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Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as a voice of “lyrical beauty and intensity,” American tenor RANDALL BILLS is poised on the brink of an impressive international career.
The upcoming 2015/16 season finds Mr. Bills with the role debut of Fernand in Donizetti’s La favorite with Washington Concert Opera conducted by Anthony Walker, performances of Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras directed by Edward Berkley with conductor Frederico Cortese, and return performances of the same role with the Opernhaus Chemnitz. Other concert work this season includes a recital at La Sierra University with pianist Kimo Smith, the OperaBuffs of Los Angeles Fall Showcase with pianist Brent McMunn, and Handel’s Utrecht Jubilate with the American University of Beirut and conductor Thomas Kim.
The 2014/15 season began with Mr. Bills’ debut at Seattle Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with director Chris Alexander and conductor Gary Thor Wedow, a debut at the Nationaltheater Mannheim as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with conductor Christiaan Crans, his role debut as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Opernhaus Chemnitz in a production from Kobie van Rensburg conducted by Felix Bender, debuts at the Staatstheater Braunschweig as Tom Rakewell in a Christopher Alden production of The Rake’s Progress conducted by Christohper Hein, a return to the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar as both Alfredo in La traviata and Italienischer Sänger in Der Rosenkavalier with productions from Karsten Wiegand and Vera Nmerova conducted by Stefan Solyom, and a role and house debut as Léopold at the Vlaamse Oper in a new production from Peter Konwitschny of Halévy’s La Juive with conductor Tomas Netopil. Concert work also included performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony and conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
In the 2013/14 season Mr. Bills made several important international debuts: notably a new production of Così fan tutte in London at English National Opera with director Phelim McDermott and conductor Ryan Wigglesworth, Italian operatic debuts as Geoffredo/Ubaldo in Luca Ronconi’s new production of Armida for the Rossini Opera Festival with conductor Carlo Rizzi, as Ferrando in Damiano Michieletto’s production of Così fan tutte with conductor Christopher Franklin at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and as Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw conducted by Jonathan Webb at Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Additionally, Mr. Bills returned to the Staatstheater Darmstadt for further performances of Elvino in La sonnambula with conductor Elias Grandy and can be heard with the baroque ensemble the American Classical Orchestra and conductor Thomas C. Crawford in a semi-staged performance of Händel’s Alceste at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
Praised by Opera News for “his consummate mastery of Rossini’s style, range and vocal bravura” Mr. Bills is equally at home on the concert as well as operatic stage. He has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Fresno Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, and the Pasadena Symphony, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Ariel Ramierz’ Missa Criolla with Opus 7 at the Hollywood Bowl. Other concert works include Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Pasadena Symphony, the Bochum Symphony, and the composer’s Requiem with the Long Beach Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Paulist Choristers, and the USC Thornton Symphony conducted by Carl St. Claire, Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with the Louisville Orchestra, Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation with the La Sierra Sinfonia, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Vahrer Kantorei, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Naples Philharmonic. Mr. Bills has been the tenor soloist for Händel’s Messiah with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and conductor Grant Gershon, as well as the soloist for performances of the work at the grand re-opening of the Ambassador Auditorium with conductor Jorge Mester and the Pasadena Symphony, Mozart's Litaniae de venerabili altaris scarament and Weber's Freischutz-Messe with the Sinfonie Orchester Wuppertal conducted by Ralf Weiker, and the Johannes-Passion with conductor Ruben Jais and L'orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi.
A consummate recitalist, praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “crystal-clear diction,” Mr. Bills has given recital performances internationally including his “Young Artist of the Year” Debut Recital under the auspices of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Los Angeles Chapter, lieder programs with the International Kultureform Theater Bremen and a recital at the Würzburg Residence with the Mainfranken Theater Chamber Music Series, as well as a recital program at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. Mr. Bills has also had the privilege of participating with internationally recognized collaborative pianist Alan Smith in the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Memorial Recital at the University of Southern California.
A member of the 2006 Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Young Singers, Mr. Bills completed the 2006/07 season as a member of the Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany. More information at randallbills.com