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Randal Turner

Randal Turner made his American debut in 2010 as Don Giovanni with Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit. He later joined New York City Opera covering A Quite Place and returned to NYCO in the 2011-12 season to sing Philippe in the American premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna. He has also recently been seen as Guglielmo  in Cosi fan tutte with the Festival of the Aegean, Messiah with the Alabama Symphony, and as The Opera Singer in the premiere episode of CBS’ Elementary. Other North American engagements included recitals in New York and San Francisco, concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, and Don Giovanni with the Opera de Puerto Rico, in addition to covering Placido Domingo in Washington Opera’s Iphigenie en Tauride. Additionally, he sang Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Beijing under the baton of Lorin Maazel.

Randal Turner made his Italian debut as Escamillo in Carmen at the Teatro Verdi in Sassari, and shortly thereafter was heard in the Italian premiere of Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire as Stanley Kowalski with Teatro Regio di Torino. He was invited back to Turin to perform Mr. Redburn in Billy Budd. He also had great success as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Pisa, Lucca and Livorno. 

In 2004, he began touring on a regular basis with the Piccolo Teatro Milano as Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte. In this production, the last work of the late, renowned director Giorgio Strehler, Randal performed in Bari, Madrid, Lyon, Recanati and Istanbul. September 2005 saw him performing the role of Cosroe in Siroe (Handel) for the new festival, Oper der Zeit, in Voralberg, Austria. He returned to Italy in November of that year for his first Don Giovanni at Teatro Verdi, Pisa. In July and August 2006, he performed the role of the Duke de Rothsay in Bizet’s rarely performed opera La Jolie Fille de Perth for the summer festival held in Switzerland’s Castle Hallwyl.

Mr. Turner has performed in no less than 4 World Premières. In May 2004 with the Münchener Biennale – Cantio by Vykintas Balkatas; in October 2004 he created the title role of Federico II in the opera by Marco Tutino for the Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi. In July 2005, he was heard as Alexandre in La Ville Morte by Nadia Boulanger at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, and in October of that same year he returned to the Teatro Verdi, Sassari to performed the role of the Faraone in the new critical edition of Rossini’s Mosè in Egito and in 2007 for Teatro del Opera di Roma.

In 2008 Randal began working as a guest artist with Germany’s Staatstheater Darmstadt, first demonstrating his versatility as Billy Bigelow in Carousel and subsequently was invited to sing Konrad Nachtigall in  Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg for the following two seasons.

Please visit www.randalturner.com  for more information, including Audio, Video, Repertoire, Press, and Photos.