Assistant Professor - Vocal/Choral
Room 332, Swope Music Building
Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria (Fullbright Scholar)
M.M., Julliard School of Music
B.M. Eastman School of Music
Hailed for his warm, expressive sound, consummate musicianship and winning way with the audience, baritone Randall Scarlata enjoys an unusually diverse career. He is equally comfortable in Bach and Händel oratorio, Mozart and Rossini operas, the great song cycles, works from Tin Pan Alley, and the newest new music. He has appeared as soloist with great orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchestra and Akademie Orchester, the Ulster Symphony, The National Symphony, and The Pittsburgh Symphony, among others. In addition, he has appeared at international music festivals including Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Vienna, Salzburg, Aspen, Spoleto, and on concert stages across five continents.
Mr. Scarlata’s repertoire spans four centuries and sixteen languages. A sought-after interpreter of new music, he has given world premieres of works by George Crumb, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, Lori Laitman, Thea Musgrave, Samuel Adler, Richard Danielpour, Daron Hagen, David Ludwig, Wolfram Wagner and Christopher Theofanidis. His performances of Songs of Tin Pan Alley with soprano Jennifer Aylmer and pianist Laura Ward are favorites of both Art Song aficionados and lovers of popular music. He regularly performs the Schubert song cycles with pianist Jeremy Denk throughout the United States. In addition, Mr. Scarlata has recorded for the Chandos, Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, Bridge, Arabesque and Albany labels.
Recent career highlights include performances of Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Gilbert Kalish, the CD releases of his celebrated performance of the Celebrant in Bernstein's Mass (a Gramophone Editor’s Choice), as well as songs of Lori Laitman and chamber music of Paul Moravec, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Vienna and Los Angeles, Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with soprano Hyunah Yu and pianist Ken Noda, and performances at summer festivals such as the Kingston, Kneisel Hall, Music at Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Saltbay, and Bridgehampton chamber music festivals. As guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (a former member of Chamber Music Society Two), he recently performed songs from Schubert’s last year with pianist Inon Barnatan and Schwanengesang with pianist Jonathan Biss, Die Schöne Müllerin with pianist Jeremy Denk at the Gardner Museum in Boston, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Dvorak’s Gypsy Songs with conductor Sarah Hicks and the North Carolina Symphony, the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Furia with the Borromeo String Quartet and the Imani Winds, music of Samuel Barber with the New World Symphony, and recitals throughout the United States. Mr. Scarlata was also seen this season in Opera Lafayette’s production of Gretry’s Le Magnifique (recorded for Naxos) at the Kennedy Center and at Lincoln Center, and as Alwan in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s opera, Sumeida’s Song.
During the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Scarlata gives the world premiere of the orchestrated version of Richard Danielpour’s Come Up from the Fields, Father with the Wheeling Symphony. He performs Bach with the New England Bach Festival, Beethoven with Gil Kalish for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Schumann’s Kerner Lieder with pianist Shai Wosner for the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, and Schubert with Inon Barnatan for the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Mr. Scarlata performs the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Rhode Island Philharmonic as well as Walton’s Beshazzar’s Feast at West Chester University. In addition, he can be heard in recital in Philadelphia, Houston, Paris, New York, Princeton, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.
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 fur Musik in Vienna and holds a masters degree from the Juilliard School. In addition, Mr. Scarlata spent several summers studying with the great French baritone, Gerard Souzay in Nice and in Salzburg. He is a Sing for Hope artist, having been involved with the foundation since its inception.
Mr. Scarlata is a sought after teacher of voice and vocal repertoire. He currently serves on the faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University and at SUNY Stony Brook. In addition, he has given masterclasses at universities, conservatories and summer programs across the United States, Europe and the Far East. This summer, Mr. Scarlata will teach at the Vancouver International Song Institute, the European-American Musical Alliance at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and at the Alpenkammermusik Festival in Liesing, Austria. Mr. Scarlata’s students have won top awards in national and international competitions, have participated in prestigious young artist programs, and currently sing at important venues in the US and abroad.
“It is impossible to imagine Randall Scarlata singing a mechanical or thoughtless phrase. One has the wonderful sense that Scarlata searches out the Platonic essence of anything 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
“A triumph…this baritone has the vocal wherewithal to do just about anything he wants.” ~The Boston Globe
“The young American singer revealed a baritone of handsome weight and color as well as considerable power and agility. Even more impressive was the depth of emotion Scarlata found in the music, bringing texts to life with arresting force. Idiomatic phrasing, clear diction and unerring tone combined with Goode's artfully shaded pianism to give a first-rate performance.” ~Contra Costa Times (Review of recital with pianist Richard Goode)
Mr. Scarlata sang with masterful authority and secure technique as the Celebrant, with over two hours on the stage. ~ Die Presse (Vienna performances of Bernstein’s Mass)
"Randall Scarlata is an intelligent and communicative singer. In songs of Schumann and Schubert his delivery of the text was vivid, and this was not just a matter of clear diction but of a compelling desire to bring texts to life. His voice is hearty and robust, and his lovely, soft singing in high-lying phrases was poignant." ~The New York Times
“Scarlata is a true art song singer, with warm expressive voice and clear words. He connected with the audience and never lost them. His voice is even throughout a wide range, with a firm bottom and true sweet high notes, and power when he needs it.” ~The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Scarlata demonstrated admirable stylistic flexibility, a burly yet beautifully schooled instrument, and a winning way with the audience. The performance brought to mind the sensibility of Peter Pears and the lusty swagger of Bryn Terfel.” ~Opera Now
“Scarlata gave an engaging performance, showing intelligence, strong programming and a felicitous knowledge of his materials.” ~The Los Angeles Times
Randall Scarlata, as the Celebrant effectively modulates his trained opera voice to the more vernacular realm of direct expression called for by the part. This is crossover singing at its best. Scarlata's "Simple Song" soars, first gently then urgently, and he delivers a ringing, passionate "Word of the Lord." ~Opera News (review of Bernstein’s Mass)