Randall Scarlata, voice (Co-Artistic Director)
“It is impossible to imagine Randall Scarlata singing a mechanical or thoughtless phrase. Scarlata searches out the Platonic essence of what he plans to sing and then uses every attribute at his disposal to create the most appropriate and fully dimensional realization possible.” The Washington Post
Baritone Randall Scarlata enjoys a lively career encompassing opera, recital, chamber music and works for voice and orchestra. He has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, North America, South America, the Near East and the Far East. He has been a soloist with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and with the Pittsburgh, San Francisco, American, Ulster, Tonkünstler, National, New World, and BBC Symphonies, as well as the early music groups Wiener Akademie Orchester, Philharmonia Baroque, and Musica Angelica, among others. Many of the world’s great music festivals have sought him out, including the Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Vienna, Menlo, Salzburg, Aspen and Spoleto (Italy) festivals.
Known for his versatility and consummate musicianship, Mr. Scarlata’s repertoire spans four centuries and fifteen languages. A sought-after interpreter of new music, he has given world premieres of works by George Crumb, Paul Moravec, Richard Danielpour, Ned Rorem, Lori Laitman, Thea Musgrave, Samuel Adler, Daron Hagen, Wolfram Wagner and Christopher Theofanidis. He is equally comfortable in Bach’s Passions, Mozart operas, Schubert song cycles, Mahler orchestral works, and American popular song. He regularly performs the Schubert song cycles with pianist Jeremy Denk throughout the United States, and has recently toured with Jonathan Biss and Inon Barnatan for The Schubert Project. He is a regular guest with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, Chamber Music Northwest, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, Vocal Arts Society of Washington, D.C., among many others. In addition, Mr. Scarlata has recorded for the Chandos, Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, Arabesque, Albany and Sono Luminus labels.
The 2012-2013 season included several engagements for the Schubert song cycles with pianists Gilbert Kalish, Peter Frankl, Inon Barnatan, Benjamin Hochman and Laura Ward. He sang works of Auric and Poulenc for a special Les Six chamber concert with the New World Symphony. Mr. Scarlata traveled throughout the United States for a variety of recitals, including a Poulenc celebration in New York City, Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and the premiere of a new work song cycle by Andrea Clearfield (with Lyric Fest of Philadelphia). His oratorio performances included performances of Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, as well as the premiere of Van Stiefel’s Wyeth Songs with the Kennett Symphony and Children’s Chorus. In February 2013, he joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for performances of Ned Rorem’s Aftermath in Grand Rapids, Chicago, and New York City. Mr. Scarlata also was a part of the AIDS Quilt Songbook 2.0 celebratory concert, broadcast and CD, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the classical music world’s first organized response to the AIDS crisis. This season sees the release of two new recordings, Gretry’s opera Le Magnifique on Naxos, and Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach for Sono Luminus Records.
Randall Scarlata’s awards include First Prize at the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize at the 1997 Das Schubert Lied International Competition in Vienna, First Prize at the 1997 Joy in Singing Competition in New York, and the 1998 Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award. Mr. Scarlata received a Fulbright Grant to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, and spent several summers studying with the great French baritone, Gérard Souzay. Mr. Scarlata serves on the faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University and also of SUNY Stony Brook. Over the past three summers, he has helped develop a wonderful vocal chamber music program in the Austrian Alps. For more information, please see AlpenKammerMusik.com.
“A triumph! This baritone has the vocal wherewithal to do just about anything he wants.
The Boston Globe