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June 20, 2015
Randy Outland, tenor
Tenor Randall Outland has appeared in leading roles in major opera houses in Vienna, Cologne, Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Berne (Switzerland), Stockholm and Toronto. In the United States, Mr. Outland has performed with the New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Charlotte, Knoxville, and Chattanooga Operas. He was featured in the role of Don Ottavio in a production of Don Giovanni with the Canadian Opera, which was broadcast over Canadian National Television. As Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, the tenor has toured the Colombian cities of Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, and in Tel Aviv he has performed the role of Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Israel Philharmonic. In Stockholm, he appeared as Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina in the beautiful, baroque Royal Drottningholm Theater. His operatic repertoire spans the history of opera, from the works of Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart to the twentieth century works of Richard Strauss, Hans Werner Henze, Leos Janácêk and Benjamin Britten. Randall Outland has sung twenty-six roles in thirty-four different productions. He has collaborated with world–renowned conductors, including John Pritchard, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gerard Schwarz, Heinz Fricke, Gerd Albrecht, Marek Janowski and Peter Maag among others. Mr. Outland’s stage experience has included work with directors Lotfi Mansouri, Colin Graham, Bliss Hebert, Jean-Pierre Ponelle, Harry Kupfer, Michael Hampe, and Willy Decker. He has shared the stage with many of the world’s finest singers. Critics have lauded Randall Outland as “a tenor with warm timbre and dramatic appeal” (OPERA), “a tenor with an extraordinarily beautiful voice” (OPER und KONZERT) who “astounded with his easily produced tenor full of expression” (KÖLNER STADT-ANZEIGER).
Randall Outland has performed oratorio and concerts extensively in the United States and Europe. Venues have included the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; the Oslo Mozart Festival in Oslo, Norway singing the Mozart Requiem; the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center singing the tenor soli in Mozart’s Große Messe with Robert Shaw conducting; and in Boston, the American premiere of Requiem by Swiss composer, Frank Martin, with the John Oliver Chorale. Mr. Outland has performed literature spanning the works of Bach, Handel and Mozart to the 20th century works of Britten, Janácêk, Ramírez and Stravinsky. He continues to explore traditional and modern oratorio and concert repertoire.
Early in his career, Mr. Outland was invited to attend the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. In this seven week long course concentrating on the Interpretation and Performance of the German Lied, the tenor coached German Lied repertoire with Hans Hotter, Brigitte Fassbaender, Elly Ameling, Jörg Demus, Erik Werba, and Irmgard Seefried, as well as German Romantic literature with Max Deen Larsen, scholar and founder of the Franz Schubert Institute. On the recommendation of these renowned artists, Mr. Outland was awarded the Second Prize for Excellence in the Interpretation and Performance of the German Lied, and was featured in a live recital broadcast over Austrian National Radio.
Randall Outland was a member of the voice faculty at the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina from 1995 t0 2013. His students are winning national and international auditions, performing professionally in the United States and Europe, being accepted into prestigious graduate programs across the United States, as well as being employed as excellent music teachers and accomplished music therapists throughout the nation.