Dortmund, Graz, Gelsenkirchen, Erfurt and Rostock.

Edward Randall has also had an active career in the concert and oratorio repertoire including Mendelssohn's Elijah, St.Paul and Lobgesang as well as other romantic works of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Dvorak's Stabat Mater and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, a role he sang at the Amersham Music Festival in Eton, England. He sang Bruckner's Te Deum in Berlin's Philharmonic Hall . In Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mozart's Requiem (order CD here) he was heard with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo's renowned Suntory Hall. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra invited him to sing Verdi's Requiem. Mr. Randall made his Israeli Debut with the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra in Telaviv in Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings a role he repeated at the International Mozart Festival in Schwetzingen, Germany. The Rhein-Nekar said of his performance "...It was followed by a both dreamily technically performed and deeply emotional reading of The Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings from Benjamin Britten... Britten wrote the work as many of his works for Peter Pears and for the phenomenal horn player Dennis Brain. In Schwetzingen Tenor Edward Randall managed with his both lyrically controlled and heroically unrestrained voice to reach this overwhelming example set by this historical pair, and produced as if by magic, together with the excellent hornist Tobias Liedtke, a richly complicated and endlessly subtle world of sound. Especially in the Epilog unfolded a throat gripping sadness of unbelievable tenderness and poetry ." He received critical acclaim for his interpretation of Britten's Les Illumination with the Orchestra of the Staatstheater Meiningen . Britten's Nocturnes, St. Nicholas Cantata and War Requiem are also among his favorites. In nearby Dresden he has sung as a regular in the concert scene and has been heard in such unusual works as Strauss's Des Esels Schatten with the Dresdener Philharmonie under the leadership of Swiss conductor Karl Anton Rickenbacher with Sir Peter Ustinov as narrator, Dvorak's Stabat Mater and Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with the Singakademie of Dresden in Dresden's center of church music „Die Kreuzkirch".

Mr. Randall received his training at Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts where he studied with Mezzo Soprano Nell Rankin, stage director Dino Yannopoulos and conductor Christofer Macatsoris.

Mr. Randall brings all of this experience to his voice studio. Since 2011 he is Professor of voice at Dresden's Music Conservatory "Carl Maria von Weber". In Chemnitz he has a private studio where he attracts professional singers from theaters from the whole Republic. Last season Mr. Randall was invited to give a week long master work shop with the "Young Ensemble" at the Semper Oper in Dresden.


Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann